Retinol, or Vitamin A is a popular skincare ingredient in wrinkle creams and serums. It works by stimulating cell turnover, increasing circulation and boosting collagen production. The super vitamin can cure uneven skintone, plump skin and reduce fine lines. It also works on large pores and acne. In short, its a super product you can use daily to turn back the clock.
Once only available through a dermatologist, Retinol is available over the counter in a variety of strengths and prices. But just because a product is expensive, doesn’t mean it delivers. One of the best retinol treatments on the market is sold in a non-descript bottle for just $5.80.
The Ordinary’s Retinol in squalane is a nighttime treatment that leaves your skin moisturized, plump and younger after a few treatments. With regular use, my pores are smaller, lines less noticeable, skin tone is more even and my skin is plumper. I really regret it when I go to bed without putting this stuff on. The only negative for me is that it comes in a glass bottle with an eyedropper, because I am prone to spilling. Fortunately, I can afford to pick another one up. Unfortunately, it’s out of stock a lot.
The Ordinary retinol serum is available in strengths ranging from .01 to .05 percent. Start on the lower end until your skin gets used to it. Too much too fast and you’ll get red, flaking skin. It comes in a base of Squalane, a high moisture oil found naturally in the human body. You can find it ULTA Beauty, Sephora and Deciem.com for just $5.80
The company is accused of placing fake reviews on Sephora.com.
Between November 2015 and August 2017, Sunday Riley had its employees create fake identities using VPNs to write fake positive reviews on Sephora.com. The company has not been fined, but has admitted to the fake reviews under a consent order by the FTC.
The disappointing part about this case is that Sunday Riley’s products are actually good. In emails from the CEO to employees, the goal of the campaign was to keep average review at 4.8. She mentions two products, one is at 4.2 and the other at 4.9. So these products were doing fine and she pushed fake reviews to make them just a little better, damaging her reputation and the reputation of her products.
A few days before this story came out, I was writing a post of the above product, Multivitamins. The trial duo includes Luna Retinol Sleeping Oil and C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum for just $28. I don’t what life was like before vitamin C serum! No, I do. I had dull, uneven skin that lacked any of the plumpness it used to have.
The serum is applied first and then you layer it with a few drops of the sleeping oil. In the morning you have bright, glowing skin that is plump as a baby’s cheek. This serum runs out quick, but the sleeping oil lasts forever. When I run out, I use Pixi by Petra’s Vitamin C Serum instead. To learn about Vitamin C Serums, read my article at Our Community Now. I also love Sunday Riley’s Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment.
The moral of the story is to make reviews part of the purchasing process, but look to other sources for advice. Ask your friends and family first. I don’t know how many times I have asked about a product and got a firsthand review, good or bad. When you’re shopping at beauty retailers, get a sample! If they don’t offer one, ask what the return/satisfaction policy is. Pssst. Sephora and Nordstrom will take anything back!
If you hate wearing foundation, the Opté Precision Skincare System is for you.
Early this year at the CES show in Las Vegas, Proctor & Gamble previewed a magical new skincare device. The Opté Precision Skincare System combines a digital camera, LED scanning with a serum inkjet printer to give your face a flawless surface. Just run the wand across your face and its tiny scanner finds dark spots and then covers them up with a mineral pigmented serum. You do not need foundation! Just add your blush, eye makeup and highlighter and you’re ready to go! It’s basically an inkjet foundation printer for your face.
Now the scary part, the price. If you want to purchase it straight out, the price is $599 for the starter kit. You get the wand, accessories and one serum (basically the “ink”). A refill costs $149 and is supposed to last two months with daily use. Now, if you don’t want to spend $599, you can go with the installment plan, $84 for 24 months. The installment plan also includes periodic shipments of serum. Now, we all know the price tends to go down over time. Remember airbrush makeup systems? Here’s hoping for a really good Black Friday sale.
Serovital, the popular hgh boosting supplement is now being offered at home shopping network Evine. Serovital is a complex formula of amino acids that provide great anti-aging benefits like boosting collagen and elastin production, energy and lean muscle mass. You can read my review here. I love this stuff but it can be pretty pricey, retailing at $99 for a 30 day supply.
Evine is offering Serovital for 30%-44% based on how often you order. It is available in 30, 60, and 90 day packages, all available with auto-delivery options. You can also use an installment program called value pay to cushion the blow. I found a couple of other ways you can save more. When you go to the site you’ll get a pop-up to join the mailing list- complete with a 15% coupon. You can also get a code for 20% off by referring a friend!
Hyaluronic Acid is my go to when it comes to skincare. I can’t enough of it. I have night creams, day creams, masks, lip balms and mascara, all formulated with the magic ingredient. Hyaluronic acid is the main ingredient in injectables like Restylane and can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. What does it do for you? It plumps up your skin in major way!
Glow Matrix Advanced Skin Hydrator by Neocell (I may get a commission from this link), goes an extra step with a formulation made with Vitamin A, Ceramides, GLA and coconut water. Easy to use capsules help to build by collagen by boosting moisture and improving the body’s skin barrier.
Neocell gave me a sample of Glow Matrix Advanced Skin Hydrator to try, and here is the verdict. The package instructions say to take three capsules a day. Divided by 90, that gives you a 30 day supply. The first thing I noticed is that it turns your urine yellow! I guess you know its going through you! Within the first couple of days I noticed my skin was firmer, lines were less noticeable and my skin barrier was improved. Now skin barrier is hard thing to pin point so I like to give the example of how children’s skin is so smooth and even to the touch (that’s part of why it looks so good). A strong skin barrier is important to both the health and appearance of your skin at every age. I suffer from Rosacea so keeping that skin barrier strong helps reduce my symptoms.
In addition to my face, I also noticed improvement in the softness and suppleness of my skin on my neck and body. This supplement also helps to diminish that dry “crepey” skin you get as you age. I think Glow Matrix would also work great in the winter to combat dry indoor skin. You can get Glow Matrix for about $25 for a one month supply, which is a pretty good value. You can get in online at Neocell.com as well as Amazon (go Prime!), Costco, GNC and the Vitamin Shop.