Raised by a parent who worked in a plastic surgery office, Allison Gallo learned at a young age just how far people would go for everlasting beauty—and quickly decided that she wanted to help deter
people from going under the knife.
Instead of following in her mom’s footsteps, the New Yorker went to MIT, where she studied chemical engineering and, more specifically, anti-aging peptides.
The result of her undergrad research is in Face It, the 26-year-old’s new beauty brand that helps maintain skin in a natural—rather than surgical—way. The five pieces of the collection (moisturizer, night cream, eye cream, hand cream, and cleansing scrub) all contain Matrixyl 3000, a breakthrough ingredient composed of two peptides so new that they make our McQ for Target outfits look dated.
It might sound a bit mad scientist-y, but Allison doesn’t take herself too seriously; the packaging features a periodic table-inspired logo flanked by bubbling test tubes and beakers. She also realizes that any good skincare product has to be able to multitask, hence creams that prevent breakouts, moisture imbalance, and uneven skin tone in addition to reversing early signs of skin damage.
And while the products won’t increase your IQ (at least, not yet), there’s nothing smarter than a clever skincare line created and produced by an even smarter 20-something.
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