Oily skin and impurities have always been my main concern when I though of skincare, but being on the verge of turning 30 made me realize I needed to start thinking about ageing as well. Coming Fall, I decided to start a renewing and anti-ageing skincare regimen (read more here) focused on the long term benefits of ingredients like Retinol. One of the key products of my new skincare routine is the Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum*, which I was kindly sent to try. I have been using this serum religiously for a month now and I think I have a few things to say about it.Valentia is a natural and organic skincare brand that formulates luxurious anti-ageing products that are all free of parabens and toxins. The brand is named after the roman goddess of healing and aspires to solve all of our skincare problems with natural cosmetic ingredients. All their products are made in the USA, vegan and cruelty free, which I think is really impressive.
From the Italian beauty community I have learned that it is absolutely possible to have good, effective skincare products without compromising on the ingredients. The natural and organic scene is quite big on that side of the ocean, and I am really glad to see that there are American brands like Valentia that provide a wide range of natural and organic skincare products. But let’s take a close look at the Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum.
The main active ingredients are:
- Retinol (Vitamin A): the star of the show, it is the king of anti-aging ingredients. Studies show it works at a profound level of the skin by affecting gene expression and causing enhanced collagen production, skin smoothing, and evening out of pigmentation. In easier terms, it “stops wrinkles from forming, manages acne breakouts, and evens out skin discoloration. Retinol helps reverse the clock, for more youth looking and acting skin.”
- Vitamin C: Mr. Antioxidant is third in the ingredient list. It is “an essential nutrient that boosts Retinol’s protective effects, guarding skin against free radicals and environmental damage to prevent premature aging.” It helps brighten and even the skin tone.
- Vitamin E: extracted from sunflowers, it is a widely renown soothing and hydrating ingredient. One of retinol’s side effects is drying out the skin and the presence of Vitamin E ensures a mitigation of this effect.
- Squalane: This ingredient is derived for pure olive oil and is a powerful emolient and anti-oxidant. It further assists in mitigating the dryness caused by Retinol while reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Full Ingredient List:
Deionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Olive Oil Squalene, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate (sunflower based Vitamin E), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Wildcrafted Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Wildcrafted Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion), Wildcrafted Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium), Pentylene Glycol, Phospholipids, Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol.
The Night Revive Retinol Serum comes in a dark brown dropper bottle covered almost completely by the sticker of the product. This is very important because it contains photo-degradable ingredients, which will “spoil” if exposed to light, such as Vitamin C. The dropper is great because it allows you to dose precisely the amount of product and not waste any. The directions warn to shake the vial lightly before each application since the natural ingredients may separate. The bottle contains 35 mL / 1.18 fl.oz of product and has a PAO of 12 months after opening.
As I mentioned before, I started using this serum on October 1st as part of my Fall and Winter skincare routine. I started by applying 3-4 drops every other evening after cleansing and toning the skin. The serum is a white milky liquid that applies easily and you really need a small amount to cover the whole face and neck area and it has no particular scent. I let it sink into the skin for a few minutes and then apply a face oil. Retinol is usually an ingredient that your skin needs to get used to and I experienced some redness the first 3-4 times I applied the serums at night and some dryness the following mornings but no crazy peeling that I have seen online with other retinol products. This is probably thanks to the lower percentage of retinol in the Valentia Night Revive Serum and the presence of many emolient and hydrating ingredients in the formula.
After the first week I started using the serum every evening and felt my skin getting more and more used to it. I have read that results from retinol become are visible after 12 weeks, so I cannot claim that my skin stopped ageing and all my fine lines are gone. However, I do feel like my skin is a bit more balanced now and not as oily as before. I definitely recommend stepping up the moisturizing products while using retinols, as you’ll feel your skin being drier. I bathe in my Pai Rose Hip oil after the serum, adding two drops of oil to my usual 5.
I am really enjoying using the Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum in my skincare routine and I think it is giving my skin a push towards a more balanced state. I am convinced it is working on improving my skin texture and fighting the ageing process in the long run.
You can purchase the Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum on Amazon (here) for $35 which is significantly lower that other over the counter retinol serums that retail for $100 or over. If you are looking for an affordable retinol serum that is packed with natural and organic active ingredients, this is a product to try!
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*Disclaimer: this product has been sent to me for reviewing purposes, but all the opinions are my own. Powered by BrandBacker.