Finally perfected your skincare routine? Well think again. According to Elizabeth Arden we’ve been missing out a step – after cleansing, moisturising, exfoliating and applying serums to our skin, we should be applying Elizabeth Arden’s Superstart Skin Renewal. Could this be the revolutionary product it claims to be or will it just add unnecessary minutes to our already rushed morning routine?

The Claims

Elizabeth Arden’s Superstart Skin Renewal Booster is a product designed to be used after cleansing but before applying a serum and/or moisturiser. It claims to consist of a unique combination of plant extracts and probiotics to support the skin’s ability to renew itself and strengthen its barrier, while boosting the effectiveness of your other skincare products. We are excited to put this product under our beauty microscope and see if it can live up to these big claims…

Science Behind the Bottle

Can this product really boost the effectiveness of your other skincare products?

Elizabeth Arden claims the Superstart Skin Renewal Booster can increase the effectiveness of your other skincare products applied to the skin afterwards. However, this claim is based solely on the opinion of a group of 62 women, of which 95% said “the Superstart Skin Renewal Booster made their other products more effective”. As scientists, we were hoping for some more solid evidence to support this bold claim, rather than just opinion, especially as we don’t know how the testing was carried out.


Ceramides form a crucial part of our skin’s barrier, along with fatty acids and cholesterol they form the three major lipids found in the outer layer of the skin. It is this barrier function that helps to protect the skin and keep it hydrated. Studies have suggested that changes in the skin’s level of ceramides could be the cause of some skin disorders in patients, including psoriasis and dermatitis. This product contains ceramides 1, 3 and 6, which have been proven to work together when applied to the skin to improve skin’s hydration and reduce TEWL (trans epidermal water loss). It has also been suggested that cholesterol, another component of the skins barrier, can reduce TEWL when applied topically, so can help to lock moisture in the skin. Hydrated skin is happy skin! Another of Superstart’s ingredients is phytosphingosine which is a lipid formed naturally in the skin and acts in a similar was to ceramides, it can help to improve the skin’s barrier and could potentially help in treating chronic inflammatory skin diseases, such as psoriasis.

Prebiotic Complex

You’re probably wondering what on earth bacteria are doing in a skin care product (as were we!) but according to Elizabeth Arden, probiotics have been included to nourish the skin while optimising the skin’s natural defenses. Superstart contains the “friendly” bacteria Lactobacillus, which is found foods such as yoghurt as they can help us to break down foods, absorb nutrients and keep the gut free from harmful microorganisms. Unfortunately that seems to be the only use of Lactobacillus, as we struggled to find any evidence to suggest that there would be any benefit from applying it to your skin!

Salicornia Erbacea Extract (Glasswort)

Salicornia Erbacea is a type of succulent flowering plant that grows in salt marshes and on beaches, you might have seen it on the restaurant menus under the name samphire or “sea asparagus”. The extract from this plant has been found to have potent antioxidant effects due to its ability to protect the skin from oxidative stress and help to prevent signs of premature skin ageing and can also inhibit the synthesis of melanin (our skins pigment), which could help to prevent those pesky age-related dark spots from forming!

Moisturising Ingredients

Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster certainly packs a moisturising punch, with an impressive line up of hydrating ingredients including glycerin, capric triglyceride, pentylene glycol and alpha-glucan oligosaccharide. Glycerin and pentylene glycol are humectants, so can attract water from lower layers up to the outermost layer of the skin to hydrate it and leave skin looking plumper and healthier. Capric triglyceride and alpha-glucan oligosaccharides are emollients so they keep our skin hydrated by forming a seal over the skin to trap in any moisture.

Crithmum Maritimum Extract (Sea Fennel)

Crithmum Maritimum extract from stem cells were applied to the skin of 6 individuals over the age of 50, and as a result the transepidermal water loss was reduced in these people compared to those who had not received treatment with Crithmum Maritmum stem cells. This suggests that topical application of Crithmum Maritimum extract can help the skin to retain its moisture for a healthier complexion! However, we should emphasise that 6 individuals is a very small samples size so we are very wary of these results and couldn’t find much else to get us excited about Sea Fennel.

The Verdict

We are big fans of Elizabeth Arden here at BBTG but we can’t help but feel a little underwhelmed by this product. Although Superstart Skin Renewal Booster does have some great hydrating ingredients, we don’t think it’s special enough to warrant a whole extra step in a skincare regime, as it’s very similar to a serum. Having said that, it will live up to it’s claims to strengthen the skins barrier and make your skin look rejuvenated and could be a good investment if you’re after a little moisture surge this winter.

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