By Miree R.
I’m in my early forties and have dry skin. I tested Dawn Lorraine Honey Enzyme Serum ($72) for over four weeks to see if it could tackle the dryness. I used it twice a day, following the same routine: in the morning after skin cleansing and again in the evening. The dry and cold weather coincided with my trial of this serum. What better time to see if my skin would get the extra hydration and gentle exfoliation it badly needs?
Don’t let the name fool you: This Honey Enzyme Serum is not sticky or oily. It’s translucent in color and comes in an amber glass dropper bottle. One pump is enough to cover my entire face; however, on the days when I felt my skin was very dry, I would use two pumps. It absorbs quickly after application and leaves a smooth finish.
The serum is inexpensive but made with organic ingredients. For the most part, they are fruit enzymes that offer various anti-aging benefits. Though the product is called Honey Enzyme Serum, it was interesting to see that the wild blossom honey was further down on the ingredient list. Honey is a natural humectant and super nourishing. The enzymes in honey also clarify and gently exfoliate the skin.
Another notable ingredient is royal jelly. A study published by the Journal of Medicinal Food showed royal jelly can help restore skin barrier function and increase epidermal hydration levels. Others include organic propolis, papaya fruit, papaya, pineapple, gotu kola and jojoba oil. The last ingredient phenoxyethanol is the only that is defined as a preservative, and studies have shown it can be irritating to the skin and eyes.
I didn’t see a big difference in the first two weeks of use, but I began to see better results over time. I noticed my skin tightened, my pores appeared smaller and my face was soft and supple. It provided the extra boost of hydration I need this time of year. I’m pleased that the serum helped my skin withstand the dry weather, and I hope to see increased positive changes as I continue to use it.