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If you’re wondering if time release skin care is right for you, it is if you want maximum impact with minimal side effects. You get targeted, potent, active ingredients that give you prolonged results over an extended period of time. Most time release products work through an encapsulated delivery system to stretch out the length of time that a product’s active ingredients release so you’re getting what you need for a sustained amount of time with the big bonus being that there is less chance of irritation.
Here, a roundup of some favorite anti-agers, acne treatments and eye brighteners:
Philosophy Help Me ($49) just might have the most perfect name. It is a night treatment that features time-released retinol to help erase wrinkles and uneven skin tone as it boosts your skin’s firmness. It also contains soothing bisabolol to promote the product’s efficacy. An eight-week independent clinical study showed that 100% of the subjects had improvement in their fine lines and skin texture.
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream ($48) blends Ceramide 3 so you experience time released moisture all day long, Licorice Root Extract to soothe your complexion, Portulaca Oleracea and Aloe Vera to calm and hydrate and Panthenol to address any skin sensitivity and softening effects. This cream will hydrate from within and keep skin moisturized.
Kate Somerville Anti Bac Clearing Lotion ($42) targets pores to kick existing acne to the curb as it decreases oil production and banishes blackheads. Encapsulated benzoyl peroxide is time-released so you won’t experience overdrawing or irritation as blemishes are eliminated. Besides benzoyl peroxide, the formula also contains advanced liposomes to protect your complexion from oxidation and keep skin from becoming dehydrated, and a mix of Argan, Saw Palmetto, and Sesame Seed Extracts to minimize excess oil.
Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser ($34) utilizes encapsulated Salicylic Acid Technology for a sustained release that continues to work for hours on end, even after it’s been rinsed away. Amino Acids and Hyaluronic Acid bind moisture to skin while antioxidants protect and promote a more youthful appearance. This low foaming formula is super gentle on your complexion and keeps your skin clear.
La Mer The Eye Concentrate ($200) treats dark circles, dryness, fine lines and wrinkles through a concentrated formula that’s encapsulated for its time-release benefits. It’s powered by magnetically-charged and iron-rich Hematite and the brand’s Miracle Broth™ blend. You’ll notice mega positive changes in moisture levels, skin regeneration, skin tone, texture and radiance. It has a tech-advanced silver-tipped applicator that can be popped in the fridge for three to five minutes before applying for an instantly refreshed and more wide-awake look.
Dr. Brandt Skincare 24/7 Retinol Eye Cream ($55) combines time-released Retinol to gently smooth and plump skin, a Ruby Crystal Complex formulated to brighten the eye area and diminish lines and wrinkles, a mix of lemon tree honey, phospholipids, and amino-acids to hydrate, and Oliveactive to downplay redness and irritation. It’s a must-try if you have fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles.
NOTE: The Philosophy, Dr. Jart+, La Mer, Kate Somerville, Murad and Dr. Brandt Skincare products were tested in store. Opinions are my own.