The Under-the-Radar Serum That Completely Transformed My Skin
If a genie granted me three wishes, one of them would undoubtedly be to have perfectly clear skin (along with a million bucks and the whole I wish for 10 more wishes thing). Clear skin has never been in the cards for me. Sure, it's cleared up dramatically over the past few years, but I still get blackheads and the occasional bumps and blemishes. Going out in public makeup-free just isn't an option, and I'm envious of girls who can sport a fresh dewy face free of any patchy imperfections.
But recently, without so much as rubbing a lamp, I was granted that wish for clear skin. The genie's name? Instanatural. The brand sent me its Age-Defying & Skin Clearing Serum ($24) which, if I'm being perfectly honest, is probably the most appealing name I've ever heard of for a skincare product. As I read off the ingredient list, I found myself raising my eyebrows and gasping with each forthcoming component. Retinol? Salicylic acid? Niacinamide? Vitamin C? Hyaluronic acid? Tea tree oil? Lavender? I was experiencing a skincare-induced bout of hyperventilation. These were all the ingredients I could ever want in one product to plump my skin, make it brighter, clear blemishes and blackheads, and hide fine lines. I felt like I'd hit a gold mine.
The serum has a milky consistency to it and smells citrusy and lovely, making the application process even more enjoyable. When I first tried it, I gently pressed it into my skin and let it sit after cleansing and before moisturizing. Then I went to sleep and let it do its thing. The next morning, any small bumps I had on my face the night before were virtually undetectable, my skin was crazy smooth, and I had an overall glow that I hadn't seen for quite some time. I excitedly applied it again that morning, then later that night, and again every morning and night thereafter for the next two weeks. Each day, my skin got better and better. It's official: I'm obsessed. Now if only it could take care of my other wishes…
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This story was originally published on June 3, 2016.