Serum 101 & Neocell's Radiance Serum Review

Serums, to me, are an absolute necessity -- like taking your daily multivitamin. Essentially, serums are multi-vitamins for your face, and trust me, your face needs all the nutrients it can get after being exposed to the sun and pollution.

So, when I look for a serum, I make sure that it has at least Vitamin C and E, and any other antioxidants or anti-aging ingredients are a plus. Vitamin C and E are important anti-aging antioxidants that prevent and reduce oxidative damage from UV exposure, pollutants, and intrinsic aging. 

Serums are powerful and quick to absorb because they are extremely concentrated. More specifically, serums leave out emulsifiers and hydrating-agents that most moisturizers include. Thus, you only need a small pea-sized amount, but keep in mind, that serums must be applied before moisturizing so that it has the best chance to absorb.

Now, while serums are powerful with all their super ingredients, religious topical application will not give you blatant life-changing results. Like I said, they are similar to daily vitamins for your face, and regular application will help maintain your skin's quality, and hopefully, reduce signs of aging.

How to Apply.
For most serums, I like to use a pea-size amount for my entire face and neck. A pea-sized amount seems insufficient, but serums are very fluid, and you will be surprised that even a pea-size may leave you with more than you need.

1. Cleanse and tone your face and neck as usual.

2. Place a pea-sized amount of the serum onto one of your fingertips.
3. Warm up the serum so that your skin can easily absorb the solution. Do this by rubbing the serum in between your fingertips.
4. With the warmed serum on your fingertips, gently pat the solution all over your face and neck.
5. Let dry. This usually takes a few minutes.
6. Follow with moisturizer, and SPF, if needed.


So, with that quick and extremely brief blurb on serums out of the way, we can apply what we know about serums to discuss my recent escapade with Neocell's Radiance Serum...

If you had a chance to read my review on Neocell's Collagen Masque, you would have learned that I first heard of Neocell and their Collagen supplements from my mother-in-law. She has been taking the collagen powder for over a year and raves about it. So, when Neocell reached out to me to test out some press samples of their topical skin care products, I was eager to give them a test drive!

What makes the Neocell Radiance Serum special?
The distinguishing characteristic of the Radiance Serum is the time-release micro-capsules that penetrate the skin to strategically deliver collagen stimulating ingredients and potent antioxidants like my must-have VItamin C and E. The serum also contains phospholipids with essential fatty acids that plump up fine lines, enhance skin firmness, elasticity, and moisture.

After using the Neocell Radiance Serum for a few weeks, I have only had positive results though nothing super extreme. I like this serum because it did not cause breakouts or rashes. It does not leave a lingering smell or cause you to become greasy or oily.

What the serum does do is create a pretty impressive, smooth and soft canvas. In the left picture, you can see that the picture of the dried serum blurs the fine lines on the top of my hand, and makes my skin look incredibly smooth. Additionally, once dried,  its presence is practically untraceable. Thus, it's great to wear in the AM under makeup or in the PM before your night cream.

The only slight negative about this serum may be the packaging. I have read that Vitamin C begins to breakdown once it is exposed to light. So, to prevent degradation many serums are packaged in amber-colored glass. Maybe this is not an issue for the Neocell Radiance Serum because it is packaged in an opaque bottle.

All-in-all, I was impressed by the science of the Neocell Radiance Serum's  time-released micro-capsule of powerful ingredients. I believe the price is extremely reasonable, which means that taking care of your skin is affordable. You have NO excuses to not use a daily serum now....Your welcome ;)



What is your favorite serum? What are the must-have ingredients you look for in a serum?








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Neocell Radiance Serum, 1 fl oz, $13 via vitacost.com

Ingredients: Water, phospholipids, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e), ascorbyl palmitate, soluble collagen, acrylamide/sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate copolymer, isohexadecane, polysorbate 80, butylene glycol, xanthan gum, tyrosine, proline, cysteine, zinc chloride, ethylhexylglycerin, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, disodium EDTA.

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1 comment:

  1. I could say that Neocell radiance serum is better among the best. I can feel the change in my texture after continuous use of 3 weeks. It really works. It is best multi vitamin serum that enhances the skin firmness, elasticity and moisture.

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