Review: Geek & Gorgeous 101 Stress Less Serum and A-Game5 Retinal Serum

Geek & Gorgeous is skin care brand that offers a lot of active ingredients without the necessary fragrances, dyes or drying alcohols. Creator of the brand was battling acne. I find this brand so interesting, because it has very affordable prices, yet offers really nice formulas with active ingredients that actually work. In skin care is not about fancy packaging and good smelly stuff anymore. Most of consumers are more and more informed on ingredients and are choosing based on that. 



Geek & Gorgeous 101 Stress Less 0.5% Beta-Glucan + Madecassoside Serum

Packaging

It comes in dark glass bottle with dropper. In it is 30 ml of product and it costs around 8€.


Formula

I always rave about my love of centella asiatica, so when I saw madecassoside in the name of this serum, I already knew I will like it. It's light gel formula with beta glucan from oat and madecassoside from centella asiatica to soothe and repair the skin. Both of these ingredients are perfect for sensitive, damaged, irritated and dehydrated skin. They work together to heal, repair, smooth and soothe the skin. 


It's slightly viscose transparent serum that absorbs into the skin and leaves virtually nothing on the skin. I love the fact that it's fragrance free


Performance

I feel like this is the type of formula that anyone would enjoy. It's perfect for anyone with damaged, irritated skin or anyone with redness and occasional breakouts. On me it feels instantly soothing and it definitely keeps my skin in good health. I feel like it hydrates it, calms it down and keeps it breakout free as much as possible. I can use it day and night and it's great for layering or under the makeup. 


Geek & Gorgeous 101 A-Game5 0.05% Retinal Serum 

Packaging

It comes in a plastic packaging with pump. One pump can be enough for the whole face, because it's easily spreadable. 

In it is 30 ml of product and it costs around 12€

Formula

Retinal is form of retinoic acid, it's a bit gentler and than latter and a bit stronger than retinol. It's anti-aging ingredient, proven to help skin cells produce more collagen and speed up renewal process. It makes skin firmer, more elastic, smoother and even toned. Formula is also supported by allantoin, panthenol and biosaccharides which are all very soothing ingredients, so retinal itself doesn't feel irritating. It's fragrance free

Ingredients list: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oleyl Erucate, Glycerin, Triheptanoin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cyclodextrin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Allantoin, Retinal, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Seed Oil, Panthenol, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Edta, Pentylene Glycol, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol


It's light yellow cream consistency that is easy to spread and can be layered. I actually love it on it's onw as a moisturizer and retinal in one in warmer months. 


Performance

In the past I have been using retinoids as well as some retinol products. This type of retinal in a small percentage is actually not irritating on my skin at all. I find it to be just effective enough. I feel my skin is much more smooth, if I use it a few nights a week and it even keeps my breakouts at bay. I haven't had any irritating reaction to it, even if I use it every evening. It's gentle, yet effective. I always say proceed with caution, because I don't know how used your skin is to acids and retinols. 

Both of the products are gentle enough, yet effective and there is no unnecessary fragrances added. Formulas are elegant and easy to use and the best part is that both products are so affordable. Good skin care these days can be found in any price range, you just have to know what you're looking for. Stress Less is for anyone and A-Game5 is a good starter to retinols, if you don't have sensitive skin in general.  

Both of the products I bought on Superskin. Currently they have -15% off on all products. 

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