STUDIES

Maybe one of the greatest assets in creating Desavery was my skepticism about the ‘science’ of skincare and led me to do lots of research when I started to work on ingredients, formulae etc.

  • what I learned: some things that we take for granted - there is no science for - like drinking water is good for your skin. Nope

  • that

  • MYTH: ALWAYS LOOK FOR COLLAGEN AND ELASTIN IN ANTI-WRINKLE PRODUCTS.

    Fact: Collagen and elastin in skin-care products can serve as good water-binding agents, but they cannot fuse with your skin's natural supply of these supportive elements.

    In most cases, the collagen molecule is too large to penetrate into the skin. But even when it is made small enough to be absorbed it cannot bind with the collagen existing in skin, and there isn't a shred of research indicating otherwise. What does exist are myriad studies showing that collagen is a very good moisturising ingredient, which is great for skin, but not unique or the only formulary option.

  • MYTH: EVERYONE NEEDS AN EYE CREAM.

    Fact: There is no evidence, research, or documentation validating the claim that the eye area needs ingredients different from those you use on your face or neck area or décolletage.

    Any product loaded with antioxidants, emollients, skin-repairing and anti-inflammatory ingredients will work wonders when used around the eye area. Those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream or gel or serum or balm—they can come from any well-formulated moisturiser or serum.

    Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type you have around your eyes. You may prefer using a specially labelled eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturiser and/or serum around your eyes.

    If the skin around your eyes is drier than the rest of your face, that doesn't mean you need a special eye cream. Instead, you simply need to treat your eye area with a more emollient, fragrance-free facial moisturiser. A well-formulated serum is another great option to use around the eyes (it doesn't need to be labeled "eye cream"). The same is true for eye gels or serums.

As a former journalist I spent years researching things that I didn’t know much about but it is amazing how much is available online if you know where to look. My research has been interesting….

One of the best things we can do for healthier skin is to drink more water. Right? Well, it turns out there is very little science to support the idea that drinking more water will lead to hydrated, healthier skin. If you are like me and struggle to drink that 2L of water every day, this could be good news. And if water won’t make a difference then what will?

Here’s what the Mayo Clinic has to say on the matter:

Skin is made up of three layers — the outer layer (epidermis), the underlying skin (dermis) and the subcutaneous tissue. If the outermost layer of the epidermis doesn't contain enough water, skin will lose elasticity and feel rough. Despite this connection, however, there's a lack of research showing that drinking extra water has any impact on skin hydration or appearance.

“Despite all of the social media posts, beauty guides and and health websites there is no scientific evidence that connects hydrated skin with drinking water.”


When you drink water it first hits your intestines, gets absorbed into your bloodstream, is filtered through the kidneys and then hydrates all the cells in your body. When our skin is dehydrated it’s because the outer layer of skin or the Stratum Corneum is lacking moisture and this is caused by TEWL or trans-epidermal water loss (‘evaporation’ to you and me).. Wind, cold weather, dry weather, overwashing our face with chemicals and showers that are too long and too hot are just some of the culprits that lead to dry skin. Ageing, pollution, smoking and genes are other reasons for dehydrated skin.

“Combining a ‘humectant’ with an ‘occlusive’ can hydrate and help skin retain moisture. ”

For most people having bright, glowing and hydrated skin is their main goal and that’s why I wanted to create two products that are the most effective for hydrated skin. Our SMOOTH Hyaluronic Acid and our STELLAR Daily Serum work together as a ‘humectant’ and an ‘occlusive’. The SMOOTH Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant and has two great qualities, drawing moisture from the dermis to the epidermis and its sponge-like qualities that absorb and retain moisture. All that moisture is sealed in with the Stellar Daily Serum facial oil which is an ‘occlusive’ moisturising and creating a barrier from evaporation. Stellar is also full of antioxidants which protects skin from pollution (another factor in dehydrated skin). These two plant-based products are key to an easy skincare routine that delivers the greatest impact on your skin’s health.