I have been continuing to use a new range of face and body products as part of my beauty routine provided to me by US organic beauty company InstaNatural. I have reviewed a few of their facial and body products now (find my last blog here) and today I share my review of their much praised 2.5% Retinol facial products.
So firstly – what is Retinol? Well it is not for the faint hearted! While it’s true there is no magic bullet when it comes to perfecting skin, this one ingredient comes pretty close. It is a Vitamin A derivative which is proven to increase skin cell turnover and stimulate collagen synthesis as well as creating a skin tightening effect. With consistent use of a topical Retinol you can see improvement of fine lines, dark spots, texture, and tone. Most over the counter products have a 0.5%-2% concentration but the stronger stuff is where its at (usually via a cosmetic doctors prescription). Both these items from the InstaNatural range are 2.5% Retinol so on par with any cosmetically prescribed products on the market.
InstaNatural Advanced Action Retinol Moisturiser Cream – £17.95/100ml
Details: 2.5% Retinol, 10% Vitamin C, Vegan Hyaluronic Acid, Shea Butter & Jojoba Oil, Green Tea.
Although it’s a fairly thick cream this absorbed into my skin very easily with no residue. It makes your face feel so smooth within a couple hours of applying and isn’t drying as some Retinol products can be. It also made my skin feel tighter and look clearer and has dramatically improved my fine lines and also has proved great for a base for my make-up.
I love the packaging this comes in as you don’t have to dip your fingers in to get the cream out, it comes with a pump top that dispenses just enough cream to cover both your face and neck. As well as the instructions on the packet I was also emailed instructions re exposure to the sun which I thought was very good. It is also probably double the size of many competitors products. It is scent free (as far as I can tell) which some people might not like, but this is definitely a powerful little cream.
InstaNatural Age Defying 2.5% Retinol Serum – £17.95/30ml
Details: 2.5% Retinol, 20% Vitamin C, 10% Hyaluronic Acid, Astaxanthin, Niacinamide, COQ10.
This is another winning product for me! A strongly orange smelling and coloured serum (well it is 20% Vitamin C) that absorbed into my skin easily, it makes your face feel so smooth within a couple hours of applying and isn’t drying as some Retinol products can be. Its a bright orange colour but this fades very quickly as its absorbed. It also made my skin feel tighter and look clearer when used daily.
I loved the packaging this comes in too – a glass bottle with pipette – very scientific and clean looking! As well as the instructions on the box/bottle I was also emailed instructions re exposure to the sun which I thought was very good. Overall this was a very quick working and powerful product – this is definitely one of my favourite InstaNatural products I have tried so far particular when used with the Retinol Moisturiser. You don’t expect age defying products to work and you feel kind of shocked when they do…and quickly!
I don’t usually rave about products but these definitely WORK! Give them a go – I definitely think I’m looking younger, my skin is looking brighter and dark spots are fading. They are strong and you need to be careful with them but used carefully I really think these are two of the best age defying products I have tried so far!
Please note – although this prescription-strength product works fast and has great effects, it can cause irritation, redness and peeling so anyone with sensitive or drier skin might want to proceed with caution. It also must be used carefully if you then have contact with direct sunlight.
The range is sold exclusively in the UK via Amazon.co.uk – find the full range here. All prices correct on Amazon at time of posting. Have you used any of the InstaNatural range? I’d love to know your thoughts on it…
All products – InstaNatural via Amazon*