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Ever since TIA became my beauty products “bible,” I’ve always delighted in trying out products that contain no harsh chemicals, no sulfates, no parabens, no petrochemicals, no dyes nor phthalates. Instead, I seek out 100% natural or mostly natural ingredients that include powerful antioxidants. The HAVVN DNA System ($80 for kit), created by a physics professor and her brother, a molecular biology professor, fits these criteria to a T, so I gladly took the task of putting the system to the test.
The HAVVN DNA System is three parts consisting of the Day Cream (D), Night Cream (N) and the Activating Cream (A), each packaged in a handsome pearly white 30 ml (1 fl oz) tube cylinder with a convenient twist and pop-up pump. Formulated with 100% natural compounds that work together, the system is said to be 100% effective in diminishing fine lines and wrinkles in just four weeks.
The Activating Cream, which is applied prior to the Day Cream and Night Cream, is a rich, thick cream that is quickly absorbed on my cleansed and toned face. I lightly patted the cream especially on my wrinkle-prone areas, including the eye area, around the mouth and forehead. Its all-natural ingredients includes two key actives: astaxanthin and zeolite. Astaxanthin, which has been mentioned many times on TIA as a powerful antioxidant formulated in serious anti-aging skincare products, is a microalgae Haematococcus Pluvialis extract in the Havvn Activating Cream. Zeolite is a mineral used as a powerful detoxifier. It was known to have been effectively used in removing radiation during the cleanup after the Chenobyl nuclear accident, wherein affected victims showed a 30% reduction in radioactive isotopes after the very first application of zeolite. Needless to say, after my first application of the Havvn Activating Cream, my skin appeared and actually felt amazingly hydrated, soft and dewy.
I applied the Night Cream (which is just as rich as the activating cream though slightly less dense) a few minutes after the Activating Cream is thoroughly absorbed. Similarly, the night cream instantly made my skin feel luxuriously moisturized, supple, and glowing though it made my face appear quite oily (an effect that was actually indicated in the HAVVN website). Well, it’s bedtime anyway so it didn’t really matter to me if my face looked shiny. The night cream also contains zeolite, among other notable naturals such as: sesame seed oil, rich in antioxidants known to pull toxins from the skin and thus prevent blackheads and fade dark spots; elderberry fruit extract, known to be full of anthocyanins, a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties; jojoba seed oil, a rich emollient closest to the sebum produced by the skin; blackseed oil, another antioxidant with anti-bacterial qualities; and spirulina extract, rich in amino acids that help improve the production of elastin and collagen. Ingredients in the night cream are meant to work with the skin renewal process throughout the night. By morning, the lines on my forehead and the fine laugh lines on both sides of my mouth, as well as around the eyes, appeared softer and less pronounced and surprisingly my skin still felt well hydrated.
The Day Cream, which has a lighter texture compared to the two other creams, is also packed with zeolite, among other outstanding botanicals, including: grapeseed oil, with its mild astringent and emollient properties that soothes away dryness and irritation; sunflower seed oil, known to help prevent moisture loss and cell damage; pomegranate see oil, an antioxidant that helps eliminate dead skin cells and accelerate the production of new skin cells; and May Chang essential oil, which has astringent-like qualities to help close pores and reduce excessive oil on the skin. My skin actually welcomed its moisturizing effect, and felt well-nourished and hydrated afterward. It seemed oily on initial application but as soon as it’s absorbed, my skin had noticeable clarity and glow.
All three creams did not have any fragrance but merely a somewhat faint herbal scent, which did not smell unpleasant at all. There were no written directions on the box, so I had to look for the proper application process on the HAVVN web site. Though I still had to figure out that the twist top had to “click” into a lock position in order to press and pump out the cream.
By the third week, I was quite happy that the system was truly working. Although the existing lines and wrinkles were not completely erased (as only an injectable filler would do), there were indeed noticeable improvements on my skin tone and texture. The lines appeared less visible or less pronounced as I mentioned earlier, and, especially on the neck area, the skin felt smoother and firmer. It’s been six weeks and I continue to be thankful for the visible nourishing effects that the system is providing: smoother, plumped up, healthier looking skin! I would definitely recommend this system for use on mature skin.
Ingredients in Day Cream: Water (Aqua), Grape Seed Oil (Vitis Vinifera), Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus), Cocoa Seed Butter (Theobroma Cacao), Lanolin Cera, Herbal Wax (Cetearyl Alcohol), Pomegranate Seed Oil (Punica Granatum), Raspberry Seed Oil (Rubus Idaeus), Spirulina Extract (Spirulina Platensis), Elderberry Fruit Extract (Sambucus Nigra), Radish Root Extract (Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate), Rosemary Leaf Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Beeswax (Cera Alba), Zeolite, Tinosan SDC (Citric Acid, Silver Citrate), May Chang Essential Oil (Litsea Cubeba), Palmarosa Essential Oil (Cymbopogon Martini)
Ingredients in Night Cream: Water (Aqua), Sesame Seed Oil (Sesamum Indicum), Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Lanolin Cera, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Blackseed Oil (Nigella Sativa), Herbal Wax (Cetearyl Alcohol), Spirulina Extract (Spirulina Platensis), Zeolite, Radish Root Extract (Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate), Elderberry Fruit Extract (Sambucus Nigra), Rosemary Leaf Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Tinosan SDC (Citric Acid, Silver Citrate), Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia), Bay Laurel Essential Oil (Laurus Nobilis)
Ingredients in Activating Cream: Water (Aqua), Grape Seed Oil (Vitis Vinifera), Rapeseed Oil (Brassica Campestris), Lanolin Cera, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Herbal Wax (Cetearyl Alcohol), Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil (Hippophae Rhamnoides), Black Currant Seed Oil (Ribes Nigrum), Spirulina Extract (Spirulina Platensis), Zeolite, Elderberry Fruit Extract (Sambucus Nigra), Radish Root Extract (Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate), Carrot Seed Oil (Daucus Carota Sativa), Rosemary Leaf Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Astaxanthin (Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract), Rosewood Essential Oil (Aniba Rosaedora), Tinosan SDC (Citric Acid, Silver Citrate)