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Korres

MenoReverse Volumizing Serum-in-Moisturizer

1.30 fl. oz. for $ 58.00
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MenoReverse Volumizing Serum-in-Moisturizer is a product designed for “post-menopausal women”. As menopause progresses and the hormone estrogen declines, skin changes, typically losing up to 30% of its collagen, among other changes related to this loss, like skin thinning and barrier depletion. Without question this is an under-served group, which is why it saddens us to report this moisturizer isn’t the treatment it claims to be.

On the upside, this contains some good moisturizing ingredients for normal to dry skin, including vegetable oil, fatty acids and triglycerides, and glycerin. Also on board are numerous soothing, antioxidant plant extracts: two types of oat, artichoke, and honeysuckle. The luxe, creamy texture leaves skin feeling velvety-soft and supple.

On the downside, the jar packaging won’t help keep the natural ingredients, including Korres’s touted white pine, said to promote collagen production, elasticity, and improve age spots (which are really sun damage spots that can occur at any age) stable once opened. See More Info for details.

The white pine extract is said to be proprietary, which may explain why we couldn’t find any published research (even from ingredient suppliers) supporting the brand’s claims. That means you’re taking their word for it, which is always iffy when claims aren’t supported by any kind of solid research. It’s unlikely this cream will restore lost facial volume or reduce sagging skin.

What research has shown works quite well for the skin changes associated with menopause are a group of plant compounds known as phytoestrogens. Typically derived from soy, these ingredients safely interact with estrogen receptor sites on skin cells, essentially tricking skin into thinking it has a normal amount of estrogen, thus preventing the skin changes due to menopause. This moisturizer includes soy flour, but this form isn’t considered a good source of effective phytoestrogens.

The last concern is the fragrance ingredients this contains. Although the scent isn’t strong nor does it linger once this absorbs, the fact remains the fragrance ingredients such as citronellol and linalool can trigger irritation.

Pros:
  • Contains some very good moisturizing ingredients.
  • Luxe, creamy texture leaves skin velvety-soft and supple.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging won’t keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable once opened.
  • Unlikely to restore lost facial volume or reduce sagging.
  • Contains fragrance ingredients that pose a risk of irritating skin.

More Info:

Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight is also problematic for these ingredients.

Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, especially in water-based formulas, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.

Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin.

References for this information:
Molecules, July 2018, ePublication
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: No

A targeted serum-in-moisturizer for post-menopausal women, clinically proven to improve skin’s volume for the appearance of firmer, plumper skin in seven days. Specifically designed for post-menopausal women.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Propanediol, Olus Oil/Vegetable Oil/Huile Végétale, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Betaine, Pentylene Glycol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Avena Strigosa Seed Extract, Behenyl Alcohol, Cellulose Gum, Citric Acid, Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Hydrolyzed Soybean Fiber, Lactic Acid, Lecithin, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Pancratium Maritimum Extract, Pinus Heldreichii Bark Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Silica, Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Parfum/Fragrance.

Korres At-A-Glance

 

Korres is a Greek cosmetics line that was started by Athens-based pharmacist George Korres and his chemist wife, Lena. From its humble beginnings with a natural cough syrup steeped in Greek tradition to a long series of herbal remedies using local ingredients, Korres eventually morphed into a line of skincare infused with natural ingredients, a strong pull for many cosmetic consumers.

A key difference for Korres is that many of the natural ingredients they use are chosen based on the principles of homeopathy, a form of alternative medicine involving the administration of various diluted herbal tinctures to improve diseases. Unfortunately, theres very little research-based support for homeopathy as it relates to great skincare.

Overall the Korres products are a fairly even mix of pros and cons. Many of their products are tricky for us to recommend, due to the frequent presence of fragrance (a problem for skin, whether it is natural or synthetically derived) and usage of jar packaging for several of their moisturizers.

For more information about Korres, visit www.korresusa.com or call 1-855-9KORRES.

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