Reviewed by Barb

I tested the Kesari Triphala Radiance Firming Serum ($49.50). Let me tell you the good stuff first: Nice packaging and an okay smell – I can't quite pinpoint what it smells like, though I detect a slight citrusy scent. It is a light orange color. Once applied, the serum soaks right in and is not greasy or sticky at all. It gave my skin a nice texture. I prefer a heavier lotion that I can blend, but this is a serum so the consistency is completely different.

The ingredients list looked impressive and I saw Matrixyl 3000, which I’ve heard good things about for years, but this is the first product I’ve used that has it. So, overall, I was excited and hoping for some good results.

That being said, I was 21 days into using the serum and had to stop using it. My mom also used it and had the same results I had. I have really good skin with minor surface wrinkles. My skin rarely, if ever, breaks out and when it does it is generally confined to my chin area. After three weeks of using this product, I have breakouts along my jawline, on my neck and on one side of my nose. The one on the side of my nose looked like a whitehead, but, it wasn’t. It looked like milia, but I’m not sure what it was. It did eventually go away. Nevertheless, it was not a whitehead. My neck had the worst reaction to the cream – it looked like some type of allergic reaction in which it appeared as though my neck was burned.

I really wanted to like this product and at my age would’ve loved to have some radiance on what is otherwise good, light olive-toned skin. I always wanted a rosy glow, but I would settle for some form of radiance; unfortunately, I saw no evidence of that. I can’t determine whether there were any lifting properties because I had such an overall negative reaction to the ingredients that any positive aspect is completely overshadowed by the excessive breakouts.

I can’t say I wouldn’t recommend this product because it does have a lot going for it; it just didn’t work for my skin. I guess maybe a different skin type would do better with this serum. Apparently my skin is far more sensitive than I thought it was. On a scale of 1-10, for me this is rated a 4.

Ingredients: Water, glycerin, butylene glycol, niacinamide, carbomer, polysorbate-20, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, acrylates/acrylamide copolymer, mineral oil, polysorbate 85, cyclomethicone, dimethiconol, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, octyldodecyl myristate, isostearyl alcohol, butylene glycol cocoate, ethylcellulose, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, alkyl methacrylate crosspolymer, retinol, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate,  sesamum indicum(sesame) seed oil, melia azadirachta seed oil, boswellia serrata oil, phyllanthus emblica fruit extract, terminolia bellerica fruit extract, terminalia chebula fruit extract, crocus sativus flower extract, sodium hyaluronate hydrolyzed soy protein, sodium carboxymethyl beta-glucan, panthenol, triethanolamine, allantoin, tocopheryl acetate, acrylaTES/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, tetrasodium EDTA, fragrance, yellow #6