You’re trying on dresses for an important event. “That looks darling on you,” the saleswoman gushes about a style that makes your tummy and boobs look bigger than they are! Now, think about beauty products. Whether you have facial redness, uneven tone, or crow’s feet, saleswomen always seem to have just the products for you. Unfortunately, you trust them more than the woman in the dress department because you can’t tell what the moisturizer or serum are going to do for your skin. So you decide to give them a try.
Here’s the truth: Even if you buy high-priced skincare products from the ritziest stores in town, don’t kid yourself into thinking that you’re getting the best advice on which are best for your skincare concerns. Salespeople are trained to vigorously push the brands they represent, not to deal with each of our unique needs.
“Every day, my patients come to see me with arms full of products, trying to find solutions for their skincare issues. Considering the overwhelming number of creams and serums in the stores, it’s becoming more and more confusing for them know which ones will address their specific concerns. In our office, we use a scientifically-based system to select products for each patient,” said Dr. Karyn Grossman, an LA and New York-based, board-certified dermatologist who developed a passion for treating skin when she was a second year medical student at Boston University.
A Derm Treatment In a Bottle
But, you don’t have to fly to Santa Monica, CA, or Park Avenue to personally consult with Dr. Grossman (Gwyneth Paltrow and models Linda Evangelista and Molly Sims are patients), because she’s created an eponymous skincare collection to deal with many of our most pressing skincare issues, she says confidently. KARYNG (“caring for yourself and the world,” Dr. Grossman notes) is a precisely curated collection of six products with “active, high-performance ingredients that target the key signs of aging–fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, uneven pigmentation, inflammation, and dullness–to help give us a fresh appearance,” the doctor explains.
Inspired to develop her own line after working with some of the biggest names in skin care, such as Estee Lauder, Dr. Grossman’s wanted to thwart “the long-term effects of skin inflammation” that she repeatedly saw as her patients aged. “Inflammation is the root of many skin concerns,” she explains. Produced with rich antioxidants that help repair and restructure our skin, each of the six KARYNG products features “Pro-Verte Technology,” a proprietary and patented formula designed to maximize anti-aging and anti-inflammatory results.
Responding also to her patients’ increasing concerns about the “safety of their skincare products,” Dr. Grossman wanted her own collection to be as natural as possible, without sacrificing anti-aging benefits. As a dermatologist offering comprehensive cosmetic treatments, from lasers to fillers, liposuction to thread lifts, she is known for her deep commitment to giving her patients natural-looking, refreshed results. The KARYNG line is produced with the same guiding principles.
Manufactured in the United States, and packed in sustainable cartons, KARYNG features 90 percent “safe and gentle, yet potent, natural ingredients,” with 10 percent bioengineered ingredients, such as peptides. “It’s the best of both worlds,” Dr. Grossman says. “It’s super elegant and a super-easy program to follow to get results, as opposed to the 26 products you use or have sitting on your bathroom shelf.” A single, working mother of two, Dr. Grossman believes our skincare routines should be as effortless as possible.
Healthy skin begins with clean skin, but you’ll want to gently deep clean, without stripping your skin, Dr.Grossman advises. KARYNG Replenishing Cleanser, fueled by the exclusive, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory Pro-Verte formula, includes super moisturizing coconut oil and coconut fatty acid, and glycerin, to help maintain the outer barrier of the skin and prevent dryness. The cleanser can be used night and day on any skin type, removes makeup, and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.
The Morning Product
Wishing to formulate an “all-in-one morning product that provides antioxidants, hydration and sunblock proved difficult, but we finally got it,” Dr. Grossman reports. KARYNG Complete Broad Spectrum SPF50 contains protective echinacea to help prevent age spots and make skincells more resilient to stress and environmental aggressors that cause wrinkles and fine lines. It also has coconut oil, glycerin,and the patented Pro-Verte Complex, so it’s an emollient moisturizer, anti-aging powerhouse, makeup primer and SPF shield. Available in two shades, it “evens out your skin and reduces redness, and it’s effective on all skin types,” Dr. Grossman says.
“As a dermatologist, I must convince my patients that they need to wear sunscreen every single day, both from a health issue as well as to combat the redness, acne and pigmentation that come with aging. Statistically, one in three caucasians gets skin cancer; one in five people of all skin colors gets skin cancer; one person dies every hour from skin cancer. There are more skin cancers in a single year than all cancers combined in a three-year period,” Dr. Grossman reports.“You don’t die at 60 anymore, so you need to start taking care of your skin even if you didn’t in the past. Having healthy skin isn’t optional. You want to hold down the risk of something happening.”
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that we use a minimum of 30 SPF, but Dr. Grossman says that most people don’t apply enough sunscreen to get the proper protection, plus people often take medications or use skin products, like retinol, that make them sensitive to the sun. “It’s often difficult to get patients to use sunscreen because they don’t like the way it feels and smells, so my challenge was to find a sunscreen that people would actually wear every day,” Dr. Grossman adds. Complete Broad Spectrum SPF50 has become a “hero product,” she says. It works on light to dark skin tones.
The Evening Product
We need hydration and correction at night, Dr. Grossman stresses. KARYNG Restructuring Night Cream is a “very rich, but light, moisturizer,” with ingredients including hyaluronic acid; coconut oil; shea butter; sunflower seed and olive oil; watermelon rind, lentil and apple extract, and the exclusive Pro-Verte complex. It helps repair the skin’s protective barrier, promote collagen production, boost energy production in the skin, increase cell turnover, reduce inflammation, and promote luminescence and noticeable firmness.
The Eyes Have It
“For women who want to add eye cream to their morning skincare routine, KARYNG Revitalizing Eye Cream works on dark circles, lines and wrinkles, and puffiness. It firms, tones and contours the entire eye area, and absorbs really well into the skin so you can put your makeup over it,” Dr. Grossman says. The energizing cream is formulated with ingredients including antioxidant soybean extract, rich shea butter, glycerin, and the proprietary Pro-Verte Complex.
Anti-aging Gold Standard
Dermatologists consider retinol, also known as Vitamin A1, as the “gold standard” for anti-aging, because it can help speed skin renewal and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine line and age spots for firmer, smoother and more evenly-toned skin, Dr. Grossman explains. She decided not to include it her day or night cream, however, since “some people are sensitive to it.”
Dr. Grossman instead formulated a separate Retinol Renewing Serum with extra ingredients, including licorice, apple and lentil seed extract, plus coconut oil, so it’s not only effective, but can be tolerated by all skin types without causing redness and irritation. It reportedly reduces fine lines after two hours, and decreases pore size.
All six products in the premier KARYNG collection do not have parabens, petroleum, pesticides, propylene or butylene glycols, phthalates, BPA’s,PEG’s, TEA, DEA, GMO, glutens, or synthetic fragrances.