Why I added Calysta Labs Illuminating Anti-Aging Serum to my skincare

Calysta Labs Illuminating Anti-Aging Serum

I make no secret of my love for cosmetics. I go overboard buying eyeshadows, concealer, foundation, blush and more. But it all starts with the skin. If my skin isn’t looking great then nothing else matters.

I was offered the opportunity to review CALYSTA LABS ILLUMINATING ANTI-AGING SERUM. I took my time before agreeing to use it to learn about it. I liked what I saw and now I’ve been using it for the last few months. I am very fickle about skincare and I have a bad habit of not sticking with anything too long, looking for the next best thing. But this serum has been one that I keep returning to.

It’s the ingredients that drew me to the line since they are meant for fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and sagging skin. While I’m not sagging yet I do have plenty of fine lines, a few wrinkles and some hyperpigmentation. From Calysta: A lightweight but powerful combination of hydroxyacid, retinol and antioxidants helps even skin’s tone and texture, while also treating blemishes and dark spots, boosting all-over brightness, and helping reduce the appearance of fine lines.”

Calysta Labs Illuminating Anti-Aging Serum

The first ingredient seen in the list is Aloe which is nature’s healing product. In a lot of serums you’ll find water as the first ingredient so this starts out on the right track. Next you’ll find Retinol. I’m a relatively new user to retinol though it’s been in other skincare that I’ve tried. I was concerned about a drying effect but that never happened. As a matter of fact I’ve since added in a Retinol that I bought at the dermatologist.

Two important ingredients are the glycolic acid and the niacinamide that are important for skin turnover. Glycolic Acid will stimulate collagen production which diminishes as we age. Niacinamide is a form of B3 that helps with both acne and hyperpigmentation. Since this also has Vitamins C and E along with important oils like rose, coconut and jojoba it’s been soothing to my skin.

At first I noticed a slight tingle. Directions say to use a pea size amount for your entire face so it is strong at first. It’s also advised to use this every other night for the first several applications before you start using it nightly. In the morning my face is more even toned and looks a tad more radiant.

Calysta Labs Illuminating Anti-Aging Serum

Everything I was hoping for with Calysta’s Illuminating Anti-Aging Serum has happened. My skin is looking good enough to go without foundation some days. On other days I’m only using light foundations, I’ve gone away from anything medium or heavy for the last few months. While a bottle costs $69 for 30ml/1.0 fl oz I use so little that I don’t envision finishing this until winter 2019. That’s a bonus.

Would I buy Calysta Lab Illuminatng Anti-Aging Serum? In spite of a very light natural fragrance that dissipates quickly, I would continue to use it. I am happy with the radiance and I believe in natural products that help with anti-aging.  —  Marcia

Ingredients in Calysta Labs Illuminating Anti-Aging Serum: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Retinol A Palmitate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, Propylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Niacinamide,Damascena (Rose) Distillate, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax NF, Stearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), vitamin C (ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate), Xanthan Gum, Salix Alba (Organic White Willow) Bark Extract, Azadirachta Indica (Organic Neem) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Alcohol, Tetrasodium EDTA, (May contain sodium bicarbonate and/or citric acid as pH adjusters).

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  1. Never Say Die Beauty | 8th Oct 18

    I love glycolic acid and niacinamide! I have a couple of Calysta products that I must start using. I am so tied to the regimen i’m using now, but I must move on!

  2. CosmetopiaDigest.com | 8th Oct 18

    Retinol, glycolic, and azelaic acid? Sounds like a great choice for acne-prone skin as well!

  3. Claudia Materdomini | 8th Oct 18

    Sounds like it’s got all the ingredients my skin needs!

  4. Kathryne | 8th Oct 18

    I like glycolic acid in skincare!

  5. Mai | 8th Oct 18

    I need to incorporate more retinol into my skincare routine, I know it’s excellent for anti aging and cell turnover

  6. Cindy Ingalls | 8th Oct 18

    I;ve never tried Calysta, but I would love to try this serum, My skin loves glycolic acid.

  7. Jen Walker | 8th Oct 18

    I don’t mind spending some money on skincare products as long as they work well. The downside is how long it takes to see real results! I’m definitely interested in trying this out!

  8. Kristi V BeginNails | 8th Oct 18

    You had me at natural, anti-aging. 🙂 Best of both worlds!

  9. Lisa Marie Heath | 9th Oct 18

    When a product makes it so I don’t feel like I need to wear foundation – I’m hooked! Definitely checking this out

  10. 25 Sweetpeas | 9th Oct 18

    This does sound really nice! And yay for actually seeing a difference

  11. My Nail Polish Obsession | 9th Oct 18

    I agree, definitely starts with skin care. I’d much rather buy amazing skin care products than makeup.

  12. Natoya | 10th Oct 18

    This sounds like a really great product, Love that it has glycolic! It would be great on my super sensitive skin.

  13. Cassie Tucker | 10th Oct 18

    Usually I’m put off by products that have scents but since otherwise it sounds AMAZING and the scent goes away quickly I’d totally give this an exception and purchase it.

  14. Lulle | 10th Oct 18

    Wow it’s really packed with great ingredients!

  15. monique s | 10th Oct 18

    The glycolic acid really does wonders in improving the look of my skin and I love a good serum

  16. Teresa Koedyker | 10th Oct 18

    The sounds like a product that I definitely need to try and perfect timing because I a about of mine now!! So I will definitely be buying this!! Thanks for the great review!!

  17. Becky Richardson | 11th Oct 18

    I have never heard of this product but would LOVE to try it.

  18. Nina Kasper | 11th Oct 18

    This sounds amazing!!! I am so in love with serums!!! All the good stuff without the heavy moisture!

  19. Katie Marie | 13th Oct 18

    Glycolic acid is one of my fave skincare products/ingredients to use! It does such great things for my skin!

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