sciote sun recovery face serum

Our Rating: 4 stars

Reviewed by Tina on December 4, 2015


It's the transitional time of the year when our skin re-adjusts to cooler temperatures, less humidity and seemingly more impure air due to environmental offenders like ragweed and mold — with the mold taking form from the windblown leaves that end up everywhere. This is the perfect time to reboot one’s skin and give it 911 TLC treatment to repair and rejuvenate after the sun-induced damage following the dog days of summer. 

As part of the Sciote skincare family of targeted skin concern collections, the Sciote Solis Sun Recovery Face Serum ($69 in the shop) is an intriguing product with a laundry list of top tier natural, no-brainer skin-loving ingredients. At the top of the list is organic aloe which is a go-to must have ingredient to comfort and soothe the skin after sun exposure. Followed by cucumber, spirulina, gotu kola, Japanese green tea, schisandra, and evening primrose oil. Other collaborative do-gooders include vitamin C and vitamin E, two very healing and reparative antioxidants that do wonders for the skin. 

After using the serum for over a month, I have noticed a softer feel to my skin and my moisturizer, primer and foundation seem to glide on more evenly and effortlessly. For my mature skin (50+), I have not noticed a difference in firmness or a tighter overall look, with regard to the jawline, eyes and cheeks. My skin feels good and responds well to the undercoating of the serum layered beneath the top coating firming creams I have been using. These include Medik8’s Firewall, Osmotics Prime and Rejuvel 3D (of which is created by NASA and I had to try for myself after I read Marta’s article talking about this new space age anti-aging contender).  

In my opinion, Sciote’s Peptide + Defense Firming Youth Crème ($95 in the shop) is more in tune with renewing my skin at a more intense level, given what I am now left to work with and want to do all that I can to restore. Once the hormones shift and dip, the skin really pays the price and the radiant plumpness and dewiness of yesteryears have sadly left the building. The once strong and mighty structure holding everything in place has collapsed and needs serious renovation and rebuilding support.

To bump up the effectiveness of the Sciote Solis Sun Recovery Face Serum, I tried pairing it with E’shee’s Elixir of Life KI Therapy Serum and it seems to make a world of difference. As I scrutinize and analyze my skin in the mirror, my skin indeed looks more lifted and alive with this added catalyst and “Baby Boomer” booster. 

At my age I know that I must radically accept and embrace the fact that I need to use the most potent anti-aging, advanced skin changing ingredients on the market and cannot settle for those products that work best on skin that has not yet reached middle age and beyond. Meaning skin that is less than pristine and showing obvious signs of wear and tear and the breakdown of collagen and elastin. 

I give this product a thumbs up for silky consistency, almost non-existent fragrance (has a slight scent of Play-Doh with a hint of cinnamon, which is actually quite pleasant), smooth and easy application and very impressive anti-aging ingredients. Priced at $65 for 1.7 ounces, this is justifiably reasonable and not overpriced for the caliber of quality and the generous size. 

All Sciote products that I have tried in addition to this one (Peptide & Defense Firming Youth Crème and Advanced Illume Brightening Crème ($85 in the shop)) have totally agreed with my skin, absorb well, and mix well with products from other skincare lines. In regard to noticeably erasing sun damage, I feel that I would need to use the product for a longer period on a regular basis and consistently twice a day. Over time and extended use, this serum may prove to be a sun-sational shoo-in.