It usually takes a lot of overall effort to make my skin glow. I need a lot of sleep, appetizing yet healthy food, ample time off work, a lot of love and inspiration and a good brightening serum. While food, sleep, work and love are usually within my control, my quest for the perfect brightening serum has been ongoing for years now. I’ve never repurchased any brightening serum I’ve bought in the past–except for Garden of Wisdom’s Pomegranate Anti-Aging Gel which I’m going to review today.
I thought we’re gonna talk about Brightening Serums here. First of all, most anti-aging serums nowadays contain skin-brightening ingredients like licorice, ellagic acid and arbutin (to name a few) since dull, lifeless skin is definitely one of the top woes of aging folks, me included.
After trying so many serums, I’ve found out that my skin reacts particularly well with Ellagic Acid. I even used it in my semi-DIY brightening and moisturizing face mask recipe. Fortunately, it’s one of the top ingredients of GoW Pomegranate Anti-Aging Gel. Ellagic Acid doesn’t just brighten the skin, according to some articles I found online, it also helps boost up the skin’s defense against UV damage. Just like most GoW products, this serum has a simple list of recipe and uses a non-formaldehyde-releasing preservative.
Light Gel Texture
First of all, I love the texture and feel of this gel serum. It’s light and definitely not oily. The scent is fruity and fresh and the gel absorbs quickly into the skin. It’s best to apply this right after stepping out from the shower, when the skin is still moist. Otherwise, the gel might feel tight on the skin.
Good Morning, Pomegranate!
I started using this when my breakout was at its worst and it didn’t worsen my acne at all. I would even go a step further and say that its detoxifying properties even helped my skin recover faster. The serum is slightly hydrating although definitely not a stand-alone product. After three days of using this every morning, I noticed brighter-looking complexion and more supple skin. It’s a good “primer” for skin toners. Since it’s in gel form, it also provides some superficial tightening of the skin. Actually, I love using this at night and waking up to brighter-looking skin but since I’m using several serums, I thought that I might as well take advantage of its UV damage-fighting properties and include this to my morning skincare routine instead.
Toss or Keep?
Garden of Wisdom’s Pomegranate Anti-Aging Gel is the first brightening serum that I’ve ever repurchased so I had answered this question even before I wrote this review. YES. I love this serum! There’s almost nothing that I hate about it except that when it’s applied on dry skin, it tends to leave the skin feeling a tad tacky. But that’s like a tiny ant on a juicy plate of steak, I can live with it. A .25 oz sample that lasted me about a month only costs US$7.85. I’m purchasing the full-sized 1 oz bottle for US$26.25. Not bad at all!
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