A few months ago I first spotted the Korres Wild Rose line at a media preview and I literally could not take my eyes off of them. Out of everything at that event, the Korres products were just beautiful. Having never used Korres before, I was so eager to get my grubby paws on these and onto my face!
Korres believes in using natural ingredients to their fullest to give you the best skin of your life. Inspired by Greek homeopathic techniques, Korres strives to create the most environmentally friendly formulas that are compatible with all skin types and conditions.
The Wild Rose line by Korres is inspired by the age-reversing powers of the wild rose. With nine times more vitamin C than oranges, wild rose is a potent antioxidant against free radical damage and the ravages of pollution and the sun. On top of that, Korres also pumps their Wild Rose products up with super C, which helps increase the absorption of vitamin C into the skin by 1000%!
All Korres Wild Rose products are formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates and are suitable for all skin types.
Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil
Price: $54 USD for 30 ml
What it is: A brightening and moisturizing facial oil infused with real rose petals and ultra-concentrated vitamin C to reduce wrinkles and signs of aging, brighten and even skin tone, and leave it plump and smooth.
What's in it:
- Isoamyl laurate - an emollient (seals in moisture)
- Caprylic/capric triglyceride - an emollient
- Apricot kernel oil - an emollient and antioxidant
- Squalane - a moisturizer and antioxidant
This oil also contains in lesser amounts: sunflower seed oil (emollient), rosa canina fruit oil aka dog rose oil (moisturizing, antioxidant) and rosa gallica flower powder (moisturizing). Sadly the much touted camapu and ginger root extract, both of which are anti-aging and anti-irritation ingredients, don't figure much into this product as they linger near the end of the ingredients list.
My take: It took me a little while to figure out how to use this oil. The instructions say to apply this as your last skincare step to seal in moisture, which makes sense as it contains a lot of emollients; however, when I did this, I found that this oil just sits on top of your skin and doesn't do much. Sheila recommended trying this oil as a serum, to infinitely better results! Now I use 3-4 drops of this oil at night, spread between my fingers and gently massaged into cleansed skin. As a serum, my skin just drinks up this oil and as my hands heat up the oil, the rose scent really warms up and is super soothing. I'm not a big rose scent fan and initially this oil just smelled weird to me, but applied this way, I found it really lovely. Each morning, my skin feels plumper, softer and almost velvety in texture! My skin also looks a bit more radiant and for further testament, when I went to get a facial last week, the esthetician declared my skin beautiful and with super tiny pores!
Final Verdict: Buy
Korres Wild Rose Brightening Targeted Tone Corrector
Price: $43 USD for 30 ml
What it is: A brightening daily serum designed to reduce dark spots and improve overall tone. Claims to visibly improve hyper-pigmentation in 12 weeks.
What's in it:
- Propylheptyl Caprylate - an emollient
- Glycerin - a moisturizer
- Apricot kernel oil
- Denatured alcohol - helps vitamin C absorb easier into skin, but should be avoided if you have drier or sensitive skin. Some reports claim that this ingredient could have detrimental long-term effects while others directly counter this viewpoint. Personally I haven't had problems with this drying out my skin, but just a FYI to do your research!
This product also contains rosa canina fruit oil aka dog rose oil (moisturizing, antioxidant) and rosa gallica flower powder (moisturizing), acetyl rheum rhaponticum root extract (moisturizing and fights dark spots), allantoin (calms irritation), sea fern extract (fights dark spots) and sand lily extract (fights dark spots).
My take: Products like this are always a bit tricky to fit into your skincare regime. Do they come first? After or before serum? This one can be worn both day and night, so that's what I did, applying this after toner and serum. It has a creamy, light texture that kinda sits on skin, but doesn't feel heavy or occlusive. Now I've tried a lot of brightening products so I know it can take a long time to see any results. This one claims to show results in 12 weeks and I've been using it for about 4 so I wasn't expecting anything huge, but so far my results have been around 0%. That's a lot of diddely squat and even if it's only been 4 weeks, I'm kinda dying to see something. Throw me a bone Korres! If I'm going to shell out around $50 for something, it had better start working quicker when there are others out there that can! Now, to be fair, as I mentioned when talking about the oil I have noticed that my skin is a tad bit brighter, so maybe this tone corrector has something to do with that, or maybe not. I'll continue to keep using this and then we'll see after the allotted 12 weeks if anything has changed.
Verdict (for now): Ditch
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