As you know, I love Neostrata. I've talked about them and their other companies (ie: Exuviance) several times. They make some of my favorite products. In my opinion they are number 1 in skincare. They're constantly breaking new ground in the skincare community. New technology, clinical trials, new complexes and ingredients, they constantly amaze me with what they continue to do.
The product I'm going to be talking about today is their 10 Bionic Face Serum. This product is ultimately, in my mind, great for intense hydration and also major antioxidant benefits. That's the first thing that comes to mind, it's star ingredient is 10% Lactobionic Acid. It works along with other Vitamins which is what's giving you the "super antioxidant" serum.
Here's some description of products ingredients to better understand how they work from the company:
"10% Lactobionic Acid, a potent antioxidant, builds skin’s support and protects it by inhibiting MMP, the enzyme that breaks down collagen and GAGs, skin’s support structure. Together with Vitamins A, C and E, Lactobionic Acid also has been shown to provide intense moisturization and reduction in the appearance of fine lines, pore size, laxity and mottled hyperpigmentation.
This intensive treatment serum with 10% Lactobionic Acid helps restore radiance and improve skin texture while amplifying the benefits of other antiaging products in your regimen.
Polyhydroxy Acid Lactobionic Acid diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Provides intense moisturization and antioxidant benefits
This serum and the Foaming Glycolic Wash is what introduced me to Bionics or Lactobionic Acid which is a PHA or Polyhydroxy Acid. PHA's are becoming more popular lately in skincare, I think. Meaning I'm seeing them more often in toning/exfoliating products or added to a product for that benefit. There is some research that says that they will be better than AHA's in some areas because they're less irritating to the skin. However, they are a larger molecule so it's harder for them to penetrate the skin as opposed to other acids. So the only question that really raises for me is "Would they be as effective as Glycolic Acid, since Glycolic Acid can penetrate the skin deeper due to it's small size?" There is some research that says, even with it being a bigger molecule, it's still just as effective as AHA's.
With that thought though, the way this has been formulated along with how they want you to use it, I believe it's the better route to go and the answer to the question above won't matter. This is recommended morning and night, a little more emphasis for morning use though, it seems. Makes sense to me for several reasons. A more gentle exfoliation/toning for day time use that doesn't make the skin overly sensitive, inflamed, red, irritated, etc. Also gives the mega vitamin support (antioxidant bonus), one of those being Vitamin C. So it could be used for two steps or even 3 or 4 steps in one: gentle exfoliation for smoother skin, vitamin c to brighten and help with pigmentation, the anitoxidant benefit, and then hydration to plump the skin and improve the "look" of the skin . So for me that is 3 steps in the morning. I do typically use a gentle acid, a Vitamin C, and moisturizer. Which is what makes me love this product so much.
This is no joke with the hydration though guys. When they say "intense hydration", they are not kidding around. It took my skin a week to get used to the hydration this had. My oil production got a little bit out of balance and I had oily skin for almost a week. Then it evened back out. To be fair though the same thing happened when I introduced oils into my skincare routine. (Argan Oil was the first oil I used *fun fact*) The beauty of this is you can only apply to certain areas if that's what you want. For instance, I love putting this under the eyes and some areas where I tend to be more dry, specifically. I use this at night the most because with it being summer I find it works best for me as a night treatment and like I said it's like a "super serum" so it makes it possible for me to forgo some other steps, if I want.
I've had absolutely no problems with this other than noticing that I had more oil than normal for a few days. No breakouts, no sensitivity, no clogged pores, nothing bad at all has happened to my skin from this product. Which I can only speak for myself. This is a 10 Bionic and it's 10% Lactoboinic Acid, their Foaming Glycolic Wash has 20 Bionic/AHA in it which is 18% Glycolic Acid and 2% Lactobionic Acid. I'm really interested to see what else they do in the Bionic/PHA area of skincare. It seems they've already done quite a bit so I'm dying to try more.
This is beautiful glass packaging with a pump, the serum is not thick and gooey it's a thinner clear consistency with a pump. You feel the hydration immediately and a little goes a long way I find, so start small and use more as needed. I take this down my neck as well, as I do with pretty much all my skincare. From a moisturizer point of view this beats ALL of my moisturizers in how if provides hydration immediately and how the hydration lasts. However, it's recommended you put this under a moisturizer at night in which case I do, simply because creams tend to work as a barrier between your skin and the air. By doing so it allows whatever oils, serums, etc do the best they can without having to deal with being "exposed to the elements" I guess you could say. So while this does provide a great amount of hydration more so than an actual moisturizing cream, it works better when it's "locked in" for the antioxidant benefit and other benefits for your skin, in my opinion.
This is 1 oz. and a pH of 3.8. It's $78 and available at:
The ingredients are:
Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Lactobionic Acid, Glycerin, Polysorbate 80, Arginine, Retinyl (Vitamin A) Palmitate, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl (Vitamin C) Ascorbate, Polyquaternium-10, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben.
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