Until recently, I was never really a big skincare buff. Some of the claims seemed outlandish. I didn't really see how a product could prevent wrinkles, tighten skin, or reduce pores. Plus, with the industry being so oversaturated, it was next to impossible for the indecisive Gemini in me to make a choice. As a result, my skincare routine was lacking, to say the least. It wasn't until I started switching over to non-toxic makeup, that I considered looking into skincare as well; especially considering that I am now in my 30s, and beginning to notice the first signs of aging.
I was introduced to MUN Skincare by my good friend Melissa Wood who has been using it for some time now and has always raved about it. As with all products I try, I keep my expectations low because I'm a skeptic, but also because there's nothing worse than being super excited about a product and being let down. I realize, while non-toxic skincare is certainly more of a smaller industry than conventional skincare, it is still quite saturated. Because of this, I decided to begin a review series in the hopes that it helps some of you make a decision on which products to invest in!
The first thing that appealed to me about the Aknari Brightening Youth Serum was the ingredients. There are only three (all certified organic):
Argan Oil- High in Vitamin E and fatty acids; very moisturizing; helps to balance oil production
Bulgarian Rose Oil- Soothing; rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants; appropriate for all skin types (even sensitive and acne prone skin); natural astringent; wonderful for dry skin
Prickly Pear Oil- Brightens complexion; helps with hyperpigmentation; very high Vitamin E and fatty acid content (which plumps and firms the skin); prevents free radicals; high in linoleic acid (which is very hydrating); stimulates cell renewal and collagen production (which helps with the appearance of pores)
Another thing that I was drawn to was the scent. I am a sucker for rose scents (I think it's probably the Bulgarian in me!) There is something so soothing and luxurious about it, almost like you're at a spa. A little goes a long way with this product. I use one to two pumps and warm it up in my hands before pressing it gently into my face. With that first use, I noticed a lovely glow and smoother looking skin. After letting it absorb for about five minutes, I applied my makeup as normal. My concern with using oils prior to makeup has always been that the makeup might not set properly on top of an oil. I did not experience that problem with this product. It absorbs beautifully while retaining moisture and my makeup applies perfectly on top of it.
I've been using the MUN Aknari Brightening Youth Serum for 3 weeks now, and can honestly say I am a fan. The texture and appearance of my skin have improved, and I find myself touching my skin throughout the day to reconfirm the results I've seen (haha!) I have had no breakouts or adverse reactions, which is unusual for me since I am prone to breakouts and clogged pores around my chin. If you are in the market for a new serum, I definitely think the MUN Ankari Brightening Youth Serum would be a great addition to your skincare routine.