Okay, so I know I've been overdoing it a bit with the beauty love lately, but I have been on a serious kick. Humor me.
Between figuring out my diet (to an extent) and discovering new beauty products that are cult-worthy, I've been just diving in head freakin' first. Because of that newly adopted mentality, I recently tried a retinol cream... and it totally made my face freak out. I mean, I'm taking about severe adult acne in spots that I didn't even know could break out. After I stayed inside all weekend tending to my wounds and scouring the web, I identified the problem (thanks, internet forums - it was a rando ingredient in the cream that gave me and many others problems). You know what that means - cue Molly spending hours looking over all my other products to make sure I was treating my skin right. In the great beauty purge of 2015, I ended up chucking an old serum that I wasn't crazy about, and found myself fresh on the market for a new one. With that, I headed to the most important part of any beauty website: the reviews. And that's how I found out about KORRES' Black Pine Firming, Lifting & Antiwrinkle Serum.
Yes, it's $74. Let's go ahead and get that out of the way first. In any serum's defense, I will always be the first one to beg you to remember that serums last a long, long time. Their formulas include highly concentrated special ingredients, so while they're more expensive for sure, you only need to use a teeny tiny bit of them to have an impact. Over time, you're using less so it lasts longer, and you end up spending the same amount if you would be buying two or three of other products.
I'd already tried quite a few KORRES products, and quickly fell in love last year with their Wild Rose Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial (goodness gracious, try it, I promise you will not be disappointed). So when I read the countless reviews and found out that KORRES' Black Pine line has been wildly successful with beauty addicts everywhere, I knew I had to give it a go. Usually, I allow serums two or three weeks to show me any kind of beginning results - since they work at a deeper level than moisturizers, I figure that would be enough to see a visible difference, if any were going to happen. And KORRES' serum has a 40% higher potency measurement for their active ingredients, so I was secretly kind of hoping that it wouldn't take weeks to see results, but rather (maybe just maybe) days?
With the first touch to my face, it had already impressed me. The serum sank right into the surface of the skin quickly and smoothly, with no sticky residue. It's not too thick and it's not too thin - lightweight enough to wear during the daytime under a moisturizer as well as at night under my trusty night mask. And I am obsessed with the scent of it, with a soft smell of wood and hints of vanilla that relaxes and soothes as I massage it into my skin. It's downright heavenly. And oh, my goodness, y'all. I'll be damned if I don't tell you that I felt a difference in my skin almost immediately. It felt tighter, but not in a dry way. It's was more like how your skin feels after leaving a facial: clean, uplifted, and lightened.
At first, I scoffed at the research they boast on the site and in the
packaging - that 100% of people saw "firmer, smoother skin" after 8
weeks. But after that first use, I was an instant
convert. Now that it's been a bit longer (about 3 to 4 weeks now), my skin is brighter, softer,
and fuller. Listen, I am by no means saying I needed Botox or anything,
but my skin looks like I've gone back in time by at least 5 years. The secret is in the uber-powerful black pine polyphenols (now patented by KORRES), which help the skin to maintain elasticity, fight free radicals, resist wrinkles, prevent sagging, and boost firmness. Even better? It's vegan-friendly and never tested on animals.
The conclusion is that this serum has absolutely changed my beauty routine for the better. I will be first in line to buy another bottle as soon as this one runs out.