Barrier Restore Serum
Imperative for all skin. Reestablishes + maintains barrier function, essential for a radiant complexion.
1oz | 30ml
KRISTINA HOLEY intended this product to be initially used for clients with weakened barrier layers, but found through client trials that every-one reported an increase in comfort in their skin, less need for heavy moisturizers, and an absence of dryness even in extreme conditions.
The key to healthy skin is water balance of the stratum corneum. This groundbreaking serum maintains barrier function in two ways.
First, it replaces NATURAL MOISTURIZING FACTOR, a collection of water soluble compounds which keep skin cells hydrated.
Secondly, it prevents loss of NMF via a liposomal sealing system that traps water molecules instead of letting them absorb into the lower layers of the epidermis.
Balances moisture levels, eliminating dry, dehydrated skin.
Corrects inflammation, including acne, dermatitis and even aging.
Relieves dermatitis-related conditions (allergic and atopic), and fortifies sensitive and rosacea-prone skin.
CERAMIDES Lipid molecules within cell membranes, they help cells form a protective layer that plumps skin and retains moisture.
SODIUM HYALURONATE occurs naturally in skin, maintaining its moisture and elasticity. This large molecule can’t fully penetrate the skin’s outer layers to fill wrinkles, yet it’s a wonderful humectant, holding up to 1000x its own weight in water.
L-ARGININE Also known as L-glutamine, this amino acid is proven to play an important role in the growth of fibroblast cells.
SODIUM PCA a humectant found in human skin has high water absorbing properties, and the ability to absorb moisture from the air.
PHOSPHATIDYL SERINE Some studies show topical application slows wrinkling by inhibiting enzymes that break down collagen.
MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE may help alleviate dryness/inflammation in magnesium deficient skin by increasing elasticity and moisture.
Camellia sinensis (Green tea) extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) seed oil, ceramide 3, milk lipids, sodium hyaluronate, sodium PCA, L-arginine, n-acetyl glucosamine, colloidal trace minerals, L-aspartic acid, Glucono Delta Lactone, urea, hydrolyzed collagen protein, daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (ECGC), polygonum aviculare extract (knotgrass flavonoids), lactic acid, magnesium chloride, non-GMO soy lecithin phospholipids, phosphatidyl serine, leuconostoc/radish root filtrate ferment, lactobacilli ferment, zinc oxide, decyl glucoside, superoxide dismutase (SOD), resveratrol,xanthan gum
Fragrance + Essential Oil free
Use in the morning and at night. Shake well before each use. Apply a thin layer of Barrier Restore Serum after cleansing and misting. Follow that with an application of one of our recommended oil blends, such as Treatment Oil or Rejuvenating Night Oil. If irritation develops discontinue use and consult a physician. Keep in a cool place out of direct sunlight.
"Jane Larkworthy was right—the Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique collection of serums (that's Intensive Repair, Barrier Restore, and Soothing B3) really can't be beat. They're a 1-2-3 punch targetting inflammation and its side effects (that's acne, aging, and various types of dermatitis). Instead of treating just one thing, the best way to describe the results is to say 'perfectly soothed and dewy skin.' Meant to be used as a system, I've taken to mixing together at least two of them at any given time: Intensive Repair and Soothing B3 when I'm breaking out, adding in Barrier Restore when I'm healing."
"I've yet to score a facial from her myself, but San Francisco’s skincare guru Kristina Holey has long been on my radar—so when she launched a line of products with organic brand Marie Veronique, I knew it would be good."
"We both have this weird passion for skin and we were just on the same page in terms of how we approach it,” says Nadeau, who launched her popular green beauty brand on the back of a cult-favorite tinted chemical-free zinc oxide sunscreen in 2002. “My approach has always been: ‘How would nature do this?'"
"...my go-to facialist, San Francisco-based Kristina Holey, recently came out with a line of serums specifically geared towards treating inflammation. She was inspired to create them after seeing a rise in perioral dermatitis among her clients due to hormonal issues, stress, and more. Kristina crafted the formulas with Marie-Veronique Nadeau, creator of the organic skincare line, Marie Veronique, and they just launched this month."
"Based on a community-building ethos that seems to be echoed throughout the Bay Area beauty scene, the company aims for total transparency in its brand selection and educating customers to the concept of clean beauty. You’ll find products from established and locally-made In Fiore and Marie Veronique alongside emerging and similarly beloved brands like Kjaer Weis and African Botanícs."
"Her vision at Marie Veronique is to deliver superior, non-toxic skincare drawing on nature’s genius and the brain of science through innovative formulations. Achieving optimal skin health and healing real skin issues drive us to produce safe products that truly work."
"Science still figures prominently in her technique—appointments involve inquiries about diet, habits and psyche. This summer, Holey launched KH/MV Exclusive Solutions, her first trio of products, created in collaboration with natural-skin-care pioneer Marie Veronique."
"I was hooked. Like – wish I had the money to buy the company, hooked! In my life before MV, I would always have a monthly break-out (right around the time my hormones were surging), but once I started using MV those days were gone. Forever. I truly love MV and the way my skin has aged over the last six years."
"Kristina Holey's holy grail products: Marie Veronique Gentle Retinol Serum isn't going to strip the skin of its barrier oils and make it vulnerable, but you still get the benefits of vitamin A: increased collagen and cellular turnover, and decreased inflammation."
“...skincare products containing retinol are powerful and can irritate the skin, so we recommend finding a non-toxic solution that is gentle and effective. Retinol should only be used before bed as part of your night-time skin routine and daily use of sunscreen is essential while using it to prevent damage from the sun. Some of our favorite Clean options for serums with retinol are Marie Veronique Gentle Retinol Serum and Mad Hippie Serum.”
"I've been enjoying using her formulas...which blend the very best of nature with science."
"If too much wear & tear has left your skin w/dark spots, lines, wrinkles and uneven tone, reach for this dynamic duo [Gentle Retinol Night Serum and Rejuvenating Night Oil]."
"This is not her Farmers Market skincare. Give her this highly active (yet gentle enough for sensitive, rosacea-prone skin) duo of power serums [Vitamins C+E+Ferulic Acid Serum+Gentle Retinol Night Serum] from skincare guru Marie Veronique, to arm her with a protective antioxidant arsenal during the day and a potent natural retinol at night. After a few weeks of using these two serums, all the other flower children at the food co-op will be commenting on her radiant skin."
"Many people have issues with Retin-A, but the great thing about this is that it's gentle (hence the name). I have had nothing but great experience with this and I'm addicted to using it nightly. Because this product exfoliates while it works, it's recommended for nightly use only and, this goes without saying, use an SPF daily."
"Many of you ask for a safer alternative to retinol creams and this would be it! I really love this Retinol Serum because it boosts collagen production, speeds up new cell turnover, and unclogs my pores which helps reduce the risk of blemishes."