Living in Arizona, it’s a given I see some sun. We have 211 sunny days a year and 85 partly sunny days for a whopping 296 days of sun each year. Funny enough, when I look at that number I can’t believe we have 69 days without sun. That seems like too many actually…. I would have guessed maybe 20. But I digress….
Since the sun and Phoenix are BFFs, I wear sunscreen every day. But sometimes sunscreen isn’t enough. Sure it helps block uv rays but not 100%. Even super high SPF only blocks 97-98% of UV rays. I have definitely still gotten a bit red even after using sunscreen. And my freckles have no concern for sunscreen – they laugh in the face of sunscreen and procreate like rabbits. And I’m digressing again…
So when Eve Organics told me about Blissoma’s Amend Facial Solar Repair Anti-Aging Serum (long name!), it was like angels spoke to me from the clouds (it was on one of those 85 days where we have clouds). This is what my skin needs!
The Amend Solar Repair serum is a yellowish gold serum that is very light in texture. It reminds me of their A+ serum in that it goes on like a thin moisturizer but then sinks in immediately. This will not be enough moisture for those normal to dry skin but will probably be enough for those with oily skin. I have to apply some sort of moisturizer or oil serum over it.
The smell is interesting, it reminds me a bit of hay actually. It reminds me when I was young and would visit my grandparent’s farm and feed the sheep and cows alfalfa. I see wheat straw glycosides on the ingredients list (below) but that’s so low on the list I don’t think that could be it. I’m guessing the dandelion and maybe club moss? Not sure, but the scent is a bit strong. Not in a pungent-can’t-use-it way but it’s definitely noticeable.
And I mentioned it’s a yellowish-gold. Well, the color is actually noticeable if I apply it heavily on my skin. I’m pretty darn fair so I imagine people with actual pigment on their skin won’t notice, but I do see it on mine. For this reason, I only wear it at night.
So how well does it work? Well, I have used this multiple times after spending a day (or a few hours) outside. One of these times, I did get a bit sunburnt (a few drinks by the pool and forgot to re-apply – oops!). After applying this right after and then again before bed, I found my skin was less red and irritated than it usually is after getting too much sun. Most of my sunburn was completely gone by morning. One more day of applying the serum and my sunburn was completely gone!
Now for you tan ladies, you probably have no idea why this would be impressive. But my fair ladies know – a sunburn gone in 24 hours? That’s pretty amazing.
Besides this single incident, I haven’t noticed anything drastic with my skin. This serum is all about behind-the-scenes skin care though, fixing UV damage on a small scale. Because I did see a difference that one time I got sunburnt, I trust that this serum is doing what it claims to do.
So why stop at just after sun? Most people accumulate sun damage slowly through everyday driving, walking outside and the like. So I’ve been keeping this in my nightly routine. Just a pump covers my fave and I finish with my moisturizer/oil of the moment. While I haven’t seen any drastic changes on a day-by-day basis, I personally don’t use it for this. I just want to prevent any sun damage before it starts!
Now for the best part – the ingredients!
Infusion of Aspalathus linearis* (rooibos), Taraxacum officinale* (dandelion), Lycopodium clavatum (club moss), and Calluna vulgaris* (heather flowers) Extract*, Aloe barbadensis Juice*, Water, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) Oil*, Euterpe oleracea (acai) Oil, Extracts of Tilia europaea* (linden), Symphytum officinale* (comfrey), and Calluna vulgaris* (heather flowers)*, Vaccinium macropacrpon (cranberry) Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Wheat Straw Glycosides and Cetearyl Alcohol, Cannabis sativa (hemp) Seed Oil*, Gluconolactone, Punica granatum (pomegranate) Extract, Ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10), Soy Lecithin*, Populus Tremuloides (Aspen) Bark Extract, Xanthan Gum
*from Certified Organic Agriculture
Well known antioxidants and good-for-skin included in this include rooibos, aloe, jojoba oil, acai, pomegranate, and coenzyme Q10.
Coenzyme Q10 is very well known for its anti-aging properties. It’s a powerful antioxidant and is often sold as a supplement to fight the negative effects of aging. The University of Maryland has a good summary page if you are interested in learning more.
Rooibois is commonly drank as a tea, and I actually have a chai rooibois in my kitchen right now! Similar to Coenzyme Q10, it’s a powerful antioxidant. It’s well known for allergies (one of the reasons I started drinking it), which makes me wonder if those beneficial anti-inflammatory effects work on skin as well.
Combine these powerful antioxidants with the other good-for-skin ingredients like jojoba and aloe, and I can see why my sunburn healed so fast! I’m highly impressed with Blissoma, her products are well made and effective!
Disclosure: A sample was provided to me by Eve Organics to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.