Earlier in the year, I tried a couple of InstaNatural products and loved them, so I was more than happy when they asked me to try out a serum and moisturiser from their retinol range.
What is retinol?
This is one of those things you hear used frequently on adverts, but what is it exactly?
Retinol is a form of vitamin A, that when absorbed by your skin can protect against free radical damage (these are naughty molecules which are missing an electron in the outer shell and want to rob one from your cells, which damages your cells – chemistry FTW), helps to repair sun damage and reduces things like fine lines.
As well as finding it in lots of anti-aging and skincare products, you can get your fill of vitamin A from food, such as carrots, kale, sweet potato, and butternut squash. If you’re interested, Health A Licious have a list of the top 10 foods highest in vitamin A.
InstaNatural 2.5% Retinol Serum
To my surprise, the serum is bright orange and has a definite orange scent. I wasn’t expecting that at all, but the orange colour does not show up on your skin and the orange scent disappears after it’s soaked in.
It comes with a dropper, which is really useful as it’s quite runny. You only need a few drops to cover your face and neck, and it dries in about a minute. I was expecting the serum to be a bit sticky (I think it was the orange scent) but it dries matte and there’s not a bit of stickiness in sight.
As well as containing retinol, it contains other skin-goodies, such as vitamin c, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide.
I’ve been using the retinol serum once a day (in the morning) for the past three weeks and I have noticed an improvement in my skin. My skin feels smoother, and the tone appears to be more even. I’ve also found that my skin feels less dry, and under my eyes looks smoother and the faint lines there seem to be even fainter.
At £21.95 for a 30ml bottle, it isn’t the cheapest skincare product you could buy, but it should last a long time giving you good value for money.
This is quite a thick feeling moisturiser, but it isn’t actually heavy on your skin. My skin doesn’t get on well with thick moisturisers so I was worried when I felt how thick this is, but I’ve had no problems at all. It feels really light on your skin and soaks in quite quickly, without leaving behind any trace of greasiness – which is what usually happens when I use thick moisturisers.
To my delight, it comes with a pump, which means no unhygienic sticking your fingers in pots. (That’s one of my pet hates)
It’s a pretty big bottle (100ml) and you don’t need much more than a small blob to cover your face so it will last a long time, which is good given the £19.99 price tag.
As with the serum, this has helped to improve my skin by making it feel softer, more moisturised, and has helped to even my skin tone.
InstaNatural products are cruelty free and vegan, which is a win-win in my book.
Both of these products have helped improve my skin. For the past few months, I’ve been struggling with my skin and have had blemishes and spots all over the place, and since using these products my skin has been no where near as bad. While doing some research into what retinol is, I discovered that retinoids unclog pores, so that might be why.
As someone with combination skin, it’s important to me to try and find products that don’t make my skin look shinier than it already does by the end of the day. There have been a couple of occasions where I’ve just used the serum and moisturiser, and my skin has looked great by the end of the day.
I will definitely continue to use both of these products daily, and would purchase them when I run out.
*I received PR samples of these products in exchange for an honest review. No further compensation was provided, and free items do not sway my opinion.