I am someone who likes clinically-validated products, so I was immediately drawn to iS CLINICAL, a brand that holds itself to this standard for every single one of its products. Sean Francis, Public Relations and Events Manager at iS CLINICAL, was kind enough to give me the opportunity to feature the brand, and he went above and beyond by thoughtfully selecting two products–Extreme Protect SPF 30 and Pro-Heal Serum Advance–best suited to address the dual concerns of photosensitivity and inflammation, major issues for most of us with lupus as well as nearly anyone with sensitive skin or photosensitivity.
My own version of the “inflammation test” was simply to see if my skin could handle the retinol in Pro-Heal Serum Advance without turning into a beet red flaking mess (the typical outcome of retinol). Much to my excitement, my skin tolerates twice daily use of this serum without any of the usual retinol side effects. This is remarkable given my reactive skin, and it proves to me that this is a very special serum. I never would have expected that a serum with retinol and vitamin C would help calm inflammation and even my skin tone, but this does! That was proof enough for me. I put my skepticism aside. Pro-Heal Serum Advance quickly exceeded my expectations; it reduced inflammation and left my skin with a better texture–and did so quickly, within just a few days. In addition to taming inflammation, Pro-Heal Serum Advance has been shown to far outperform four comparable products in its ability to absorb free radicals. This means applying Pro-Heal Serum Advance before Extreme Protect 30 will boost photoprotection even more!
Based on many skin care trials, I can tell you that Pro-Heal Serum Advance is a one of a kind product in its effectiveness in healing and protecting irritation-prone skin, toning down redness and irritation, and improving skin texture. For anyone concerned about inflamm-aging and/or looking for the ultimate antioxidant serum that boosts UV protection, this is a great choice and one that is wonderfully suited to sensitive, reactive skin.
Conclusion: iS CLINICAL clinically validates all of its products, and my personal experience echos the empirical findings for both Extreme Protect SPF 30 and Pro-Heal Serum Advance. Both products are excellent for health-challenged skin. Extreme Protect SPF 30 is an advanced formula with skin-beneficial ingredients, as well as data that suggests that skin protected by the product may receive less damage in direct sunlight than untreated skin in pure darkness. My only wish is that they would make the product even stronger by offering a version that is SPF 50. Pro-Heal Serum Advance provides strong antioxidant benefits, boosts photoprotection, tames inflammation and redness, and improves skin texture–all in a single remarkable product. This is a very unique formulation with a number of benefits: highly recommended.