SUN SERUM: Phyto Defense + Repair
Sun Serum: Phyto Defense + Repair is a concentrated moisturizer, serum, and elemental defense oil that addresses the symptoms of overexposure to the sun. By combining the most current botanical research with centuries-old plant traditions, this repairing serum delivers a firmer more supple appearance, a brighter more even tone, and a visible reduction in irritation and discoloration.
Laurel Skin’s Sun Serum is ideally applied both before and after time spent in the sun, as it features whole plant extracts that address both prevention and repair. Tiny, sun-loving scarlet pimpernel flower shines along with licorice and bilberry for brightening, while carotenoids and polyphenols from plants like sea buckthorn, rosehip, red grape, and calendula provide elemental defense. Chamomile and marshmallow soften and provide soothing relief, alongside gotu kola and carrot seed for strengthening connective tissue. Nutrient-dense oils like red raspberry, jojoba, and pumpkin are all raw and unrefined, and offer additional protection against UV-induced oxidation.
Containing 27 beneficial active ingredients and 100% whole plant organic, this serum is a beautiful choice for sun damaged skin.
Scarlet Pimpernel – This tiny coral flower represents joy and strength. It thrives and relishes in the sunshine as a common weed, and has been used historically to reverse sun damage for centuries. By stimulating circulation and bringing new life to cells, it is specific in its ability to repair rough, sun damaged skin.
Carrot Seed – This oil contains specific nutrients that have proven to help prevent sun damage from occurring, as well as repair UV damage related symptoms such as discoloration and loss of elasticity.
Licorice – This root is a powerful anti-inflammatory which will improve all skin functions; it also has been studied for its ability to balance melanin production, making it a brightening ally for hyperpigmentation and scarring.
Sea Buckthorn – This concentrated superfood extract is made of the whole fruit and seed, which makes it incredibly high in the entire range of essential fatty acids, vitamin C, flavonoids, and carotenoids. It works to strengthen connective tissue and prevent its breakdown.
Marshmallow – This gentle soothing root is a skin softener that is specific for sun damage as well as irritation of any kind.
Red Raspberry Seed Oil – Laurel Skin’s organic, unrefined red raspberry seed oil is pressed freshly for them and contains nutrients making it specific for both pre and post sun care. It’s a beautiful, soft, anti-inflammatory oil that offers a wide variety of essential fatty acids. It also contains carotenoids and flavonoids like rutin, which has been closely studied in Europe for its ability to enhance our response to the sun.
Red Grape Seed Oil – When we are seeking resveratrol, not just any grape seed oil will do. It has to be raw, unrefined, and made with red grapes. This is incredibly rare in the world of skincare. It is deep greenish blue in color, and it smells just like grapes. When examining Laurel Skin’s ingredient list, red grape falls pretty far down on the list, and that is strictly due to its potency. If you are using products with grape as a primary ingredient, and the product doesn’t smell like grapes, then that can be an obvious flag that it has been refined and the necessary antioxidants that promote UV defense and repair are no longer present.
Jojoba Oil˚, Rosehip Fruit and Seed Oil˚, Red Raspberry Seed Oil˚, Almond Oil˚, Sesame Seed Oil˚, Sea Buckthorn Fruit and Seed Oil˚, Cranberry Seed Oil˚, Pumpkin Seed Oil˚, Red Grape Seed Oil˚, Tamanu Oil˚, Rosemary Extract˚; House Made Whole Plant Extracts of Scarlet Pimpernel˚, Calendula˚, Gotu Kola˚, Licorice˚, Bilberry Fruit˚, Comfrey˚, Chamomile˚, Red Clover˚, Marshmallow˚, Rosehip Fruit˚, Nettle˚, Horsetail˚; Essential Oils of Sandalwood˚, Carrot Seed˚, Helichrysum˚, Cistus˚
˚signifies certified organic ingredient
Put 3-5 drops onto fingertips and press onto clean face and neck. Apply elixir first for hydration, followed by serum and then balm. This product works as a treatment serum, a moisturizer, and it strengthens your skin’s response to the sun.
Use within 6 months of opening and within 18 months of the manufacture date, found on the bottom of the bottle.
“I believe love is the most powerful healing tool available.” -Laurel Shaffer, Laurel Skin founder + skin-specific herbalist
Founded by skin-specific herbalist + plant communicator + engine of love Laurel Shaffer and located in a beautiful renovated barn in Petaluma, California, Laurel Skin is the culmination of Laurel’s winding journey filled with education, research, and extensive study that led to her path as a sommelier, and eventually skin-specific herbalist. Those formal training paths, as well as her experience in farm, spa, and mindful wellness, have made it possible for her to live the life of a slow beauty advocate and creator of farm-based and hyper-localized spa rituals and formulas. She walks a balance beam with one side in wonderment and appreciation of phytochemistry and the other a world of intuitive trust and respect for whole plant wisdom and ancient traditions. That balance allows her to create formulas of long-standing efficacy.
The Laurel Skin line is a ritualistic range of flower and herb-based skincare, formulated with impeccably sourced, highly vibrant whole plants picked at their peak for unmatched transparency, purity, and results. Firmly rooted in the principles and practices of slow beauty, Laurel’s first and most critical relationship is with the land. Her exclusive partnerships with local artisan farmers ensure the highest quality and most stringent transparency. Their mutual commitment to only 100% organic, raw, unrefined plant materials guarantees unparalleled freshness and efficacy. Laurel Skin believes beauty should be a loving self-care practice that begins and ends with mindfulness.
Leading the way with unparalleled sourcing, a commitment to farmers, and a mission built on transparency, the Laurel Skin line captures California’s hearty terrain and natural abundance in each and every bottle, and relies on their own manufacturing and production capabilities to ensure the freshest, most efficacious products are produced.
Every single whole plant they work with is certified organic or certified Biodynamic®, and they make no exceptions. Laurel Skin partners with artisan farms within 100 miles of their Lab to source all of the flowers and herbs that can grow in their California climate. They begin working with their partnering farms in the Winter during seeding and continue through to harvesting season when each plant is picked at their peak of vitality. Once the plants are harvested, they make their way to the Laurel Skin Lab where they are turned into plant medicine for the skin. Of course, each plant is processed as little as possible to maintain the freshness, purity, and vitality of each plant. Laurel extracts are made in-house, without the use of chemicals, to preserve the integrity and efficacy of the whole plant. All oils used in Laurel Skin creations are certified organic or Biodynamic®, raw, cold pressed, unrefined, and pressed fresh for Laurel by the farms that grow them or by artisan pressers. Their oils are richly hued and have an unmistakably fresh smell: indicators that they are pure and unrefined. Laurel uses only certified organic and Biodynamic® essential oils; many of which are distilled in incredibly small batches just for the Laurel line. Every hydrosol they use is certified organic or Biodynamic® and made exclusively for Laurel Skin by their artisan partnering farmers along the west coast.
Laurel Skin is committed to your health, well-being and, as a result, your beauty. Their commitment begins with the quality of the soil that nourishes and optimizes the ingredients they select. This is the foundation of slow beauty. The Laurel team then follows each ingredient from seed to harvest. Through the season it takes to grow their plants, to the months their handmade blends sit steeping, to the hours they spend bottling each batch, the Laurel Skin team practices slow beauty with patience and intention. Their greatest reward is knowing you feel this when you use their products.