Listen, the hype is real ya’ll.
You ever read reviews from bloggers or a website and you’re all like “nah, all those reviews can’t be legit” ? Let me just put it this way. The day Valentia sends me a product that either doesn’t work or I have an allergic reaction to it, my world is gonna implode. Flowers will cease to bloom, puppies and babies will no longer be adorably and cuddly and I’ll give up on beauty entirely. Ok, well maybe not that last part, that’s just too drastic. What I’m trying to say is everything they’ve sent me so far has been wondrous.
A little over a month ago, almost two really, I was sent two serums by the brand to test and review. I received the Royal Rose Hydrating Serum, specifically formulated for sensitive skin, and the Clear Lift Revitalising Serum. The Royal Rose Serum we’re gonna talk about in another post but that thing seriously saved my sanity a few weeks ago. I wanted to try the Clear Lift Serum because it’s specifically supposed to target hyperpigmentation and minimise acne scaring. Yup, I was there. Blurb from Amazon;
This Revitalizing Serum Will:
– Renew texture & tone
– Deeply moisturize
– Minimize fine lines
– Increase elasticity
– Brighten & correct
Specially selected ingredients work together to achieve optimum results.
– Wakame Bioferment (Seaweed): Increases skin oxygen consumption to detoxify and boost antioxidant defence.
– Gotu Kola: Lessens the appearance of scars and increases skin firmness.
– Lactic Acid: A natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that increases skin cell turnover, for healthier renewed skin.
– Licorice: Lightens unwanted pigmentation and corrects skin discoloration.
– Argan Oil: Naturally rich in Vitamin E, this oil reduced water loss and protects skin’s resiliency and elasticity.
So I don’t have many hyperpigmentation spots, but the ones I do have are stubborn. They refuse to take the hint and go away, and I figured what the hey even if this doesn’t help, it won’t hurt. Valentia is a brand of skin care that I’ve come to trust not to hurl my sensitive skin into cystic acne territory. The brightening aspect had an appeal as well because my skin has been looking uncharacteristically dull lately. I’ll get more into that in my updated skin care routine post.
My skin is very reactive, it usually takes no more than a day or two before something happens. Good or bad, it often happens faster if I use something right before bed and get a full nights sleep. So the night before my day off I used this serum. The next morning when I woke up, I was elated because my skin had brightened again. A few days later, you know those really stubborn hyperpigmentation spots? Yeah, they were looking a bit faded.
The Valentia serums generally aren’t exactly thick, but neither are they too loosely texture. This one absorbs completely into the skin with ease and leaves no residue. It has a very strong citrus smell, but not in a bad or overpowering way, just fresh and clean. Despite not having any citrus oils as ingredients, it took me a while to use it because of the strong smell. We all know how my skin reacts to large quantities of citrus. But, I was so tired of the dullness of my skin that I decided to take the chance anyway.
It also has a very good moisturising aspect. My skin has been like sandpaper lately, and so I started off using the Royal Rose Serum for more hydration. This just took up where that left off without a hitch.
How fast it worked to me was crazy, because since the end of last summer I’ve been trying everything to get my spots to fade. From really expensive serums like Lancôme’s Dreamtone. That cost me $116 and all it did was make my skin worse and give me the most painful red welts, and splotchy bleached looking skin. To an $8 bottle of Boots scar minimiser, which did nothing except sit on top of my skin and turn me into a grease slick with foundation splattering my collar.
I was excited, if it looked like that after only one night, what would it looked like in a month? Two?
I’ve been using the serum for about a week and a half now, I can honestly say that the difference in my skin is amazing. It looks more even, and my dark spots are much much less pronounced. My skin also looks brighter, and just more generally even toned. I can’t wait to see how this attacks the aftermath when I break out in the summer like I always do. I have a sneaking suspicion that I’ll have very little hyperpigmentation if this is any indication of how well this serum works.
If you have hyperpigmentation or acne scarring, I would really encourage you to look into this serum from Valentia. It won’t break the bank at $35 for 1.18oz, it’s sensitive skin proven and the results are stunning. For a brown girl with sensitive skin that periodically erupts, leaving behind the scars of the war, this is gold. The only draw back (that has nothing to do with the serum) is that now that my spots are fading and my skin brightening, my under eye circles are more pronounced. I guess I need to start using that eye serum they sent me now.
Products were provided for review purposes. As usual, all opinions are my own.