Friday, July 11, 2014

Azure Naturals Ultimate Retinol Serum Review + Giveaway! (US only)

Azure Naturals provides high quality facial skincare and anti-aging products using natural and organic ingredients whenever possible. We are committed to delivering the finest skin care system and making sure that our clients are 100% satisfied with the results. Our customers are looking for better health and better skin and the solutions that we develop will always be designed around these elements. We appreciate those who are taking the journey with us to return to your youth.

VITAMIN A WORKS! Retinol is one of the most effective ingredients for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A is proven to improve pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, skin texture, skin tone, color, as well as increase your skins hydration levels. ULTIMATE RETINOL is the most advanced Retinol product currently available. We have designed a delivery system that allows very high strength 2.5% Retinol to be used around the eyes and even by people with sensitive skin.

HOW DOES IT WORK? Cellular renewal happens continuously when we're young, but as we age the skin's ability to renew itself slows down. Retinol has a very small molecular structure that allows it to deeply penetrate your skin activating collagen and elastin. Applied at night, ULTIMATE Retinol will increase your skin's moisture, promoting cellular turnover and renewal.

BUY WITH CONFIDENCE! Made in the USA with the highest quality natural and organic ingredients available: 97% Natural, 72% Organic. Contains no alcohol, no parabens, no GMO's, is plant-based, cruelty free, and never tested on animals!

HOW DO YOU RECEIVE OPTIMAL RESULTS? Start using in your late twenties or early thirties. Early use of Retinol can combat fine lines before they become apparent. If you don't have prior experience using Retinol products start slowly and be consistent with your use. Apply a small amount every other day, after a couple of weeks you can begin applying more frequently as your skin adapts. Just like exercise, it is very important to use your skin care products consistently. If you do experience any irritation decrease usage for a few days and work your way back up after that.


Azure Naturals is one of my go-to skincare brands for serums (and NO! I was not paid to say that!!!). I regularly use their Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid Serums, so trying this Retinol serum was a no-brainer for me. Although Retinol serums are mainly used to combat wrinkles and fine lines—which aren't a skin care concern of mine quite yet—they are also useful as preventative treatment. It's much easier to prevent wrinkles than it is to cure them, so it's really never too early to use anti-aging products!

I was a bit concerned with this product at first because of how retinol is known for being irritating to skin. I have very sensitive skin, but this product did not cause any irritation, thank god. Still, I am being careful and only applying this serum in the evenings as instructed. If you use any other serums, you should use this one last (I use it after my vitamin C and hyaluronic acid serums), just once a day, at night. That way it won't penetrate the skin as deeply, which may keep any potential irritation or redness at bay.

Retinol apparently is great for clearing acne, so I'm glad I gave this serum a shot. Since it didn't make me break out or give me an allergic reaction, I'll definitely be incorporating it into my regular skin care routine.

As a side note, there's a lot I love about Azure Naturals as a company. Not only do they use natural, organic, cruelty-free ingredients, but they also have excellent customer service (I know from personal experience!) and make their products AFFORDABLE. I don't know how many serums I've seen all over Sephora and Amazon that are unnecessarily pricey; Azure Naturals carries the exact same formulas (seriously; some of the ingredient lists are the exact same!) at a more affordable price, without sacrificing quality.


Three of my beautiful readers will get the opportunity to try Azure Naturals Ultimate Retinol Serum themselves—Books à la Mode is giving away three 1 oz. bottles! That's three winners total—yay! To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
Have you ever used retinol in your skin care routine? (Serums, powders, creams, etc.) If so, what was your experience like? If not, why do you want to try this serum?

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the company—a huge thank you to Azure Naturals!
Giveaway ends July 25th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US residents only. Sorry, everyone else! Please take a look at my sidebar, where I have a list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide—there are plenty to choose from!
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Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
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FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary sample of Azure Naturals's Ultimate Retinol Serum using in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. I was not compensated to write a positive review, nor was I sponsored in any way. All thoughts are mine and mine alone.