Morning Part 2:
Moisturizer: Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel OR Paula’s Choice RESIST Super Antioxidant Serum. The Moisture Gel is reserved, yep you guessed it, for when I’m indoors. Surprise, surprise. On the other hand, the RESIST Serum is applied under my sunscreen and foundation; it acts as an additional layer of (antioxidant) protection against the sun.
The Gel contains high amounts of the antioxidants green tea, grape, vitamin E, and the anti-inflammatory niacinamide. It also contains moderate amounts of vitamins C and B5 or panthenol, superoxide dismutase, an enzyme that has massive antioxidant potential internally (and less so if any at all topically), and the water-binding agent sodium hyaluronate. This does contain a high amount of algae like the La Mer line, however there are no studies demonstrating that this form of algae has any positive effect on the skin. Nevertheless, it does act as a water-binding agent. Its silicone base gives this a slightly spackle-like texture that dries down to a nice matte finish.
The Serum contains a plethora of well-documented powerhouse ingredients From high amounts of two forms of lipid-soluble vitamin C, three forms of vitamin E, ubiquinone (CoQ10), thiotic acid (alpha lipoic acid), ferulic and caffeic acid, the most potent aspect of green tea (epigallocatechin gallate), to a peptide that’s been shown through an in vivo study to be effective at encouraging collagen production, this Serum has got it all! Combined with the Shiseido SPF 55 sunscreen, it’s a formidable opponent against the UV rays of the sun. Check Part 4 of this series for an in-depth comparison of how this Serum goes up against the famous Skinceuticals C+E Ferulic Serum!
- Moisturizer with SPF: Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream For Face SPF 55 PA+++. The Shiseido product has a limited amount of beneficial ingredients other than its sunscreen component, which is primarily inorganic. By limited, I mean there isn’t much research behind the ones present in this formulation. It contain moderate amounts of skullcap root extract, a plant whose parts have demonstrated some antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically. In addition, along with another ingredient, ectoin, it has shown results suggesting that it enhances sunscreen efficacy by inhibiting UVA- and UVB-induced damage. There’s also an infinitesimal amount of vitamin E. It does also contains a small amount of fragrance. One last thing, I prefer inorganic sunscreens over organic ones because inorganic ones are more stable, organic ones irritate my skin and occasionally turns my face bright red, and I don’t have to wait 30 minutes after I apply them to go out into the sun.