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Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum Review

is a Solution for:
Age Spots, Dull Skin, Fine Lines, Hyperpigmentation, Sun Spots, Uneven Skin, Wrinkles
mad hippie vitamin a serum
January 7, 2015 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 3 Comments
TRU Rating
A natural and less-irritating vitamin A serum that effectively fades sun spots and improves skin


Visible improvement in one month


Can be a little drying

by Vickie

As a new visitor to Truth In Aging, I’ve been captivated by the website — particularly the real reviews by other women around my age. Imagine my surprise when I entered the Dare To Try Program and was chosen to review the Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum ($32.99)! The hippie in me rejoiced. My wrinkles and sun damage did not. The name alone brings on a big smile.

Being in my mid-40s, my combination skin has become somewhat of a stubborn, fickle stranger to me. No longer can I get away with just the basic cleanser and moisturizer as I stare sullenly at my sun spots, the rougher texture and fine lines etching their way into a permanent road map of expression. I need exactly what Mad Hippie Vitamin A Serum has to offer: “Next level serum… feared by wrinkles & sun damage alike.” It contains 10 actives with potent ingredients directly from Mother Nature herself. Plus, the serum is vegan, not tested on animals and uses green packaging. Bonus! Before I even started, I was loving Mad Hippie.

Having not used this serum before, I followed the suggestion on the box and incorporated Mad Hippie into my nighttime routine of cleansing and moisturizing. The first thing I noticed is that I am a rather low maintenance kind of gal who doesn’t spend a lot of time getting ready, let alone getting ready for bed. Mad Hippie needs about 10 minutes to soak in before putting on moisturizer. I would forget and find myself sitting around reading something, waiting for my 10 minutes before I could moisturize and hop into bed. Not a big deal really — just a minor change in habits.

Getting older has rendered my skin more sensitive, so I try to avoid fragrance as much as possible. Mad Hippie does not have fragrance in it. In fact, it does not have parabens, synthetic color, or harmful chemicals. It’s all natural. I did have a little bit it sensitivity, but only in the morning after I cleansed and put on my sunscreen. For about 30 minutes, my face would flush a nice rose color, indicating that something was going on. Using it every other night for a week did the trick. I got acclimated and no longer had the flushes. Instead I got a little dryer. Using any type of vitamin A can lead to some dryness in the skin.

Mad Hippie uses Retinyl Retinoate, a vitamin A derivative that is proven to be less irritating, is more stable than other vitamin A retinoids and produces higher biological activity than retinol. With that kind of scientific backup, I am willing to use a heavier moisturizer. It also contains coffee berry, a super-fruit from an evergreen coffee shrub, that is chock full of antioxidants to stimulate collagen production and neutralize free radicals. Now we can enjoy drinking our coffee and wear it, too!

Other actives include safflower seed oil to protect our skin from losing moisture; coconut oil for healing and moisturizing; hyaluronic acid to improve elasticity, hydrate and reduce free radical damage; aloe barbadensis leaf juice to reduce inflammation and promote collagen; oat beta glucan to deliver moisture deep into the skin; phytoceramides from soybeans as a lipid to plump and hydrate skin; alpha lipoic acid to reduce wrinkles; and N Acetyl D Glucosamin (NAG), a component of hyaluronic acid that helps increase collagen and reduces hyper-pigmentation. This is real flower power in a bottle, but does it work?

After about a month of applying this lovely nature’s brew to my face and neck each night, I can see visible improvement in my sun spots on my checks and nose. They have definitely begun to fade after four weeks. My fine lines around my eyes and mouth and rougher texture are a bit more stubborn, but if I look closely, I can see some minor improvement. One thing I did notice is a nicer glow to my face overall. I used less than a quarter of the 1.02 fluid ounce bottle, so I know I can continue my course over the next few months. For those who want something natural and less irritating, I do think with continued use, Mad Hippie will deliver on its promises of “liberating the skin from aging.” Maybe I’ll try meditating during my 10 minutes.

  • March 25, 2017

    by Danielle

    Hi there
    I used this a couple of nights ago and have noticed slight but noticeable swelling around either side of my nose, sort of my cheek area either side of my nostrils - is this normal? I was going use it every other night but I'm scared to use it again in case it swells
    Up more and doesn't go down !!

    Any suggestions ?!

  • November 19, 2016

    by Missy

    I doubt it cus I have been using this stuff for 1 week and I need less lotion. My lotion keeps piling into little balls and I use less daily. My skin feels amazing and it looks better than it has sense I was 14, less red in years but an over all pink look where it was never red for about 12 hours and then I go back to my non pink or red skin color. I didn't think pores could shrink or maybe what I thought was big pores was really acne scars, but either way they are healing and should be all gone this week. I honestly believe that!! I use this almost every night for a week, but I could have forgotten once or twice last week. I am also using the vit c one almost if not every morning. Whatever the deal I want to try their other products because I am amazed. I wish I found this stuff years ago. I have these half circles under my eyes that i have had for years and I want to try the eye Cyrene. I'm in my early 30's so I don't have wrinkles yet but maybe this stuff will continue to heal the scars from 15-28 years old or 13 years of acne and if I keep it up I won't have bad wrinkles when I'm old. I just wanted to give my 2 cents for younger people!!!!

  • October 13, 2016

    by Cynthia

    just started using this last night, weirdly i noticed a glow and some tightening under the eyes this morning. i think the tightening is likely dryness. However, it also seemed to lessen the bagginess so is this product sucking up moisture out of my skin? a question to ponder. i am using coconut oil for a moisturizer. i chose this product because it had coffeeberry extract, however, iam not sure if there is even enough of that ingredient to mention as it lies near the bottom of the ingredients. Something i think all women should realize is that the molecules in a product have to be small enough to get through the skin to do anything. i wish companies who really taut their products would note their products ability in this regard to be effective. I'll be back to let you know what i learn in this regard as well as to provide updates. readers should also review ingredients by checking out medical publications and clinical trials on the pub med and nih websites.

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