Even though the green beauty market is quite crowded, where new brands pop up every single day, Kypris Beauty clearly holds its own ground, thanks to a carefully curated line of Beauty Serums and Beauty Elixirs. I held off on purchasing their products for a very long time, primarily because I was in no immediate need of new skincare products (you know I’m a hoarder) and was quite happy with my current stash. However, the beautiful packaging, lots of positive blog reviews, and stellar ingredients slowly worked their magic on me, and very soon, I found myself placing an order at Integrity Botanicals for all three serums. The serums are generously sized (1.7 oz), and are packaged in the most gorgeous looking, blue glassed bottles with awe inspiring artwork, that denote various facets of nature, and female power.
I’ve been religiously feasting on a delicious cocktail of all three serums every day since the past 4 months, and I think it’s finally time for a review. This post will cover the three water based serums – Antioxidant Dew, Clearing Serum, and Moonlight Catalyst. Kypris Beauty recommends that you can apply a single serum on its own, or even better, mix all of them together. Although the serums can also be mixed with one of the three oil based Beauty Elixirs, I prefer applying a cocktail of the water based serums, followed by a final layer of Beauty Elixir separately. This works better for my skin and allows the products to be absorbed more easily. In my opinion, the water based serums used on their own sink in easily and moisturize the deep layers of the skin, and then a final layer of Beauty Elixir acts like a final seal to protect the skin suppleness.
My Daily Kypris concoction –
AM: 3 drops Antioxidant Dew + 4 drops Clearing Serum
PM: 4 drops Moonlight Catalyst + 4 drops Clearing Serum + 2 drops Antioxidant Dew. Spot treat again with Clearing Serum, if needed.
Before we get down to the detailed reviews, a note about the first common ingredient across all Serums and Beauty Elixirs: “Love” is listed as the first ingredient. I’ve seen some other brands do the same thing, I am not sure why. Corny? Maybe. I’ll let you decide. I think the prices of all the serums have gone up by $5-7, since my last purchase in Feb ’15.
Clearing Serum ($62/1.7 oz): I use 4 drops of this serum, both AM and PM, in my Kypris concoction. I still have about 1/3rd of the bottle left, with twice daily application. It contains many anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as, Zinc, Willow Bark, Aloe Vera, Lavender Oil, Tea Tree Oil, and Niaouli Oil. It also has apple fruit extract, to provide gentle exfoliation. The fragrance is very subtle, and the serum smells “fresh”. The serum has a watery consistency and is easily absorbed. I like that no extra essential oils have been added for fragrance purposes. This serum has made a huge difference in my hormonal spots. I have started taking some supplements as well, but I think the zinc in this serum is doing wonders for my skin. During that “special” time of the month, I also find myself spot treating with a couple of extra drops of this serum. By morning, the zits are drastically reduced in size and intensity. Those of you who are sensitive to Tea Tree Oil might want to try a sample first. Tea Tree Oil has always worked very well on my skin type, which might be another reason why I’ve had great success with this serum. This serum is a great value for money, and will be a definite repurchase for me.
Antioxidant Dew ($67/1.7 oz) – I use 3 drops in the AM, and 2 drops in the PM. This is another water based serum, to protect the skin from various environment pollutants, and to add back a healthy glow and much needed vitality to dull, compromised skin. Key ingredients are “Phospholipid encapsulated antioxidants and super oxide dismutase” (quite a mouthful), rose extracts, and Hawaiian Sea Algae. The serum is very lightweight in texture, and absorbs easily. I can’t detect any scent – again, Kypris really works hard at formulating for even the most sensitive skin types. Since I use all the serums together, I can’t really tell if this serum is positively benefiting my skin in any way. I could easily skip a use and not notice any adverse reaction. This serum would make a great face moisturizer for day time use, and as we move towards summer, I will probably start experimenting with this approach. I would really like to see the positives of this serum incorporated into one of the existing Beauty Elixirs because I’m used to getting antioxidant protection from my face oil, and I am not sure if I would be willing to again spend the extra cash for it.
Moonlight Catalyst ($72/1.7 oz) – This is a very gentle, overnight exfoliating treatment that relies on Fermented Papaya Enzymes to slough off dead skin cells, and to refine the skin texture while you catch some sleep. This is a natural alternative to the traditional “chemical” retinol serums and is much gentler to use. Just like the other serums, this is also watery in consistency, is easily absorbed, and has a very light, fruity scent. The smell vanishes in a couple of minutes, but I’ve noticed that the texture is a little sticky. The stickiness does disappear and is no longer a problem when you layer this serum under another face oil or serum. Because of the potent nature, Kypris advises that the serum should be applied after sunset and diligently washed off next morning before you step out. Since the exfoliation increases cell turnover and skin sensitivities, similar to other AHA/BHA and chemical retinols, it’s best to wear sunscreen during day time, to protect the new skin layers. This serum gave me stellar immediate results the first couple of weeks I used it. Persistent blackheads disappeared within a week of use. I even saw a marked difference in old acne scars. The enzymes also helped heal existing acne much faster. Having said that, I’ve seen a decrease in its potency over time. I used to be able to get away with using just 2-3 drops. Now, I have to resort to 4, which isn’t a big deal because as you can see in the picture above, I still have a lot of product left even after using it nightly ever since I bought it. However, I am not sure if I need to use more product to get the same results because the formula is slowly losing its potency or if my skin is used to the papaya enzymes and requires something stronger. I will wait to finish my current bottle before deciding if I will repurchase. Even then, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this serum to those of you looking to start on a gentle overnight treatment. This serum is still my favorite out of all three.
Have you tried any of the Kypris Beauty serums? Which serum piques your interest?