In a dream world, there'd be a potion that you apply to immediately forget all the factors working against your best-ever skin, whether that's lines and wrinkles, large pores, or a bumpy texture. While that's still far from reality, according to Murad, its Revitalixir Recovery Serum can take on the effects of aging, including stress-induced lines. And per shoppers, the brand isn't lying.
Unlike your standard serums, the formula is encapsulated into spheres that burst in the pump when you apply it. It may seem a little bit gimmicky, but according to Dr. Alicia Zalka, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and the founder of Surface Deep skincare, there's actually science behind the system. "The sphere delivery does, in fact, help the penetration of some ingredients into the epidermis," she tells InStyle.
Ingredient-wise, neuropeptides and caffeine work on softening fine lines and reducing puffiness; niacinamide brightens; and apricot kernel oil, hemp seed oil, and vitamin E add moisture and plumpness. While those all make for an excellent remedy to general aging concerns, the brand states the serum then goes above and beyond for stress-induced damage, like wrinkles, puffiness, increased oil, inflammation, redness, and dryness. The party responsible? Wild indigo extract, an Ayurvedic ingredient that contains neurophroline.
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"Neurophroline is touted as an answer to reduce signs of skin damage related to stress," says Dr. Zalka. "Cortisol, which is released as a direct result of the stress response, can impact the body overall and the skin, specifically [by] unleashing negative effects and hastening signs of aging." In theory, Dr. Zalka explains that neurophroline tackles those effects by reducing the skin's cortisol production. Since there isn't much research on neurophroline yet, it's hard to say for sure — but considering reviewers' reactions to the serum, the proof is in the pudding.
As one 73-year-old wrote, the serum is why they have "so little wrinkles" and even get compliments from their friends. Another fan in the over-65 range echoed the same sentiment: "I've used this for a little over three years now, and get complimented on my skin all the time. I use this with the Moisture Cream with SPF 30, and it has definitely slowed the aging process down."
Other shoppers attest that it's the one product they can't live without, and a little goes a long way for minimizing pores and rough texture. "My daughter introduced me to this. After one week, I saw a change in my face," reported a shopper on their third bottle. "A lovely, healthy, clean glow. Highly recommend — I am 63 years of age, [and] looking at me you'd easily take 10 years off."
More satisfied reviewers shared their magnificent results. "This treatment has kept my face young for years. For my age, I get more compliments on my complexion having used this product for quite some time," wrote a customer. Another user added, the "magical serum" is one of the few products that doesn't cause them to break out, while actually making a difference for their aging skin.
Not only does it give complexions a more youthful appearance — making skin feel moisturized, plump, and firm, according to shoppers — but it has helped others to look less strained and exhausted. "I've been using this two times daily for about a month, and it's almost erased the fact that I'm in nursing school during a pandemic while trying to virtual school two small kids and not sleeping well," said a final reviewer.
Intrigued? Give the Revitalixir Recovery Serum a whirl for yourself; with any luck, Murad will come out with an acne-clearing version next.
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