For this review, I tried out Soypure's thermatically warmed skincare system ($355 for a 12-month supply)
, which uses a warming lantern (called the revitalizer) and a tea light to thermatically warm a disk of collagen-rebuilding soy wax to to a temperature of about 180 to 200 degrees.
It's quite fun, really -- and safe: the revitalizer is made of 100% recycled, ultra-durable, water and flame resistant paper that applies a controlled heat to transform the semi-congealed wax formula into a light, smooth oil that is ultimately just as -- if not more -- penetrative as your usual lotions and potions.
Still, I had a question: Why warm? Is there something inherent to soy that makes it work better hot than cold? Soypure’s CEO and Founder, Michael Goldenberg, responded: "It's not about soy," he said. "Rather, it's about pairing the right ingredients with the right delivery system."
According to him, this wax-over-oil formula -- when warmed -- is superior to traditional moisturizers because 1) Heating it up makes all of the ingredients extra soothing and extra penetrative, and 2) Once there (deep down in the skin), the liquefied wax adjusts to the lower body temperature and semi-congeals to cushion and plump sags, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and provide long-term moisturization by creating a trans-epidermal moisture barrier.
He also mentioned that the heating of the formula removes excess air bubbles that may irritate the skin, and that the most effective application is right after a warm, steamy shower when the skin has rid itself of toxins and is more spongy, more ready to absorb the active ingredients.
Makes sense, doesn't it?
What I like about the formula is that it consists of a simple but effectively proven line-up of quality anti-aging ingredients. Take a look: Soybean oil, green tea extract, shea butter, cocoa seed butter, sweet almond oil, beeswax, ginger fragrance therapy. That's all! A lot to love and nothing to hate.
Each disk contains 95% USDA-approved food grade Soybean Oil, an antioxidant that has been clinically proven to stimulate collagen synthesis, inhibit matrix metallo-proteinases (enzymes that break down the network of protein that make up the skin’s support layer), and even out skin tone and hyperpigmentation. What's more, it's been shown to act as a chemo-preventative agent when applied topically through the inhibition of the harmful effects of ultra violet radiation.
The primary constituent of soy is the isoflavone genistein, which works by mimicking estrogen -- but with out exerting any of the harmful hormonal effects. (Still, some people remain a bit skeptical of this I must note.) Estrogen production wanes with age and ultimately leads to dryer, thinner skin, so it makes sense to add it back in to counteract those undesirable effects.
As the allergy geek that I am, I found that my skin was a bit sensitive to the soy, resulting in temporary redness and itchiness. Of course, if you know you are allergic to soy this product wouldn't be for you.
That's the only caveat, however. Beyond soy, this formula is packed with the right ingredients: For example, there's the inclusion of the TIA antioxidant favorite green tea extract, which, as high up on the list as it is, is sure to do wonderful things for your skin. Shea butter, cocoa seed butter, and sweet almond oil are all luxurious additions that will soften and sooth, while also providing a lovely fragrance along with the ginger.
I really enjoyed using the Soypure skincare system, but -- as I mentioned in the video -- I think it will be best (and more likely) used on a weekly basis. Or, if you want to use it daily, than at night. I found it to be a bit too time-intensive for regular, and especially morning use.
Look for an upcoming reader review soon!
Soybean oil, green tea extract, shea butter, cocoa seed butter, sweet almond oil, beeswax, ginger fragrance therapy.