Ever since my teenage years, I have had some semblance of a skincare routine. At times it’s been pretty basic. Sometimes I’ve used supermarket products. Other times some nicer lines when I could afford it. No matter how many steps my routine included and what grade of skincare I used, I have cleansed (or at least washed my face) and I have always moisturised. What my routine has not included often is all the frills – you know: eye creams, masques, exfoliants, lip enhancers or serums. Partly due to the expense and partly because as a busy Mama to three young children, I don’t have time for long drawn out skincare regimes.
But when I was recently invited to try the Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Radiance Serum, I jumped at the chance. It sounded like something I could definitely use in my life! I hadn’t used Manuka Doctor products before and didn’t know much about them, but after visiting the concept store downtown on Quay Street and chatting with the Queen Bee who knew everything there was to know about their products, I was excited to try the goodies I was gifted.
I literally could not wait to begin using this product. A product has to smell good right off the bat for me to want to continue using it and this the Radiance Serum smells lovely!
The serum combines powerful age-defying and skin-refining ingredients designed to deliver instant effects and long term age-defying results. Who doesn’t want to try something that promises age-defying results!? Cruising towards 40 I need all the help I can get!
So has this product lived up to all its claims? Honestly? I feel like I’m smoothing on a little bit of luxury every time I apply it. I wear it underneath my regular moisturiser each morning and a single pump of the luminescent formulation goes a long way. The illumination effect is instant, visibly smoothing out my complexion and leaves my skin looking brighter and feeling more youthful… yes please!
There are a bunch of beautiful ingredients in this baby, including Organic Cactus Extract to hydrate and firm, Certified UMF 18+ Manuka Honey for its moisture and elastin boosting benefits. But what this product contains that no product I have ever used before did is Manuka Doctor’s Patented Purified Bee Venom (PBV) (check out this great info page including a video showing how PBV is collected!) which is clinically proven to refine fine lines and wrinkles whilst nurturing collagen formation.
My skin has been feeling super hydrated and smoother since using for the past two weeks and I don’t know if I’m imagining it, but I feel like my fine lines are less obvious.
My verdict: This is an amazing product and priced at $35.95 for 30ml, I think is great value for money. I’d expect a serum with quality ingredients to run upwards of fifty so I’m impressed by this.
I was gifted a couple of other products that I’ve been using and will review these over the next wee while too.