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The Moana Serum ($119.50) is a thin, unscented gel that’s meant to be patted and pressed onto the face, neck and décolleté. Its makers claim this serum will increase hydration, leading to softer skin with brighter, more even skin tone and a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles. The active part of the formula relies upon natural ingredients found in New Zealand.
The main ingredient in Moana Serum is marine glycans derived from red algae. These marine glycans are mucopolysaccharides which act like spackle, filling in grooves and reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.Harakeke is New Zealand's aloe vera. It is known as a healing astringent and hydrator. This ingredient helps regulate oil in addition to calming and soothing. Kawakawa oil, sometimes used in conjunction with hemp oil, is also known to be an anti-inflammatory hydrator. This simple formula is accompanied by three essential oils and two antibacterial preservatives.
For reference, I'm in my 40s. I didn't do a lot of research before sampling this product. However, I did take photos of the lines on my forehead on day one, before applying the gel. The product was easy and pleasant to use. It feels a bit sticky upon application, but absorbs quickly. It is not a moisturizer on its own. The box states that you need to apply additional cream or lotion following application. I used the Suntegrity "5 in 1" Tinted Sunscreen in Light. The two worked well together. Moana Serum does create a smooth surface for further cosmetic application.
As the weeks went by, I felt my skin tone was definitely evened and brightened. I have one big freckle on my temple and it was certainly lightened. I have been using the Suntegrity product and find it to be a great moisturizer — almost too good since it can get a little greasy. Application of the Moana Serum did help to control this. I had a healthy glow for many hours, even while working outside and exercising.
On day 30, I took another photo of my forehead lines, pre-serum application. I expected to be able to pick out a difference, but unfortunately I could not. At first, I was disappointed, but when I referred to the box, I saw that it never says it will erase fine lines and wrinkles. It states that the product will fill in the spaces and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. And it does that.
In conclusion, I would give this serum a thumbs-up. It is a simple formula with mostly natural ingredients that does what it says. I did experience increased hydration, brightness and a reduced wrinkle appearance, particularly around my eyes. It firmed up the skin under the eyes while I was wearing it. It is not, however, a cure for wrinkles. (Is anything?) I didn't have any adverse reactions, nor did I experience any breakouts while using Moana Serum. It's a bit expensive, so I'll have to see how my skin reacts after I stop using it before I would decide to buy it again.