When you’re a fan of a brand, you get excited when they release a new product. And since I’m a big fan of Instytutum’s products (especially their eye cream – SO good), I was excited x2 when I got the chance to try two of their newest products these past few months: the Flawless Age Pads and their just-released Flawless Inner Beauty Ageless Complex Supplements!
I know some people cringe at the idea of supplements, and whether you’re one of those people or not, there’s no denying that our body needs these vitamins to function properly. Ideally we’d get them from the food we eat but let’s be honest, it’s hard to commit to eating healthy all the time. I personally don’t mind supplements as a way to help get those missing nutrients when I’m having a cheat day (or week…or month), but then the question is: which vitamins/nutrients do we need, especially when it comes to our skin?
Enter the Instytutum Flawless Inner Beauty Ageless Complex
It takes the guesswork out for you by combining 9 vitamins + extracts that are essential for maintaining our body, hair, and skin’s health into a single pill:
- Vitamin A (2000 IU)
- An antioxidant that helps maintain our vision and the health of our skin. (source)
- Vitamin C (1440 mg)
- An antioxidant that is crucial for collage production (source). However taking more than 2000mg of vitamin C can have negative side effects! (source)
- Vitamin E (15 IU)
- An antioxidant that helps make red blood cells and process Vitamin K. Together with Vitamin C it can also decrease sensitivity to UV rays (source), but you should still wear sunscreen.
- Riboflavin (1.4 mg)
- Aka Vitamin B2, an antioxidant that is crucial for cell growth, iron processing, and overall skin and hair health (source). Deficiencies can lead to skin inflammations and anemia.
- Vitamin B12 (3 mg)
- Helps in the production of RNA and DNA, and crucial for overall skin and hair health. (source)
- Biotin (25 mg)
- Aka Vitamin H, but it’s actually part of the Vitamin B complex group along with B12 and Riboflavin. Required for the metabolization of amino acids and crucial for healthy nails and hair. Deficiencies can lead to hair loss, dry skin, and insomnia. (source)
- Selenium (27.5 mg)
- A mineral that functions as an antioxidant when combined with Vitamin E (source).
- Borage Oil (687.5 mg)
- It’s rich gamma-linolenic acid, which our body then converts to an anti-inflammatory substance called prostaglandin E1 (source), which can alleviate conditions like hair loss, eczema, and acne.
- Bamboo Sprout Extract (80 mg)
- Often found in traditional Asian medicine, in-vivo and in-vitro studies show that it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties (source)
- Hyaluronic Acid (50 mg)
- A naturally occurring substance in the body that helps lubricate our joints, skin, and eyes. Several studies show that taking HA orally can help increase the skin’s moisture level and alleviate dry skin symptoms. (source)
- Resveratrol (40 mg)
- An antioxidant that can help decrease inflammation in the body, but the research for it’s anti-aging claims show mixed results (source).
You’ll notice that these micronutrients don’t solely focus on the skin alone, but rather on improving your overall wellbeing from the inside out. For me the Instytutum Ageless Complex hits the sweet spot between your dime-a-dozen multivitamins and your specialized skin/hair/nail supplements, the latter which typically include less than half of the above ingredients.
I’ve been taking this since December 31, and I’d be lying if I said I noticed any drastic changes, especially since I wasn’t suffering from any major skin issues to begin with. The good thing is that I haven’t noticed any adverse effects, and I feel like I’ve been in a better mood and have more energy since I started. With the below-freezing temperatures lately, you’d think I’d just want to hibernate under a blanket with a giant bowl of soup all day, but I was actually more active than usual, committing a 30+ minute workout everyday #shakindatbooty
I will follow up with a review on this once I finish the bottle, but so far I have no complaints!
Repurchase: Too soon to decide!
Buy at: Instytutum $59/60 capsules (30-day serving)
Semi-new: Instytutum Flawless Pads
For those who love chemical exfoliation but can’t decide which acid they love more, these were made for you! It contains glycolic, lactic, citric, and salicylic acid so you get the surface exfoliation as well as the deep cleaning in your pores.
But because of it’s potent acid combo, it will sting if your skin is on the sensitive or dry side. I personally use one pad every other week (since I already use tretinoin on a daily basis), and my skin always looks smoother and my pores a bit clearer afterwards. If you have oilier or more resilient skin, you can definitely up your frequency, though I think “daily” as suggested by the label, might be pushing it. Overall a lovely product, especially since it contains both AHA and BHA, something you don’t find together too often.
New for me: Instytutum Alive Water
Not a new release, but I love mists and I got a travel size of this when I repurchased the eye cream, so why not review it here? This mist features their famous 5-times-filtered water as base, but also includes some great skin soothing ingredients:
- Panthenol – helps protect and restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier
- Sea Heather® – an anti-inflammatory compound that soothes and protects the skin against irritations (source)
- 5 different minerals fermented in yeast – this converts the minerals into a low molecular weight glycopeptide which can then penetrate the skin. These mineral peptides generally provide antioxidant, skin healing properties, and can boost collage production.
- DERMOCEA® – a compound featuring two red algae extracts that can moisturize and plump the skin (source)
- Sea Fennel Extract – rich in minerals, vitamin a, c, and e, giving it the all the properties of these vitamins
It has the same refreshing feel of my beloved LRP Thermal Water, but dispenses a much finer mist 👌🏻 This would work well for adding hydration between each skincare step except 1) it’s not cheap 2) it can sting when your skin is already irritated. So yes, I like it, I’m just not sure if I love it…yet.
Repurchase: Really considering it, especially with their 30% off sale going on.
Buy at: Instytutum -$30/150ml (5.28 fl. oz)
While none of these quite blew me away like their eye cream (yet…but let’s be real, it’s going to ridiculously hard to top that), I do think they are all well-formulated and worth checking out, especially the peeling pad if you’re in need of a chemical exfoliant.
Hope you all enjoyed this post and that your week is off to a great start! I’m falling behind on responding to comments (again) but I do read every one of them, so thank you all so much for the support! <3