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Improve Your Skin's Texture

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May 18, 2018 Reviewed by Marta 1 Comment

One reason why silicones feature predominantly in many department store creams is because they sit on the surface of the skin and give it that feel-good factor. I am a little obsessed with the notion of soft, creamy skin, but I want it to be more than superficial. I want skin that feels velvety because it is healthy, firm and rid of any crepeyness.

Of course, cleansing and exfoliation help provide the foundation of good skin texture. However, I have been on a particular mission to find serums that improve skin texture without exfoliation. I have made some great finds, along with Truth In Aging community testers. Here are 9 beauty products that made us utter the word “creamy” — and how they do it:

Sea Vegetables with KERACELL

Have you noticed that seaweed has been rebranded? Now that it is becoming increasingly recognized for its nutritional prowess, “weed” is being replaced by “vegetable.”. Seaweed — I mean sea vegetable — is a major source of iodine, which is great for softening the skin. About 20% of our body’s iodine is in the skin, and deficiencies need to be replenished for the skin to stay healthy. Palmaria palmata, otherwise known as sea lettuce is the skin softener chosen by stem cell powerhouse, KERACELL, and you'll find it in their Brightening Serum ($100 in the shop) and V-Shape neck cream ($100 in the shop).

Hydrate with Sciote Super Moist Hyaluronic Serum

“I’ve gone from raisin to grape!” proclaimed our tester, Judy. Sciote Super Moist Hyaluronic Serum ($75 in the shop) has superlative moisturizing qualities due to hyaluronic acid and Methyl Sufonyl Methane (MSM). Hyaluronic acid is water-binding and water-attracting, and it uses the moisture to fill up the spaces between the connective fibers collagen and elastin in the dermis. Result: plumper, softer skin. MSM is a sulfur compound and is supposedly good at restoring flexibility and permeability to cell walls and allowing fluid to pass through the tissues more easily. If there is insufficient sulfur in the body when new cells are being manufactured, the new cells will be rigid. When sufficient sulfur is present for new cells, the skin is softer, smoother and more flexible.

Support Skin Cell Function with MitoQ

Luscious skin is how one reviewer described her results from MitoQ Moisturizing Cellular Engergizing Serum ($119 in the shop). Softer skin is also a persistent theme among testers, as well as reduction in crepeyness and, as a bonus, firmer, less sagging skin. The active ingredient in MitoQ is mitoquinol mesylate, a turbo charged form of ubiquinone, the active antioxidant in Coenzyme Q10. But unlike other antioxidants, MitoQ was developed to target mitochondria and, as a result, is supposed to support healthy skin cell function. It certainly smoothes my crepey neck, does wonders for my forehead lines and gives me a radiant look overall. MitoQ also includes the emollients dicaprylyl carbonate and glycerin.

A Second Skin with BRAD

Phospholipids are often dubbed a second skin because they hold their structure when applied. This is a good thing because they attract water and hold on to it, making it a great moisturizer. They also bring fatty acids, which are most helpful for healthy skin. They are featured in BRAD products and notably BRAD Biophotonic Sublime Youth Creator Radiance Concentrate ($125 in the shop), which also has an ecapsulated, slow-release retinol, and the wonderfully regenerating BRAD Biophotonic Sublime Youth Creator Gel-Cream ($245 in the shop).

Tone Up with Skinveda

Skinveda Ashwamilla Toner ($32 in the shop) has a mineral complex helps activate the ATP cycle and boosts circulation while combatting free radicals. It also helps reduce water loss from the skin. A go-to product that can be sprayed anytime of the day for instant hydration. Based on Ayurvedic medicine, this toner balances the skin for a healthy glow.

A Smoother Body with Volante

An anti-aging body lotion with the peptide Matrixyl 3000, which is a proven collagen booster, is a rare thing. It is in Volante Radiant Glow Firming Body Serum ($95 in the shop) along with superoxide dismutase, a super antioxidant that prevents cell death. It also contains 10 percent of the brand’s patented anti-inflammatory botanical blend, 7VITAE, which helps to restore youthful skin. All of these have a long term impact, but this body serum also has the immediate gratification of an instant glow.

Recondition with Your Best Face Correct

Your Best Face Correct Eye Cream ($150 in the shop) is formulated to fight the signs of aging and fatigue that surround the delicate eye area. Its powerful mix of age-defying peptides, including Uplevity, Matrixyl synthe'6, and Eyeseryl, work to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, lift sagging lids, relieve puffy skin, and erase dark circles.

Banish Crepey Under Eyes with Sciote Vitamin C Eye Treatment

A vitamin C based eye cream is a rare thing. Perhaps because vitamin C – at least, historically – could be irritating to sensitive skin. Sciote Vitamin C Eye Treatment ($65) has 5% vitamin C in the form of sodium ascorbyl phosphate. This stable form of vitamin C is considered gentle and stable and waits to convert into ascorbic acid once it is absorbed. Sciote’s interesting formula also has a complex of amino acids, which are great for improving skin quality, and there are useful botanicals such as horsetail (for broken veins and dark under eye circles) and periwinkle for increasing blood flow. Crepey under eye skin becomes “plump and youthful” according to our tester.

Silkier Neck and Décolleté with KERACELL V-SHape

KERACELL V-Shape Neck & Décolleté Cream ($100 in the shop) with human conditioned media (stem cells) is a slimming and toning treatment to help lift and shape the neck and jawline. A moisturizing cream with two brightening agents to help minimize discolorations on the neck and chest area due to sun exposure. There is a novel anti-aging peptide, vitamin E, rice and almond protein.

Marta Wohrle is an anti-aging skin care and beauty expert and the founder/CEO of Truth In Aging. Marta is dedicated to uncovering the truth behind anti-aging product claims.

  • August 27, 2014

    by Maria

    I have to share my new magic formula. Mukti age defense night serum, followed by Benir's BV-9 platinum. It's like the best facial . Radiant, smooth, velvet. Thank you TIA.

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