Do you ever feel like something’s missing in your skincare routine?
I know, I know, you’re already using 100 products. The thought of adding just one more makes you want to scream.
But, if you’re anything like me, all those products are anti-aging. Or anti-hyperpigmentation. Or anti-whatever-horror-your-skin’s-dealing-with.
There’s nothing in there to keep your skin healthy, is there? You don’t even dream of using something to keep your skin soft, supple and strong enough to withstand germs, cold weather and all the enemies that attack it every day.
It’s only when your skin gets all dry and irritated that you run to the nearest store to buy something – anything – that can nurse it back to health. Until next time.
But, what if you could save yourself all that heartache and keep your skin naturally healthy and strong all the time? Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster promises to do the trick. Here’s how:
What’s In Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster?
CERAMIDES TO STRENGTHEN THE SKIN’S BARRIER
These are old friends of Liz. You can find them in pretty much all her products. That’s awesome cos ceramides are unsung skincare heroes .
Ceramides are oily waxes (cera means wax in Latin) that, together with fatty acids and cholesterol, make up the glue that holds skin cells together. Put simply, they create a barrier that waterproofs your skin.
This waterproof barrier does two things for you:
- It keeps moisture in so your skin is well-hydrated all day long. And well-hydrated skin is soft, supple and dewy.
- It keeps germs, bacteria, pollutants and other random crap out. That way, they won’t cause irritations or worse.
When your skin’s fine, ceramides make sure it stays that way. And when it’s dry and irritated, it patches up the holes in its protective barrier that make water evaporate and let germs in, so your skin can go back to normal faster.
Related: Are ceramides the key to healthy skin?
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PROBIOTIC COMPLEX TO SOOTHE SKIN
Did you know that billions of bacteria are lurking on your skin at this very moment?
Gross, I know. But, most of those bacteria are good. They’ve made your skin their home and are keeping it nice and clean. If you kill too many of them, you may do more harm than good.
To keep the balance right, a lot of brands have started putting bacteria in their skincare lotions and potions. Elizabeth Arden put: Lactobacillus and Kefiran.
Lactibacullus is a skin-friendly bacteria found in yogurt. It can repair your skin’s barrier, soothe irritations and treat acne. But, only when it’s used at around 5% concentrations. There ain’t enough here. *sighs*
Kefiran has anti-microbial properties and can help skin heal faster. But, the only study I’ve found that supports these claims used it at a 70% concentration! I don’t think Elizabeth Arden used that much!
Related: The Truth About Probiotics In Skincare: Do They Work?
GLYCERIN TO HYDRATE SKIN
Ok, all that probiotic businesses wasn’t too promising. Glycerin is another story entirely.
Glycerin is only one of the many humectants used here. In case you’re wondering what the heck humectant means, it’s a fancy word scientists use to talk about anything that can draw water from the environment to the skin and bind it there.
And if there’s one thing Korean skincare has taught us Westerners is that the more hydrated your skin is, the better it looks.
Lightweight and fast-absorbing.
Slightly floral and subtle.
How To Use It
Morning and/or night, after cleansing but before moisturiser. If you’re using an antioxidant serum, apply that first. If you’re using it together with a hyaluronic acid serum, it doesn’t really matter which one you apply first.
Performance & Personal Opinion
Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster has a water-based, lightweight texture that sinks immediately into the skin.
I apply it straight after cleanser and before serum. Apparently, that makes the rest of your skincare routine work better. But, I can’t say I saw much of a difference there.
Actually, I didn’t see much of a difference at all. But, I was kind of expecting that. I mean, this is a maintenance booster and my skin is already in good condition. I’m using it more to make sure it stays that way than to fix any problems. Hence, no magical transformation.
That’s cool with me. But I get it if some of you feel underwhelmed by it. This isn’t by no means a must-have. But if your skin often gets dry and irritated and you’re tired of dealing with that drama all the time, adding something like this to your skincare routine can help your skin stay healthy and strong 24/7/365.
Who Is This For?
Who Is This NOT For?
If your skin isn’t dry/irritated, you won’t see much of a difference with this.
A grey bottle with a pump applicator. Not the prettiest, but it’s practical and doesn’t waste product.
Does Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster Live Up To Its Claims?
|Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster helps restore the healthy look of skin’s surface layer, fortifying its natural ability to repair and renew.||A fancy way to say it strengthens the skin’s protective barrier. True.|
|Used before a serum and/or moisturizer it boosts the effectiveness of your skincare products.||It doesn’t.|
|Your skin looks beautiful, resilient and refreshed, ready to face the day.||True.|
Price & Availability
$67.00/£45.00 at Feel Unique, Look Fantastic and Ulta
Do You Need It?
Most people won’t. But if you have a damaged skin barrier, this can help you heal it faster.
Dupes & Alternatives
- CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion ($15.99)
- Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturizer ($58.00)
Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Peg-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Amodimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Ceramide 1, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 Ii, Cholesterol, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Kefiran, Lactobacillus, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Maltodextrin, Parfum/Fragrance, Phytosphingosine, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice, Saccharide Isomerate, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Xanthan Gum, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate.