This is part 4 of my series on InstaNatural‘s skincare products. Today I’ll be giving you guys a lot on two retinol formulas, a serum, and a moisturizer. You can read my earlier posts on other products in InstaNatural’s line here: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 5.
Retinol is a type of vitamin A which can help clear away hyperpigmentation from sun damage and acne scarring, as well as smooth out fine lines and improve skin texture in general. In my opinion, retinol may not be for everyone as it is very potent, so YMMV. The last time I used a retinol product (Philosophy Miracle Worker), I experienced great results in the beginning, but it soon became too much for my skin, and I gave it up after struggling with constant dullness and flaking skin. So, when using a retinoid, please start slow and work your way up to ‘full dose’, and remember to constantly evaluate the health of your skin. Because my current skincare routine contains both a BHA and an AHA product, and I’m currently trying InstaNatural’s Vitamin C serum for an upcoming review, I decided not to use these two retinol products on my face at the moment. I decided to still do a post to share my thoughts on the packaging, texture, and smell, and to talk about the formulas’ ingredients, so please keep in mind that I am not evaluating performance.
AGE-DEFYING RETINOL SERUM
- 2.5% Retinol
- 20% Vitamin C
- 10% Hyaluronic Acid
- Plant & Fruit Acids
After looking at the ingredients, I think InstaNatural’s marketing department needs to get a pep talk, because this isn’t only a retinol serum, but also has an high concentration of hyaluronic acid as well as vitamin C. In fact, according to the ingredient list, this has more vitamin C (3rd on the list) than retinol (7th), though of course this is because a higher concentration of vitamin C is needed than retinol for it to be effective. For comparison, a vitamin C serum I reviewed a few months ago also has 20%. While it’s fine to use both retinol and vitamin C in your routine, I worry that having these two ingredients together takes away the option of finding out how your skin reacts to each, and also it may make it too intense for people looking to start using either ingredient for the first time.
This serum comes in a brown dropper bottle, and the product is milky-clear and fairly watery, to the point where the dropper will drip on its own. I find this kind of annoying because it will drip before I’m ready to spread it. The product smells like citrus, and a little bit can spread over a large area. I do find that it takes a bit of time to absorb.
ADVANCED ACTION RETINOL MOISTURIZER
- 2.5% Retinol
- Vitamin C
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Jojoba Oil
- Shea Butter
- Green Tea
Again, this moisturizer also has retinol AND vitamin C. While the bottle doesn’t disclose the percentage of vitamin C, it is 8th on the ingredient list, so I feel like it doesn’t give me the same concerns as I had with the serum.
The moisturizer comes in a pump bottle, and the product is creamy but light. It is fragrance free and does not have any ‘chemical’ smells. Again InstaNatural opted to use aloe instead of water for the first ingredient, and I enjoy the cooling sensation when you first apply this product. I tried this moisturizer on my neck and decolletage, and it absorbs well without a film, leaving behind noticeably softer feeling skin. Between the retinol serum and the retinol moistuzer, I much prefer the moisturizer, and I think it would be a good choice for people not wanting to introduce an extra serum step into their routine.
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