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Serums have been and always will be a manic skin care obsession for me. I have more serums collected on shelves, inside drawers, in plastic bins and atop my bathroom counter than you can shake a stick at. And frankly, I love it and would have it no other way. I cannot skip my twice a day serum habit anymore than I could skip washing my face or brushing my teeth.
Once you make a commitment to regular serum use, there is no turning back. For antioxidant induction, hydrating and/or clarifying, repairing, lifting, barrier protection and preservation – there is no better catalyst to jumpstart the war on anti-aging. Serums go to work to rapidly improve the look, feel and texture of the skin, forming a priming seal before the finishing steps of moisturizer and sunscreen. The penetration factor is phenomenal.
For the past several weeks I have introduced the Moana Serum ($119.50) to co-star and audition in my serum lineup “production.” It has played well with my favorite growth factor “all stars”— E’shee KI Therapy Elixir of Life ($189 in the shop), AQ Skin Solutions Active Serum ($149 in the shop) and Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime ($135) — using it in both the before and after layering steps. Either way, it feels great; it’s clean and nourishing on my skin. Using it alone, however, does not give me the supercharged results I get when using it along with the growth factor serums. Beyond the 30s, at midlife and the post-menopausal years, I truly believe that one must invest in the highest level of cellular renewal treatments for the skin. Slack, lackluster and thinning skin needs the heaviest of artillery, barring no exceptions. At 50-plus years old, the over-the-top performers have to take center stage without compromise in this phase of my life. I don’t believe that this serum can on its own take on the challenge of drastically overturning already ravaged aging and sun damaged skin. However, this is my opinion to date without having further experience using Moana’s other complementary products in conjunction, such as the Night Repair Serum, Moisturiser and Nourishing Mask.
Natural marine glycans of 95% enriched red seaweed actives provide high levels of antioxidant properties such as amino acids, minerals and vitamins to nourish and hydrate the skin. This patented formula in Moana Skincare (Glycoplus) was created to help stimulate the production of collagen, brighten the skin and help with pigmentation. Moana products are free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, colors and harmful chemicals. Also, they are certified organic and harvested from the arctic waters in New Zealand.
The serum formula is clear, milky smooth, light in consistency and has virtually no scent (at least none that I could detect, and I have the nose of a bloodhound!). It absorbs well, is moisturizing and works best when tapped into the skin and more intensely around the eye area. After which moisturizer should then be applied immediately for best results. Two pumps are all that is needed to saturate the face and neck area.
I have experienced no sensitivity or adverse effects with this serum whatsoever. The plastic container is lightweight, the pump works easily and efficiently, and the cap fits tightly without loosening and coming off when stored or transported. The design and colors of the logo and box (predominantly a vivid shade of aquatic teal) are calming and pleasing to the eye. The price point of the serum is about $123 US dollars for one ounce of product, which is climbing a little bit into the higher mid-range for prestigious serums.
Suitable for all skin types, Moana Serum will appeal to all age groups, but I recommend its use as a “secondary” layering player for those of us with more mature skin. Used in harmony with a primary growth factor stimulating elixir, this serum I believe is a winning natural choice.