We are so excited to introduce more products in the collaboration between Kristina Holey, celebrated skin care specialist, and Marie-Veronique Nadeau, founder and formulator of Marie Veronique products. To the three serums that were launched last year Kristina and Marie have rounded out the line by adding a cleanser, a toner, a lipid complex and a mask.
All the products are biomimetic, that is, they are specifically designed to help nature achieve optimum health by supplying the building blocks required for proper maintenance at all levels of the skin, from the stratum corneum down to the dermis. Skin microbiome balance, another important factor in the skin health equation, is also very much front and center in the design process.
The line stands in the forefront of natural skin care because Kristina and Marie believe very strongly that saying no is not enough. Criteria such as “natural” and “toxin-free” should be givens in the creation of truly functional products, not ends unto themselves. The latest findings in skin physiology and microbiology drive KH+MV design; for example the cutting-edge products make use of microceutical co-enzymes that kick-start biosynthetic processes, and take care to follow nature’s lipid management systems as closely as possible while at the same time avoiding ingredients like essential oils and microcidal preservatives that can interfere with healthy skin function. The result is products that have no scent, yet leave the skin feeling soothed, nourished, and ultimately, healthy.
Pure + EO Free Oil Cleanser
Oil cleansers do double duty—the oils penetrate to break up congestion deep within the hair follicle while the low-suds surfactants get rid of grime, debris and makeup. This pure oil cleanser goes even further—it supports proper barrier function by protecting the lipid barrier with antioxidants that inhibit lipid peroxidation, and maintains microfloral balance with both a pre/probiotic complex and the elimination of microcidal preservatives and/or essential oils. Excellent for all skin types, from the most sensitive to the most resilient.
If the oil cleanser is a new way to think about cleansing, the Hypotonic is a new way to think about hydrating. It works by balancing the liquid content of skin cells and the lamellar structures surrounding them. Most water-based moisturizers leak into the interstices of the skin and actually leach water from skin cells, which is why conventional mists or toners can leave skin feeling more, rather than less, dehydrated. Our biomimetic design has produced a one-of- a-kind tonic, composed of humectants with distinctive similarities to the make-up of the skin’s lamellar structures. The tonic balances moisture content in the skin, leaving it feeling soft and dewy.
Intensive Repair Serum
IR addresses stubborn breakouts, commonly associated with adult onset acne. With Intensive Repair Serum we move away from outdated theories of sterilizing and stripping the skin and focus instead on supporting the microbiome of the skin so as to rebalance oil production, reduce incidence of inflamed skin (which commonly accompanies adult acne), and clear congestion, all without irritating or drying the skin. The resulting product is a gel that can be used at night to refine one’s complexion.
Barrier Restore Serum
Our skin barrier protects against external assaults, but its most important task is to protect against moisture loss. BR improves compromised barrier function by replacing components lost through such stressors as overcleansing, exfoliation, repeated use of topical anti-microbials or antibiotics. Restoring barrier function returns the stratum corneum to a state where proper moisture levels are maintained, resulting in skin that feels moisturized, hydrated and healthy.
Barrier Lipid Complex
Unlike oil blends that are composed solely of various combinations of free fatty acids (most of the oil blends on the market) this lipid blend contains the right mix of lipids found in the epidermal lipid barrier; ceramides (50%), cholesterol (25%) and fatty acids (25%). Supplying the correct lipids in the correct ratios achieves the very essence of skin moisturizing.
Micronutrient + Hydro Mask
Think of the mask as a concentration of ingredients that support various processes crucial to the maintenance of skin health and the delay of skin aging. It is like topical supplementation for the skin, and as such can be used as a quick mask that is applied and rinsed off prior to a night out, or as the last step in one’s nightly beauty routine, where it is meant to be left on overnight. Topical applications can be considered a very efficient, targeted method for delivering nutrients to the skin, especially to the epidermis. It profoundly rehydrates skin while improving functionality across a number of parameters—it is basically a skin reset.