Do you ever spend a ton of money on a fancy-schmancy skincare product, only to find out it doesn’t do diddly-squat? I have, and it pi$$es me off! Luckily, this hasn’t happened to me in a LONG time, thanks to the fact that I now thoroughly research products before getting out my credit card.
Unfortunately, there are many brands out there that masquerade as being “clinical” in nature, and use bogus statistics in their marketing. In my post, “Debunking Skincare Quack Ingredients: How Do You Find the Truth?” I go over some hints on how to spot the good stuff (read more here).
I often get questions regarding skincare products and what brands work best. Well, the truth is, everyone’s skin is different, and there are SO many great brands out there. This can be really confusing, so I’ve comprised a narrowed-down list of my top five brands that are dependable and backed by solid, proven science.
FYI- In the interest of giving you my real, true, honest opinion on what really works, I do NOT have an affiliate relationship with ANY of these brands. While I am affiliated with several department stores and major retailers that may carry some of the products, I receive NO financial benefits from any of these five companies.
Out of all the skincare brands out there, Bionova is the most unique. The scientist in me gets excited every time I use something from them! Their products are far different than any others on the market today. Bionova’s skincare line is based on nanotechnology, and uses Hyper-Natural ingredients, meaning they mimic the substances that are naturally found in the human body.
Bionova skincare was founded by Dr. Michael Danielov, who is an M.D., but also holds a Ph.D. in pathophysiology. Not only was Dr. Danielov nominated for the USSR’s State Prize, the country’s highest award for science and technology, but he has done extensive research in the pathogenical mechanisms of thanatogeneses (mechanisms of death) of post-aggressive reactions in living organisms. In other words, he knows a helluva lot about aging and what causes it!
As I mentioned, Bionova’s ingredients are Hyper-Natural. Dr. Danielov’s research showed that everything the human body needs is already present. Therefore, the best approach to modern skincare is to use substances that are natural to the body. Since there is no introduction of foreign molecules, there are no side effects or adverse reactions, just fabulous results!
You can read more about Bionova here, and see my results here. Additionally, Dr. Danielov’s research has been published in several issues of the Critical Care and Catastrophe Medicine Journal (numbers 4, 8, and 10). You can read these articles on the publisher’s website, www.cccmj.ge.
Jerry and I both have our own separate Platinum memberships at Ulta, so we’re very familiar with Exuviance products, and have been happy with every product we’ve tried.
Exuviance was founded by Dr. Eugene J. Van Scott, a dermatologist, and Dr. Ruey J. Yu, a dermatopharmacologist. The doctors were not only the first to patent alpha hydroxy acids in skincare, but they were also the first to bring us glycolic acid peels- much appreciated, Drs. Van Scott and Yu! (You can read more here.)
Exuviance is also known for using polyhydroxy acids (versions of alpha hydroxy acids) that are less irritating, and can be used by those with sensitive skin. Each of their products is formulated with ingredients that have been scientifically proven to be effective.
3. SOMME INSTITUTE
I first heard of Somme Institute when an esthetician told me about the brand. Somme Institute was founded by a team of dermatologists after they became disappointed with skincare products that didn’t perform up to their standards.
When I tried the Somme Institute regimen, I was very happy with the products- you can read about my experience here and here. The company actually used FDA drug-like guidelines when conducting their research, which consisted of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled testing of their products. So, believe me when I tell you, these people are legit!
Another impressive thing about Somme Institute is that they make their research available to their customers. They actually sent me the methodology used in their testing, and documentation from peer reviews. The research was validated by several industry heavy-weights, such as Albert Kligman, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, also known as “the father of Retin-A.”
4. RADICAL SKINCARE
I was first introduced to Radical Skincare when Missy, at Shreveport’s (now Bossier City) Sephora, told me how awesome the Instant Revitalizing Mask was, so I tried it and LOVED it.
Radical Skincare was founded by two sisters whose father was a renowned doctor and pioneer in the anti-aging field. Along with a team of chemists, Liz and Rachel Edlich created products for their own personal use. You can read more about Radical Skincare here.
One of my favorite aspects of Radical Skincare is that while the products are very potent and physician-strength, they are formulated to be used by all skin types, including sensitive! This is great for me because after using Retin-A, my skin has become hypersensitive. I like that I can use products that are effective, yet non-irritating.
Radical Skincare is available at Nordstrom and directly from Radical Skincare.
5. SUNDAY RILEY
One of my all time favorite skincare products is Sunday Riley’s Good Genes Treatment, which utilizes lactic acid to brighten skin and reduce the signs of aging (read more here).
Sunday Riley reportedly bought her first wrinkle cream at the age of 12. After working at cosmetic counters and getting a college degree in chemistry, she founded her namesake skincare line.
While Sunday Riley’s products are not advertised as all-natural, they are clean products with powerful active ingredients that actually work. I’ve tried many of her products, such as the Bionic moisturizer, Start Over eye cream, and the Artemis face oil, but my favorites are the Good Genes Treatment and Ceramic Slip Cleanser, which you can combine to make a mask!
Have you ever wasted money on a product that didn’t work? Have you tried any from the brands I listed? What products are you interest in trying? Scroll down to comment below!
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