Hello and Welcome!
I hope you had a fantastic week last week, I’m sorry that I didn’t post. It was just one of those weeks where you’re doing loads and then suddenly the week is over.
Today’s post is on a serum I’ve been trying recently by Truevit Naturals. The brand reached out to me via email a fair while ago now, asking if I would like a complimentary bottle of the serum in exchange for a review, and I happily accepted the opportunity to work with them. I’ve had this serum for quite a long time but haven’t had the time to review it due to my boyfriend being in hospital. A huge thank you to the brand for being so understanding and lovely and not pressuring me to get my review up.
Although I have received this product for free, this does not impact my opinion of the product, and I will provide you with my full honest opinion.
The product retails for £24.95 but is currently (as of 08/10/2018) on sale on Amazon for £10.15. Although this is currently on sale, if we check an Amazon price tracker, this has been on sale at this price since 2 August 2018.
As with any brand that I don’t think you would know, I’ll include a little bit about who they are before we get into the review.
Who are Truevit Naturals?
The following information was sent to me in an email and was all I could find about the brand:
‘TrueVit Naturals is a British Health and Beauty Brand which encapsulates a sense of well-being. We aim to deliver high quality natural products and dietary supplements at affordable prices to help our customers achieve a happier and healthier life.’
They sell through Amazon and have a large variety of different health and beauty products including: serums, creams, masks, shampoos, vitamins, and supplements (such as Biotin tablets).
Their products are gluten free, vegetarian and vegan friendly, GMO-free, paleo friendly, as well as containing no artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners, preservatives, starch, salt, corn, milk, soya, wheat or yeast.
Retinol 2.5% Serum Claims & Directions:
The following claims and directions have been taken from the Amazon listing:
‘Our high strength Retinol Serum helps turn back the clock of aeging, helping to give you smooth, refreshed skin the moment you use it. Our 2.5% Retinol Serum helps counter the effects of ageing and give your skin a youthful shine while making it feel soft and rejuvenated. Your face will not only feel moisturised and refreshed, but it will look vibrant as our Retinol anti wrinkle serum begins to take effect.’
‘Our Retinol formulation allows your body to increase Retinoic Acid production, in turn boosting skin cell, elastin and collagen turnover, naturally treating fine lines and wrinkles from inside out.’
‘Retinol unclogs those blocked pores, preventing dead skin cells from creating blackheads and acne break outs, which in turn allows medicated treatments to work better on cleaner skin.’
‘Both Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid are naturally occurring minerals in your body, which reduce over time. Through daily use your skin will draw in much needed water to heal, firm and plump, minimising fine lines and bringing back your vitalised glow.’
‘Apply to face, neck, and décolletage after cleaning. Apply at night and use sunscreen daily as retinol increases sun sensitivity. For first time users, apply every other night for the first few weeks until skin adjusts. Use on fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, and areas of redness and hyperpigmentation.’
As you can see from the photo above, the serum comes in a large bottle with a dropper top. The bottle is mostly covered with a label colour blocked with black at the top and white at the bottom. The label clearly shows the brand logo, the product name, some brief ingredient information and the size of the bottle.
This isn’t my favourite packaging of all time but I do quite like the way that the label is laid out. I also really like the brand’s logo. One thing that struck me when I first got this bottle out was how big it is. Although 60ml may not seem like a lot, for a serum that’s a massive amount.
Retinyl Palmitate VS. Retinol
This product contains vitamin A palmitate (or retinyl palmitate) instead of retinol. According to the website FutureDerm, this is far less effective than retinol. For example, they say that retinyl palmitate 2.5 would be the same as retinol 0.5.
Personally, I would have to do a lot more research to work out whether this is true or not, as I don’t know much about retinols. However, as this is the first time that I’ve used a product containing any form of retinol, I don’t mind if it is weaker. This may just be something to bear in mind if you’re on the look out for a stronger product.
First Impressions and Review
The serum is pretty thin, almost like an oil. This means that a little goes a long way as the product spreads across the skin easily. It also has absolutely no scent, which is good. If I’m using a new product that I bought online (or was sent), rather than one that I’ve smelt and bought in person, I would prefer it not to have a smell. If I don’t like the smell of something, or if it’s really strong, then having it applied to my face can cause me to get a migraine. So this having no scent is a big bonus.
I personally use this in a targeted way and apply it only to my chin and nose, where I get the most blemishes/have blackheads, to the small patch of hyperpigmentation (that just does not want to leave) on my cheek, and to my forehead where I have fine lines. I try to keep it off of the rest of my face as I don’t think it needs it.
The first thing I noticed was how well it works on blemishes. It’s like magic to me. If I get a spot it usually lasts at least a few days but it can be longer depending on how much I pick at it (I know I shouldn’t – I’m sorry). However, I’ve literally seen a spot disappear over night with this serum. It’s also lessening my blackheads, which is incredible.
In terms of the hyperpigmentation and fine lines though, I can’t say I’ve seen a huge difference. Whilst it says to apply it to areas of hyperpigmentation in the Amazon directions, I really haven’t seen much of an improvement. I will keep using it to see if it is just more of a gradual process, but I’m not feeling hopeful. Similarly, the fine lines I haven’t seen much of a different in either, however, I do think I’ve seen more of a change than with the hyperpigmentation.
As this product does contain retinol you need to wear suncream after you have used the product as it increases your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
Overall, I really like this serum and I will continue using it. I love the effect that it has on blemishes and blackheads. I will still use it on my hyperpigmentation and fine lines, but if I don’t see a change then I will stop using it on these places and just continue use on my chin/nose instead. The bottle is huge and I only use a couple of drops at a time so I know that it is going to last me ages. For little over £10.00 I think this product is definitely worth it, but I wouldn’t purchase it if you’re looking for a product that is solely for anti-ageing as, from my experience, it isn’t the best at this. Of course I love anything with hyaluronic acid, so if you’re on the hunt for a product that will help some blemishes, without drying out your skin, then I’d definitely go for this one.
If you’d like to give this product a try then you can pick it up for £10.15 on Amazon here.
So this brings us to the end of this review, I really hope that you enjoyed it! If you did enjoy reading then please give this post a quick like. It really helps me to know which posts you enjoy the most. Also be sure to follow my blog if you aren’t already. I have a lot of content planned for the next couple of weeks and I’m close to hitting my follower goal on my blog for this year!
Check out my previous posts!