How to use: Once in the morning after cleansing, place 4-5 drops in the palm of the hand. Using fingertips, apply to a dry face, neck and chest.
Ingredients: Aqua / Water / Eau, Dipropylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Ascorbic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Triethyl Citrate, Phloretin, Ferulic Acid
How does it smell? It has a distinctive smell, it is most definitely not something that is floral or sweet or trying to cover up the scent of its ingredients by adding something else. It smells like it has potent ingredients in it. I kind of appreciate that because the ingredient list is smaller and therefore you’re paying for less but better ingredients.
How does it feel? Like a really light, thin oil
Cost? £150 for 30 ml or $166 for 1 fl oz
How long did I test for? A month and a half pretty much every day – I have almost finished the bottle.
What I liked? This is one of those products that you apply the first time and you see a difference. I remember whispering wow under my breath as I applied, and I genuinely have a comforting feeling whenever I apply it because I know it will work. And by work, I mean my skin will look brighter and feel more hydrated and I really look more awake and more healthy.
I never looked at the ingredients before this review and what struck me was how small the list was – probably the smallest ingredient list I’ve reviewed! What that makes me thing straight away, coupled with the price, is these ingredients most really work well/be hard to source.
So, what is phloretin? It is a flavonoid, a plant pigment, which makes sense because this is an ANTIOXIDANT serum. Remember plants can utilize sunlight very well. It is derived from apples and the bark of apple trees. Research suggests it can ALSO help to even out skin tone and serve as a penetration enhancer, something that helps other products work better. Which is probably why Skinceuticals put it together with their sunscreen.
What I disliked? Nothing!
Would I buy again? Yes!