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Many skincare brands and products are interchangeable these days; half of them are white label and probably sell the same version of a product as dozens of others, even down to the physical packaging. That’s why I particularly like brands that were started by medical professionals, who have a little more skin in the game (pardon the pun) than making a quick buck.
One of the latest doctors to launch a line of eponymous products is Teacher. Dr Steinkraus (first name Volker), joining the ranks of my most beloved brands, including Dr. Barbara Sturm, Dr Dennis Gross, Doctor RogersAnd Dr. Loretta. There are many lines supported by doctors, scientists, etc. I see this branding as kind of a litmus test, as they are willing to hedge their professional reputation on the effectiveness of these products.
Teacher. Dr. Steinkraus Vitamin C Serum
I knew I was in good hands with Prof. Dr. Steinkraus as soon as I saw his Vitamin C Serum, which transforms its user into a chemist every morning. It consists of two parts: a liquid activator and 28 separate “drops” of powder. Anyone familiar with vitamin C knows how volatile the ingredient is to air, light, and time. It is therefore often useless to buy a serum C on the market. (Not to mention the one with a clear container or pipette application that allows exposure to oxygen.) With Prof. Dr. Steinkraus’ method, you squirt a little applicator serum onto the drop and turn it into vitamin C serum of the day, doing only what you need in a single morning. There’s four weeks of product in there, so you know exactly how long it’s going to last, and you can finally rationalize your spending on a vitamin C serum. (I’d suggest getting a blob refill pack at the same time so you can jump straight to the second month.)
The science that connects Professor Dr. Steinkraus’ assortment is called the TetCode4 system, which in short combines active ingredients from four categories. The main idea here is that a complete diet will connect the user to all of these, as not all products contain all of these ingredients; it’s a system after all. The first component TetCode4 is composed of high performance vitamins (A for youth, C for skin tone, E for antioxidants); second is niacin (B vitamins for elasticity and barrier defense); the third is plants (for natural food); and finally, biomimetics (scientific imitations of nature, such as ceramides, ectoin and squalane).
It is easy to build an assortment from the brand depending on your skin type: It has established listings for normal, dry, oily, combination, mature, sensitive, hyperpigmented, and blemished skin types. The website will guide you to the best serums, cleansers, and creams for your concerns, and all products are reasonably priced considering the care and detail that goes into the assortment. At this time they do not sell in the United States, but ship internationally from their German headquarters.
My favorite products (aside from the weirdly fun vitamin C serum) are the Vitamin A Serum (essentially, like over-the-counter tretinoin), daily niacin serum 20% (which helps smooth skin texture), twice daily hyaluronic acid serum (I like to receive double the hydration, morning and evening) and a daily application of Face Light Carea breathable daily moisturizer that works great for my oily/combination skin (there are AVERAGE And rich versions too, for normal and dry skin). THE assortment of docs extends far beyond the aforementioned prescriptive diets, as these are fundamental and you can get anything from Hand cream For Face sunscreen SPF 50+ For eye contour cream.
Given how much of a guessing game skincare can be in terms of effectiveness—and often an expensive estimate at that—here’s an assortment you can hedge your bets and dollars on. It’s quite simple as a diet, but quite complex on an individual product basis. It’s cheap, high-performing, and if you’re the proud owner of those vitamin C blobs, it’s also a lot of fun.