(Kypris Moonlight Catalyst, $77)
Ask any dermatologist what the gold standard is for anti-aging treatment and prevention, and you’ll receive one resounding answer: retinol. As we age, our skin-cell turnover rates slow down, paving the way for wrinkles, pigmentation and dullness. Retinol (or its more potent prescription form, retinoid) is a vitamin A derivative that speeds up cell regeneration rates for a fresher, smoother surface.
However, like many wonder products, retinol can come at a high price—many users experience skin irritation, dryness, sensitivity to sunlight, blistering, and redness due to the harsh concentration of enzymes in most retinol creams. Some also notice that after several years of use, retinol stops being effective, leaving their skin duller and looking more wrinkled than before. Retinol creams have even been linked to abnormal fetal development, and are not recommended for use by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Holistic skincare brand Kypris create products that are made with organic, wildcrafted, and sustainably procured ingredients. There’s something mystical about the brand’s supercharged skincare – these products are as natural as can be, yet there’s powerful science behind them. The Moonlight Catalyst Serum, for example, uses herbal ingredients to mimic the brightening effects of retinol, but with none of the redness or peeling. Fermented pumpkin enzymes encourage cellular renewal, while biometric EGF – a vegan, non-GM peptide of epidermal growth factor – works to plump fine lines as neroli calms the skin.
The gel texture of Moonlight Catalyst slides onto the skin and dries to a perfect, moisturizing finish. Your skin never feels heavy, oily or tacky — just perfectly quenched and ready for rest.
After a good night’s sleep, you wake to find my skin looking the way KYPRIS Moonlight Catalyst promises: Refined and renewed. It’s the look of a beautifully resurfaced skin that has fewer visible pores and a smooth appearance.