After five years of being a self-described professional beauty product tester, my skin has developed a pretty moderate case of rosacea, a skin condition that comes with symptoms like redness and sensitivity. Since my skin isn’t as tolerant to active ingredients as it once was, my job has gotten a tad tougher. What products can I actually try without upsetting my skin in the process? Thankfully, there’s a new redness reducer on the block that my skin gladly accepts: Tower 28’s SOS (Save. Our. Skin.) Intensive Rescue Serum.
Does this serum’s name sound familiar? That’s because its formula is based on one of the brand’s most beloved products, the SOS Daily Rescue Facial Spray, which is one of our favorite setting sprays and midday refreshers. Like its predecessor, the SOS Intensive Rescue Serum utilizes anti-inflammatory saltwater to calm reactive skin and reduce redness.
However, in comparison to the facial spray, the serum contains a higher concentration of antibacterial hypochlorous acid. According to Tracy Evans, MD, board-certified dermatologist and medical director of Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology in San Francisco, this skin-care ingredient is commonly used in dermatologists’ offices as a disinfectant for skin before injectable and surgical procedures. “It is safe, gentle, and can be used even near the eyes,” she says.