Reviewed by Judy
I have a fair complexion with rather dry, sensitive skin; and the signs of being 57 years old are becoming increasingly visible, particularly on the forehead and mouth areas. I’m very careful about the products that I use, opting for hypoallergenic, gentle and fragrance free whenever possible. I tested the MD Solar Sciences Evening Facial Repair Serum ($96) with hopes of reducing my fine lines and wrinkles, retexturing and improving my skin tone and (most importantly) doing so without inflammation or redness, given that retinol is a primary ingredient of this anti-aging product. I had been sensitive to retinoid compounds previously, but in this serum the retinol is “encapsulated and stabilized,” and I was anxious to try it.
The company emphasizes that this serum will “combat the wear-and-tear of daily sun exposure and restore skin’s youthful radiance.” It also claimed to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, redness, and fine lines and wrinkles. I had done my fair share of damage years ago, before sunscreen, so (again) I was excited to start using the serum!
I found this serum to be very light and easily absorbed, with a mild fresh scent (presumably from the botanical antioxidants). It was easy to dispense from the pump bottle, and I discovered that a little went a long way. While the serum gave a soft sheen to my face, it was not greasy and was one of the more absorbent serums I have tried (a major plus in my view!)
I was particularly interested in the impact on my forehead and upper lip areas. After a few uses, I found that there were definite improvements in the appearance of my dry skin. My fine lines and wrinkles did appear softer, and I also noted improved skin tone – a healthy-looking glow. The usual crepey and dull facial dryness I would get after a night of sleep was significantly better, yet without the puffiness that can come from over-moisturizing at my age. And an area of my chin that was prone to blemishes and discoloration had cleared up nicely! More specifically, my face felt softer to the touch and well moisturized, without any of the redness or irritation. I think the combination of ingredients really works to both improve skin texture and reduce inflammation at the same time. I found the serum to be quite soothing. With my irritation-prone facial skin, I found MD Solar Sciences Evening Facial Repair Serum to be a real measure of success.
I would definitely recommend it as a gentle, effective overnight hydrating and balancing treatment for dry and aging skin. It is a great investment for an anti-aging regimen.
Editor’s note: the product also includes the heavy-hitting anti-ager Matrixyl 3000.
Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Propanediol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Niacinamide, Dimethiconol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethyl Linoleate, Hexylresorcinol, Nylon-12, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitol, Lecithin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Caffeine, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Proline, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Callus Culture Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis(Green Tea) Extract, Diatomaceous Earth, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Ferric Hexapeptide-35, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Acrylamide, Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Retinol, Ferulic Acid, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Water, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Hydroxide