When it comes to serums and face oils things can sometimes get very pricey, but I personally don't believe you to have to spend a fortune if you don't want to. Do I love some pricey oils? Absolutely, in fact I have a review coming up that makes my bank balance cry at the thought, however fear not because there is great skincare for every budget and this serum is a great example.
I actually have a soft spot for the A'Kin Cellular radiance serum* (£26 for 23 mls) because it was the first face oil I purchased, well over 6 years ago when I had just had my son. I had memories of the deep herbal scent and the glow restoring properties, believe you me after giving birth to a tiny human you are never more in need of glow, and I have to say testing it this time around it didn't disappoint either.
A'kin are a well established natural beauty brand from Australia, in fact they have been around for 15 years. Other staple products for me from their range over the years has been the Rose and Geranium creamy cleanser and the Purifying mask. The range is entirely vegan and uses certified organic ingredients although I couldn't find an overall organic certification.
A'Kin say about this serum:
"Increase your skin's suppleness and elasticity with the help of [A'kin] Revitalising Cellular Radiance Serum. Enriched with a combination of pure, nourishing ingredients like organic Rosehip and Echium oils, Pomegranate, and Seabuckthorn, this natural face serum helps fight the signs of ageing and leaves your skin looking more radiant"
There is no doubt looking at the ingredients list, this is a great product for a more mature or lacklustre skin. The oils used are all fairly rich, resulting in a medium textured oil that will have a cushioning effect on the skin. I was pleased to see Echium as an ingredient as I find it is underused in skin care but is perfect for this blend as it is full of fatty acids. The rest of the blend is made up of some wonderful C02 extracted organic oils such as pomegranate, rosehip and sea buckthorn which gives this serum a beautiful deep orange colour. Also worth noting is that it has the wonderful anti-inflammatory extracts of calendula and chamomile but no other essential oils, making it ideal for sensitive skin.
My experience with this oil has been nothing but good, but it is worth noting that less is definitely more. I would say most skin types could benefit by simply adjusting the amount used but it is perfect for dry and sensitive skin. A few drops on skin that has been sprayed with some rosewater is more than enough for me at the moment. Another favourite way of using this is adding a single drop to some mineral powder foundation for a beautiful flawless base, it makes mineral powder glide on with ease and give a pretty fresh look to the skin.
Overall a great product at a great price, I have no doubt I will be reaching for this a lot this winter.
*Indicates a sample was generously provided, all thoughts, opinions and beauty musings my own,