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Renewing my skin with Dr. Elsa Jungman’s Serum

I’ve almost emptied my bottle of the Dr. Elsa Jungman Oat Power Moisturizer, and I’m excited to share with you my personal experience! What is special about this product is that it targets your skin’s microbiome, and this is the first time I use a skincare product that is supposed to be microbiome-friendly. I will also be sharing my thoughts about the skincare brand’s minimalist approach as a whole!

I first heard of Dr. Elsa Jungman when I moved to San Francisco, and was in the early days of working on launching Minori. The beauty industry being quite small (particularly in the Bay Area) her name came up quite often in my circle of mentors and beauty entrepreneurs. On top of being beauty brand founders, both Elsa and I adopted a “minimalist” philosophy as part of our brand’s ethos; Minori on the makeup side, Dr. Elsa Jungman on the skincare side.

Needing a Skincare Reset

Skincare minimalism is not a term I gave a lot of thought to before, mainly because I’m not a 10-step-routine kind of gal to begin with. My routine has always been simple, but I’m constantly experimenting with new products hoping to fully clear up my skin. Over the past 17 years, I’ve been on 4 rounds of Accutane, Retinol, Spironolactone… you name it, I tried it!

By now, it should be pretty clear to me that I’m doing something wrong, and perhaps the solution is in simplifying even more. I suspect that years of using acne creams filled with strong antibacterial ingredients might be damaging my skin, so I decided that it’s time to do a skincare reset. Over two past years (even before meeting Elsa) I’ve started hearing the words “Microbiome” or “Microbiome-friendly” skincare a lot more often. I decided to give this new approach to skincare a try! I completed the skincare quiz on Dr. Elsa Jungman’s website, and based on my answers, Elsa sent me the Oat Power Moisturizer and the No Soap Gentle Cleanser.

What is the skin microbiome?

The microbiome relates to bacteria – the microorganisms living on and in your body. Our skin is naturally protected by these microorganisms. It’s important that your skin’s microbiome be balanced and diverse.

My review of the Oat Power Moisturizing Serum


I was quite skeptical at first that my skin, which is already producing quite a bit of excess sebum, would tolerate adding more oil to it. The first thing I noticed when trying the Oat Power Moisturing Serum is that it gets absorbed into my skin instantly, and doesn’t leave the greasy feeling you’d expect from an oil. My Minori Cream Blush and Highlighter wore super nicely on top of this serum, giving me an overall dewy and healthy complexion.

Dr. Elsa Jungman’s genius is in creating as simple (yet effective) of a moisturizer as possible. It’s apparently a lot harder to formulate with only a few ingredients than it is with dozens! This particular moisturizing serum has only 4 ingredients:

  • Squalane (from sugar cane)
  • Avena sativa (oat) Kernel Oil
  • Plukenetia volubilis Seed Oil (organic & refined sacha inchi)
  • Tocopherol (plant-derived vitamin E)

I loved the very slight but pleasant nutty scent from the natural ingredients. The glass bottle and elegant design were as minimalist as the ingredients inside it! I appreciated the beauty in the simplicity of this product’s packaging.

I started using the 0.5 FL OZ bottle in early January, often twice a day, and still have about a quarter left, so I would say that it should last most people about three to four months. As far as price, I’m not a connaisseur of skincare oils, but after a quick check on Detox Market, I found that the $70 pricepoint is actually on the lower end of what most other brands charge for oil moisturizers. Plus I know that this product is made in small batches, by a woman who actually has a PhD in Skin Pharmacology, and has been researching microbiome skincare for years!

Results after 3 months of the Power Oat Moisturizer

The biggest noticeable change for me was that sebum production decreased thanks to the added moisture from the serum. My pores were generally less clogged, and I ended up having much less hormonal breakouts in the week leading up to my period. I did use a bit of Inkey List’s Succinic Acid spot treatment on a few of my breakouts and did a weekly AHA mask for 10 minutes. But throughout the week I didn’t layer any other skincare on top of Dr. Elsa Jungman’s Power Oat moisturizer, and my skin seemed to be loving it. With three months of fewer blemishes, my skin is looking the best it’s been since I stopped taking oral acne medication.

The second big improvement was that I managed to get rid of the constant dry and patchy skin on my forehead. I used to have a weird texture on my forehead, as if there were several uneven layers of dry skin, which didn’t go away even with regular exfoliation and moisturizing.

Is my skin perfect?

I obviously didn’t expect this serum to reverse my wrinkles, I need botox for my frown lines and no cream in the world will fix that. I also still have some hyperpigmentation from some acne scars on my jawline, but I’m not chasing perfection. To be honest, I do think that my skin might be in a much more balanced place than it’s been in years. Perhaps it’s leaving it alone, and simply moisturizing it with a few simple ingredients to let my skin’s microbiome do it’s thing.

All in all, I was very pleased with my first experience trying this skincare brand. If you struggle with similar issues, I recommend doing the skin quiz on their website and giving their products a go! Who knows, maybe the secret was in our skin’s microbiome all along.

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