I am still on the quest to find products that perfectly balance efficacy and simplicity. I saw this Instanatural serum in an article, and it was touted as being highly rated and multipurpose (Happy Days) – before I knew it my grubby little fingers had already clicked the check out button.
On Amazon, this product averages a 4-star rating, but reading through the reviews, there are a fair number of 5-star reviews hailing the serum as the answer to everyone’s prayers – for virtually every single skin complaint you can think of (lol). Read on to find out what I think!
Instanatural retinol serum claims and ingredients
- Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that helps to clean deep down into the pores. It also acts as a chemical exfoliator and helps control oil production. It is considered the acid of choice for those looking to take control of their spots – word of warning; some people with sensitive skin may not get along with this acid.
- Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a water-soluble form of vitamin c which is more stable than an ascorbic acid version, ascorbic acid or l-ascorbic acid is considered the gold standard in cosmetic vitamin c. This form of vitamin c is an antioxidant and helps with brightening and fighting free radicals – which is more prevalent in everyday life!
- Niacinamide is an overall good chemical that helps brighten and control excess oil. One added benefit of niacinamide is with continued use can improve the appearance of your pores. Niacinamide also helps reduce inflammation.
- Retinol helps improve texture and cell turnover and can also help brighten the skin.
- Hyaluronic acid provides excellent hydration by drawing moisture to the skin.
- Tea tree oil a natural antiseptic.
The serum is used at night under a moisturiser and is aimed at those who are acne-prone and generally want to improve the texture and appearance of skin.
It has a pleasant botanical scent and promises not to contain any of the following nasties: parabens, SLS/SLES, mineral oil, formaldehyde releasers, synthetic dyes, petroleum, polyethylene glycol (PEGs), DEA/MEA/TEA and unsafe preservatives.
My final thoughts
This serum has a nice cosmetically elegant formula, overall it worked pretty well with some of the product claims. However, I think that the claims might be a bit over-the-top (or should I say overstated?), but I am wondering if it is trying to do too much; perhaps a tighter focus on one or two things might deliver better results?
Overall, I think that there are better retinol products on the market, and I do not feel it performed as well as my current favourite A313. Ultimately, it’s not a product that would automatically make you think ‘that product has retinol in’ let alone ‘that’s good quality retinol’. I guess what I am trying to say is that with use, I did not see any key benefits from the retinol being in the serum!
I didn’t experience any new breakouts as a result of using this serum, so I think the formulation of spot controlling activities does a decent job. The oil control element also seemed to do its job quite nicely. From my experience, if these were the only claims of the product; I would probably be singing its praises!
I think I saw negligible results concerning fading of blemishes and hyperpigmentation – again there are much better products on the market.
At the time of writing, you could buy a 30ml bottle of the Instanatural retinol serum for £19.24 plus delivery from iHerb.
I think this product did a good job of treating and controlling spots but treating hyperpigmentation, I remain unconvinced.
I don’t think that I would repurchase as I do not feel that it delivers on all of its product claims.
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