moana night repair serum

Reviewed by SarahW on November 26, 2014

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Six years ago at the age of 51, I looked in the mirror and wondered how long it would be before I gave into the depressing pressure of cosmetic surgery, Botox and fillers. Or, like my mother and grandmother before me, would I opt to just age gracefully? Neither option was very comforting. Then, in December of 2008, I came across a new website that analyzed anti-aging beauty products recommending those that worked and exposing those that were all fur coat and no knickers.

The result has been nothing short of amazing. By throwing away every product in my bathroom cabinet and using only products that Marta at Truth In Aging recommended, the lines and wrinkles really are being held back, and at 57, my skin is looking bloody marvelous.

Every day now begins with a nice cup of tea and the TIA website, and I must have read all the reviews and articles written in the past six years. But this month, it’s my turn.

I was asked to review a new organic product from New Zealand called Moana Night Repair Serum, and I have been testing it for five weeks. The Moana skin care range has been hailed as “the new and natural alternative to Botox,” and it has been selling like hotcakes in the UK since last year, so I was keen to see if it lived up to its hype.

According to the Moana website, the product range is on the cutting edge of marine biological science. The bio-active ingredient is red seaweed, indigenous to the “cold nutrient rich arctic currents” off New Zealand. The seaweed consists of glycans (up to 95%) which are able to mimic our own production of collagen. Because of this, the skin is supposed to start to rejuvenate and resist damage caused by loss of water, reversing wrinkles and signs of aging.

I knew something was happening the first night I applied it. My skin felt tighter and firmer (slightly tingly). After a few weeks, I noticed a more even tone, a smoothness, and a clearness (the pores around my nose are less noticeable) that is significant. At one point, I started to develop a spot on my cheek, (caused by too much lemon juice in my diet — it always happens to me when I eat acidic food) and I expected it to last the usual three or four days. I applied the night serum as usual, and incredibly, it was almost gone by the morning. This was an upside not mentioned in the small print.

There are other pluses, too. It smells lovely and fresh; it’s light and absorbs very quickly; it doesn’t irritate my skin, and it comes in a nicely designed, opaque package (OK that might seem a bit superficial, but I am a sucker for a good-looking bottle). There are no nasties in it, and no animals were harmed in the making of it. Also, a little goes a long way, with quite a bit still left to go for me. I do layer it on my neck at night with Osmotics Necollete ($63 in the shop) or MitoQ Moisturizing Anti-Aging Serum ($119 in the shop) but only because this bit of me needs all the help it can get.

I’m probably not the best guinea pig around as I have been using some stellar creams and serums recommended by TIA for the past six years, and my skin is in good nick now. So the big question is how much better did the Moana Serum make it? Well, actually, I did notice a difference, and the vanishing spot convinced me that there is probably something a bit magical in the native red seaweed of New Zealand.

So this is going to be a keeper for me and will join my arsenal of weapons to fight back any urges to use scalpel or botulism in the war against droop and sag.