This Celeb-Loved Skincare Line Completely Reversed My Dull, Broken-Out Skin

I know that it's technically part of my job description to test products, and for the most part, I do it with open and enthusiastic arms. I'll swipe on a new mascara or spritz on a dry shampoo with abandon until the cows come home. But when it comes to testing skincare, my liberal attitude falls by the wayside. The reason being, from middle school through my freshman year of college, I had terribly broken-out skin. In fact, some days I'd have pimples so unsightly and red, I'd fake being sick to get out of having to show my face in school (teens can be so cruel).

Once I went on birth control and began religiously using the right products (i.e., gentle cleanser, toner, chemical exfoliants, and a noncomedogenic moisturizer) in addition to scaling back on sugar and dairy, my skin took a completely unexpected (and wholly welcomed) turn: I rarely broke out, and my skin's texture was smoother and less greasy. But recently, I'd felt as though my shiny, happy skin was losing its luster. I was stressed, breaking my own rule of not testing too many skincare products at once in the name of research, and occasionally falling asleep in my makeup from being tired (or sometimes too tipsy). It was clear my skin needed an overhaul.

Serendipitously, I met with the team from iS Clinical, a brand I'd always been interested in after hearing celebrities and skin experts sing its praises. Shani Darden, esthetician to stars like Jessica Alba and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, consistently gushes about the brand, as do her Hollywood clientele. Our very own Hillary Kerr is also a big fan of its hero product, the Active Serum. So while I generally stand firmly against introducing my skin to so many new products, the line had such glowing reviews and science-backed evidence that I found it worth taking a leap.