I have a harder time pinpointing the benefits of this product than I usually do with skincare products. So I've been trying it out for a pretty long time, and I'm at least 1/2 into the bottle at this point. Truth be told, I'm still a bit unsure of how much this product has done to my skin, and I had to really think back to what my skin was like before I started with it, and what's different now.
Around the time when I first started using it I was starting to break out a little bit, and since this was the newest addition to my skincare routine I stopped using it for a few weeks. My skin cleared up during that time, but I still wanted to give it another go before I admitted defeat. I'm glad I did, because whatever broke me out the first time around, it wasn't this. I've had no problems with it since I started using it again, and I've noticed that my skin is a little bit brighter and less dull. Lately I have been using it along with two other products with vitamin c, since I realised my skin seemed to be responding to it. So this, together with vitamin c peeling pads (from the swedish brand Kicks) and a papaya enzyme peel (Swedish brand Maria Åkerberg/Dermanord) is what I figure has helped me out a lot. I've never felt like I have any element of glow to my skin before, so I'm really happy to see that I do now, thanks in part to this product.
The other thing that I can definitely attribute to this product is that I never have dry patches anymore. I'm not a particularly dry gal, I have combination skin with oily t-zone and fairly normal (though acne prone) skin overall. I still tend to get a bit dry on my chin and nose though, despite also being a bit oily there. I've not had any problem with that since I've started use this though, and I suppose I have the hyaluronic acid in the product to thank for that. My skin feels really plump at all times, and not at all surface dry.
I do feel like it's not a skincare must to have yet another step before the serum - a serum for the serum, if you will - but for people who either want a moisture boost without adding oil, or feel like their skin is constantly dull-looking it might be worth it. For me, it's mostly the latter that makes it worth it. So I go with this + serum + target treatment for acne + moisturizer, and it's been working out well for me.
+ Cruelty free
+ Good for people who are both oily and dry, as it's oil free but still adds moisture
+ Sinks into the skin very quickly
+ Adds a healthy glow to the skin when used daily (personally I use it twice daily)
+ Smells nice, like oranges
+ Contains natural ingredients, like cloudberry
- Fragranced - contains perfume and also linalool, which from what I gather can also be a problem for some
- Sinks into the skin SO quickly that you have to work fast to distribute it evenly
- Feels a little sticky when first applied, though it mostly goes away
- A little up there in price as far as drugstore go, considering that you go through a bottle fairly quickly. Though not unreasonably pricy by any means.