Whenever a new skincare product lands in Birchbox Contentland, the first thing we do is look at the label. Thanks to lots of research (and Lorelei’s dog-eared copy of Milady’s Skin Care and Cosmetics Ingredients Dictionary), my team has become pretty geeky about ingredients and delivery systems. Lately, most of our nerdy attention is being directed at LIFTLAB Lift & Fix High Potency Solution, a serum that is so advanced, it deserves its own product category.
LIFTLAB was founded by Elliot Entis, a biotech engineer, and its products are all based around Cell Protection Proteins, which were discovered in the ’50s in the Arctic. These special proteins (CPP for short) are what Arctic plants, animals, insects, and fish use to protect themselves from the extreme weather. Entis and his lab found a way to adapt CPP to be used in skincare, which means good things for your complexion. LIFTLAB’s Lift & Fix High Potency Solution is an ultra-lightweight serum that helps protect skin against environmental damage and premature aging using CPPs, arnica extract, aquafill, and other ingredients. It’s extremely concentrated, so it’s less about hydration and more about pushing as many active ingredients into your skin as possible. Used regularly, it helps reduce redness and hyperpigmentation and gives skin a line-free, fresh look.
Learn more about CPPs and other ingredient phenoms in our roundup of beauty breakthroughs.
Once a week, Birchbox’s resident Yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will gives us girls some insight into his world in You’ve Got Male. Whether he’s giving his expertise on skincare (boys need advice, too!) or highlighting his new favorite grooming trend, this guy has got taste—so we’re lucky he’s on staff and willing to share.
Some of my days start super-early with a morning workout and end late with dinner and drinks with friends. Meaning? Meaning that I have to lug my gym bag around with me all day. Therefore, I always try to keep what I’m carrying as light as possible and I’m very strategic about what grooming products I bring along. To give you an idea of how I cut down on bulk, here’s a peek inside my gym bag.
Anthony Logistics Glycolic Facial Cleanser: Since it’s really hard to know how your skin will be behaving on any given morning, it’s important to take a cleanser that can do it all. This creamy formula gently exfoliates, lightens discoloration, and doesn’t dry out my skin.
Lift Lab Lift & Fix: I fell in love with this when the creator of the brand, Elliot Entis, sent it to me a few months ago. I use it as an all-around moisturizer. The formula is really light, so it’s the perfect thing to apply when you’re overheated from the gym. What’s especially cool about it is that it uses a special protein that protects skin and reverses the signs of past damage. Fun tip from Elliot: Mix it with your shave cream for a super-close shave!
Korres Body Butter in Guava: One thing I really hate about the gym is the sub-par body lotion that they provide in the locker room. We all know I’m a huge fan of Korres, one of the reasons being I adore their Body Butters. Because they are rich, I don’t have to use much and they add a little touch of luxury to my post-workout routine.
If you like the cleanser recommendation, check out the Anthony Logistics Shave Cream.