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.