Hi guys! I was very kindly sent the following products free of charge, to review on Amazon. As I really enjoyed them, I thought I’d give them a quick review on here too. This is not a sponsored post (and I was not sent the products to blog about) – all views/opinions are my own.
Insta Natural Skincare – Retinol Range
Both products are cruelty-free – they are not tested on animals and hold the leaping bunny badge. They are made in Florida, USA.
Insta Natural Retinol Moisturizer & 2.5% Retinol Serum
Insta Natural Retinol Moisturizer
The moisturiser contains 2.5% retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, shea butter and green tea – all together a pretty good collection of things that are beneficial in skincare. I don’t know a whole lot about retinol, but the basics are that it is a powerful anti-oxidant, derived from vitamin A. Once absorbed, retinol is converted into retinoic acid, which helps restore skin and diminish the signs of ageing, sun damage, wrinkles, age spots etc. Vitamin C is another anti-oxidant which helps battle the early signs of ageing. The rest of the ingredients are good for nourishing and hydrating the skin, to actually keep it moisturised.
The main thing I like about this moisturiser is that it is fairly light and doesn’t leave my skin oily at all. I can be quite fussy about day creams, as if they leave any detectable layer on my skin, my makeup tends to go oily which I really don’t like! I have oily/combination skin and like a matte makeup finish. The lotion is actually pretty thick and white, but a little goes a long way (really, you can use such a small amount!) and it absorbs really quickly. It has a very light, almost indetectable scent. You get 100ml, which is a very generous about for a face cream.
One thing to bear in mind is that using retinol products can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so you should use a sunscreen or SPF if you will be using this during the day. As I spend most of my time bed or housebound, this isn’t too much of an issue for me, although if I have an appointment or anything, I will tend to use foundation and powder with SPF. If I was taking this on holiday somewhere sunny (chance would be a fine thing!!) I would make sure to actually use a proper face SPF… or maybe just use a retinol-free moisturiser during that period.
I can’t really tell whether it has had any lasting effects on my skin but it’s something I’ve really enjoyed and would continue using. I personally wouldn’t buy it at full price (£39.95) but it is very frequently on sale at £17.95 which I would happily pay as it’s huge and will last months with the small amount you use! You can find it on sale at the time of posting here.
Insta Natural 2.5% Retinol Moisturizer and Retinol Serum
Insta Natural Skincare – 2.5% Retinol Serum
I believe the two retinol products are safe to use together, but I chose to try them separately so that I could see how my skin responded to each product. This serum also contains 2.5% retinol, together with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and CoQ10. The blend of ingredients aim to nourish your skin, whilst helping it look younger and healthier. As you can see, it contains a lot of the same active ingredients as the moisturiser. CoQ10 helps to protect against free-radical damage.
The serum is orange, and also smells like oranges (the vitamin C theme I guess?) It’s actually a really nice, refreshing smell so it makes it pleasant to use, especially in the mornings. The glass bottle has a screw top with a built in pipette, so you ‘suck up’ some of the product, and then dropper however much you want onto your hands (around 6 – 8 drops seems to do fine for me). It has a light, non-oily texture and absorbs really nicely, leaving your skin feeling quite matte and velvety. Again this is a massive plus for me, as I will happily use it before makeup, with it being so non-greasy. The same applies with sun protection as I mentioned above with the moisturiser – please make sure you use SPF if using it during the daytime, out of the house!
This is another product I really enjoy, and actually prefer it to my Superdrug Vitamin E serum (which I really liked before, but now seems a bit oily in comparison to this). As with the moisturiser, I wouldn’t purchase this at full price (£49.95) but it’s very frequently on offer at £17.95, which I would buy it for. The bottle is 30ml, which goes a fairly long way as you don’t need much. You can find it on sale at the time of posting, here.
Once again, this post is not sponsored and all views/opinions are my own.
Have you ever tried any retinol skincare? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments!