Tested on animals:No
Hyaluronic acid is having a moment in the U.S. cosmetics industry, and Dr. Carver's Miracle Repair Serum puts the ingredient to good use by pairing it with multiple antioxidants, skin repairing, and anti-irritant ingredients. Those with oily to combination skin will likely appreciate its lightweight texture, while those with dry skin will need to use it under a moisturizer. Fragrance free, it is also suitable for the acne prone, too.
Housed in a tinted glass bottle with a pump top, Dollar Shave Club advertises this product as ideal for soothing irritated skin—i.e. after shaving—and it does include the right ingredients to support this claim. Hyaluronic acid, as is in what seems to be a generous dose, provides antioxidant defense against free-radical damage, improves skin's moisture content and reduces inflammation (Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 2012 & Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, 2012).
In addition to the hyaluronic acid, Dr. Carver's Miracle Repair Serum also contains the anti-irritants barley and oat. Dollar Shave Club positions this as post-shave treatment, its mix of antioxidants—such as white and green tea, pomegranate and blueberry extracts—take this serum beyond such a niche and handily beat many competing men's after-shave products, most of which are poorly formulated.
Despite the marketing claims around the plant solomon's seal (Polygonaturm officinale rhizome/root extract) and cypress nut extract (Cupressus sempervirens seed extract), neither have any research that we could find supporting their benefit for skin when applied topically.
Arnica montana flower extract is present in a low amount, but this isn't enough to exert anti-inflammatory benefit (any such results have been shown at 10%+ concentrations), nor is it sufficient to be problematic, as high amounts of arnica can be potentially irritating to skin (Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain, 2014). Its presence may make this a potentially iffy choice for those with extra sensitive skin.
We had the Dr. Carver's Miracle Repair Serum assay tested (see what we do to get you the insider scoop?) and the results were that this formula actually uses sodium hyaluronate, which is the more bioavailable form of hyaluronic acid that is ideal in cosmetic formula. What's really impressive? The concentration came back at 2.7%. That's actually relatively high for such a product and makes this an even better beauty steal.
Did we mention the price? For its generous dose of hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and anti-irritants, this has the rather exceptionally inexpensive price of $12. For those seeking a solid antioxidant/skin-reparative serum, whether you're a man or woman, Dr. Carver's Miracle Repair Serum is a strong contender and one to consider.
Note: This contains the topical exfoliating ingredients glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid, but the pH is a bit too high (pH 4.5-5.0) for these to function as exfoliants. Nevertheless, glycolic and lactic acid act as moisturizing agents at higher pH levels, and salicylic acid retains its anti-inflammatory benefits as well.
Additional Note: Although this product is marketed for use after shaving, it can be used by anyone of any gender, regardless of if you shave your face or not.
- Contains the skin-reparative hyaluronic acid.
- Includes multiple antioxidants and anti-irritant ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Lightweight, ideal for any skin type.
- Very inexpensive.
- Includes arnica extract, though in an amount that is unlikely to be problematic for most.