This Advanced Action Retinol Moisturizer has been my regular night cream lately. It’s made with a 2.5% concentration of retinol (vitamin A). Vitamin A is the key ingredient, but here it works alongside vitamin C and green tea to provide strong antioxidant power to fight against the signs of aging. Vitamin A also has a reputation for reducing blemishes and breakouts by removing dead skin and unclogging pores. Skin hydration is provided by a creamy blend of nourishing ingredients, such as jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid and shea butter.
I’ve been using it as a night cream because retinol can make your skin susceptible to the sun’s effects, so if you use it in the day time, you should use a sunscreen too, which I didn’t want to do. It’s pleasant and easy to apply (not too greasy, but thick enough to feel suitable as a night cream). I liked the way my skin feels in the morning after using it: soft and smooth.
Each morning I’ve been trialling the InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum. I’ve been applying this after cleansing. It contains 20% vitamin C, an antioxidant that works to repair damaged skin and protect against future damage. As well as that there’s hyaluronic acid, which is believed to boost the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Given that it’s a skin clearing serum you’d expect some ingredients chosen to soothe blemishes, so included in the mix are 2.5% retinol, 2% salicylic, tea tree oil and niacinamide. It’s not tested on animals and doesn’t contain harmful ingredients such as alcohol, parabens or sulfates.
I’ve liked using it. It has an orangey scent presumably from the vitamin C. It’s pleasant to apply and doesn’t leave your skin feeling tacky. I don’t feel I need to use another moisturizer afterwards, although it is suggested that you do so on the bottle.