Luxeva Loves: This Moisturiser Has Thousands Of Fans On Reddit And For Good Reasonby | September 02, 2019
As a teenager, I suffered an unforgiving bout of acne. After several oral rounds of Isotretinoin (under the supervision of a dermatologist of course), the acne left me, but the scars remained. My 20s were spent experimenting with physical exfoliation, oil-cleansing, holistic skincare in a quest for clear, blemish-free and poreless skin, with a T-zone that didn’t look like an oil slick. As trends evolved, I shifted towards a more chemical based approach, with AHAs, BHAs, and retinoids making up most of my skincare routine.
As I approached my 30s, my skin had completely cleared up; the acne scars had faded and pores were nearly invisible with the help of the tiniest bit of make-up, but a new condition plagued me. My skin looked and felt unhealthy, congested and tired. It felt stretchy, even inflamed at times. It looked dull, dehydrated, and alarmingly uneven. My first inclination was to see a dermatologist, but with hours to spare I took to Reddit’s famous SkincareAddiction thread.
Now, here’s the thing, my symptoms weren’t uncommon (just like thousands of other women out there), and they were, in fact, suggestive of a damaged skin barrier. What’s a skin barrier you ask? Don’t worry, I did too. The skin’s barrier or the stratum corneum is the outermost layer of the skin, which absorbs vitamins and moisture that are paramount for nourished and hydrated skin that glows. When this waxy lipid bilayer on the outermost layer is compromised, it leads to inflammation, bumpy and uneven texture, and dull and dehydrated skin. On the other hand, a healthy moisture barrier means plump, smooth, and radiant skin that you don’t need to mask with make-up. The most common factors that cause barrier impairment are external pollutants, UV rays, toxic chemicals, age and over-exfoliation.
While I spent hours researching how to nurse my skin back to health, the one product that stood out was the Stratia Liquid Gold. It had legions of fans, rave reviews, and ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos for proof. How does it work? Essentially, the Stratia Liquid Gold is a potent moisturiser composed of ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids in a 3:1:1 ratio, which imitates the fatty matrix that holds our skin’s moisture barrier together, and helps strengthen and balance it.
I must admit, despite all the reviews, I was sceptical at first. I researched Stratia a bit more and discovered that the Indie brand was started in 2016 by Alli Reed, a Reddit user. A self-proclaimed chemistry nerd, Alli began capitalizing on her knowledge, and started concocting Stratia Liquid Gold for herself; she also sent out small samples to friends. Soon enough, Stratia grew from a side hobby to a full-time business. And the reason is pretty straightforward; their precise formulas worked because they were backed by hard science.
So, I asked myself; if it worked for hundreds of Reddit users, maybe it would work for me? Next thing I knew, I was ordering my first bottle of the yellow-tinted liquid gold. I decided to simplify my skincare routine. I switched to Avène’s Cleanance Cleansing Gel and followed that up with a layer of the Stratia Liquid Gold and Aloe Soothing Sun Cream from COSrx (never underestimate the power of a good sunscreen). As tempting as it was, I resisted the urge to invest in any other product as promising and appealing as it appeared and stuck to my effortless new routine. Fast forward to one year and three bottles of Stratia’s miracle moisturiser later, and I can confidently vouch for this life-changing formula. My skin is well-balanced, and I no longer have to deal with an oily T-zone and dry cheeks. It feels healthy, happy, and hydrated, and it’s never looked better.
Stratia’s Liquid Gold healed my skin barrier from the inside out. I have slowly introduced chemical exfoliators back into my routine, like The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, which I alternate with The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. But Stratia’s Liquid Gold will continue to be a part of my skincare routine as long as they’re in production. Amen!
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