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Today I’m going to be reviewing a product that I’m sure you’ve seen floating around on Instagram (if you haven’t then don’t worry, I will be breaking down what the product is later in the review).
I was fortunate enough to have been kindly sent this product by Skinkissed for reviewing purposes, however this does not change my opinion on the product.
I was excited to receive this product as I’ve never used a serum in my skincare routine before, and had actually been looking into them as Skinkissed contacted me, so it was perfect timing. I have had this product for almost 3 weeks now, and have been using it every day, so I have a pretty good idea about how this product works for me, and the changes in my skin.
The product retails for £29.95 on the Skinkissed website and contains 20ml of product, they also have various bundles available. It is also sold on Amazon where for some reason it is priced at £59.95 but is always on sale. I’m not sure why there is such a huge pricing discrepancy.
As you can see from the photo above, the product comes in a black bottle with gold text, it also has a dropper to help distribute the product.
I do like this packaging, personally I love droppers because they make me feel important. That might be an odd thing to say, but I can’t be the only one who feels cool when they use a product with a dropper!
One thing I do wish, and I’ve said this in other reviews too, is that I wish that it came in a box. Whilst the price of the product should be about the actual bottle’s content, I personally just think a box adds a little extra touch and makes it seem more luxurious.
The bottle has the ingredients printed on the back, which is good as I’ve seen some products that don’t have this. I personally also wish that it had the claims of the product, and directions for use, printed on the back too. You do receive very descriptive and helpful emails from Skinkissed, all about what the product does, when you order it, which is fantastic. I just prefer that information to be accessible on the product, rather than having to check an email. Again, if the product came with a box, then this information could be on the box (since there any more space on the bottle for text to be printed).
Overall, I do like the packaging, I don’t have any other products that are in a black bottle, so it really stands out on my shelf, and is easy to find. I also like the black and gold combination.
Ingredients and Claims
See, here’s where that email I just mentioned comes in handy! There’s a lot of information about the product on their website, but I’ll also add in anything that is in the email, that isn’t on their website.
I’ll first include the brief bullet point claims from their website, before going into the ingredients and their benefits:
- Plums and hydrates dry and dull skin
- Removes any acne on your skin
- Reduces wrinkles, fine lines & blemishes
- Leaves your skin feeling soft & fresh again
- Makes your skin look young again
- The perfect base and primer for your makeup
Now onto the ingredients, as you can see from the photo, the product has three main ingredients: Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, and Collagen.
For anyone that doesn’t know the benefits of these ingredients, I’ll include the information that was sent in the email:
‘Vitamin C – How Does It Help Your Skin?
There are many forms of vitamin C, and many of them are great for skin. Ascorbic acid has the most skin-related research of any form of vitamin C. For that reason, although it’s a lot more expensive form of Vitamin C, it’s the form we use in our Skinkissed Serum. When properly formulated, ascorbic acid helps create younger-looking, firmer feeling, skin while signs of uneven skin tone and spots seem to disappear. Ascorbic acid also helps skin’s surface defend itself from external stressors, lessening the effects of exposure to the elements. Ascorbic acid is a powerhouse when mixed with other antioxidants. This approach is the fundamental philosophy here at Skinkissed. One ingredient, no matter how amazing, is never enough to take the best care of your skin. This is why we have combined this product with 2 other active ingredients.’
Whilst vitamin C is the main ingredient (after all, it’s in the product’s title), there are two other active ingredients. Therefore, I’ll get onto my experience with the product and whether the claims that I’ve put in bold are true after we’ve broken down the other two active ingredients. Once again, this information was taken from the email I received after the product was dispatched.
‘Hyaluronic Acid – How Does It Help Your Skin? Hyaluronic acid can enhance moisture content beyond comparison with anything else, and at the same time revitalise skin’s outer layers so they look and feel softer, smoother, and, especially, radiantly hydrated! That’s how it instantly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid has powerful anti-aging properties and is also one of the premier hydrating ingredients for skin, even for an oily, sensitive, or breakout-prone skin.’
‘Collagen – How Does It Help Your Skin? Collagen is the most abundant protein in our skin. It’s what helps give our skin strength and elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells. Our body’s collagen production naturally begins to slow down as we age. Scars from acne and other problems can all ruin a flawless complexion, and the amino acids found in collagen can help minimise the appearance of these dark spots. Collagen can help skin naturally repair itself. Collagen has been proven to help promote healthy tissue formation, which speeds up the healing process so you can enjoy a flawless complexion.’
Okay these are the main ingredients that are advertised. Other ingredients in the product are:
- Aqua (water)
- Rose Damascene (Rose Water)
So this product actually only has 6 ingredients, which is pretty cool if you ask me. I prefer products that have less ingredients.
The product is also cruelty free.
Please note: The collagen used is Marine Collagen (fish) which means this product IS NOT suitable for vegans.
How to use
These are the instructions taken from the Skinkissed website:
‘Smooth & apply twice a day 10-15 drops of the Vitamin C Serum on your face, neck and lips ensuring that you get good coverage. Your skin may react or feel irritated at first, however, allow a week to adapt to it. Generally, irritation and itchiness are clear signs the serum is working.’
I will get into whether I follow these instructions shortly!
Okay so the bit I’m sure you’ve been waiting for, and what you came here for, my thoughts on the product and whether it works.
As I mentioned previously, I have been using this product for almost 3 weeks every day so I think I have a pretty good understanding of how the product works. I personally only use it once a day, because I use it with my skincare routine at night (and I tend to only use moisturisers in the morning).
When I first started using it, I’m not going to lie, I was a bit iffy with it. I found that it had a kind of weird rubbery smell, however this only lasted for a couple of days before it stopped. I think this may have been because the dropper was new, and the top part of the component is a rubbery material. The first couple of times I dropped the product directly onto my face, but I found I had far too much product. I did try following the directions and putting it over my lips but I didn’t like how it tasted at all.
I now use only 3 drops, and I find that’s more than enough to cover my face and neck. This is going to vary from person to person but I’d encourage you to find what works for you. Personally, 10-15 drops for me is far too much product.
The product absorbs quickly into my skin and leaves it feeling slightly tacky. When I then apply my night cream, it absorbs far, far quicker into my skin, which is great.
As you’ll know if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, I adore anything that has hyaluronic acid in it. Hyaluronic acid is genuinely such a fantastic ingredient and it’s improved my skin so much, the moisturisers I use have it in, and I honestly think it’s one of the only things that stops my skin being incredibly dry. Therefore, this product having it in is absolutely fantastic.
I have been using an eye gel on my forehead where I have fine lines (because I pull a lot of faces), but hadn’t found that it was making much of a difference – until I started using Skinkissed. Fine lines on my forehead? What fine lines? Honestly, I’m so shocked that this has completely got rid of them – especially as I already use a collagen based product there and it didn’t seem to do much. I assume that the combination of ingredients in Skinkissed activates the collagen in a different way, but I’m not going to pretend to understand the science, I’m just extremely thankful.
The biggest difference I think I’ve had is the hyperpigmentation on my cheek. I’ve mentioned this a few times, and have used various products for it but had honestly pretty much given up and accepted that it would never go. Skinkissed is getting rid of it! I repeat, SKINKISSED IS GETTING RID OF MY HYPERPIGMENTATION. I know, I can’t believe it either. This damage has been on my cheek for years and it’s taken this product to fade it. I really think that continuing to use this product will get rid of it completely, and I’m extremely happy for that day.
The texture of my skin is also fantastic, it’s so smooth and soft! The only claim that I don’t think has worked for me is reducing blemishes, I tend to get quite a few on my chin and around my nose and this product hasn’t changed that. However, I do think that is down to hormones and my diet.
Overall, I think it’s safe to say that I really enjoy this product. I know what you might be thinking – how can you possibly know that these effects are from Skinkissed? The answer is that this is the ONLY thing that I’ve changed about my skin care routine, and I only saw these differences after adding Skinkissed. Therefore, I’m 100% confident that it is this product. I would massively recommend this if you have anything similar to me that you’d like to improve about your skin. As with all skincare, it will take a bit of time, you aren’t going to see immediate results, but continued use will help.
UPDATE (02/09/2018): This product is now running out, so you get roughly 3 months out of one jar (I did spill it once, so you might get a little more). The dropper doesn’t reach to the bottom so it’s difficult to get the last of the product. Also something to note is that I’ve been checking the Amazon reviews and apparently people who have reordered the bottle, or ordered it recently have a completely different bottle and dropper, and the colour of the serum is different (the original was yellow), and that it doesn’t work as well as their original bottle did. I also have noticed that it leaves yellow/orange stains on your skin if you don’t spread it out well (it’s hard to know when it’s fully spread out).
Whilst I do think that £29.95 is on the expensive side (and £59.95 is absolutely ridiculous), the results that I’ve had from it make it worth it in my eyes. Additionally, I actually have a discount code with Skinkissed (my first ever discount code)!
If you’d like to try this product then you can use the code multibendystraw20 for 20% off! This brings the cost of the product down to £23.96, which I think is a fantastic price for this product. This discount code is an affiliate code, which means I will earn a small commission, however this really helps me out with my blog, and you get a discount on a great product – so it’s a win-win situation really!
To pick up the product head over to the Skinkissed website here and remember to use the code multibendystraw20 for 20% off of your purchase!
UPDATE (21/09/2018): The price of the Skinkissed product on their website is now £39.95, therefore with my 20% discount code the product would now cost £31.96. At this price I probably wouldn’t recommend the product. Although it does work well, I see this as quite expensive for the amount of product you actually get.
However, there is a 30 day money back guarantee, so if do decide to try it and you don’t like it then you can return the product and get a refund. I’ve also recently learnt that Skinkissed give 20% of their profits to the charity Compassion International who help children who are living in poverty. You can read more about them here.
So this brings us to the end of this review on the Skinkissed ‘Vitamin C Serum’! I really hope that you enjoyed reading this post, if you did then please leave a quick like on this post. Additionally, if you like reading beauty product reviews, and beauty lifestyle posts, then be sure to follow my blog – I post twice a week!
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