I’ll admit, when I first saw BeautyBioscience on the shelves at Nordstrom, I rolled my eyes a little. Millennial pink? Check. Rose gold? Check. Even the grid-like design screamed “Instagram me.”
But then I picked up a kit and read the list of ingredients, and delved deeper into the science behind dermarolling. And just like you shouldn’t judge an ugly book by its cover, maybe I shouldn’t judge pretty skincare by its packaging, either. It’s actually quite a solid line that I now recommend — for more, read on!
BeautyBio’s The Balance pH Balancing Facial Cleanser is “designed to gently restore skin’s pH by keeping the important lipid layer intact for hydrated, perfectly conditioned skin” (beautybio.com). It contains oat kernel extract, which is a calming ingredient and supports circulation and skin cell metabolism. The inclusion of ginger root extract in this cleanser is notable as ginger in skincare can improve circulation and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
The Daily Intensive Vitamin Cocktail Serum contains a combination of BeautyBio’s HyperVitamin™ compound and claims to shield against free radicals, create a barrier to help lock in key active ingredients, and help even skin tone. This serum contains vitamin C as magnesium ascorbyl phosphate which is more stable than L-ascorbic acid or ascorbyl palmitate in the presence of light and air.
Beauty Bio’s The Ultimate Hydrating HyperVitamin Cream hydrates the skin’s upper layers and claims to even skin tone and “restore skin’s youthful bounce and glow” (beautybio.com). It contains vitamin C as sodium ascorbyl phosphate — also more stable than L-ascorbic acid or ascorbyl palmitate. Also in this cream is safflower seed oil, an antioxidant that combats free radicals, skin discoloration, acne, and inflammation.
Circulation promoter horse chestnut can also be found in this cream. Horse chestnut seed extract (HCSE) is a medication used to ameliorate the venous backflow in the undereye area. With pre-existing edema, it stimulates excretion of water and helps reduce swelling (International Journal of Opthalmology, 2016). It has been used for ages as a folk remedy to reduce edema and swelling, and it is also proven in limited studies to work on the fluid/puffiness around the eyes (US Patent).
Let me say it now: THIS IS WHERE THE MAGIC REALLY HAPPENS. A microneedling tool, BeautyBio’s GloPRO promises to instigate skin cell regeneration and enhance product absorption. The GloPRO works by parting the skin cells to create micro-channels within the skin which act as pathways to help increase absorption rates of serums and active ingredients.
Ingredients in The Balance pH Balancing Facial Cleanser: Water (Aqua), Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Xanthan Gum, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Bisabolol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Chlorphenesin, Citric Acid, Disodium Edta.
Ingredients in The Daily Intensive Vitamin Cocktail Serum: Water (Aqua), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Urea, Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi Leaf Extract,Achillea Millefolium Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Alcohol, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
Ingredients in The Ultimate Hydrating HyperVitamin Cream: Water, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ppg-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Lactate, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Carbomer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Chlorphenesin,Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer,Fragrance, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Cetearyl Olivate, Lecithin, Lysolecithin,Lysophosphatidic Acid,Potassium Sorbate, Sorbitan Olivate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Undecylenate.