I don’t know about you, but when I think of skincare I think of budget friendly drugstore or designer Sephora brands and somehow overlook the entire derm skincare market. You know the section I’m talking about. It’s usually one pr half of an aisle at Shopper’s that separates the cosmetics from the drugstore priced skincare with white backlighting. It features brands like Vichy, Avène, and Neostrata.
I sometimes avoid shopping in this section because all of the products seem so “technical” and deciding where to start can be overwhelming. Neostrata was a brand I heard of before, but knew nothing about. When the Neostrata team reached out to me I decided to do some research and see what sets derm skincare apart from other types of skincare. Neostrata has been around for 40 years specializing in researching skincare ingredients.
Neostrata was kind enough to gift me their Restore line, formulated for sensitive skin types with Polyhydroxy Acid (PHAs) as their superstar ingredient aimed to protect skin’s moisture barrier while providing gentle exfoliation. I won’t lie I was a bit apprehensive to try out because I tend to stick to skincare brands that are mostly natural/organic as I find my skin can react poorly to anything with too many ingredients.
I am also someone who finds using acids on my skin intimidating. What are the benefits of using acids? Acids breaks down the binding and build up between skin cells to help exfoliate and give your skin that good glow. Other acids, like AHA tend to me more popular, however PHA are much more gentle therefore better suited for sensitive skin.
PHA Facial Cleanser
The product is generous 6.8 fl oz and only a quarter sized amount needed so expect a little bit to go a long way. This is a product I would repurchase because my skin felt like it was “back to normal” after using it, not deprived of all of its natural oils with no residue. $30 CAD
PHA Eye Cream
For me, the selling point of this eye cream is that it played well with my other products. My foundation/concealer has a tendency to wear off around that area of my face but since switching to the Neostrata Restore eye cream my makeup has worn better. $52 CAD
Bionic Face Serum
As much as I liked this serum I didn’t fall head over heels for it and it’ll probably not be one I repurchase in the future since it’s a bit on the pricey side. There was nothing in particular about the serum that made it stand out among other serums I have tried in the past. $85 CAD
Ultra Moisturizing Face Cream
I did find that this significantly reduced my dry spots and had high spreadability that I honestly just ended up dotting a bit on my forehead, nose, cheeks and chin to get enough cream to moisturize my entire face and neck. Between the two moisturizers I tried this was the one I preferred for my skin type. It is on the pricier side of face creams I tend to pick out but due to how well it played with other products I would repurchase this. $68 CAD
Bionic Hydrating Face Cream
Honestly I think if I had drier or more textured skin this product would be a lifesaver and when I had an upper lip waxing mishap (aka: ripped off a little bit of skin) this cream worked wonders as a spot treatment to help repair the tears in my skin while being gentle AF. $75 CAD