kypris beauty | antioxidant dew

kypris antioxidant dew

It’s not often that you’ll find me waxing poetic about a skincare product that’s not an oil.

I’m obsessed with face oils and rarely let lotions, gels or traditional serums close to my mug.

But Kypris’ Antioxidant Dew is one of those rare green beauty products that’s seriously captured my attention — and earned a prominent spot in my skincare routine.

And it doesn’t fall into any of the product categories mentioned.

kypris antioxidant dew

{Kypris gave me a sample of its Antioxidant Dew to experience and review. It costs $60 for a 1.69-ounce glass dropper bottle.}

Appropriately called a “dew,” Kypris Antioxidant Dew is a milky, lightweight moisturizer designed to be used as 1) your sole daily moisturizer or 2) your moisturizing base in a multi-layered approach to natural skincare.

The closest thing I can compare Kypris Antioxidant Dew to is a slippery, runny serum, but when I think “serum,” I usually think “sticky,” and Kypris Antioxidant Dew is definitely not.

Its base of glycerine and aloe give it a watery consistency and allows it to dry to an even, light finish that’s neither tightening nor sticky. It’s just refreshed and quenched skin that remains after use.

kypris antioxidant dew

Some have described Kypris Antioxidant Dew as a gel, and that too is misleading.

For those of you familiar with the texture of Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel, Kypris feels extremely different despite the fact that both products use aloe vera in their respective bases.

The key difference, I’d say, is that Dr. Alkaitis uses aloe and witch hazel in its base, which gives the Soothing Gel a tightening effect, whereas Kypris’ base of aloe and glycerine is much more hydrating and less toning.

kypris antioxidant dew

With that said, both products are part of my routine and serve completely different purposes.

As mentioned earlier, Kypris Antioxidant Dew is an amazing product to mix and layer (preferably with other Kypris oils and serums), and I love using just three dots of Antioxidant Dew with 2-3 drops of my facial oil (I’m a fan of Kypris’ Beauty Elixir II — review to come!) to treat my skin and prep it for makeup.

After speaking with Kypris founder Chase Polan (who is a wealth of knowledge and good energy!) on several occasions about how to use Kypris to the fullest, I learned that most of us overindulge way too much in our beloved serums and oils.

It was only after talking with Chase and having her demonstrate how to make a beautiful Kypris emulsion of Antioxidant Dew and Beauty Elixir I (another gorgeous oil from the line!) did I realize how little you really need — of any beauty product — if you choose smart formulations and products that are easy to layer and blend.

For example, the old Kim would have used a whole pipette of Antioxidant Dew (what’s that, like 10-15 little dots?!) and then topped off my face with 5-6 drops of expensive oil.

And then complain about how expensive my beauty habit was.

Friends, it doesn’t have to be like this. Sustainability in beauty goes farther than ingredients and packaging. It extends to sustainability in use and sustainable marketing and formulations.

Oh how I appreciate a skincare founder (and, ahem, business woman) who encourages mindful use of her creations!

It is this very direction that makes me rethink seemingly expensive pricing for so many of the gorgeous oils on the market.

You can make them last longer if you actually follow the 2-3 drop recommendation and, if you feel you need more moisture, cut them with an effective dew / serum / whatever you want to call it.

My skin has been loving the Kypris Antioxidant Dew + Beauty Elixir II combination, and though I’ve had to move on to more product testing, I am anxiously awaiting getting back to this part of my soon-to-be established skincare routine.

Here’s everything inside Kypris Antioxidant Dew:

Love, water/aqua, algae extract, glycerin, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, oat beta glucan, squalane, sodium hyaluronate, sodium PCA, wheat amino acids, Symphytum officinale (comfrey) extract, panthenol, hydroxyproline, Rosa damascena (rose) flower water, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) nut butter, phospholipids, superoxide dismutase, Borago officinalis (borage) seed oil, retinyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, ascorbyl palmitate, Calophyllum inophyllum (foraha) nut oil, Urtica dioica (nettle) leaf extract, Rosa centifolia (rose) flower extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Helianthus annuus(sunflower) seed oil, undecylenoyl glycine, Triticum vulgare (wheat germ) oil, lecithin, capryloyl glycine, xanthan gum, Lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower extract, Lonicera japonica (honeysuckle) flower extract

The only things I’d like to call out for discussion is the inclusion of retinyl palmitate in a product that’s recommended for day and night as well as the use of Japanese honeysuckle as a natural preservative.

We’ve had the Japanese honeysuckle discussion here before (and you can find more info here and here), so I’d like to focus more on the topic of  retinyl palmitate in a daytime-use product.

The EWG recommends avoiding sunscreens and other skincare and lip balms that contain vitamin A, retinyl palmitate and retinol, as an FDA study suggested that retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions when used in the presence of sunlight.

But then you can hop on over to Paula’s site where she explains that top derms criticized the study and, in the end, suggest that beauties be mindful about using sunscreen and limiting excessive sun exposure when using products with retinyl palmitate.

This is generally the stance I take with vitamin A derivatives and daily use. If you’re concerned about retinyl palmitate in Kypris Antioxidant Dew, but love the texture of this moisturizer and want to keep it in your routine, then just use it at night and instead mix your daily oils with a balm or whipped shea butter for additional moisture.

What’s your take on retinyl palmitate? Have you tried anything from Kypris? Do you blend or layer any of your beauty products? Tell me in the comments section!

 


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