Sunday, December 31, 2017

Osmosis Renew Level 4 Vitamin A Serum | Review

Press Sample (Affiliate Links)

I have been using retinol-based serums for many years, and I have found that many of the over-the-counter varieties lack the expected efficacy, or they can irritate the skin. I have used both over-the-counter and prescription versions, and Osmosis Renew Level 4 Vitamin A Serum is my current favorite. 

Osmosis Renew Level 4 Vitamin A Serum is formulated with a high concentration of Vitamin A, to encourage cell turnover and renew the skin, and Lactic Acid and Algae extract to brighten it. However, unlike many retinoids that can dry out the skin and cause it to flake and feel taut, this wonderful formula contains Hyaluronic Acid to deeply hydrate the skin as well as peptides to plump and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. I have never experienced flaking, peeling, redness, or any irritation, and my skin can be a bit sensitive at times. It has a faint and pleasant aroma from its extracts and oils, but it is neither long-lasting, nor in the least bit pungent.

Skin is left soft, smooth, supple and hydrated. As with all retinol-based products, I wear at least an SPF 40+ sunscreen to protect the skin, and I avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.  I also avoid scrubs, peels and any other kind of exfoliants when using retinol.

Caution: If you are considering adding a retinol-based product into your skincare routine,  then I would highly suggest consulting with your doctor first to have your skin thoroughly evaluated. What might appear to be an area of hyperpigmentation, could actually be a cancerous or pre-cancerous lesion, and the last thing that you want to do is treat it with topicals of any sort. I simply cannot sufficiently underscore the extent to which this is important. I sought advice from my physician before I began using retinol, and had my skin thoroughly evaluated for any suspicious areas discoloration, moles etc.

According to Osmosis,

Renew is designed for resilient or conditioned skin types who desire a dramatic restoration of the skin rejuvenation process. The most potent combination of fibroblast stimulators encourages the reversal of the skin aging.

Directions: Shake lightly and apply 1-2 pumps morning and evening.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Niacinamide, Phosphatidylcholine, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cyclodextrin, Asiaticoside, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Retinal*, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Lactic Acid, Dimethyl Sulfone, Fulvic Acid, Hydroxyproline, Beta-Glucan, Thioctic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloud Berry) Seed Oil, Santalum Austrocaledonicum (Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Dextran, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol Denat., Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Benzyl Alcohol.
*0.15% Retinaldehyde. Gluten-Free and Vegan.
Overall Assessment: If you are seeking a retinol-based product, I definitely recommend this one. It is effective, and from a wonderful brand worthy of your consideration.

$88.00 for 1 oz. from Osmosis, Skin Care RX and Dermstore (Affiliate Links).
Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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20 comments:

  1. Though I have tried their wonderful makeup line, I still haven't tried their skincare - and skincare is what Osmosis is most known for! Sounds like the Vitamin A serum would be a good place to start. I love that it has HA in the formula!

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    1. Their skincare is first rate, and I definitely recommend trying some of their products at some point. This serum is really wonderful, and I agree that it is a good place to start!

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  2. I incorporate Osmosis products into my skincare routine daily. I think they have some of the best products on the market, especially this Vitamin A serum.

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    1. I agree, their products really are fantastic, and this serum is probably my very favorite out of all of their serums that I have tried over the years!

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  3. I love that you pointed out that we should talk to our docs about this as a good fit. I have very sensitive skin so I would call my derm!

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    1. Thanks, Judy! I always think that is an important reminder, and it should never be taken for granted!

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  4. I think I used this a long time ago and I wasn't sure if I was using it right. I'm not used to retinols so that could be why.

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    1. If you still have the bottle, you might want to dig it out and try it again! It's a very effective serum!

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  5. HOOahh... a little rich for my blood but sounds amazing

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    1. It definitely is on the expensive side, but a little goes a long way, and it is so effective!

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  6. I really want to buy the serum based on your description of how it works!

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    1. I am very impressed by the efficacy of this serum, and it is so gentle! I think that you would be quite impressed by it!

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  7. I'm so glad I read this post! Every retinol product I've tried I end up peeling and don't continue because I hate the flakes! This sounds perfect for me!

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    1. This is one of the most gentle retinol-based products that I have tried, and I have experienced no irritation, redness or peeling. I highly recommend it, if you are seeking a retinol-based serum to add into your skincare routine.

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  8. Great caution on hyperpigmentation. Yes see a doctor for dark spots first. especially suspicious ones

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    1. Thanks, Kath! I think that it is very important to operate with an abundance of caution, and to always consult your doctor before trying to treat hyperpigmentation. As you know, sometimes spots do not appear suspicious, and they can actually be cancerous or precancerous!

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  9. This formula sounds so good for my skin type. I love retinols, but they usually dry me out so bad. I love that this also contains hyaluronic acid!

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    1. I love using retinoids as well, abut I really don't like it when it causes my skin to become irritated, or causes it to peel! This one is gentle and effective! I highly recommend it!

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  10. Niacinamide as the second ingredient? Sign me up!

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