I continue exploring skincare companies that take an innovative scientific approach toward beauty and today I’d like to introduce to your attention a new exciting company called Keprea. This scientist-founded brand introduces ECM9, an all-natural anti-inflammatory ingredient that demonstrated revolutionary results when it comes to anti-aging. Being in my 30s and having everything in the book when it comes to slowing down the aging process, I was all about testing Keprea skincare products.
Before we delve into the review of Keprea products, a few words about the company. As it often happens with great inventions, it was not until the Universe puts right people at the right place to make a magic happen. One of the co-founders of Keprea, Dr. Stephen Squinto, met with the team of researchers that have been working on exploring anti-inflammatory ingredients for 30 years — and one of his team-members asked if the power of this botanical can be used in skincare.
I had the opportunity to test all four products in the Keprea skincare line for a few weeks and I’m ready to give you my thoughts on them. As of now, all these products are only available on the Keprea website — there, you can also find the results of Keprea clinical studies. The latest are actually impressive: between 90 to 100% of clinical trial participants noticed significant improvements across all 6 measures of skin aging (skin texture, fine lines/wrinkles, firmness/elasticity, skin clarity, radiance/luminosity, and skin moisture). You know me: the word “anti-aging” is a music to my ears so I couldn’t wait to jump into testing the products.
As of now, Keprea offers four skincare products: AHA Gel Cleanser, Multi-Active Concentrate Serum, and Multi-Active Day and Night creams. The price point is typical for a derma brand in this category, with under $30 cleanser offering to $110 face serum. Considering that the company offers free shipping on orders $99+, you need to purchase one to two products to avoid shipping charges.
This gentle acid wash contains a combo of Glycolic and Lactic acids that helps to remove dead skin cells and gently exfoliate the skin. If you are not familiar with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), a cleanser is the best way to introduce this ingredient into your skincare: since it stays on your skin for just a few seconds, you will receive the gentlest exfoliation possible but without any possible side-effects such as redness and peeling.
If you have combination skin, you will also enjoy how your skin feels after being introduced to Lactic Acid. I remember how my skin immediately felt a few years younger the moment I tried one of the popular Lactic Acid treatments — but these days I actually prefer this ingredient in the form of a cleanser. Again, it’s all about the exposure to your skin: you can still enjoy all the skin texture improving benefits of Lactic Acid without worrying that it might irritate sensitive areas of your skin.
There are not many cleansers on the market that combine both Glycolic and Lactic acids in one product. Usually, it’s either or — because you will probably end up layering a glycolic peeling pad and a lactic acid serum on top of that. But if you have a sensitive skin, a cleanser is actually a great way to introduce these ingredients into your skincare — extra points for Keprea for doing it!
When it comes to cleanser’s texture, it was pleasant to use, and I enjoyed the pump applicator — so handy to keep on your bathroom shelf. I used the cleansers a few times all over my skin and eyes and it didn’t cause any irritations. The cleanser was able to remove the majority of my eye makeup – if you prefer using it that way — and didn’t leave an oily residue. Perhaps, my favorite way to use it was in a combo with cleansing oil: I loved the squeaky-clean finish it gave to my skin after all the oils I used.
You already know that when it comes to skincare, serums are products that contain the highest amount of active ingredients that deeply penetrate into your skin. So, when I say that Keprea’s ECM9 ingredient is performing at its highest capacity, I’m predominantly talking about this high-performing serum. A decrease of skin firmness, fine lines, wrinkles, lack of elasticity and visible skin texture — if you can relate to any of the above, you will love how your skin feels after using Keprea’s hero product.
I haven’t tried the serum for long enough to talk about long-term effects of using the product, but I feel that my skin loves it after just a few applications. There is no stickiness or weird application experiences — just a quick-absorbing formula that doesn’t mess up your makeup and keeps your skin nourished throughout the day.
You probably already know that from all humectants, I prefer the ones featuring Hyaluronic Acid the most — and Keprea serum features just that, in combination with other actives like Resveratrol (a natural antioxidant known for its anti-aging benefits), Alpine Rose Stem Cells (protect skin from dehydration and provide skin regenerative benefits), and Matrixyl Synthe’ 6 (a peptide that helps with collagen repair). When it comes to skincare “no-no’s” this serum is formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, silicones, and artificial colors and fragrances.
The latest duo features the same hyped ECM9 ingredient but in a form of a night and day cream – with added benefits of ingredients like Vitamin C (that my skin looooves!), Niacinamide (my new favorite skin restoring ingredient, also known as Vitamin B3), and Hyaluronic Acid (the best when it comes to skin hydration). While generally speaking I enjoyed the formula, the few instances of me using this duo brought a few questions. First of all, I’m the biggest proponent of sunscreen in day creams as such formulation helps to avoid too much layering — especially if you wear a few layers of makeup on top of your skincare. Another thing is a scent: being a girl with sensitive skin areas, I appreciate fragrance-free products, but these two were a bit too natural-smelling to my taste.
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Overall, I loved the luxurious vibe of the line and the science that goes into creating Keprea products. I think that if you are a real skincare junkie who enjoys digging deep into the ingredient list, there is a lot for you here to research and test — especially their super-concentrated serum. And if you just want to try something new when it comes to skincare, stick to Keprea’s cleanser — I think you will really enjoy it!
When it comes to skincare, what do you value the most: social media hype of the product or the science that goes into creating it? Let’s discuss in the comments!