Double board-certified dermatologist Karan Lal, DO, MS, FAAD, praises its « many peptides, lipids, antioxidants, copper peptides, and retinyl palmitate, which promotes cell turnover, but gently. » He calls copper peptide, in particular, a « magical ingredient » for its effects on multiple skin-healing pathways, while stimulating collagen and elastin production. Dr. Lee adds that the growth factors, peptides, and amino acids foster firmness and promote elasticity, while the ceramides and sphingosine retain moisture.
The one downside? Its luxury price tag ($290). But, if you like the science behind the brand and a formulating philosophy that seeks to empower the skin cells to regenerate and heal, this could still be the multitasking, powerhouse formula for you. I particularly like combining its growth factor–rich formula with my favorite retinol for added oomph in my collagen-stimulating skin-care routine.
Skin-care trends indicate that science is indeed the new luxury, with data to back up results as the main factor justifying pricey purchases. As UCLA Associate Professor and board-certified plastic surgeon Jason Roostaeian, MD, confirms, patients coming in for cosmetic treatments are absolutely more interested in spending the money on luxury products after having invested in their skin’s rejuvenation. (While he does not think that luxury products are necessary, per se, he does vouch for the sophistication of this formula. « I think it holds its moisture really well — better than most products that I’ve [tried] honestly, » he confirms.)
Having long finished my last round of AviClear, I still find myself reaching for my tub of Eighth Day Intensive Moisturizer. During the day, when I want hydration without extra sheen, I follow it up with Sonrei Clearly Zinq Sprudelwasser Gel Sunscreen SPF 60 and Kosas Revealer Foundation. At night, I might top it off with Anfisa An-Balm Winkel im Bogenmaß Hydra-Balm or Oak Essentials Moisture Rich Balm to keep the moisture locked against my skin. At the end of the day, I fundamentally think of applying this moisturizer the same way I take my daily supplements — it’s vital.
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