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Meet Callie - A Pharmacist Skincare Must Haves

Meet Callie - A Pharmacist Skincare Must Haves

Meet Callie. She is a beautiful pharmacist that has joined Harben House as a Pharmacist Adviser. We go to Callie to get scientific information about our skin and product ingredients. She is a wonderful resource and adviser for Harben House, and we are thrilled to have her on the team. Please read below her current review of must-have products for combination skin types. 

Pharmacist Skincare Recommendations for Combination Skin

As a pharmacist, I field a lot of questions from friends about over-the-counter products, birth control, infant dosing, and did I mention birth control? But, now in my 30s, I am happy to report that many of my friends now ask for my latest and greatest skincare recommendations. So, here are some of the products that I am currently loving and my skin is thanking me for!


SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex.

One trait that has been ingrained in me since pharmacy school is to read the ingredient label on EVERYTHING. The first few ingredients listed tend to be the most active, so with skincare I look for water and ingredients proven to help with whatever the product is claiming to do. In the case of SkinMedica’s TNS Recovery Complex, the first ingredient is Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media…say what?? In other words, human growth factor is the primary ingredient. I apply my TNS Recovery Complex every morning and night,and the growth factors stimulate regeneration in my skin. Growth Factors can be great for use following a skin procedure to promote healthy skin growth, and even can help reduce old acne scars. Given that it’s made from actual skin tissue, I feel I must warn that it does have a slight smell of feet while applying, but it only lasts a few seconds and feels great (and odorless) once applied. This a must for your skincare regimen!

Truth Treatment Systems Biomimetic Priming Mist.

I have the definition of combination skin, so it is always a delicate balancing act to find a product that moisturizes but doesn’t cause me to get too oily throughout the day.  Enter Truth Biomimetic Priming Mist- a hydrating mist with a matte finish that contains ingredients proven to moisturize while also promoting anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and antioxidant effects. Created by pharmacist Benjamin Fuchs, (so how could I not love?) This primer uses fulvic acid which acts as an ingredient booster to help other nutrients get absorbed more efficiently - making it the perfect priming mist to apply before your other skincare products and makeup.  Great for all skin types, this is one of my new favorite products that I didn’t know I needed.

Neocutis Micro-Eyes Rejuvenating Cream.

No proper skincare regimen is complete without a multi-tasking eye cream. This one combats dryness, fine lines, sagginess and dark circles (what else could you ask for!). This eye cream contains Neocutis’ patented MPC (Micro Protein Complex)- micro proteins that work together to promote collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid…basically the trifecta of healthy, youthful looking skin. I have always struggled to find a product that works with my concealer to limit dryness and creasing, but Micro-Eyes incorporates de-puffing caffeine with MPC to create the perfect canvas for makeup and concealer application.  

Revision Skincare Intellishade Matte Tinted Moisturizer.

And last but certainly not least, sunscreen. All the products in the world are meaningless if you’re not protecting your skin from the sun’s rays. And rather than applying yet another cream to your face, this moisturizer works in several different ways to serve as an all-in-one, anti-aging sunscreen and light foundation. This, coupled with some brows and mascara, is all I need for an on-the-go makeup routine. As its name implies, it matches your skin tone perfectly with a matte finish- unlike so many sunscreens that cause unwanted shine. It’s SPF 45, so you can rest assured that you’re well-protected throughout the day. This will be in my makeup bag for years to come!

I look forward to sharing more of my personal skin care journey with everyone. I love skincare and I love Harben House!

Callie Lyons, PharmD

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All About Even Tone – Skinbetter Science’s Latest Serum

All About Even Tone – Skinbetter Science’s Latest Serum

Skinbetter Science is the newest, in-demand skin care brand to exclusively hit physician’s shelves. Skin care enthusiasts have been obsessing over this innovative new brand since they launched in 2015. With powerhouse products like Alto Defense Serum and AlphaRet Overnight Cream, Skinbetter Science has been paving the way of medical-grade skin care over the last few years. Worth the investment, Skinbetter’s use of expensive ingredients in their effective products beats out most competitors in clinical trials.
When we got word that Skinbetter Science was launching a pigmentation product in 2018, we were all ears!
Skinbetter Science Even Tone Correcting Serum is an extremely powerful pigmentation product. It helps with a variety of skin concerns, but what we are going to focus on today is how it fights brown spots, called hyperpigmentation. Skinbetter’s Even Tone has been clinically test and the results show it actually BEAT OUT 4% hydroquinone in clinical trials! No product has even shown to be equal to a 4% HQ before, and Skinbetter actually surpassed it!
Let’s breakdown the pigmentation ingredients and see why this Skinbetter Science Even Tone Correcting Serum is worth all the hype.


Skinbetter Science Before and After harben house


Ingredients Breakdown


Diglucosyl Gallic Acid- One of the most interesting ingredients in modern skin care. Diglucosyl Gallic Acid is a patented ingredient that uses microbes already on the skin’s surface to change forms into a useable cosmetic ingredient, Gallic Acid. Gallic Acid helps to brighten the skin and stop the production of melanin which produces hyperpigmentation or dark spots. What is fascinating is that Diglucosyl Gallic Acid is pretty much worthless without the good bacteria that is found on our skin. It uses our own skin’s microbiome to produce a valuable cosmetic ingredient that is revolutionizing the skincare industry. What is also unique about this product is that it not only helps with brown spots, but it also helps with yellow and red pigmentation in the skin.


Kakadu Plum Extract- Kakadu Plums are found in Australia and they are the world’s highest natural source for Vitamin C. Research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says that the amount of Vitamin C in the Kakadu Plum is 55x greater than that of an orange. This powerful superfruit not only helps brighten the skin but also helps with inflammation, neutralizing free radicals, and overall skin protection.  


Hexylresorcinol- A valuable hydroquinone alternative that helps lighten and brighten the skin. Hexylresorcinol is less irritating than others in the resorcinol family. It assists with fight glycation in the skin which, in turn, slows the breakdown of collagen while protecting the skin from free radical damage.


Artemisia Capillaris Flower Extract – This Japanese herb has been used for centuries in eastern medicine for a variety of conditions including hepatitis, jaundice, and even headaches. Recently studies have been done to prove that this amazing flower can provide antimicrobial benefits as well as skin lightening benefits. Artemisia Capillaris specifically helps skin pigmentation caused by exposure to the sun.

Alpha-Arbutin- Although all Arbutin’s are in the hydroquinone family, they do not have the same carcinogenic affect as hydroquinone. Alpha-Arbutin comes from the Bearberry fruit and looks chemically similar to hydroquinone, however it has an attached sugar molecule on it’s tail. Alpha-Arbutin is not the same as Beta Arbutin which is more commonly found in skincare. The Alpha Arbutin is said to have a much broader impact on lightening and brightening the skin than any others in the Arbutin family. Many clinically studies have been done on this powerful berry and it has proven time and again to lighten pigmentation, specifically deep stubborn discoloration like that caused by melasma.  


Skinbetter Science Even Tone Correcting Serum contains many more functional ingredients that help with other pigmentation problems, specifically those targeting the yellow and red pigments. It also contains ceramides, peptides, and linoleic acids making it exceptionally beneficially beyond just reducing hyperpigmentation in the skin. It does not contain any ingredients that will break out oily skin or dry out dehydrated skin. Therefore, it is perfect for all skin types, and it should be an important part of all skin care regimens.


Skinbetter Clincal Trials Even Tone Correcting Serum

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Everyday Essentials - How to Gift the Perfect Skin Care Product

Everyday Essentials - How to Gift the Perfect Skin Care Product

Picking skin care products for yourself can be hard enough but trying to buy beauty items for a gift is even trickier! Let us help you become the ultimate gift giver with this cheat sheet of our absolute favorite solutions for 5 of the most common skin concerns for all skin types.

1. Perfect Pigmentation - Skinbetter Science Even Tone Correcting Serum ($140)

Almost everyone is trying to even out their skin tone and correct either brown, yellow, or red colors that creep up with age and external/internal damage. Skinbetter Science’s Even Tone Correcting Serum will equalize discoloration with it’s gorgeous and luminous formula. Use this product morning and night as a serum before sunscreen and retinol.

2. Baby Soft Skin - SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex ($179)

One of the most envy worthy products on the market! Ever wonder what makes baby’s skin so soft? There are many reasons, but mainly their skin contains growth factors. As we age these growth factors decrease, and applying a growth factor serum like SkinMedica’s TNS Recovery Complex can help turn back the clock and give skin a rejuvenating appeal.

3. Eye Essential - Lumiere Bio-Restorative Eye Cream ($97)

Every eye needs to be treated with delicate care. Meet the perfect eye cream for all eye concerns, Lumiere. Dark circles, wrinkles, texture, puffiness, and dehydration is all addressed in this moisturizing cream. An all time fan favorite will wow anyone who is lucky enough to receive one of these gems!

4. Restore Youth - Restorsea Pro Intensive Treatment 10x ($195)

Perfect for all skin types of any age. Restorsea’s unique serum contains their patented Aquabeautine XL which is an enzyme produced by salmon roe. Get the highest concentration of this extraordinary I greiemt in this physican dispenser treatment. Restorsea’s 10x Serum exudes luxury and has incredible  anti-aging results! 

5. Overnight Obsession - Skinbetter AlphaRet Overnight Cream ($110)

Clinically proven to reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture, this medical grade miracle cream is the perfect retinoid product for all skin types. Most know that a retinoid is one of the most important pieces of any skincare routine, but the irritation and redness caused by most retinoids is a deterrent for some. Skinbetter Science’s AlphaRet Overnight Cream gives you all the benefits of the retinoid without the side effects. A bonus is it also contains non-irritating glycolic acid for extra exfoliation!

All these solutions-in-a-bottle can be used alone or as a whole routine. If you are having trouble picking out the perfect gift, these 5 options will be well received by everyone!

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A Letter From Harben House's Founder - Courtney Broder

A Letter From Harben House's Founder - Courtney Broder


Welcome to Harben House. I sincerely appreciate everyone who has taken the time to visit our site and read our story. I want to be sure that everyone has a delightful experience while shopping at Harben House. I know shopping for skincare and beauty products online can be tedious, so we strive to ease this process for you. 

Harben House is named after my two beautiful baby boys, Harrison and Benjamin. After an exhaustive attempt to create a clever, unique, and available store name, it made sense to go with a personal brand name. During conception, I kept going back to the essence of what I wanted Harben to be, a global health and beauty destination. I desired not to be tied down to one part of the beauty industry, as I plan to expand into additional areas of health and wellness. So, I kept going back to “Heath and Beauty.” HB just happened to be on the necklace I wear daily that I had personalized for Harrison and Benjamin. “Harben” quickly came to me, and soon after, Harben House was established.

My vision is for Harben House to be a medical aesthetic wellness destination that helps customers choose products that fit their individual needs. Through myself, and our panel of experts, we can design skincare routines and pick products specific to your needs. We strive to take the guess work out of buying beauty products online and make it so that you can buy products that truly work with confidence.

I personally thank you for supporting Harben House. Please know, our door is always open.



Courtney Broder

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A Plastic Surgeon's Skincare Staples

A Plastic Surgeon's Skincare Staples

What skincare products does the plastic surgeon use?

We get asked this daily in our offices. Who doesn't want to know what a Plastic Surgeon is using on their skin? We've gone behind the counter with our in-house Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to see exactly what secrets she has for healthy skin.

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Our Top Product Picks for Your Skincare Routine

Our Top Product Picks for Your Skincare Routine

We get TONS of comments on our Instagram asking for our top picks and routine recommendations. With so many new products on the market these days, it is insanely hard to narrow down these recommendations. There are DOZENS of options with your skin care routine, but alas, we have compiled our top picks for AM / PM routines for multiple skin types.

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Truth Treatment Systems Now Available

Truth Treatment Systems Now Available

When our owner told us she found a new brand she was obsessed with about a month ago, of course I trusted her skincare expertise. That said, in the skincare world, you might hear the phrase "I am obsessed with this," 40 times per day. It wasn't until she booked a training with our sister-store, Beleza MedSpa, that I really understood what she had found.

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