With Prime Day right around the corner, it’s time to start getting those wishlists ready! The Eve Hansen Anti-Aging Skin Care Set ($27) is an affordable 3-pack of serums that has over 400 reviews on Amazon and 4.5 stars. It includes hyaluronic acid, vitamin C serum, and retinol serum to improve your complexion.
There’s nothing better than quality skincare at an affordable price, so I decided to give this one a try. Here’s what I thought;
Eve Hansen Retinol 2% Serum: Just ‘Eh, Unless Your Skin Is Ready to Tolerate It
This serum contains pure 2% retinol which is the highest concentration you can get OTC so go slow with this one because it will cause dryness and irritation if you use too much too quickly.
I’m not a fan of this one because the retinol is not microencapsulated or time-released. Microencapsulation does three things: First, it protects your retinoids from light, heat, and air, so they don’t degrade as quickly as you’re opening and closing the package. Second, it helps the retinoids work for longer. As the “capsule” dissolves slowly in your skin over the course of eight hours, you’re getting this nice, slow, sustained delivery of retinol into your skin, instead of that one-and-done approach. Which brings me to my third and last benefit: microencapsulation also makes the retinol more gentle. Instead of getting 0.5% retinol at 8 PM, you’re getting 0.250% retinol at 8 PM, 0.125% at 10 PM, 0.0625% at 12 AM… It doesn’t work exactly like this (don’t hold me to those concentrations!), but you get a bigger dose up front, and increasingly smaller, slower, sustained doses for the rest of the night. Which is, in a word, amazing.
That said, if you are already using retinoids regularly and are ready to go to a 2% retinol, this is amongst the highest-concentrated I’ve seen. I would start with once or twice a week and then gradually move up to every other night, and then go to nightly use.
This was my least favorite of the Eve Hansen products.
Eve Hansen Hyaluronic Acid Serum: Great for Dry Skin
This serum contains Cassia angustifolia, which is a plant-derived hyaluronic acid. This natural moisturizing factor (NMF) is a humectant moisturizer (meaning it pulls moisture from the atmosphere). Hyaluronic acid can actually bond with 10,000 times its weight in water (10 Minutes, 10 Years, Baumann)! One of the reasons that natural moisturizing factors are important is that they allow the skin to operate at an optimal level, meaning that it can provide the best protection against environmental assaults (Murad). And one of the things that makes hyaluronic acid great is that it does this well in both high and low humidity environments (In Cosmetics). Hyaluronic acid has also been shown to help speed up wound healing from oxygen free-radical damage in mouse skin (International Journal of Tissue Reactions). Researchers were not, however, certain if hyaluronic worked as a free-radical scavenger.
The Eve Hansen Hyaluronic Acid Serum also contains aloe, witch hazel, and green tea. It has a light, watery texture making it great to wear under makeup. Overall this is a solid serum for an amazing price!
Eve Hansen Vitamin C+E Serum: Pretty Solid, But Which Form of Vitamin C Is It?
As you age and undergo stress, your body produces toxic free radicals. These toxic free radicals are capable of causing nearly every sign of damage there is, including DNA damage within your cells. Antioxidants work by stabilizing free radicals. After stabilizing toxic free radicals, the antioxidants are usually less effective. This is because antioxidants donate electrons to stabilize free radicals. But after donating the electrons, the antioxidants are depleted of electrons themselves! Vitamins C and E combat this problem. Vitamins C and E are what are known as “network antioxidants.” When vitamin C donates an electron to stabilize a toxic free radical, vitamin E can donate an electron and replenish vitamin C. Which is awesome, because then you’re getting extra antioxidant strength! In addition, in research studies, vitamin C has been reported to enhance UVA protection, whereas vitamin E is more effective against UVB radiation. So together, there is strengthened UVA/UVB protection when worn under sunscreen.
The frustrating thing about Eve Hansen Vitamin C+E Serum is that it doesn’t list what form of vitamin C is used. Not all forms of vitamin C work or interact with other ingredients in your routine the same way. For example, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate can be used with niacinamide, but L-ascorbic acid can’t.
I’m not a huge fan of the Eve Hansen Retinol Serum, as I think it is too harsh for those with sensitive skin, but I did enjoy the hyaluronic acid serum. All 3 serums have a thin-watery consistency that absorbs quickly into the skin and has no heavy scents or artificial fragrances. For the most part, this is a solid set for the price, but I think you’re better off investing your money in products that are more effective and contain higher quality ingredients.