3 May 2013

Osmia Organics Active Gel Nutrient Serum


Makeup has been a favorite of mine for quite some time, but it's only in the last six months or so that I've become more interested in skincare.  It's amazing how much of a difference a slightly more involved routine can make!  A couple months ago, I won an Osmia Organics lip gloss in a Facebook giveaway and Sarah, Osmia's owner/formulator, kindly included a sample of the Active Gel Nutrient Serum as well. 

"This gentle face serum provides an extra layer of soothing moisture, with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to help maintain intracellular water in the skin cells.  White tea and aloe comfort the skin, and rice protein acts to smooth and support the collagen structure of the skin.  This gel serum is meant to be used as a middle layer, between washing and applying a moisturizer or an oil serum.  Think of it as a multivitamin for your face."

Osmia recommends applying the serum to moist skin, so after cleansing, I mist my face with George's Aloe and make sure to rub the serum in while my skin is damp.  It absorbs quickly and unlike a lot of other gel serums, it leaves no film or tacky feeling on your skin.  I prefer my morning skincare to be quick and with fewer steps, so I usually only use the serum at night, but it does work well under makeup too, should you want to use it during the day.

The first night I used it, I did a double take over how much more plumped and firm my skin felt only a few minutes after application.  At 25, I think I still have fairly young skin, but I can't remember my skin ever feeling as firm, plump, and lifted as it's become since I started using this product.  In the beginning, this feeling would last until the morning and then my skin would seem back to normal, but once I hit about the 3 week mark, I noticed that my skin seemed to be retaining the extra moisture better and feels this way all day long.

The serum is also fantastic for fine lines.  Some of you may recall my struggle with the two small lines between my eyebrows, and Osmia's serum has made a real difference with them.  I've tried a few different products in the hopes of targeting this area, and this is the first one that's given real, visible results.  I know hyaluronic acid can sometimes reduce the appearance of lines just by plumping the surrounding area, but I think it goes beyond that, as the lines definitely seem shallower and less pronounced, even up to 24 hours after using the serum.  Makeup also sits better on this area and I've had less problems with it settling into the lines throughout the day.  

I've been using the sample once a day for about a month and I've still got a little left.  A full size retails for $55, and considering how potent the serum is and how far the sample alone has gone, it's something I do think I'll be purchasing in the future.  I'm so impressed with the results I've gotten from this product!  Osmia's Active Gel Nutrient Serum is a light serum that's equal parts gentle and effective, and I think it would suit a lot of different skin types.  

Ingredients: aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, glycerin*, camellia sinensis (white tea) extract*, calendula officinalis extract*, hydrolyzed rice protein, oat beta glucan, leuconostoc/arundinaria gigantea ferment filtrate, niacinamide (vitamin B3), sclerotium rolfsii gum, hydrolyzed oats, hyaluronic acid, proprietary blend of essential oils*.  
[*certified organic ingredient]


11 comments:

  1. Sounds heavenly! I only wish I could try a box of samples from Osmia before purchasing a full size! I recently tried a very popular (and expensive) cleanser that set my skin on fire! It was horrible. No more full size skincare for me until I try a sample!

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    1. I'm the same way - my skin can be fussy, so I like to try everything first before investing in full size products. I could definitely get behind a box of Osmia samples! I think they only do samples with purchases though.

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  2. I am not sure we can get this brand in the UK but this sounds lovely lovely that it has hyaluronic acid in an aloe vera base. x

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    1. The serum is lovely...I'm accumulating a wishlist of other Osmia products I want to try next! I think their products are only available through their own website right now, but they should ship to the UK, if you're ever interested :)

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  3. Hi Ana, my soon to be launched skincare range- so pure skincare uk does a serum which contains a base of aloe vera floral water, hyaluronic acid, organic edelwiss, brown agae, plant collagen and much more. please do visit my site and email me via the 'contact us' page. Thanks! Geeta

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  4. Hi Caitie this applied to you also! Best Geeta

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    1. Thanks! Good luck with your launch :)

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  5. Hello Miss,

    I am a fan of serum and this one sounds really nice!
    Have you tried this one? really like it!
    http://mademoisellenature.blogspot.nl/2012/10/mychelle-dermaceuticals-ultra.html
    have a great day!
    x

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    1. Nope, I haven't tried that one. It sounds lovely, but I've found other My Chelle products are too strongly scented for me, so I'm reluctant to try their products anymore!

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  6. Sounds like a winner to me! I'm struggling with a line between my forehead too, drives me nuts! They should totally do a sample box!

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    1. It is! I know lines aren't really worth getting upset over, but they can be so frustrating, especially when it seems like nothing is helping. Osmia's serum has definitely made a difference though. My mom wants to try it now too.

      I definitely agree, a sample box would be fantastic :)

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