Universkin is expensive and not widely available. Normally, I wouldn’t write about a range that falls into both these categories but these two downsides are outweighed by the fact that it’s exceptionally good. Also, it’s a preview of how most skincare will be in the future which I think makes it very interesting.
Personalisation in beauty (as well as medicine) is going to be a huge trend in the years ahead and when it comes to skin, Universkin is the most advanced individualised skincare system that currently exists. I’ve looked into others such as the one where you get your DNA tested and are given products based on the results but I was left unconvinced. This is mainly because it doesn’t take into account environmental and and other external factors that have a big impact on your skin.
Universkin is completely adaptive to every aspect of your skin’s needs and though it might initially seem complicated with too many options it soon makes sense once you understand how the system works. I also found it to be reassuringly transparent and trustworthy i.e the choice of actives are all ones that are known to be effective.
The brand describes the range as being ‘cosmetics for medical use’ which means that the ingredients/actives are non-prescription but they’re used in high concentrations and under the direction of someone with medical training. This is to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and the best tolerance.
There are 19 actives and up to 3 are chosen to be added to a base serum that already contains biomimetic peptides and other skin boosters such as vitamin E, omega 3, hyaluronic acid. Every available combination has been tested for stability and interactions.
There’s a thorough questionnaire to help decide which actives to choose for both a day and night serum but my consultation also included a discussion about my concerns and aims which was taken into account and I suspect that’s standard. There are lots of categories that are considered (environmental, pigmentation, skin barrier, general ageing etc.) including two areas that increasing emphasis is being placed on when it comes to skin health – inflammation (even at a low level) and skin flora.
Once the actives have been chosen they’re combined with a base serum using a vortex mixer and must be used within 2 months. After that the skin can be re-assessed and the choice of actives adjusted.
My morning serum contained Vitamin C, Vitamin B3 and Superoxide Dismutase and my evening serum was Salicylic Acid and 2 ‘shots’ of Madecassoside, an antioxidant that has an anti-inflammatory, healing and collagen stimulating effect on the skin.
Skin is bound to respond and improve when such targeted and high quality ingredients are applied and my skin was no exception. It was actually at the end of last year when I tried out the serums and I felt the biggest improvement was in clarity, resilience and a reduction in heat and redness. This was the aim of my recommended routine as it was thought my skin was suffering from too much inflammation.
As I said at the beginning of the post Universkin is expensive but it’s a bespoke and medical approach to skincare that really does work. It’s so easy to waste a lot of money on skincare that not only isn’t effective but does more harm than good. Therefore, a system along with professional guidance that puts you on the right track could be more than worth it.
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