We all know parabens as the inescapable enemy, constantly cropping up on ingredients lists of our favorite cosmetics when we wish they would just steer clear.  How ironic that in Portuguese, "Parabens" translates to "Congratulations!"  Based on the commendable composition of Daily Repair Skin Therapy, we'd like to wish a warm "Parabens" to Affusion Skin Care.

From your very first whiff of this moisturizing serum, you'll detect a gloriously healthful aroma, evoking essential oils and hints of the sea. All it takes is one squirt of the solution to wash a wave of aromatherapy over your face.  But this emollient is not just a run of the mill source of sensual healing.  It manages to coalesce all sorts of natural botanicals and anti-aging elements, without the addition of a single irritant or paraben.

Affusion's formula starts with a marine mineral complex that blends various breeds of seaweed, algae, spirulina, and kelp.  These elements contain the same vital nutrients, minerals, and amino acids present in human blood plasma.  Because of this commonality, they can penetrate the skin very readily, hydrating and softening the skin.  Moving on down the ingredients, there is a wealth of natural curative components.

High doses of green tea extract, a potent antioxidant, both provide sun protection and decelerate the aging of cells.  With 20 times the free radical scavenging effects of vitamin E, green tea may help prevent skin cancer from UV rays, as well as reduce irritation caused by alpha hydroxy acids (present here in a small amount in the form of lactic acid).  An anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, chamomile extract is excellent for soothing dry, inflamed skin by neautralizing irritants.  There is also aloe vera gel, which draws and holds oxygen to the skin, and honey, which naturally softens and stimulates white blood cells to promote wound healing.

Sure, these botanicals are great for moisturizing and relieving troubled skin, but they don't add up to the $95 price tag on Daily Repair Skin Therapy.  What justifies this cost is its assortment of key anti-aging inclusions.  Seabuckthorn oil, prized for its nourishing and revitalizing properties, combats symptoms of prematurely aging skin and helps minimize long-term effects of sun exposure. A component of cushioning connective tissue, hyaluronic acid is a superior humectant.  Because of its ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water, hyaluronic acid both optimally plumps the skin through the retention of water and prevents the evaporation of water from the skin.

Cosmetic companies have taken a renewed interest in co-enzyme q10 for a reason.  As an essential cog in the biochemical machinery, co-enzyme q10 helps neutralize free radicals and boosts skin regeneration. Its small molecular size enable it to easily penetrate the skin and reverse signs of aging.  Both hyaluronic acid and co-enzyme q10 decrease with age and are thus powerful ingredients in any topical product.

The fact that Affusion was able to formulate such a potent potion without the use of yucky parabens and phthalates is a tribute to its dedication to natural skin care.  (If you're wondering what are the reasons to go paraben and phthalate free, this article is helpful, as well as this site's FAQ.)  Suitable for both male and female skin, the Daily Repair Skin Therapy is an effective oil control moisturizer and can even stand on its own without an additional face lotion.  Finding a skin-firming serum that doesn't mask undesirable additives is a challenge.  Affusion makes it look easy.


Infusion of Marine Minerals, Chamomile, and Green Tea Extracts, Sea Buckthorn Oil in a main base of Aloe Vera, Glycosamino Glycans, Hyaluronic Acid, Honey, Soy Protein, Co-Enzyme Q10 in Liposomes, Vegetable Glycerin, Vitamin E, Essential Oils, and Lactic Acid.