The Cellular Repair Serum RENEW and the Vitamin C Booster from True Botanicals are some of the most effective anti-aging skin products I’ve ever used. And they’re free of toxic and questionable ingredients that other skincare brands feel comfortable using. It’s a win-win.
This serum-plus-booster combo is an effective brightening and perfecting cocktail for skin, fresh-mixed daily.
Why They Rock
- The ingredients are potent, yet safe.
- Skin imperfections, in both texture and pigmentation, were visibly reduced.
- This form of Vitamin C helps prevent and treat UV-induced photodamage. Generally, Vitamin C is one of the most effective and safest ingredients for younger-looking, brighter skin.
- There’s serious bang-for-your-buck with the Vitamin C Booster, due to how long it lasts and its stability.
- My fine lines were softened and reduced, especially the horizontal lines across the forehead.
- These products did not cause breakouts or irritation, although most products that aim to reduce hyperpigmentation will do that to me.
Why Mix Two Separate Products Together
Vitamin C is notoriously unstable in skincare preparations. As soon as Vitamin C is mixed into a liquid, it begins to oxidize and lose its power.
But by keeping the powdered Vitamin C separate, it retains maximum potency until mixed with the serum in the palm of your hand.
Think about all the serums and creams you’ve seen that touted the research-backed benefits of topical Vitamin C, yet didn’t deliver on their promises. That’s why this Vitamin C preparation is different.
I experienced remarkable improvement during my 30 day experiment with True Botanicals. My hyperpigmentation decreased, especially on the cheeks. My skin became softer and plumper.
Both the ruddiness from melasma and old acne discoloration have improved.
Hyperpigmentation has been an ongoing struggle for me, and my skin is too sensitive to use many traditional products and procedures to tackle the discoloration. So being able to improve the overall brightness and texture of my skin, while truly undoing several years’ worth of damage, is extremely encouraging.
The 30-day Skin Experiment
Inside the Ingredients of the Cellular Repair Serum, RENEW
Here’s the ingredients of the Cellular Repair Serum, RENEW:
Ingredients: True Botanicals bioferment (seaweed + sodium chloride), organic green tea leaf extract, neroli flower water, organic glycerin, noni fruit extract, resveratrol, superoxide dismutase, algin seaweed, edelweiss flower/leaf extract, tamarind extract, kelp extract, vitamin C as magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, glucosamine, niacinamide, astaxanthin from red pond algae, algae extract, jojoba seed oil, carnosine, ubiquinone, non-GMO tocopherol, magnesium chloride, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, tripeptide-29, ceramide 6 II, ceramide 1, tetradecyl aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric urea trifluoroacetate, phytosphingosine, sodium lauroyl lactylate, carbomer, enteromorpha compressa (algae) extract, tara gum, hyaluronic acid, glycoproteins, beta-glucan, calcium carbonate, calcium citrate, calcium malate, magnesium citrate, magnesium oxide, zinc citrate, decyl glucoside, lecithin, xanthan gum, cholesterol, phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, tuberose extract, jasmine flower extract, neroli flower oil.
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Noni is a fruit found in the Pacific Rim that’s a powerful antioxidant and healer. Used to alleviate all sorts of ailments, noni is particularly well suited to this facial serum.
There’s a few peptides that are powerfully anti-aging, stimulating collagen production and tissue growth. Although palmitoyl tripeptide-5 is synthetic, it is also a very safe ingredient in a serum like this. And tetradecyl aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric urea trifluoroacetate—try saying that five times fast!—is a safe synthetic tripeptide that stimulates the production of hyaluronan, a molecule essential for healthy and attractive skin hydration.
There’s something else very important to note in this ingredient list: All ingredients have been disclosed. When you find a product that stands by all its ingredients—like this one—that’s a good thing.
Finding the word fragrance on the ingredient lists of other products means the company behind the product has chosen to not disclose all ingredients. Thanks to the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1966, fragrance is considered proprietary information and allowed to be hidden from consumers. So while you see that single word on the label, it may contain any number of secret ingredients.
But here’s the good news: more and more companies are choosing to disclose all ingredients in their cosmetics, thus empowering consumers like you to make a choice with your eyes wide open. Transparency matters. And that’s just another reason I love this product.
Inside the Ingredients of the Vitamin C Booster
Here’s the simple ingredients behind the Vitamin C Booster:
Ingredients: organic tapioca starch, vitamin C as L-ascorbic acid, ferulic acid.
There’s much disagreement over what’s the ideal form of Vitamin C to use in skincare. Many forms used in other skincare products are cheap and unstable. But L-ascorbic acid is undeniably one of the best, with a ton of research behind it.
Ferulic acid is simply an antioxidant found in plant cell walls.
How to Use a Powdered Skincare Product
After cleansing and misting the face, mix a small amount of the Cellular Repair Serum RENEW with two shakes of the Vitamin C Booster in the palm of your hand. The Vitamin C Booster will dissolve into the serum. Apply a thin layer to face, neck and chest.
True Botanicals recommends applying the serum over the face oil, but I prefer applying the serum before the oil.
Where to Purchase
The Cellular Repair Serum RENEW is $140 for a 1 fl oz pump bottle. Purchase it here. True Botanicals also offers it in a 0.25 fl oz travel size for $46.
The Vitamin C Booster is $90 for a .49 oz glass shaker bottle. It lasts much longer than you’d expect. Purchase it here.
These products are part of my popular guide to natural skin care, Natural Skin Care: 99 Amazing Products to Transform Your Skin.
Ways to Personalize for Sensitive and Acne-Prone Skin
Personally, my skin is both sensitive and prone to breakouts, but the RENEW version of the serum was just right for my skin.
True Botanicals also now makes an incredible Antioxidant Booster ($90) that is rocking my world. You can check out that full product review here.
*This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.
**Products get makeovers too. Be sure to check if this product has been recently re-formulated before using it yourself.0