Generally speaking, thousands of glowing reviews on any product at any given website make me extremely suspicious. Is it all generated by bots? Is it spam from the company itself? Were people paid hundreds of dollars to type out all these five-star opinions? I don't know, but it sure looks too good to be true. So I was indeed very skeptical when I received this InstaNatural Advanced Formula Vitamin C Serum* ($14.22 for 1 oz/ 30ml on Amazon.com), which boasts 4.5 star rating from over 3,000 reviewers. Crazy, huh?
I've been using it every night for the past three weeks and you know what, I'm actually pretty impressed. While Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, even at such a high percentage, isn't the most effective form of Vitamin C, I have noticed that my freckles, which were getting gradually darker over the course of the summer, are actually quite a bit lighter and less pronounced than before. I have one particularly dark spot under my right eye, and it's definitely lighter now, as are all the different post-acne hyperpigmentation marks I'm constantly trying to eradicate. My skin is overall more even in tone, and I can see and feel that it's better hydrated as well - I haven't had a dry patch anywhere on my face in a really long time.
InstaNatural Premium Hydration 5% Hyaluronic Acid Serum* ($14.22 for 2 oz/ 60 ml, double the size of the Vitamin C one), and while I don't like it as much and still prefer my Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion (which utilizes Hydrolyzed Hylauronic Acid that has smaller molecules and absorbs better into the skin for greater efficacy), again, I think it's a lovely product for the price, and so lightweight that even the oiliest skintypes would enjoy reaching for it.
This just goes to show that good skincare with clinically proven active ingredients doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg, and doesn't have to come from Sephora or a department store. I don't think I'll now start shopping for all of my skincare on Amazon, but I'm surprised at these little gems and would consider trying more products from InstaNatural in the future - I just wish they posted their full ingredients lists more prominently in the product description. Have you ever bought any skincare products from Amazon? Are there any small and relatively unknown skincare brands that you're a fan of?
Disclaimer: I received the two serums featured in this post complimentary for testing purposes from the brand in exchange for an honest review on Amazon.com. All opinions are 100% honest and
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There seem to be a lot of these products around lately ("natural" serums, etc., on Amazon). I've been using a similar one lately (ingredients list is very close, though without fragrance) that was sent to me from "Maple Holistics." I've been liking it, though not using it long enough to know if the Vit C is doing anything. I'm guessing it's mainly the hyaluronic acid that I like, since products containing that tend to do nice things for my skin. I wonder where all these companies are coming from!ReplyDelete
Haha, you know, I received a shampoo from Maple Holistics to test out! I know InstaNatural also makes a lot of haircare. It is quite interesting there's a lot of these companies out there these days, you know? I wouldn't even be aware they existed if they hadn't reached out me, but on Amazon they have thousands of reviews, so they seem to be rather popular.Delete
I agree, I usually like just about any product with a higher percentage of hyaluronic acid. I just think it's so cool you can get a skincare product with a lot of effective, active ingredients usually only seen in higher-end skincare for such a small amount of money. Even if they're not the most technologically-advanced, that's still a great option for anyone on a budget.
Aw, witch hazel :-( Mean I can't risk it, my skin doesn't respond well to witch hazel.ReplyDelete
Yeah, I think there is witch hazel in the one with hyaluronic acid as well :( But, there's none in the Hada Labo!Delete
Ooh this sounds like a bit of a winner - I've been so lax when it comes to serums lately and my skin is definitely showing that!ReplyDelete