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I feel as though my reviews have been negative lately, but that comes with the truth sometimes, and I will always remain faithful to the policy of this site to review products with honesty and integrity. Anyway, the negative reviews end here. I really like The Skin Revolution Lazarus Fortifying Serum ($60). Really quite a bit, actually.
Lazarus is all about plant stem cell technology. I had previously been using Andalou Organics Fruit Stem Cell Serum ($24.95). But honestly, even though I have read some reviews on plant stem cell serums here at TIA, I was still fairly clueless about whether or not they were effective. But I liked the other ingredients in Andalou’s serum enough that I was willing to remain ignorant.
The first thing I did when I was asked to test Lazarus is what I always do: internet research. And while that can be hit or miss, I came across a couple of easy to follow, informative and well-researched articles. As I delved into them I was disheartened but not surprised to read Andalou’s serum dismissed as being ineffective, but glad to read that plant stem cells do work. However there are stipulations to their effectiveness; they need be near the top of the ingredients list and should be formulated with a “liposome or other phospholipid delivery system ingredient such as lecithin or phosphatidylcholine.”
I compared what I was reading to Lazarus’ ingredients, and sure enough after the Edelweiss and White Horehound meristem cultures is Liposomal Phosphatidylcholine, and Liposomal Glutathaione. Additionally, the couple of particular plant stem cell cultures in Lazarus, Edelweiss and White Horehound, have been scientifically shown to have the most potency when it comes to anti-aging protection of human skin.
I really think Skin Revolution’s young or young-looking founder and esthetician Michael Marano knows his stuff. I like this formulation, I like the radish root preservative, I like the light texture, I like that it is nearly two ounces, I like the airless pump, I like that the packaging is not feminine, I like that it is $60, I like that it can be used day or night (I do both), I like that it is raw, vegan and cruelty free. It spreads and absorbs with no issues and a matte finish. There is no scent. There is nothing I don’t like here.
Additionally, I am very happy with my complexion these days, and that should always be the bottom line when testing an anti-aging serum. A friend recently told me I am on a “skin high,” while another friend asked what I was doing because I looked 16 (I'm in my 40s). Hyperbole, but I can see for myself that my skin is in peak condition right now.
I will without a doubt purchase Lazarus, and that says enough about it. I had to pause and think about this before I was willing to say it out loud, but Lazarus is the best anti-aging serum or cream I have tested for TIA. Lazarus might just be the keeper I have been looking for. Right stuff at the right price.