My heart always sinks a little when I have a really complex skin product to talk about – cutting through the BS is a heck of a job and (sorry France) especially when it comes to French skin care. But, I have been a long-time fan of Institut Esthederm and especially their sun care without which I don’t venture anywhere sunny at all! It’s quite simply the best sun care I’ve ever used for a long-lasting and even tan – I have never burned once, despite the fact that it doesn’t have a traditional SPF as we would know it.
So, Institut Esthederm Derm Repair is all about keeping skin in optimum condition using a high concentration of active ingredients. It restructures (in as much as any cream can) and repairs skin damage – so does everything! But if you look at the brand as a whole – they’re less youth obsessed and more skin obsessed; there’s line and wrinkle treatments and the range is focussed around anti-ageing but having good skin at any age seems to be more of a focus than skin-shaming.
I’m always going to struggle with writing about products like this – but what I can say is that from past experience with the brand, including their Hyaluronic range (brilliant), it does deliver to a higher degree than many brands. I think Institute Esthederm is for women (and/or men) who love the whole ritual of skin and who really enjoy delving into anti-ageing treatments and take a long term approach to their skin. Concentrations of actives are always good in this range, and their philosophy that skin needs three fundamental things; the right type of water, the right amount of light and respect for different life cycles (such as seasons or age) sit well with me. As a whole, I highly recommend the range, but I haven’t long term tested Derm Repair.
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