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Like all of you, I want to prevent and reverse the damage that lifestyle and time have done to my 45-year-old skin. With my latest birthday, I vowed to work on internal health by eating better, drinking more water, and getting more exercise... the usual advice. However, that can only go so far for aging skin and I knew it, so I jumped on the chance to review a new moisturizer packed with all the goodies that our skin needs to look and function better.
This is I Pekar Moisturizer ($78 in the shop), an amazing product that I can only describe as skin food. When I first decided to try it, I understood that it was honey based with other ingredients that would not irritate my sensitive skin. When I opened my delivery, I was blown away at the beautiful packaging. Some serious thought was put into the chic name and the 1.7 oz black jar embossed with a gold logo. What's even cooler is the little designer tool used to scoop out the product, keeping the moisturizer clean from contaminants. These people are really in tune here! Before even trying the product, I felt like I Pekar was something special.
If you are like me, seeking real feedback is important, so I will be totally honest. I Pekar is different, but in a good way. Some people are used to moisturizer looking, smelling and feeling a certain way when applying, but this product breaks the mold. The moisturizer is a golden liquid. It's thick enough to scoop but thin enough to spread over skin easily with fingers. It has a rather strong smell that may or may not appeal to some people. Personally, I like the fresh honey-ginger-flowerish scent. When I use it, I feel like I am having a facial. To me, it's like having a spa experience every day.
When applying the moisturizer, be prepared for the sensation of your skin literally drinking it up. I Pekar sinks into your skin and disappears, leaving behind a clean canvas without residue. After a month of using I Pekar (alone without any other products), I noticed that my skin became softer and more radiant. Exactly what I would expect from a product that contains raw honey for hydration and healing, hyaluronic acid to reduce wrinkles and retain moisture and tri-peptides to increase collagen. It's a triple threat to wrinkles!
Other superstar ingredients include vitamins C and E, aloe vera, grapeseed, ginger, radish root, cucumber and calendula, among others, that create a synergistic effect of penetrating and feeding the cells of the skin while gently exfoliating and reducing inflammation. A bonus includes preservatives from natural sources like aspen bark that does double duty as a skin conditioner. No parabens or synthetics — just all the good things nature has to offer.
Keep in mind that I Pekar does not have sunscreen, so you will need to add that on top. Those who have very dry skin may need a little bit more. Not to worry, I Pekar really is skin food that penetrates deeply, meaning you can use it under whatever else you need and still reap the benefits. And when someone asks you about your radiant skin, you can just tell them, I Pekar.
Editor's note: This product has been recently reformulated. The original ingredients were: Purified Aqua, Aloe Barbedenis, Squalane, Radish Root Ferment, Vegetable Glycerin, Isoeicosane, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, 100% Raw Honey, Salix Alba (Willow Bark Extract), Populus Tremuloides (Aspen Bark Extract), Grape Fruit Seed Extract, Calendula Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, Tripeptide 5, Vitamin C, Pro Vitamin B5, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Ginger Milk