Being halfway through September now, I have to face the fact that summer has come to an end. The only good thing is Halloween, other than that, I’m very sad!
With the changing of the seasons, we also have to keep our skin in mind. Many of us need to change up our routines as the weather and humidity levels change. However, there are some things that we all need, regardless of skin type or season.
Collagen always remains an important factor in skincare, as do antioxidants and sun protection. The MyChelle Dermaceuticals Beauty Key 3 products provide three skincare ingredients every skin type needs, no matter the season. So, I was really happy to have the opportunity to test them out.
First off, let me start by saying how great the packaging was- I love it when companies take the time to go the extra mile and make people feel special. The presentation, complete with green tissue and a cute cosmetic bag, sets MyChelle apart from others. Well done!
The MyChelle Dermaceuticals Beauty Key 3 products are the Perfect C Serum, Remarkable Retinal Serum, and Sun Shield SPF 28. Perfect C Serum contains ascorbic acid, the most powerful form of antioxidant Vitamin C; Remarkable Retinal Serum contains a retinoid, which stimulates collagen production among myriad other benefits; and Sun Shield SPF 28 protects the skin from harmful UV damage.
Founded in Colorado in 2000, the goal of MyChelle is to provide clean, conscious, and comprehensive skincare products that are bioactive and formulated with high performance ingredients that provide superior results. In addition, those ingredients are ethically sourced and the company uses sustainable manufacturing practices. To top it all off, MyChelle products are vegetarian, cruelty-free, free of phthalates, parabens, sulfates, ureas, artificial fragrances and colors, petroleum, GMOs, and gluten (MyChelle Dermaceuticals, 2016).
Perfect C Serum
MyChelle Dermaceuticals Perfect C Serum contains plant stem cells, antioxidants, and Vitamin C to support collagen. The formula doesn’t contain just any Vitamin C, though; it’s a potent, high concentration of pure 17% L-Ascorbic Acid. This serum helps combat the signs of aging by stimulating collagen and evening out skin tone. The addition of Buddleja plant stem cells helps protect against sun damage (MyChelle Dermaceuticals, 2016).
Perfect C Serum is housed in an opaque pump bottle that helps protect the product from air and light. This makes me very happy because it helps keep the ingredients safe from degradation and being rendered useless (Kaur, Kapila & Agrawal, 2007). Just turn the pump in the direction of the arrow, and dispense the amount you need, super easy to use!
The serum itself is a yellowish orange color, and has a very odd, distinct smell. It’s not a bad smell, just very strange, almost smoky. I know, weird, right? I actually like the way it smells, though, and I appreciate the fact that it doesn’t have any artificial fragrances to cover it up. The serum is easy to spread, and is readily absorbed, and the scent dissipates quickly. My skin doesn’t feel greasy or sticky, and the serum wears well under other products and/or makeup.
Remarkable Retinal Serum
Yes, retinal, not retinol! Although not as common, if you’ve been keeping up with this blog, you likely know there are a variety of retinoids available. Retinal, or retinaldehyde, is the strongest non-prescription retinoid available, as it’s the precursor to retinoic acid, commonly known as Retin-A or tretinoin.
MyChelle Dermaceuticals Remarkable Retinal Serum is a powerful anti-wrinkle formula with Ceramide 3 and plant stem cells in addition to the retinal. The serum purportedly reduces fine lines by 42% and redness by 70% in just 4 weeks (MyChelle Dermaceuticals, 2016).
Remarkable Retinal Serum is housed in the same style of bottle as the Perfect C Serum, so it’s convenient to use, and the ingredients remain stable. The formula is a bright orangey-yellow color, and absorbs easily without any issues. The good thing about this serum is that it’s not irritating, like my tretinoin is. So, if you’re sensitive, this may be a great choice.
Sun Shield SPF 28
MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield SPF 28 is a full-spectrum sun defense product. The unscented mineral-based formula is environmentally safe and can be used for face and body. It also contains soothing aloe to help rehydrate and calm sun-induced irritation (MyChelle Dermaceuticals, 2016).
I’m very pleased that when I received these products, they included sunscreen. If you’ve been following our blog, you know how much I preach about sun protection! Not only do many products make our skin more sensitive to the sun, but without protection, all the good done with skincare products is undone.
Sun Shield SPF 28 is housed in a sanitary, convenient squeeze tube. The product is easy to spread and after a few minutes, I don’t see any white cast, even on my medium-toned skin, so that’s a plus! Although I’m oily, the cream doesn’t make me greasy and hasn’t caused me to break out. It wears well under makeup, too!
The only negative is the SPF 28. I do wish this number were a bit higher, considering the American Academy of Dermatology’s recommended gold standard is an SPF of at least 30 (American Academy of Dermatology, 2016). I know this is only a difference of 2, but I pride myself on honesty. Nevertheless, a lot of other companies push SPF 10 or 15 products, so I’m happy with the 28.
Overall, I was very happy with the MyChelle Dermaceuticals Key 3. I always get excited when I have the opportunity to try out another brand with scientifically-proven ingredients, especially when the brand includes sun protection as an important part of the regimen. I also think they’re right on point with the products being the “Key 3.” A great antioxidant product, retinoid, and sun protection should all be integral parts of any skincare routine. The MyChelle Dermaceuticals Key 3 are well worth checking out! You can get further information by visiting their website or the link below.
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American Academy of Dermatology (2016). How to select a sunscreen. American Academy of Dermatology. Retrieved September 11, 2016, from www.aad.org.
Kaur, I., Kapila, M. & Agrawal, R. (2007). Role of novel delivery systems in developing topical antioxidants as therapeutics to combat photoageing. Aging Research Reviews, 6(4). Retrieved June 16, 2016, from www.sciencedirect.com.
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