Over the past year, I’ve discovered the pleasure of the skincare routine.
My skincare routine used to be just a neat coda to the day, where I prepared myself for bed by quickly cleansing off the day’s grime. But I’ve discovered skincare products that elevate the routine to a nourishing ritual that makes me feel like a Greek goddess tending to my luminous skin with nectar with the help of little cherubs. I’ve come to prefer products that have a rich, loamy, floral scent, like my great aunt’s garden in the spring.
And Kypris, as I have discovered, is the epitome of all of that. Named after a Greek goddess of love and beauty, the company makes lush skincare products that they encourage you to “anoint” yourself with. Slather them on? Perish the thought.
Each product comes in a white, heavy-stock box with gold foil lettering. The Beauty Elixir II, in a brown bottle with white cursive writing, has a long manifesto on the side, sort of like a Helenic version of the Lululemon bag: “Sacrifice your pride on the altar of humility. Prioritize gorgeous sleep.” They request that you offer yourself “honest compliments” while you anoint yourself with it. It contains CoQ10 (an antioxidant whose absence is related to aging), Vitamin C (great for anti-aging), phytonutrients, and fatty acids. It promises to soften, tone, moisturize, heal, balance, boost collagen, diminish signs of UV overexposure, and enhance elasticity, with an ingredient list that is nothing but oils and extracts, extracts and oils. It smells really nice. I used it for two weeks, and I’m pleased to see that it only diminished in volume a little bit.
The Clearing Serum comes in a cobalt blue bottle with floral decoration. It has a medicinal smell, with ingredients like aloe, zinc, tea tree, lavender, and some scary-sounding ingredients like linoleamidopropyl PG-dimonium chloride phosphate that sound terrifying, but turn out to be harmless. It promises to heal blemishes, reduce evidence of older blemishes, and reduce redness. It’s supposed to be good for both fussy skin, and recently shaved, waxed, or threaded skin. You use it as a spot treatment.
After using the two oils for two weeks, my skin felt soft and nourished and I didn’t see any inflammation or little red bumps. When I switched off, the inflammation reemerged in the next weeks. It’s just anecdotal, but that’s what happened to me!
Kypris has four other lovely sounding serums and oils. Though, to be honest, when I read the descriptions I’m left scratching my head. It took me probably 20 minutes to choose two for me, because the copy all started blending together in one big moonlight-washed, floral-anointed, self-care festival of Aphrodite flower oils.
But I fear that I have become addicted to the feeling these oils give me when I apply them daily, and that I will find myself getting two more to use at night before I go to bed as well.
After all, the beauty ritual of a goddess is of utmost importance.
* I got these products free to try from Credo Beauty.