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."
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]