It is unusual for me to use more than one product from a brand at any one time, but right now I am on an Innarah binge. Innarah is a new discovery, and the chemist behind the brand formulates in a very interesting way, using a fermenting process for botanical extracts and a slew of unusual and potent actives. The brand is now the backbone of my current beauty regimen.
Also unusual for me is the amount of exfoliation and brightening that I have gravitated toward. Perhaps it is an end of summer compulsion to clarify a sweaty, clogged up complexion. Whatever the reason, it seems to be contributing to softer, more satiny skin. So, in detail, here’s what’s working for me now.
After a long break, I have gone back to La Vie Celeste Exfoliating Mother of Pearl Cleanser ($40). I first came across this cleanser four years ago and am happy that it has stood the test of time. It uses clay to exfoliate and it really is gentle enough to use every day. Packed with mother of pearl (a source of minerals and amino acids) and antioxidants, it is an important kick off for my anti-aging regimen.
A couple of times a week, I use Blissoma Fresh Mild Rice Facial Cleanser ($31.99). I was intrigued by community member Teresa’s review and bought a bottle. It is extremely refreshing and uses natural ingredients, rice grains and plantain to cleanse. Plus, there’s some cannabis oil to bring back my latent hippie.
Although the consistency is akin to a toner, Innarah Treatment Solution Daily Solution ($150) is a hydrating and brightening serum. I don’t use it every day (although, as the name implies, it is designed to be) as I firmly believe in keeping AHA use (in this case lecithin and glycolic acid) to a minimum, and two to three times a week is enough to keep my skin smoother and more even toned.
My skin has really taken to Innarah Line Smoothing Treatment Serum Oxygenated Moisture Serum ($175). It has given my skin a more velvety texture, and it is helping to eradicate some fine lines. Having said that, it does not work for deep wrinkles. Innarah has introduced me to some new actives, including a peptide that keeps the skin firm and apolactoferrin, a pack mule protein that transports iron, copper and zinc to the cells.
Neck and forehead serum
For rough textured skin on my neck and the deeper lines on my forehead, I reach for MitoQ Moisturizing Anti-Aging Serum ($119 in the shop). As long I maintain regular use (a bit of a challenge, as I am always testing new things), it really works. It is based on one active ingredient – a turbo-charged form of ubiquinone that reduces mitochondrial oxidative damage and boosts collagen and elastin production.
Another product that I regard as an interchangeable heavy hitter is Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime ($135). Formulated especially for menopausal skin, it has copper peptides, epidermal growth factor and a collagen and elastin promoting peptide.
Lip line treatment
I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to use Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream for lip lines, but it is proving to be a great idea. The 3.8% concentration of retinol with nano-encapsulated epidermal growth factor seem to be helping what is a very stubborn issue for me. I smear the Innarah serum over the Eyeconic and am seeing results.
A good litmus test is whether I continue regular used of a product after my official test period ends. I am still going strong with Innarah VenoDefenseTM Eye Treatment Sèrum Hydrating Eye Treatment Sèrum ($150). It is good for fine lines, hydration and brightening. Here again, Innarah introduced me to another ingredient, snow algae. It grows on ice and protects against UV damage
E'shee Alpha and Omega Gene Therapy Eye Cream ($284 in the shop) remains the best eye cream I have found so far for firming, and I am still using it at night alternating with the Innarah in the mornings.
Dark spot treatment
Nutra-Lift Brite & Lite ($34 in the shop) is a good freckle fader and so far is working on newish areas of hyperpigmentation. For the price, it packs a decent punch with an ingredient list that reads like a who’s who of skin brighteners.
On the mornings when my skin looks as if it could do with a pick-me-up, I always rely on Royal Nectar Mask with Bee Venom ($68 in the shop). I don’t even remove, simply letting it become absorbed for about 20 minutes. It always leaves my skin looking refreshed and dewy.
The best body lotion I have found so far is Stemulation Relance ($98 in the shop) as it doesn’t simply moisturize but is also helping my skin look younger (even the knees). Plus, it is the only stem cell formula for the body that I know of. Although many will balk at the price, I don’t want to stint on what I put on my body, which is in danger of showing my age. And a little goes a really long way.
I am usually allergic to chemical sunscreens, but not Amarte Ultra Veil Sunscreen ($45). It has SPF 50 with two mineral and two chemical actives. I like that it also has an epidermal growth factor and some good antioxidants and skin repairers. It is a light lotion and passes the sweat test.
Marta Wohrle is an anti-aging skin care and beauty expert and the founder/CEO of Truth In Aging. Marta is dedicated to uncovering the truth behind anti-aging product claims.