Hera 2.0 : Epigenic Effector & Cell-Essence
As someone who has considerably dry skin and a very dull complexion, it is essential that I have an excellent moisturizing and brightening serum in my daily skincare routine that gives my skin the hydration it craves, and my dull-ish complexion that lit from within glow. I mentioned quite a few times my love for skin-lightening serums, more particularly for the Biogenic Effector, but just when I thought serums couldn’t surprise me anymore, Hera has proved me wrong with the new upgraded version Cell-Bio Epigenic Effector (also called White Program Effector L.E.D Technology). This serum is actually redefining my expectations when it comes to premium skin lightening serums. So much so, it has become an absolute staple in my everyday skincare routine.
While there are plenty of good skin-brightening serums on the market that claim you’ll wake up with a much brighter complexion, there are only a few that truly deliver this promise and truth is, most of them only provide temporary results.
To give you a quick summary of the power of the Biogenic Effector, it turned my very dull NC30 complexion into NC20, reduced my yellow undertones and visibly minimized early signs of aging such as fine lines. Don’t get me wrong, it didn’t whiten my skin tone at all – expect for dark spots and acne scars – but it visibly brightened and evened out my complexion in less than six months. So much so, I don’t even need foundation anymore.
There’s no question the Epigenic version looks a lot better than the Biogenic version, and while the latter is by no means ugly, the Epigenic’s latest design is undeniably sleeker and eye-catching, making the old design look like a relic. While the bottles are similar regarding size, shape, and capacity, the Epigenic Effector’s subtle color choices and sleek design take it to a whole different level and make it one the best-looking serum I have ever seen.
When it comes to the formula, the first Biogenic Effector was one of the best skin lightening product on the market, but it doesn’t come close to the newer version. The Epigenic Effector contains a higher amount of Niacinamide (chief amongst skin-lightening ingredients) and a blend of anti-aging, hydrating, moisturizing and protecting plants extracts. Not only is the Epigenic considerably faster and stronger at brightening a dull complexion, but the lightweight gel-like consistency and the formula make it also oily skin friendly.
The Epigenic’s formula works to strengthen skin’s barrier, increase cell turnover, hydrate the skin, boost radiance, even out the complexion, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and acne scars.
The best skin-brightening serum comes at a cost, but since the first version has been around for a while it’s naturally going to be a lot cheaper than the newly launched Epigenic. Right now you can pick up the Biogenic Effector for $ here and here, and the Epigenic Effector here and here.
Everyone seems to go crazy over the SK-II Pitera Facial Treatment and it’s (supposedly) dupe Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence (not a chance!), but for me the Hera Cell Essence Cell-Bio Fluid Sync 2.0 is undoubtedly the real winner in the essence/SK-II dupe department. I’ve been using the first and second version for the past three years, and it’s truly one of the best purchase I have ever made for my skin.
This carefully crafted multi-benefits essence revives dull skintone, smooths rough skin and exfoliates dead skin cells, moisturizes and soothes irritated skin, reduces skin’s sensitivity & redness, strengthen skin’s barrier, plumps & firm tired saggy skin, and balances sebum production
Using this product for the first time is certainly a new experience if you’re not used to essences, but the results it provides are just as described. Some may argue that essences aren’t needed in a skincare routine, but if you suffer from tired and dehydrated skin like I do I can tell you this is exactly the kind of product your skin may be crying o!ut for. Knowing as well as I do Hera’s extraordinary abilities to create truly outstanding products, I can’t recommend this essence enough despite the eye-watering price tag.
Aimed at sensitive skin, this refreshing and soothing essence helps skin prone to redness by decreasing irritation and sensitivity.
Like the majority of Hera’s packagings, the Cell-Essence is fuss-free and effortlessly chic. With a sturdy frosted glass bottle, Hera crafted what is, in my opinion, the best-looking essence out there, although this isn’t really a surprise when you consider that Hera has demonstrated the best packaging for many years.
I probably own more moisturizers than most people, but I was so thrilled to receive the new Aquabolic Hydro-Gel Cream and Hydro-Whipped Cream. While I’m saving the latter for the colder months, I can’t wait to finish using up the not-so-fabulous Neutrogena Hydro Boost Aqua Gel before I begin using the Hydro Gel Cream. Unfortunately, this is definitely not a moisturizer I will be purchasing with my own money since it’s not vegan! I mentioned it in my May favorites, but it contains cholesterol, an animal-derived ingredient.