As a blogger, I love being able to review more than one product at once. As a shopper, I really love getting more than one amazing product at a discount. So I was thrilled to recently find the Clarisonic Plus Sonic Cleansing Sun Solutions Kit at Sephora ($235.00, a $310 value). Here’s what you need to know:
My initial concern with a motorized brush is that it can abrade or irritate the skin. However, the Clarisonic may be different. According to a 2006 study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, the Clarisonic is a “gentle” means of cleansing that prevents the skin from being compromised by acute or chronic infections.
The Clarisonic has a similar technology to ultrasonic toothbrushes: the brush oscillates at a sonic speed. However, rather than removing plaque from your teeth, the Clarisonic loosens pimples from your skin by detaching debris from the infundibular wall of the skin. They are then cleared from the acroinfundibulum of the skin.
In addition, according to renowned dermatologist Dr. Zoe Draelos,“the bristles of the face brush are designed to traverse facial [...] pores and scars.”
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster
Another great product contained in the Clarisonic Plus Sonic Cleansing Sun Solutions Kit is the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster. Replete with a super-high concentration of a stabilized form of vitamin C (sodium ascorbyl phosphate), green tea, and sodium hyaluronate, the serum is designed to brighten the skin and fend off future signs of aging.
The scientific literature supports use of this product, particularly in the morning. Use of both vitamin C and green tea under sunscreen has been shown to boost UVB protection (vitamin C in the British Journal of Dermatology; green tea extract in Molecular Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention). Also, for those of you wondering, UVB is UV “burning,” responsible for redness or skin erythema.
So I’m definitely a huge fan of the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster, particularly when used under sunscreen in the morning. For night, I would prefer something with retinoids, particularly prescription Retin-A.
Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer 40+ UVA/UVB
Argan oil has a lot of benefits. For one, argan oil has a ton of natural vitamin E – three times the amount found in olive oil, for instance. For another, argan oil also happens to be a potent source of both omega-6 unsaturated fatty acids and linoleic acid. Linoleic acid has been shown in several research studies (cited here) to be capable of reducing inflammation, acne, and increasing skin’s moisturization levels. According to in-house clinical tests by Aveda, who makes their own argan oil product, subjects showed a 38 percent improvement in lines after eight weeks of using their upcoming argan-rich firming face cream.
Argan oil is perhaps also one of the most friendly ingredients out there: Not only eco-friendly, but also globally-friendly. Through the Targanine Cooperative, thousands of Moroccan women are employed to preserve the Argan Forest by planting new trees and harvesting argan nuts. Because argan oil is exclusive to this land, it is “a source of dependable income and a means of improving their financial independence, access to healthcare, and education,” according to a Kiehl’s press release. Josie Maran adds, “Purchasing the oil from the women’s cooperatives supports their social and economic welfare.” Many companies manufacturing argan oil promote fair-trade, fostering a healthy, safe, environmentally friendly work environment in which workers are fairly compensated for their labor. Always a big plus.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads
When it comes to alpha hydroxy treatments, you really don’t get much better than Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads. A best-seller for several years running, these puppies contain both glycolic acid and salicyclic acid. Contrary to popular belief, alpha hydroxy acids will not dry out your skin, as shown in at least one study. They do, however, increase skin’s sensitivity, and then other ingredients used after alpha hydroxy acids can then cause discomfort, as found in a study by Yu et. al.
It is true that alpha hydroxy acids, like glycolic acid, while make your skin more sensitive to the sun (Journal of Dermatological Science, 2009). This is because glycolic acid smooths the skin, depleting its ability to scatter UV rays. I have heard it argued, however, the smooth surface can be a more optimized palette on which to apply sunscreen. At any rate, while I love Alpha Beta Peel Pads, I would only use them at night, on separate nights from my retinoids, since the pH optimal for retinol esterification is higher than that of glycolic or salicyclic acid. [Read more: How Do I Use a Retinoid and AHAs/BHAs Together?]
If you’re on the hunt for hot new summer skin care, it’s hard to beat theClarisonic Plus Sonic Cleansing Sun Solutions Kit. I would, however, divert from the directions a bit, using the Truth Serum Collagen Booster only during the day, and the Alpha Beta Peel Pads only at night (and sparingly). That said, it’s a great way to get the most of your ultra-important UV protection this summer, particularly if you’re in the market for a change!
Product Rating: 10/10
- High or optimized concentration of proven ingredients: 3/3
- Unique formulation or new technology: 3/3
- Value: 3/3
- Sunscreen: 1/1
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Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster:
Water, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Calcium Acerbate, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Euphrasis Offinalis Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Oleth-20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Benzophenone-4, Sodium Hyaluronate, Thioctic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Fragrance (Parfum), Yellow 6 (CI 15985).
Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer 40+ UVA/UVB:
Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract**, Caprylyl Glycol**, Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria (Chamomile) Extract*, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone**, Ethylhexyl Palmitate**, Hexadecene Copolymer**, Hexylene Glycol, Isopropyl Palmitate**, Phenoxyethanol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Oil**, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol**. *Organic **Natural.