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This effective new serum is sunny news for damaged skin!
I was only in my mid-twenties when sun damage started rearing its ugly head on my head (and chest, arms, and so on). Those telltale signs; freckles, brown spots and uneven skin tone, only got worse with every summer I spent in the sun. The advent of prescription products like Retin-A was a godsend for me, but their exfoliating power came with a serious price: dry, flaky, itchy skin. Some of my problem areas appeared less damaged, but sometimes I felt I’d traded one problem for another. There was no way around it. Peeling was the price I had to pay.
Until this month, when NIA24 released their Rapid Exfoliating Serum ($75), a serious non-prescription contender that packs all of the punch and none of the irritation.
The NIA24 collection is billed as “the first niacin (nicotinic acid) based skin care line clinically proven to undo the visible imperfections sun damage can cause.” Their newest creation, Rapid Exfoliating Serum, is a leave-on resurfacing treatment that uses plant-based exfoliants and contains “clinical-strength Pro-Niacin, the patented Vitamin B3 (Niacin) molecule found in all of NIA 24’s products.”
Could a non-prescription serum really remove dead skin and make my face more luminous? Could this reportedly gentle product, created for people who cannot tolerate more intense exfoliation, make a difference for a hardcore skincare veteran like me?
I normally don’t use exfoliaters much during the summer because they make self tanners fade faster on my face then the rest of my body, but in the name of wht testing, I dove in. As instructed, I pumped the milky, soothing serum onto my cleansed face before bedtime.
The next morning, I wasn’t expecting much, as the packaging stated initial results could be expected within 14 days. When I looked in the mirror, I was shocked. Just one application of NIA24 completely removed my faux tan! My body was still bronze, but my face had been stripped back to its natural paleness. Whoa, I thought, NIA24 is some powerful stuff!
For two weeks, I relied on tinted moisturizer and bronzer to keep my face from looking ghostly next to my body, and used NIA24 morning and night. My results were nothing short of stunning: smooth, even skin texture, improvement in skin tone, even lightening of uneven pigmentation on my cheeks. And NONE of the dryness I’d expect to go hand in hand with such good results.
What else do you need to know? NIA24 does not test its product on animals (just humans), and does not add fragrances, colors or dyes. The key ingredients in this plant-based serum inlcude natural exfoliators Willowbark and Prickly Pear, brightening Red Algae and Rose Bud, as antioxidant.
Plus, all products are suitable for any skin type. In fact, the NIA24 literature suggests strengthening the skin barrier with niacin-based products can actually improves oily skin. I’d be interested to hear if any oily-skinned wht testers found this to be true.
The Rapid Exfoliating Serum really is a new, different approach to exfoliation. I will make it a regular part of my skincare routine, especially after the summer is over. I love this product so much, I’m thinking of investing in the NIA24 Discovery Kit, a sampler of their other skin care products. Any line that makes my skin look this much better in only two weeks is worth pursuing further. 5 seriously smooth stars!
Testers – did the Rapid Exfoliating Serum from NIA24 have give your sun-damaged skin a new lease on life?
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