Any line that combines science and holistic medicine to empower women and encourage self-care and self growth gets my attention. When that line also features a serum that purports to be 10x better at reducing fine lines and wrinkles than ingredients like resveratrol, I am riveted!
K&K Skin Product is a skin care company based in New Mexico. The two owners are sisters-in-law, one of whom found her passion for skin care after battling her own skin issues, while the other found hers working as a professor and scientist at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. They make fresh batches of their products every month so you know your products are at their peak of effectiveness and haven’t been sitting in a box for months. Every item they sell is always in stock and they have a 100% Satisfaction Money back guarantee. And, as they say, you can read the ingredients of anything from the line without having to consult WebMD.sample
A great way to try a little bit of everything that K&K offers is with the Ultimate BioVer-X K-Lab Collection ($225). The collection includes full size products including a cleanser, two facial serums, a body serum, a washcloth, and a jade roller. The real star of the show is the BioVer-X Serum, which was developed by scientists at the University of New Mexico. The only place you can get this formulation is through K&K and it is ten times more effective than any other wrinkle-reducing ingredient. But first – this collection is called the Ultimate for a reason! Here are all the travel-friendly goodies you find inside the cute little burlap sack.
Bamboo washcloth and Exfoliating Pad – this is a really beautiful washcloth. One side is incredibly soft and soothing, and the other side is a gentle but effective exfoliating pad. I used this once and tossed all my other washcloths away…it’s the bomb. The other tool included is the bonus Jade Roller, which is an incredible tool for smoothing on serums and moisturizers. The Jade Roller gives a lymphatic massage which helps remove toxic buildup in the lymphatic system. Simply using this tool with your skin care increases the reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, reduces undereye puffiness, and improves and brightens complexion. The Bamboo Washcloth and Jade Roller aren’t available separately from the collection, but a jade roller typically costs between $20 and $30.
The Refreshing Facial Cleanser (full size, $28) is not your typical face cleanser. This is an oil cleanser that dissolves all of the hidden dirt that regular foaming cleansers can’t even tough. The oil penetrates deep into the pores, loosening all the gunk and dissolving it, then brings it to the surface of the skin so you can just wipe it all away. The natural oils in your skin aren’t stripped away, so your face is left soft, clean, and hydrated. The ingredients do contain peppermint oil which can be a skin sensitizer, so if you are sensitive to peppermint this isn’t the product for you.
Because it is a cleansing oil the Refreshing Facial Cleanser has a specific cleansing protocol:
Apply one half dropper full of the Refreshing Facial Cleanser to your fingertips
Rub into facial skin with fingertips using circular motions
Wet a washcloth or exfoliating cotton circle with warm water
In an upward circular motion, cleanse entire face with the washcloth or exfoliating circle
Turn washcloth or exfoliating circle over and repeat wiping motion
I love this cleanser. Thankfully, my skin doesn’t react to peppermint oil so I have no problems with it. In fact, I am really impressed with how clean it makes my skin even without double-cleansing. The Bamboo Washcloth is perfect for wiping the cleanser and all of the dead skin and dirt away.
The Revitalizing Moisturizer (full size, $22) is very different – you actually combine it with water to increase the efficacy. The ingredients include shea butter, which is very hydrating, and beeswax, which is a thickening agent usually seen in lip balms. The moisturizer looks more like a balm, but when used with a little water it applies evenly and sinks in quickly without being greasy or tacky. It gives skin a pretty glow, which I think is in part due to the peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is great for increasing blood flow as well as its antiseptic properties, but it can also sensitize skin so keep that in mind. I find that the Revitalizing Moisturizer isn’t just for the face – it works wonders on elbows, knees, and feet too.
I am a huge believer in body oils and serums. I love how they leave my skin incredibly soft and smooth. The K-Lab Body Serum (full size, $32) is a beauty. It has all natural oils that mimic the skin’s natural oil balance, so skin absolutely loves it. The trick is to apply the Body Serum after bathing or showering before drying off. Just massage it in all over, then you can either air dry or sort of pat your skin with a towel to soak up any extra moisture. The Body Serum doesn’t have any added fragrance and I strain to smell the lavender oil that is in there so you can add your own essential oils to create whatever scent you’d like.
There are two serums in the Ultimate BioVer-X K-Lab Collection. One is the Night Repair Wrinkle Serum ($36) which capitalizes on the natural healing time for skin, which is overnight. Did you know that while you are sleeping your bodies abilities to heal are accelerated? However, as we get older these healing abilities can become blocked due to bad diets, pollution, and the normal effects of aging. This results in lots of inflammation and oxidative stress on your skin.
To tackle the inflammation and oxidative stress, the Night-Repair Wrinkle Serum has tons of antioxidants like Vitamin E as well as anti-inflammatory oils like Argan Oil. I have gotten really nice results from it, particularly around my lips and under my eyes. You don’t need a separate moisturizer when using the Night-Repair Wrinkle Serum – just apply to the areas that concern you the most, then add a little water to spread over your entire face.
Finally, the last goodie included in the collection is the star – the BioVer-X Serum (full size $120). It took ten years of scientific research to perfect the BioVer-X Serum. This bottle of miracles gives similar appearance-reducing results for wrinkles, acne scars, and stretch marks as you would find from laser treatments, fillers, and injections. Studies show that the BioVer-X Serum has 10 times the anti-inflammatory effect and 6 times more anti-oxidant properties than resveratrol. I have the scientific studies listed below for those of you interested in finding out more about how and why this serum works.
The ingredients are the same as those for the Night Repair Wrinkle Serum, with one addition – the super secret Resveratrol Analog BioVer-X. I have not only been using this on my face, but also my thighs since I have some stretch marks I would love to have disappear. The results are definitely noticeable! I am not sure why it works so well, but I guess I don’t even want to question it. I just want to put a thick layer on from head to toe…I could use it!!
If you bought these products separately, you would pay $238, and that’s not including the Bamboo Washcloth and the Jade Roller. At just $225, this collection is a great deal. You can find these terrific products at kkskinproducts.com, and they offer free shipping on orders over $50. – Lisa
Refreshing Facial Cleanser premium oils and natural ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, Avocado oil, Almond oil, Vitamin E, Rosehip, Frankincense Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, and Peppermint Essential Oil
Revitalizing Moisturizer premium oils and natural ingredients: Fractionated Coconut oil, Sweet Almond oil, Golden Jojoba oil, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Vitamin E, Peppermint Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, and Frankincense Essential Oil
Body Serum premium oils and natural ingredients: Golden Jojoba, Sweet Almond, MCT Fractionated Coconut Oil, Argan, Vitamin E, Frankincense, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Soothing Lavender and Coconut Essential Oil
Night Repair Wrinkle Serum premium oils and natural ingredients: Coconut, Jojoba, Argan, Vitamin E, Frankincense, Tea Tree and Soothing Lavender.
BioVer-X Serum premium oils and natural ingredients: Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Vitamin E, Frankincense, Tea Tree, Soothing Lavender, Resveratrol Analog BioVer-X.
BioVer-X Serum published studies:
Heynekamp,J.J., et al., Substituted trans-stilbenes, including analogues of the natural product resveratrol, inhibit the human tumor necrosis factor alpha-induced activation of transcription factor nuclear factor kappaB. J Med Chem, 2006. 49(24): p. 7182-9.
Deck, L.M., et al., Activation of anti-oxidant Nrf2 signaling by substituted trans stilbenes. Bioorg Med Chem, 2017. 25(4): p. 1423-1430.
Solberg, N.O., et al., Optical and SPION-enhanced MR imaging shows that trans-stilbene inhibitors of NF-kappaB concomitantly lower Alzheimer’s disease plaque formation and microglial activation in AbetaPP/PS-1 transgenic mouse brain. J Alzheimers Dis, 2014. 40(1): p. 191-212
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