While this post is a beauty product review, it is also an endorsement for one of my favorite bloggers – Grace Atwood. Her blog, The Stripe, covers a variety of topics – skincare, travel, books and fashion. After hearing her thoughts on Herbivore’s Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum and the Sephora Vitamin C Serum, I had to give them a try.
I began testing both in July and am happy to report I’ve seen an improvement in my skin. The tone is more even, my deep lines are less noticeable, and I have a nice glow. I’m also using less face masks to supplement my daily routine.
How They Work:
Herbivore’s Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum, $54
Bakuchiol is a natural, plant-based, retinol alternative. It claims to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. I would say it did that for me.
I like that it’s gentler on skin, but still effective. I use it three to four times a week before going to bed. I put it on after toner, but before my nighttime moisturizer.
While it’s not as harsh as a traditional retinol, I still use sunscreen with it.
Sephora Collection Ultra Glow Serum: Glow + Strengthen Vitamin C Serum, $20
Vitamin C Serums are typically very expensive. They are credited with improving radiance and evening out skin tone. But, with this serum, you don’t have to pay a high price for a great glow. It worked really well for me, and I’ve already restocked this one. I use it daily, applying it to my face and neck before putting on my moisturizer.
P.S. As an added bonus, both of these products are “certified clean” at Sephora.