The simply-named "Rewind" from Stratia is supposed to help turn back the clock on aging. While it contains some good anti-aging ingredients, it's not quite as impressive as claimed, especially when it comes to what's supposed to be this product's star ingredient.
Rewind has a lightweight, fast-absorbing texture that's close to that of a fluid serum, though Stratia describes it as an essence (the terms essence and serum can be interchangeable). It's fragrance free and leaves skin feeling lightly hydrated.
Antioxidants, skin-replenishing ingredients, and skin-soothing ingredients are on hand, and all of them can make skin look and feel smoother, restored, and improve some of the visible signs of aging.
But what about the 2-dimethylamino ethanol (DMAE) that's hyped in Stratia's claims? There's conflicting research on what benefit it really has in a skincare product. It seems to offer an initial benefit that improves skin firmness, but for it to maintain efficacy and stability, it must be at a pH level of at least 10. That's highly alkaline, which isn't good for skin, and since most moisturizers are formulated at a pH that closely matches skin, the DMAE here likely has no impact.
If you're considering this serum, keep in mind that it's the research-backed anti-aging ingredients this contains that will improve skin's appearance, not the DMAE.
Note: This does come in a not-entirely-opaque plastic bottle, so it's best if you store it out of direct light to preserve its antioxidant benefit.
- Lightweight serum formula is hydrating.
- Contains some good anti-aging ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- DMAE likely has no skincare benefit in this formula.
- Its slightly frosted bottle means you must store it away from light.
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Rewind is a fast-absorbing essence featuring DMAE, 5% niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and plant extracts to help rewind the visible effects of aging.
With a tagline of Skincare That Works, Stratia (pronounced strah-TEE-uh in reference to the layers of the skin) is a no-frills, boutique-style take on skincare backed by scientific research. The brainchild of blogger and self-professed chemistry nerd and skincare addict Allie Reed from Los Angeles.
The line got its start in 2016 and so far is small, consisting of a handful of formulas. Overall, these formulas are effective and get it right, as they are mostly gentle, effective, and fragrance-free. We say mostly because there is one product containing a potentially-sensitizing plant oil, and another that doesnt contain the most effective form of its key ingredient thats available.
Otherwise, this has some strong offerings, and is at a mid-range price that means its good skincare thats attainable for many (though at this point, you can only buy Stratia products online).
For more information on Stratia, visit https://www.stratiaskin.com/.
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