If the title had you exhausted just after reading it, because I know I’m exhausted just after typing it, I’ll spare you any further nonsense and try to keep keep this review short, sweet, and to the point! This is a fairly simple product anyway, so there’s only so much I can say. I ordered this serum off of Amazon back in early March after seeing such good reviews from those who suffered from redness due to sensitive skin and rosacea. With the price point being just under $10USD, I figured I might as well give it a try.
Ingredients: Niacinamide, Propylene Glycol, 1, 2-Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Adenosine, Allantoin, Carbomer, Arginine, Fragrance, Hyaluronic Acid
The main ingredients in this serum are hyaluronic acid , niacinamide, adenosine, and allantonin. Being that this serum claims to be 97% hyaluronic acid, the majority of the ingredients is just that, accompanied by the other 3%. I’ll break down the most important ones:
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning that it’s good at retaining or preserving moisture. This ingredient is very well known for its ability to hold up to 1,000x its weight in water. In a skincare routine, this ingredient serves the purpose of pulling water from the outside environment and holding it to your skin which can be very beneficial to those with dehydrated skin. It can even help plump up areas of the skin to minimize fine lines. Hyaluronic acid is also something that is naturally found in the human body, so this ingredient holds a very low chance for irritation which is why many with sensitive skin speak so highly of it. Now, though everything sounds nice and makes it seem like this ingredient would be great for everyone, that isn’t the case. Hyalronic acid comes in many different forms, behaves differently depending on the climate, and stability on the skin can be debated but this is all something I will leave to a future post. For now, I will mainly be focusing on the general benefits of this ingredient and what results it produced on my skin.
Niacinamide, also known as niacin, is vitamin B3. This vitamin is essential to the human body as your body is dependent on it for certain functions like digestion and brain function. Topically, this ingredient helps boost the immunity of your skin, aids in lipid barrier performance, calms redness, regulates oil production, and helps with hyper-pigmentation. This is an ingredient I’ve recently been loving as it tackles two of my main skincare concerns; redness and hyper-pigmentation.
Adenosine is an ingredient I find very interesting. I recognize adenosine in the form of Adenosine Triphosphate, or ATP, which is the leading source of energy in most cellular and muscle functions (think back to grade school biology and entry level health). Its said that this ingredient is a great for anti-aging as it encourages the production of proteins such as collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin levels in the skin can be seen visibly, as these proteins are what keep our skin looking youthful. The collagen and elastin in our skin is something that we lose with age. It is said that around the age of 30, you start losing about 1% of your collagen every year, which is why in your late 20s and early 30s you start seeing visible signs of aging. Adenosine is supposed to help combat the collagen and elastin loss by aiding in the production of these “fountain of youth” proteins.
Allantonin helps to soften and sooth the skin. It is said to help stimulate cell regeneration, which helps with healing damaged skin and maintaining healthy skin. Simple, but very good.
This serum comes in a glass bottle with a dropper, which is very typical of serums, and not much can be said. However, I have a couple gripes with the design of the packaging. First, It doesn’t come with a wipe chamber. I’ve mentioned this in past reviews and I will continue to point it out as wipe chambers are a big thing for me. Wipe chambers prevent product loss by keeping the dropper clean when you pull it out of the vial. This serum is fairly thick in consistency, so a lot of the product sticks to the glass dropper and if you are not careful when placing it back into the vial, you get product all over the neck of the bottle. Second, The dropper itself does not reach the bottom of the bottle, making it hard to get the last bit of product out. There’s a large enough gap to make it concerning, and there’s absolutely no way you can finish off this bottle without having to either depot it or pour the product directly out of the bottle (which I would prefer not to do since you cannot control the amount that way). Outside of packaging, the serums consistency isn’t too surprising. It’s got a watery texture, but is thick enough to feel it on the hands as you apply it. It honestly feels like some sort of water based lubricant, if I’m going to be completely honest, but it’s not unpleasant. It takes a moment or two to absorb into the skin, but it does not leave the skin feeling sticky.
As far as results, there’s a noticeable difference in my skin on days I do use this, and days I don’t. The main difference is the tightness in my skin. My face sometimes can feel very tight and hot (which is mostly due to dehydration and irritation), but after application of this serum it feels very bouncy, cool, hydrated, and not to mention soft! I have seen long term benefits in my skin from using this product, so it isn’t some sort of magical day serum. It takes some time, but the time is worth it. The redness in my cheeks has gone down significantly and the discoloration on my cheeks and around my eyes (yes, I apply this to my eye area) has gone down as well. My skin now is much more even, so much so that I no longer feel the need to wear heavy foundation. I’ve never been a fan of makeup, but I did use high coverage foundations and concealers to cover up the areas on my cheeks that made me a little more self conscious, but a consistent routine has helped a lot and I feel this product played a part (though I will not say it did all the work). The discoloration around my eye area still needs some work, but I see signs of improvement and no longer feel the need to apply concealer to the tops of my lids to hide the discoloration. Though, I don’t feel excited when I reach for this like I do with other products in my routine. That’s not to say that this item is bad, because I obviously like it and the results are positive, but it’s just pretty “meh.” It’s simple, but not in a bad way.
Overall, this serum is a solid 7/10. It could be improved by some packaging adjustments, but my experience with the serum itself was pleasant. I do feel this is a good product, but I wouldn’t consider it holy grail status. You can find many of the star ingredients in this serum as stand alone products and in smaller amounts in most skincare products, so I don’t feel like this is a groundbreaking product. In the end, I will be exploring other options for serums since the ingredients in this serum are found throughout my entire routine and I feel having a stand alone serum for it is a bit redundant, but I also would not mind revisiting this item in the future.