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I was initially drawn to Youva Bounce Back Collagen Complex Serum ($68) because it is one of the few serums made with red clover extract, an ingredient that’s said to be helpful for menopausal skin.
Red clover contains high levels of isoflavones. I found one study on rats that were induced to have menopausal effects, then given red clover extract with 11 percent isoflavones. The epidermis of these rats remained normal with uniform thickness and the collagen actually increased. So I was very interested to see red clover at the end of a long list of botanical oils and extracts, as well as some known anti-agers.
Youva recommends patting — not rubbing — the serum onto skin to boost circulation. To my surprise, this works really well. When lightly tapped with my fingertips, the product is absorbed extremely quickly. My skin instantly feels a little firmer and, despite the cream’s dry finish, comfortably moisturized.
Overall, I am very pleased with my 30-day experience using Bounce Back — I’ve been applying it to my face and neck once a day — and will continue to use it. Although I haven’t noticed an effect on lines and wrinkles, it’s firming, hydrating and gives my skin a nice, healthy glow.
Rosemary extract is one of the ingredients that Youva emphasizes. As well as being a potent antioxidant, it has a flavonoid known as diosmin that may restore strength to fragile capillaries. Personally, I like the inclusion of horsetail, a rich source of silica that helps Bounce Bank impart a kind of dry softness to the skin while strengthening cells.
You can credit the brightening effects of this serum to the oat extract and bearberry, as well as vitamin C. Avocado oil has acids and sterolins that, according to Youva, help prevent dark spots. Lastly, the antioxidant compounds in scullcap protect against skin diseases and UV damage.
Also nice? There isn’t anything to dislike in the Bounce Back formula except for the preservative hydroxymethylglycinate.