I had my eyes on ReLuma for a while before being granted the wonderful opportunity to review it. The formulation is what really intrigued me about ReLuma Skin Illuminating Anti-aging Serum ($145/20 ml in the shop); it’s so clean and the main ingredient just sounds like it ought to work!
Having seen improvements in the clarity and firmness of my 40-something skin in two months – courtesy of a variety of peptides, Tretinoin and natural products – I was particularly eager for ReLuma to finish the job that the other products had started. Resolving crow’s feet and some loss of turgor. I also have some post-picking depressed scars that I fantasized it might help diminish, though with minimal real expectation that anything would be able to do the job after years of damage.
My first impression of the serum was that it absorbed very well, barring a very minor surface tackiness that remains. I noted its unique scent, best described simply as very real! It clearly has no chemical perfumes in it, which I greatly appreciate, resulting in a natural scent that is not entirely pleasant but fairly mild. My partner was fine with this slightly unusual scent, which is a good test.
When using ReLuma on my skin without any other products, I found that it looked quite nice; it provided a lightly moisturized healthy glow, with no oiliness. However, I did use other moisturizers over it, because for testing purposes I wanted the only change to my routine to be the addition of ReLuma. Plus, I felt more comfortable and complete with a moisturizer.
Instructions are to use ReLuma twice a day, which I did whenever possible. Unfortunately, I found it hard to wear under makeup and impossible under sunscreen, as it tended to ball up and come off. So on those days I applied it first thing in the morning, went about my early routine, and then wiped my skin before applying moisturizer and makeup if I had to go somewhere.
ReLuma’s website advises continuing use for two months before assessing efficacy, so please bear that in mind this is an interim report after only one month of use.
I’m not certain how impactful ReLuma has been, but it certainly has done no harm and I really like it. I want to continue and see how far it takes me over the coming weeks.
Some things that I am already sure about are what ReLuma does not do:
-It does not break me out. No, not so much as one tiny bump or blocked pore – nada!
-It does not irritate, cause allergic reactions or eye puffing.
-It does not cause dryness.
-It does not promote oiliness.
In fact, I’d say ReLuma is the most naturally skin-compatible serum I have ever used. My skin is entirely accepting of the product and happy with it on, which is unusual for me.
Those pesky crow’s feet are still present, but I think the shape of my face makes active expression lines almost inevitable. I hope to be proven wrong about that one day! My skin has firmed up enough to notice, though I am unsure of the relative contributions of ReLuma versus the other products in my routine. The picking scars look OK – not gone, but certainly not worse and perhaps a little better.
Something is telling me to keep going with ReLuma. It just feels right. It certainly seems to be doing no harm and might just be doing some good.
Ingredients: Human Adipose Derived Stem Cell Conditioned Media, Water, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, DL-Panthenol, Hydroxy Ethyl Cellulose, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol
ReLuma Skin Illuminating Anti-Aging Serum- reader reviewed and recommended