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You only have to listen to skincare adverts on the telly or flip through a magazine to come across ‘retinol’ these days, but what is it? Put simply it’s a form of vitamin A which is essential for healthy skin. It reduces pore size, helps with acne and makes skin appear more youthful by supporting cell structure and evening out dark patches. This is why it’s so widely recommended by dermatologists. So when Insta Natural asked me to test their Advanced Action Retinol Moisturiser ( $24.75 or £19.95 for 100ml) I jumped at the chance.

Retinol moisturiser


Key ingredients

2.5% Retinol (supports the skin)
Vitamin C (supports the skin and adds radiance)
Hyaluronic Acid (draws moisture to the skin)
Jojoba Oil (moisturises)
Shea Butter (moisturises)
Green Tea (sooths)


Dermatologists advise people to always use sunscreen along with products containing retinol. People with sensitive skin should only use this product at night. The skin repairs it’s self mostly at night anyway, so I’ve been using this as my night cream. Only a pea sized amount patted onto skin is needed.

All ingrediants:

Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Sunflower Oil, Retinol, Palm Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Organic Jojoba Oil, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Shea Butter, Wildcrafted Green Tea, Wildcrafted Propolis, Vitamin E (d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate), Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid

First impressions

Retinol is sensitive to light and air so I was pleased to see the packaging is dense plastic with a pump, which delivers the perfect amount with each press. As this moisturiser contains Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter I was expecting it to be really thick and oily but my skin drank it up immediately. I was able to apply my usual foundation over the top (along with a light sunscreen on a bright winters day) and it stayed put without looking cakey or sliding off throughout the day.

My skin type

Combination: Oily, blemished, redness on Tzone but dull and slightly dry on cheeks and chin.

Long term effects

I can’t comment on the effect this product has on fine lines as I don’t have any, just deep expression, er furrows. I’ve been using this product every night for 9 days but already the surface of my skin looks more even (ha, take that acne scarring!), my nose and cheeks don’t look as flushed in the mornings and I haven’t had my usual evening oilyness on my Tzone, so no spots appearing overnight. My skin looks so healthy, I’ve not used any foundation for six days. This is the perfect night cream I’ve been searching for, for many months! If you have dry skin however, I’m not sure if this would be moisturising enough to use in the evening.

Dries out oil while moisturising the skin perfectly. Evens skin tone. Boosts radiance.

Note: Applying large amounts of creams containing retinol to the body (to reduce stretch marks etc) is not recommended for pregnant or breast feeding women by Dr’s.

This product was sent to me free for review purposes. This does not affect my opinion of the product.

Chrissie xx

10 responses to “Beauty Review: Insta Natural Retinol Moisturiser”

  1. JessicaLouise (@JessycaLouise) Avatar

    This sounds pretty good, I’m searching for a new moisturiser 🙂 x


    1. Manchester Flick Chick (Chrissie) Avatar

      I’ve never used anything containing retinol before so I was really surprised and impressed :0)


  2. Nisha Patel Avatar

    I’d love to try this to see if it helps with acne scarring. Everyone is talking about retinol at the moment and this is quite an affordable product too! x


    1. Manchester Flick Chick (Chrissie) Avatar

      I know! I think it’s fantastic they have included jojoba as well as it’s moisturising. The effect was like the scarring hadn’t gone away but because my skin was plumper and looked more radiant, the uneveness (sorry, that’s not a real word) didn’t look as bad as it used to and didn’t matter to me as much :0)


  3. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy Avatar

    I can never find a moisturiser that doesn’t make my skin feel greasy. I would be interested to try this.


    1. Manchester Flick Chick (Chrissie) Avatar

      I know what you mean, you should, I was pleasantly surprised. Plus my skin didn’t do the whole ‘But I’m too dry now so let’s have an oil slick to compensate’ thing it normally does with some balancing moisturisers.


  4. Weronika Ozpolat Avatar

    This cream sounds really interesting. I like the fact you have explained what the key ingredients do. I am pregnant ATM so won’t be trying it now but I will keep it in mind for after my baby’s born. Will also tell my sisters as they are always complaining about their skin.


    1. Manchester Flick Chick (Chrissie) Avatar

      I was really impressed with it. I have food intolerances to wheat and dairy but ignore them once (maybe twice) a week which makes my skin really freak out and this totally sorted it out.


  5. hannah Avatar

    This seems like a good product on your skin. My skin is quite dry so I don’t know how it would do on mine x


    1. Manchester Flick Chick (Chrissie) Avatar

      Maybe you could use it on problem areas, before your usual moisturiser. That way you are getting the benefits but you can be sure your skin is still getting enough moisture. Plus everyone’s skin reacts differently to different ingredients, at different times of the month…Or is that just me :o)


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