Anti-Aging Series: All Star Evening Routine

Anti Aging Trio

In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought it would be fitting to share the beauty products that my mom and I both adore in turning back the hands of time and off setting the aging that occurs. While some may be uneasy with the usage of the term “anti-aging,” it is not a term that has ever bothered me. To me, ‘anti-aging’ really isn’t an age discriminatory word but rather a scientific word that indicates a delay or reversal in skin aging which is crucial for identifying suitable products. Therefore I use this word without judgement of broader social aspects that some may apply to it as I think the removal of this term ultimately just confuses the message as at the end of the day – these really are anti-aging products.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that two of the products featured are serums as these are the most concentrated and active skincare products which are needed to counter the effects of aging. There are many effective products but I chose a trio that features the key components in anti-aging skincare: exfoliation to turn over skin cells, retinol the most effective ingredient to turn back time and a gentle, light moisturizer that renews skin and counters dryness. Because of how active these products are, they’re great when used overnight rather than during the day which is better for protecting skin.

Anti Aging Trio

The first step of this anti-aging trio is Kypris Moonlight Catalyst, a wonderful exfoliator that reveals new skin through the use of pumpkin and peach enzymes that resurface skin. Kypris calls this a retinol alternative because it delivers the sloughing action that retinols provide only in a more gentle manner. Don’t worry about drying, this serum contains glucosides that are precursors to hyaluronic acid and sea algae that is known to help in moisture retention. The first few times I used it, I felt that slight tightness and had some skin peeling the next morning — which is a GOOD THING! It means the serum is doing it’s job!

I sometimes mix and sometimes just follow through with YULI Modern Alchemist. Most of the time I mix as I feel like it gets most of the actives in which is important because these two serums combined have so many actives. Whereas Kypris Moonlight Catalyst acts as a chemical exfoliator, YULI Modern Alchemist is a bio-retinol serum which contains a completely botanically sourced retinol complex that contains varied forms of biologically compatible Vitamin A that skin recognizes immediately and turns into retinol. This is important because it prevents many of the irritation commonly found in retinols, including increased vulnerability to sun damage. Besides retinols, this serum also has CoQ10 which hydrates, smoothes wrinkles and works with the retinols to even complexion. There is also a bio-fermented tamarind seed extract which in clinical studies is shown to be more effective than the gold standard hyaluronic acid in delivering hydration and boosting moisture retention.

So we have a super-serum made of an exfoliator and a retinol, your skin is getting quite a workout. I like to finish with Ren’s V-Cense Frankincense Revitalizing Night Cream which both adds to the power of the duo and provides some cushioning. Frankincense is the star ingredient here and it is known to rejuvenate and revitalize skin. I love this night cream because it complements the serums so well, the phytosterols work with the omega-lipid complex in YULI Modern Alchemist to restore skin’s lipid content which plumps and softens skin. The Vitamin C works with the enzymes in Kypris Moonlight Catalyst to boost cell turnover and tone skin. As a bonus, this night cream is very light and absorbs so quickly which means it won’t dilute your serums or just lay an ineffective coat over skin like some moisturizers can.

This power trio excels in promoting cell regeneration, restoring moisture and stimulating new cells which are the three main focal points of anti-aging skincare. This is why I always see results the next morning. No other combination gives my skin that almost botox like line-less skin with brightened glowing complexion like this – it is like a real life photoshop filter. I can’t speak enough good things about how effective this routine has been and how much of a workout its given my skin.

For starters, go light and ease up as all three products are powerful (I only use all 3 together about 2-3 times a week). Expect some tightness and maybe some flaking but once you get your skin adjusted, it really does become a total revitalizing treatment for skin.

Purchase the products in this story:
Kypris Moonlight Catalyst 
YULI Modern Alchemist
REN V-Cense Frankincense Revitalizing Night Cream

Full reviews of these products will come in the future. Have you used any of these products? What is your ultimate anti-aging routine?

The Alternative: Eve Lom Cleanser feat Omorovicza & Ren

Cleansing balms are renowned for their ability to gently remove all makeup, especially waterproof makeup while imparting moisture to skin. Cleansing balms are also good for all skin types as the oils decongest pores, and hydrate skin.

Eve Lom’s signature namesake Cleanser ($80) is a staple in most beauty editors’ regimen. It is often regarded as one of the first high-end bi-phase cleansers and Intothegloss calls the process “an experience”. The Cleanser is actually a cleansing balm with chamomile, clove, and eucalyptus oil and cocoa butter. Like all cleansing balms, it is applied to dry skin after being heated through rubbing your hands together with the balm to turn it into a loose oil. 

Its cult following sings the praises of how skin just glows and feels soft after the first use. However green beauty fans shy away due to it’s less than stellar formula which includes: a base of mineral oil, PEGs, Phenoxyethanol, Parabens, and Aluminum.

Thankfully there are now cleaner options for cleansing balms.

Omorovicza’s Thermal Cleansing Balm ($102) is quickly winning over beauty editors and clean fans alike. The dark hue is created by Hungarian Moor Mud and the base of the balm uses Apricot Seed Oil and Jojoba Oil instead of pore-clogging mineral oil, and is free from parabens and PEGs. Although significantly cleaner, this formula does contain iffy ingredients including Phenoxyethanol. 

The balm breaks up quite easily and rapidly once heated in hands and quickly goes to work in much the same way as the Eve Lom Cleanser. However the cleaner ingredients leave skin feeling fresher and glowing for longer. Definitely upgrade!

For beauty on a more limited budget, try Ren’s No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm ($48) which is actually a tri-phase balm as it forms a milky emulsion once in contact with water (no need for muslin cloth like the first two). It uses similarly luxurious ingredients as the other two products on this list at a fraction of the price: the luxurious rose scent and chamomile sooth skin while Sweet Almond Oil and Shea butter pull out pore cloggers and moisturize skin. 

As a bonus, you do not need a muslin cloth to remove extra product because the formula is designed to rinse off clearly. For some this is a convenience however, I must admit part of me is not at ease with the feeling that I am letting my skin absorb emulsifiers all day by leaving a bit sitting on my face with the oils. 

Alternate Universe: Cetaphil

I’ve decided to do a series on tumblr called “Alternate Universe” where I will discuss the holy grail products that editors and beauty junkies have come to know (often on a first name basis), then provide a relatively cleaner alternative, and in some instances provide a clean, budget alternative so everyone has an option. To start, let’s tackling Cetaphil.

Product: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Price: $9


Claim to fame: The $9 drugstore cleanser is heralded as the #1 dermatologist prescribed brand in the US, known for it’s gentle, non-irritating formula suitable for even the most sensitive skin. It is non-alkaline, non-comedogenic, and fragrance free. And it promises to soften as it cleans.

Iffy: The simple formula has 8 ingredients: including 2 alcohols, SLS, and 3 parabens. Take out the number 1 ingredient, water, and you’re left with propylene Glycol, an alcohol used in skin conditioning.

Cleaner High End Alternative
 

Product: Ren Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel
Price: $32

Why it’s similar: A gentle, pure cleansing gel similar in consistency and effectiveness to Cetaphil. Also known to sooth and soften skin while similar gentle foaming action removes dirt and debris. Creates a more luxurious, spa like experience due to higher grade of ingredients including rose petals, aloe, and lactic acid. Incredibly calming, soothing, and gentle.

Iffy: Main difference is this is scented with natural rose essential oils and 100% natural parfum – so do check for sensitivity issues. Ingredients list contains Phenoxyethanol, which can be just as bad as parabens.

Cleaner Economic Alternative

Product: Mychelle Pure Harmony Cleanser
Price: $11


Why it’s similar: Formulated for sensitive skin with a lightly foaming formula that gentle washes away impurities without causing irritation. It might be just slightly more expensive than Cetaphil but for the $2 difference, you get these types of wonderful nutritious ingredients: Sea Buckthorn, Barberry Fig, Green Tea, and Honeysuckle.


Iffy: There are a few alcohol ingredients in here. Some of the chemicals including 
 Dicaprylyl Ether and Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, are actually low risk emollients/conditioners according to Environmental Working Group, so it seems pretty solid!