Sensational New Serums at Ayla Beauty

Just…. Wow.  It takes a lot to impress me when it comes to face serums these days, but the Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique Serums collaboration that Ayla Beauty recently picked up is pretty stellar.  Marie Veronique is one of Ayla’s best-selling brands; Kristina Holey is one of the most sought after aestheticians in the country.  Both Marie Veronique and Kristina believe in treating skin from a functional point of view (meaning they would both tell you look at your daily eating/drinking/sleeping habits as well as what you’re putting on your skin), and they’ve both seen a rise in skin barrier malfunction-related issues in the last few years.  The result is an increase in Perioral (and other types of) Dermatitis, Adult Acne, Rosacea and generally sensitive, unbalanced skin.  In response, these women created soothing, skin-strengthening, oil-free, water-light serums that are meant to be layered with each other as well as other products.  But don’t hear the word “layer”, and think “heavy”; these low viscosity (read: runny in consistency) gel-like serums are rapidly absorbed by the skin.  I’ve found them to be really impressive.  Read on to see which is right for you (it may be all three!)  And, scroll down for details on a GIVEAWAY.

The Intensive Repair Serum is for those with onset adult acne or those who are acne-prone, like myself.  Salicylic and Lactic Acids exfoliate and decongest pores leaving a smoother, more even surface, and Vitamin B5 balanced sebum production.  I can really see a difference the morning after using this serum.

The Soothing B3 Serum is perfect for inflammatory skin issues like rosacea, different types of dermatitis, and generally sensitive skin.  It contains 10% niacinamide in a hyaluronic acid base — it’s very humectant as well as anti-inflammatory – and it leaves an immediate dewy glow.

The Barrier Restore Serum is for everyone because it does so MUCH.  This serum combats redness, sensitivity, dryness, and just balances skin’s moisture levels in general while actually strengthening skin’s barrier function.  I’ve liked layering this with the Intensive Repair Serum at night during the winter when my skin is drier; it’s really helped the dryness on my neck and forehead without feeling heavy or oily on my skin, or breaking me out.  If you are looking for extra moisture in addition to your current routine, this is for you.

Also worth noting is that Ayla carries Marie Veronique’s Gentle Retinol Night Serum, which is very similar to the recently discontinued True Botanicals Retinol Serum that I used to live and die by.  Remember, it is not entirely clean, but if you are a die-hard retinol fan who is looking for a less toxic version than what your derm is going to prescribe, this is going to be your new best friend.

Tonight, check in with me on Instagram (@barebeautyblog) around 9pm EST for a chance to win ALL THREE Kristina Holey +Marie Veronique Serums (Value: $300)!  Good luck!


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4 thoughts on “Sensational New Serums at Ayla Beauty

  1. Hello Jessica,

    I’ve recently discovered your blog and thus heard of the greatness of True Botanicals (which I haven’t tried yet). From TB, I went on to discover Marie Veronique (haven’t tried yet either). At a superficial read on google, it would appear that the founders of TB and MV have worked together and then separated. To the info I have found, MV founder is the scientist and it appears that many of the two brands’ products are quite similar (I’m not implying anything, it’s just an observation – for example Marie Veronique Vitamins C+E+Ferulic Serum and Vitamin C Booster (with ferulic acid). I am thus wondering which way to go 🙂

    Many thanks for all the great info you put out there!

    • Hi Bianca, great question! I don’t think you can go wrong with either brand. They are both extremely high quality, and admittedly similar in formula offerings. I have been using True Botanicals for about 2.5 years with great success, but I’ve also had success with the few Marie Veronique products I have tried. Go with your gut!

  2. Just started using the MV retinol and wanted to ask you more about the “not entirely clean” part of your post. Can you elaborate?

    • Hi Kirsten, First, I want to say that MV’s gentle retinol serum is one of my hero products, and that it is 100X less toxic than any other retinol product I’ve ever come across. However, Retinol is synthetic and contains a small amount of BHT (a preservative agent), which is definitely not “clean”. I’m not pregnant, tying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, so I’m comfortable using it. For me, personally, the benefits outweigh the negatives. It is the only relatively “questionable” “clean” product I use, so I’m ok with it. Again, this is a personal choice I’ve reached after a lot of research. Everyone should do their on research and make their own informed decisions!

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