As you all know, skincare is beyond important to me. If you're skin is in good health, you'll have a great base for your makeup. I try my best to make sure that my skin is not only free of acne, but also even toned and textured. Today's post is on the InstaNatural Vitamin C skincare line: the Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum, the Vitamin C Toner and the Youth Express Vitamin C Moisturizer. I was initially asked to review the serum, but invited to also try out the toner and moisturizer. Let's start with the initial review of the serum.
As always, let's start by going over the ingredients as listed on CosDNA (and the brand's site):
Deionized Water, Organic Aloe, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Retinol, Olive Oil Squalene, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Rosehip Seed Oil, Carbomer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, Organic Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica), Wildcrafted Horsetail (Equisetum Arvense), Wildcrafted Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale), Wild Geranium (Wildcrafted Geranium Maculatum), Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin
The Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum is stated to not only prevent or even reverse the signs of aging, but also combat acne and acne scarring. This serum has a grapefruit-like scent, but it isn't strong. Definitely like grapefruit and vitamins. This serum does absorb pretty quickly, but it left my skin feeling rather dry. I find that rather odd as this does contain Rosehip Oil, which is incredibly hydrating, but it isn't high on the ingredients list. I think this is more for those with oily skin as opposed to normal/dry. I did use this as a spot treatment for a few nights and it did a decent job, but really no better than any other spot treatment I would've used. Overall, fairly decent, but if I don't think I'd go out and purchase this myself.
|A close-up of the dropper.|
A few drops of this goes a long way, so you definitely do not want to overdo this.
Now that you know a bit more about this product, hit the jump to find out more about the toner and moisturizer I was sent!
The Vitamin C Toner is a facial mist that is said to not only tighten your pores, but also hydrate and prep your skin for serums and moisturizers. Below are the ingredients as listed on CosDNA and the brand's website:
Water Infused with Magnesium, Potassium and Silica, Organic Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Colloidal Silver, Lavender Distillate, Geranium Essential Oil, Caprylyl Capryl Glucoside, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, R Lipoic Acid, Grapefruit Seed, Rosemary Seed Extract, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Glycolic Acid, 19+ Plant-Derived Enzymatic Concentrate, Camu Camu Berry, Tamanu Oil, Noni (Morinda Citrifolia), Lemon Essential Oil, Wildcrafted Green Tea, Chamomile Essential Oil, Wildcrafted Arnica, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Propolis , Carrot Oil, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin
As you can see, this product comes in a spray bottle and if you know me well, you know I love spray toners. For specific areas I spray onto a cotton pad and gently tap product on and then go with an all over face spritz. However, the nozzle on this is a bit whack. The spray really only came out vertically, so it was like spraying single lines across the face. I can live with that and it really isn't that huge of a deal, but definitely not earning an A+ in the packaging department.
If you look at the ingredients, you'll notice this product mostly contains water, aloe vera and witch hazel. While I do appreciate the witch hazel being diluted, this may be a no-go for those who are sensitive to the ingredient. I personally can only use witch hazel during the summer time, so this product may better serve me during those warmer months. On the other hand, is there something you see missing? If you guessed alcohol (of any kind), then you're correct! Yay! The best toners contain zero alcohol, so that's something I'm always looking for when deciding on a toner.
Also, if scent is big for you, you may want to pass on this. This toner smells like citrus and cleaning chemicals. Ok, perhaps not as horrible as that sounds, but it definitely isn't something I'd say smells great.
Otherwise, another decent product, but only time will tell on whether this would be worth purchasing. I'll let you know when I make my final judgment on an empties post.
And now on to the final product, the Youth Express Vitamin C Moisturizer. This moisturizer is said to help brighten the skin and protect from the damages of sun exposure. However, this does not mean that this is a sunscreen. In fact, it isn't. The phrasing basically means that this should reduce the appearance of sun spots and discoloration. As always let me provide you the ingredients as listed on CosDNA and the brand's website:
Deionized Water, Organic Aloe Vera, Palm Oil, MSM, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Organic Safflower Oil, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Plant Stem Cells, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-3, Wakame Bioferment (Undaria Pinnatifida Cell Culture Extract), Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), Organic Gotu Kola, Wildcrafted Horsetail, Wildcrafted Dandelion, Wild Geranium, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Organic Green Tea, Citric Acid
First off, can we praise InstaNatural on the pump? Nothing like sanitary dispensing of product that makes me want to continue using something. The product itself felt soft and very moisturizing. I used this on my face and I felt it was nice, but as I have sensitive skin, I would say take the brand's word and only apply this once. I typically apply creams at night, so for me that was best. You do you though. However, just as we praised the brand for the pump, I've got to knock them down a notch on the scent. The scent is a bit indescribable. Definitely smells like some sort of oil, but not palm or jojoba. Maybe its the mix with the shea butter?
One thing I will mention is that the brand does say this can be for the body and neck, so if the shea butter content (or any of the other known irritants) aggravate your face, try it elsewhere! Overall, yet again, another decent product, but I wasn't completely blown away. Nice, but I don't want to have to worry about how sensitive my skin is to see if this would irritate me. Again, much more in-depth review on how it performs when it comes up in an empties.
In the end, these are all decent products by InstaNatural. I think of all of the products I've tried, the Youth Express Eye Serum has to be my favorite, but I'm sure I can revisit this once I finish all of the products. Please note that these are based on only a few days to a week of using each of the products.
If you're interested in purchasing any of the products, you can find them on the brand's site and on Amazon. For the Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum go here and here, for the Vitamin C Toner go here and here and for the Youth Express Vitamin C Moisturizer go here and here.