75% would repurchase
on 11/25/2018 11:13:00 AM
More reviews by HWL
I really like this new serum. I tried the ordinary one and hated the texture. This is thin white lotion. Sometimes separates. I use it thin in the mornings, and sometimes a bit more on nose and melasma. I use PC BHA 2% gel at night, as that exfoliates better. Just Azelaic helped redness over time but I had all this gunk underneath. I don't breakout but I get red from clogs and have melasma (mild but old) on my cheeks. This has given my skin a smoother glassy texture over time. Not a miracle changer, but few things are. I feel it's solid and well made. Azelaic sting a bit but I have mostly adjusted. It's a mild azelaic . It's often prescribed up to 20%. As I find it's enough, as I use BHA too, Could be used twice a day. Does take time to have effects. It's a white thin lightly chalky lotion. Spreads easily and dries fast. It's not moisturizing or drying. My barrier is good now so i can handle the wait times. If not I go right to hydrators and moisturizer. I use it after my C serum. I am pretty sensitive, but been using BHA a long time. Never worked up much tolerance to AHAs or retinols even mild OTC. This I am tolerating this. . I have liked GoW's latic and mandelic serums as well though I don't use it as much. 2% Mandelic tonic (watery is really nice too and mild). Not the cheapest and not the most expensive. 1 0Z is $19 and lasts me about 3 months.
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on 11/22/2018 3:05:00 PM
More reviews by silverelf
If I had to pick a real true "holy grail", favorite product of all time, this would be it. I first discovered this brand here on MUA many years ago, and it was life-changing. While I have always used their products in conjunction with other brands, or strayed altogether, I always come back to this simple serum, as well as my other favorites from this line (Cucumber melon, Matcha green tea, Crisp apple, Blueberry, and Concord grape, to name a few). My skin is sensitive, combination, prone to clogging, redness, and dehydration. Very recently I've returned to a simpler skincare routine after a few years of using many products containing lots of artificial fragrance and alcohol. You can imagine how fried my skin barrier ended up after that onslaught. With my tail between my legs I went crawling back to the simplistic combination that once gave me the best balanced clear (virtually perfect, which is hard to achieve with this skin type) skin of my life - this serum, Almond oil, layered or mixed onto damp/wet skin (my skin needs a lot of water to absorb any oil, even the 1-2 drops I use, but the oil over all this moisture ends dehydration for me and over time heals my fragile barrier). Like other reviewers below, I get the same results from all of Garden of Wisdom's HA serums, but the Immortelle is my favorite due to it's very fresh, gel-like texture, which they all have but for some reason its coolness is enhanced in this particular version over all the others. Perhaps this has to do with the soothing effect of the Immortelle which is supposed to be anti-inflammatory. With regular use (usually at night with almond oil, with a fruit-based HA in the morning with camellia oil), my skin becomes clear of clogging, clear of redness, plump and smooth, any fine dehydration lines erased, and less sensitive overall. While I have tried other HA serums, including the famous Vichy 89, I always come back to GoW's. The short ingredients list, variety, and refreshing coolness of this simple gel-water serum is not only soothing and healing but feels heavenly on the skin. Others have just not been the same and feel somehow more fake or tacky on the skin, likely due to having more ingredients and fillers. This one is basically HA and water, a hydrosol, and a preservative (I've always chosen the Optiphen, which never gave me an issue, but they offer other choices). The full size comes in a pump bottle that's easy to travel with. I'll always run back to this serum when my skin just wants a simple, yet very effective, healing drink.
on 11/12/2018 11:07:00 AM
More reviews by angelesm0820
I am only on day 3 of use with this product so I will update later on. My first impression is pretty great so far. I suffer from mild acne and oily skin. I have been using retin a micro 0.04% for almost a year now which has been really effective in combating the majority of my acne but occasionally I will still get big inflamed pimples. Now that we are into another cold Canadian winter and the harsh indoor heat is going, I have been dealing with dry skin patches. I wash my face, apply this serum and then my regular moisturizer and already within 3 days, the dry skin patches have improved about 75%. I also noticed that I havent gotten any new pimples since I started using this, and a pimple that was beginning to feel like it was turning into a painful undergrounder has begun to shrink. It could just be a coincidence but I strongly believe it is in part to do with this serum. My face feels healthier and it looks brighter and clearer. The packaging is simple which I love because Garden of Wisdom saves the money that they could spend on expensive packaging and marketing to provide great products at a lesser expense. Out of curiousity, I looked around for other topical probiotic products and none even came close in comparison to the 25$ I spent on this one. In addition to that, most also contained oils which for some with acne, can be really problematic. Overall, so far this has been a pleasant experience. None of the ingredients are comedogenic either, so at the end of the day, the worst that could happen with this serum would be no results. Did I mention it smells amazing? Almost good enough to eat.
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on 11/9/2018 4:56:00 PM
More reviews by teachertraveler
The first two treatments it wasn't bad but the third time I used it, it burned my face. I washed it off right away and my skin was bright red for about an hour and then calmed down. I had only used it once a week (they recommended 3-4 times a week) and I used a tiny amount each time. I think it was just way too acidity for my face. Thankfully it wasn't expensive and it was a small amount so I didn't feel bad about throwing the rest away.
on 9/27/2018 10:17:00 PM
More reviews by JustLaugh
I have dry, acne prone skin, and find that the pineapple red wine exfoliating gel is gentle enough to use 2-3 times a week. Afterwards my skin looks healthier and feels softer. It is one of the rare exfoliators that doesn't leave my skin feeling tight or irritated. My other favorite way to exfoliate is by using a mask of plain, nonfat yogurt, but using the GoW mask is much more convenient. Only a thin layer is needed, the texture is smooth and you can definitely smell the pineapple and a bit of wine. It's a pretty pleasant masking experience.
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