For the next several weeks, I will be reviewing several different types of Vitamin C serums and Hyaluronic Acid serums. I have done past reviews on these types of products recently and in case you are wondering why I have so many…here’s why. I belong to the Tomoson network, and they connect bloggers and businesses together to review products. I have had good luck in being accepted in several campaigns and I pick ones that are of interest to me. As I just started derma-rolling, my interest in Vitamin C, Hyaluronic and Retinol serums has increased, because it is very important to use good products on your face after you derma roll.
I recently received Sano Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum from Tomoson for my honest and unbiased review.
What it is: An organically derived, ultra moisturizing serum that visibly improves dryness, wrinkles and fine lines. A face serum to lift and tone the look of aging and sagging skin while reducing discoloration due to sun damage, aging, and acne scarring.
What it is formulated to do: This advanced treatment addresses signs of aging on the face, including wrinkles, fine lines, smile lines, creases and crow’s feet. Deep penetrating to seal in hydration to firm and smooth skin’s appearance for a youthful-looking complexion. Dual-function serum maximizes lift by providing both protection and repair. Loaded with essential Vitamin C, the powerful antioxidant takes charge of free radicals and repairs damaged skin. The Hyaluronic Acid works with Vit C, promoting absorption and hydrating the skin. This skincare staple reduces the appearance of discoloration associated with sun damage, blemishes, and scarring, leaving you with a smooth, healthy-looking complexion.
What you can expect
– Diminished appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and hyper-pigmentation
– Moisturized, hydrated, glowing skin
– Reduced appearance of pores
– Natural, organically derived anti-aging skincare
Sano Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum is medium weight, clear gel that turns easily into liquid as I apply it to my skin. The initial consistency of this serum is reminiscent of Aloe Vera gel, which is one of the top ingredients of this serum. One of that immediately liquifies when I massage it into my skin. It has the characteristics of Aloe Vera gel and that isn’t surprising as Aloe is one of the top ingredients in this serum. I am pleased to see that there is no water in this serum, as water will oxidize Vitamin C, which thus renders the Vitamin C ingredient useless. In fact, if you have a serum with Vitamin C in it and water is one of the top ingredients, your serum might already be oxidized.
Sano Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum has a light herbal scent to it, which isn’t surprising when you see all of the herbal ingredients that are in this serum. The bottle is a brown glass bottle, which is perfect, because the darker color will help block out the light and retain the potency of the serum’s ingredients. A traditional eye dropper application is use to control how much serum you wish to apply on your face.
What is Hyaluronic Acid? It isn’t an ingredient to be scared of. It is not a chemical peel and will not remove layers of your skin. HA is a fluid; a naturally occurring substance in our bodies and we have a finite amount of it, and as we age, our own natural production of this substance decreases. It helps with hydration, lubrication and cellular functions and it can hold more water than any other natural ingredient. HA is a powerful moisturizer which helps hydrate, soften and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Hyaluronic Acid locks in moisture and creates cell “plumpness” and it nourishes our collagen, keeping it moist and elastic. Sano Naturals uses a botanical hyaluronic acid in their serum.
This serum will deeply penetrate your skin layers to deliver nutritious ingredients, such as botanical hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C and Green Tea, potent anti-oxidants. This serum will provide moisture and hydration to your skin, as well promote collagen production, which will help with new skin cell growth as well as even out skin tone, texture and brightness! Combining Vitamin C with Hyaluronic Acid is the most optimal method of delivery for Vitamin C, as HA prevents/slows down oxidation and assists Vitamin C to penetrate deeply into your skin, which will help stimulate collagen production.
I use about a full dropper of this serum and apply all over my face. It absorbs quickly into my skin and I have not experienced any redness, itchiness, acne or other issues since using it. My face feels hydrated, clearer and more rejuvenated.
I’ve been repeating this on a lot of my serum reviews only because I know that a lot of companies like to say that their serums are moisturizing. Well, they are, but not in the sense that you might think. The moisturizing and hydrating qualities of serums are delivered deep in your skin, not lying on top of it. Serums are hyper-concentrated products that do not contain moisturizing ingredients such as mineral oil and contain fewer lubricating/thickening ingredients. Serums are designed to give you the most concentrated active anti-aging ingredients, such as antioxidants, peptides, vitamins and brighteners, and only a few drops are needed to take advantage of those ingredients. Serums are made with much smaller molecules than creams and moisturizers, so that they are able to penetrate all three layers of your skin, delivering nutrients deep into your skin, absorbing quickly and rapidly, targeting the skin concerns you have ~ wrinkles, fine lines, acne, and/or hyper-pigmentation, just to name a few. Sano Naturals HA serum targets wrinkles, fine lines, hyper-pigmentation and pore reduction.
So, if you think that your serum is not leaving your face dewy or moist to the touch, that is okay. Your serum just went deeper than your moisturizer could go and is no longer on the top layer of your skin. You should always follow up with a moisturizer, because their purpose locks in the serum nutrients, hydrates and seals in the moisture on the first layer of the skin, leaving your skin well moisturized.
What are some of the other ingredients in Sano Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum ?
- Vitamin C ~ a powerful antioxidant that slows down the damage from free-radicals, which are unstable molecules that cause damage to your collagen and in turn, cause fine lines, wrinkles and dryness
- Organic Jojoba Oil ~ a natural emollient that has a similar structure to your own sebum allows this oil to absorb easily into your skin
- Vitamin E ~ The antioxidants of all antioxidants ~ prevents free radical formation, protects the upper skin layer from initial harmful UV radiation and prevents the deterioration of fats in your cell membranes.
- Witch Hazel ~ an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial (soothes and heals the skin), astringent (due to the large quantity of tannins), and locks in moisture to your skin
- Glycerin ~ a humectant and prevents dryness
- Green Tea ~ an antioxidant, that keeps free radicals from destroying collagen, which will result with tighter, firmer skin tone
- Aloe ~ an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, promotes restoration of skin (collagen), reducing the aging of fine lines and wrinkles
What it doesn’t have is parabens or sulfates
Ingredients: Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe, Witch Hazel, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Organic Jojoba Oil, Wildcrafted Green Tea, Geranium Essential Oil, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Vitamin E, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin cosDNA.com analysis
I have to disclose that this product does have both Vitamin C and sodium benozate. Sodium benzoate was labeled incorrectly as a potential carcinogen due to its usage as a preservative in soft drinks that contained Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and if there was excessive heat conditions, would create benzene ~ which is a known carcinogen. However, that use in food/drinks is a totally different formula and chemistry and I did not find that it pertained to skin care products. (source) That said, I am not an expert, and whereas I did research all of the pro’s and con’s of this ingredient, you should research this ingredient yourself and come to your own conclusions. There are many sites from beauty bloggers who claim this is toxic, there is one British study that linked it DNA degeneration (although I cannot find this study ~ it is just mentioned in blogs with no source) and I am not going to be held responsible for an opinion that I formed after reading many articles and blogs about this ingredient. I am not sure why so many natural, organic companies use this ingredient in any formula that contains Vitamin C because of this controversy.
Sano Naturals back all their products with a Lifetime Money Back Guarantee. If you’re not satisfied, contact them and get a full refund. This product is also made in the USA.
Sano Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum retails at amazon.com for $12.95 for a 1 oz bottle.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.