For the Love of My Skin | Amara Organics 2.5% Retinol Serum with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E

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Retinol is one of the premiere skin care ingredients for one reason. It works. Whether you are using it to help with your anti aging ritual or you have troubled skin that breaks out, Retinol can help. 

I turned to Retinol when I was younger to help clear my chronic, awful acne and to fade post acne discolouration scarring and even my skin tone. At that time, I couldn't afford a trip to a dermatologist to get a script for a higher concentration. I had to settle for a drugstore brand that contained .5% and I was happy to have it. It took some time but with consistent use my skin did start to clear up and to my delight, the terrible swaths of darkened, mottled skin along my jawline on both sides and just under my cheekbones began to fade and even out. As the months passed, I found that I was using a little less concealer and foundation. My overall tone was steadily improving and my skin was less congested and bumpy.

When I hit my forties, my skin changed, overnight. Like the flip of a switch, I could swear that I went to bed with oily, breakout prone skin and woke up with the Sahara Desert for a face. I didn't break out, after that and my main concern went from battling oil, shine and pimples to desperately pouring as much moisture as I could into my skin and trying, in vain to stave off the march of time across my face. For years I forgot about Retinol in my quest for what I felt could be the latest and greatest. The question I have to ask myself is, why? Why did I set aside Retinol when I started using other skin actives. Especially when, in my experience, it works so well with them. 


I was recently given the opportunity to receive and try out Amara Organics 2.5% Retinol Serum with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E. Buffered with Hyaluronic Acid and organic Jojoba Oil, this powerful concentration is gentle and suitable for even sensitive skin. I would suggest of course that if you are very sensitive, that you test before diving in, just to be on the safe side.

Packaged in a light and air safe dark amber glass bottle with a pump delivery system this serum is packaged to last and to remain effective.


Amara Organics 2.5% Retinol Serum with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E is nearly clear, viscous enough to mound softly when pumped out onto a surface but it doesn't feel thick or gummy on the skin. This serum spreads easily, sinks in swiftly and feels slightly tacky for a minute or two until it fully absorbs and dries. While this serum does contain Hyaluronic Acid and Jojoba Oil, I don't find it hydrating and I must follow it up with a nice, rich night cream.

I don't experience any stinging or burning when I use this serum, just a gentle warming sensation that fades away after a few minutes. The first time I used this serum I had done a very thorough exfoliation and I pumped out a little of this serum, lightly rubbed my hands together and as I was bringing it up to apply my only thought was, "This is going to suck. Retinol stings and I just scrubbed off half of my skin." *I am prone to exaggeration.* I was thrilled when this serum smoothed on painlessly and did not, in fact, suck. I can bring this serum in very close to my eyes without any irritation. I am careful to not get it on my movable lids or mucous membranes, of course!

 It is suggested that you start off using this serum every other night, see how your skin does with it before you go to every night. If you use an AHA treatment, be sure to alternate them. Retinol and AHA don't work and play well with one another. Retinol makes the skin more sensitive to UV and you certainly don't want those rays to undo all of the good work this serum will do for you so be sure to wear your sunscreen every day.

So, after using this serum for a few weeks, what are my initial thoughts? I haven't been using it long enough to get a solid read on results, yet but I can feel additional firming along my cheekbones and my skin appears to be getting that good Retinol glow. I'm enjoying using it along with my other serums and treatments and I am hoping that longer term use will give me firmer, perhaps even... Dare I hope it? More youthful looking skin. I will do a follow up, after I have used this product consistently for a longer period of time.

Ingredients:
Deionized Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Pentylene Glycol, Phospholipids, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Wildcrafted Resina Propoli (Propolis), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Organic Gotu Kola Extract, Organic Horsetail Plant Extract, Organic Geranium Extract, Organic Dandelion Extract.
I like this serum. I plan to purchase it for myself once this sample bottle runs out and I recommend it. If you are looking for a gentle, effective Retinol serum at a very reasonable price, I urge you to give this one a go.

Amara Organics 2.5% Retinol Serum with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E is available on their Website. You can also buy it from Amazon, This serum is very affordable at $19.95 for a one ounce bottle but don't let the low price fool you. Amara Organics makes affordable, effective skin care that is natural, vegan and cruelty free.

Do you use Retinol? A prescription formula or something you buy at retail? How is it working for you? Please do share.

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36 comments

  1. This looks like a great multi tasking serum. Your skin is looking great, so your routine must be working! :)

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  2. That is so affordable! And your skin is amazing. I appreciate the thorough review, skincare can be such an individualized thing and I know that I will need to follow the tip of testing it out on my sensitive skin first!

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  3. That actually sounds pretty fantastic - I love potent formulas like this one.

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  4. Allison @neversaydiebeautyMay 15, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    I need a new retinol serum so this sounds like a wonderful contender!

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  5. Currently I don't use a retinol but I'm hoping once I get my acne under control, that I can start incorporating one into my regime.

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  6. I love the mix of ingredients in it. Sounds great.

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  7. I really like that this serum includes Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid.

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  8. This sounds like wonderful stuff!

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  9. I use a retinol every night! This one sounds great with the addition of Hyaluronic Acid.

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  10. I love retinol, but unfortunately I can't use it. It always gives me a weird red line near my eye. How odd is that?!?!?

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  11. I love a retinol paired with Hyaluronic Acid. They play so nicely together for my aging (yet oily, STILL) skin.

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  12. My skin doesn't react well to retinol which makes me sad. This sounds great though.

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  13. I feel you w/ acne growing up & sudden skin type change when 4-0 hits. I like retinol for the same reasons you mentioned. One impt to remember w/ retinol is to use sunscreen in the morning because of its photosensitivity side effect. Plus some people experience severe dryness so moisturization is imperative.

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  14. I love retinol. It is a must have for my skin!

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  15. Two of my favorite ingredients, retinol and hyaluronic acid; these are must haves for me.

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  16. Your acne marks disappeared? I need a giant vat of retinol NOW. My jawline looks like I have a beard of acne marks :( Can't wait to hit my 40s so the oil rig that's beneath my skin disappears.

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  17. I love hyaluronic acid but have a hard time with retinol... it really is harsh on my skin so I have to use a little at a time and expect that my skin will start a bad flare up. This sounds really nice though and I would check it out.

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  18. Thank you! Yes, skin care is very individual! I was happy to do the review and I'm glad that it was helpful. This serum is buffered and very gentle but for sensitive skin, testing first is smart. :D

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  19. I am so happy to be able to get 2.5% like this. Used to be you had to get a prescription to get that strength.

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  20. If you get it, I hope that you like it.

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  21. It may help you get your skin clearer... It may be worth a try. If you are using an acne regime, tho I'd stick with it. :D

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  22. Thank you. It is very good.

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  23. So do I. I like the added benefits.

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  24. I think that is what helps it to be less harsh, yet still effective.

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  25. That is odd. Happily there are lovely things that you can use. :D

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  26. Oily skin is a dance. I remember it well. :D

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  27. Awww. This is good, for those who can do Retinol. :D

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  28. Absolutely. I use a mineral sunscreen before any sun exposure. Have to protect that tender skin. :D

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  29. Retinol for everyone! Heh! Heh!

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  30. They are meant to be together. :D

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  31. They faded drastically. I am very happy.

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  32. You're so sensitive that I would suggest testing and going in very slowly. :D

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