Friday, February 23, 2018

Sano Naturals Skincare Review

Sano Naturals creates products for healthy, beautiful skin without any harmful ingredients. They use naturally-derived, organic ingredients whenever possible in their wonderful line!

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Sano Naturals makes all of their products in the USA in a GMP-certified facility that is wind-powered. Their formulas are cruelty-free and 100% vegan. They believe that health and well-being should be reflected in the products you use on your skin.

One of their best selling products is the K-Beauty Sano Silk Mask! This all-in-one mask reduces the appearance of pores, fights signs of aging, and brightens your overall complexion. This one is actually made in Korea per their website.

The mask comes in the single-use packets pictured above with a brush for application. I applied a pretty decent amount and still had a lot left over, so this could be stretched out to two uses. The instructions say to leave it on for 10-15 minutes but no more than 20, so I left it on for 15. Normally I like to do other things while I have a mask on, but this one also instructed that you should limit facial movement as much as possible while it dries. I ended up doing a meditation session while I waited for this to dry and it was a great experience overall!

The mask feels cool on the skin upon application and as it dries. The overall sensation lent itself to a really relaxing experience. It dries tight on the skin, but not in an uncomfortable way. It washed off easily with warm water and left my skin feeling amazing: smooth, hydrated, and refreshed!

Another mask I tried and loved is the Charcoal Peel-Off Black Mask. The consistency is almost jelly-like, so I recommend using a brush to apply this as well. The instructions said to apply a layer about an inch thick and let it dry. I was skeptical because it looked like it applied pretty unevenly, but it was a breeze to remove. Everything peeled off easily without breaking apart into little tiny pieces. Any residue easily washed off with warm water.

I will say that anyone with sensitive skin should probably pass on this one. It's wonderfully exfoliating, but when you peel it off you will remove a lot of dead skin. It removes dirt and oil, too, but if you have sensitive skin and still want to try this I'd test it on a small patch first.

Sano Naturals also has a great line of creams. The Retinol Moisturizer is made with hyaluronic acid and 2.5% retinol to firm up skin. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, so it'll draw up moisture from your skin to keep it looking fresh and hydrated. Retinol is Vitamin A and it is great for fighting acne. The cream also has organic aloe, jojoba oil, and green tea to soften skin and improve circulation.

The cream is so soft and is in a UV protectant jar, which is essential for retinol products. It keeps the retinol from losing its potency. I applied this as a night cream and it has a thicker texture but felt light on my skin. Keep reading for the review of the retinol serum for more information on how retinols can react with the skin.

The Retinol Serum also has 2.5% retinol. It's not listed on the Sano Naturals website at the moment, though. Retinol helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles and is also great for acne treatment. Retinol is a non-prescription version of the stronger retinoid. I have used other retinol products in the past and they've caused me to break out even more, but I learned that this is totally normal and actually should be expected when first using a retinol product. It happens because the retinol is purging your skin from all of the bad stuff down deep and should only last for about a week. I used both the Retinol Serum and Retinol Cream and only experienced a very mild breakout that lasted three days. I have only been using these products for about three weeks, but the acne purge cleared up quickly.

Sano Naturals also has a Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C Serum. The Hyaluronic Acid serum helps diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. As I said earlier, hyaluronic acid is great for keeping skin moisturized. It can also help reduce the appearance of pores. The serum also has organic aloe, witch hazel, jojoba oil, green tea, and Vitamin E. It absorbed quickly into my skin and is a great daily serum.

The Vitamin C Serum is made with 20% hyaluronic acid. It stimulates collagen production, provides UV protection, and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It's a little bit thicker in texture, but it still applies easily and absorbs quickly. Using a Vitamin C serum in your skincare routine is also 20 times more effective than taking Vitamin C as an oral supplement.
Bottom Line: I really enjoyed using all of these Sano Natural products! The Charcoal Peel Off mask is definitely my favorite. The serums are a great and affordable way to add extra protection into your skincare routine. I think they have a great line of naturally based products that everyone should check out.

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