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by Karen Prince
When asked if I would test and review a product, iS Clinical Active Serum ($130), that Marta is testing, I eagerly awaited for the product to arrive. I have been fortunate to have reviewed several products that Truth in Aging offers and each one has been a “home run, out of the park” experience. The fact that my 29 year old daughter told me that she had been using this exact product with much success after four months really generated more excitement for iS Clinical Active Serum.
Well into my fifth decade, I have dry to normal skin, drier in the winter months, but definitely with the humidity in the spring and summer, I need to change up my skin care regimen and routine.
I expected this product to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimize my pores, diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and as stated on their website, to provide rapid and long term results, leaving my skin prepped for the next steps of my routine: SPF and moisturizer, having already cleansed and toned my skin.
The ingredients, found on the product’s website sound terrific,this product seems ready to deliver: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Saccharum Ofcinarum (Sugarcane) Extract (Extrait de Canne à Sucre), Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Triethanolamine, Salix Alba (White Willow) Bark Extract, Arbutin, Polyporus Umbellatus (Mushroom) Extract, Menthol, Phenoxyethanol.
Sugar cane is a source of glycolic acid, great for gently exfoliating for renewed complexion. Bilberry extract is a source of lactic acid, which is a natural exfoliant with moisturizing properties. White willow bark is a source of salicylic acid, for deep cleaning the pores, while Arbutin and and mushroom extract are used to diminish hyperpigmentation.
Quite honestly, my expectations were met with disapproval. I do not have sensitive skin and am easily able to change up my skin care routine when I want to try new or different product that Truth in Aging has discovered, tested, and favorably reviewed. I REALLY wanted this product to work. I even called my daughter to see if she had any initial irritation, redness, or flaky patches. She indicated that she did, but continued using the product and was ultimately satisfied with it. I wanted to give this product a good trial period and an honest review, so I continued to use it.
The sensation, upon putting the serum on my face daily was cool, but irritating and harsh. I believe this is as a result of the amount of alcohol and menthol used in the ingredients. I then changed my routine to using iS Clinical Active Serum every other day, seeing if my skin inflammation would be reduced. After several weeks, the redness remained and small bumps began to appear and my skin became over dry.
I am able to use retinoids, which are stronger, with no problem. They typically contain ingredients chemically related to vitamin A for the treatment of acne, but more popularly designed for wrinkles and anti-aging.
I am a long time Truth in Aging community member, so when asked to try a new product and write a review I am happy to contribute, as the information found on the TIA website has significantly contributed toward my skin, neck and décolleté looking years younger as a result of consistent use of a variety of products. Every other product that I’ve reviewed has been a WINNER…and I had high hopes for iS Clinical Active Serum. I could not write a review that was not truthful about my experience. I looked at many reviews of this particular product in several places and some were very favorable. Perhaps this was not a good match for me.
Does it do what it says it will do? No, my skin couldn’t tolerate it. I would not recommend this product from my six week experience.