This is a fun review for me, because I always get excited about nice, affordable, naturally-oriented skincare products. OZ Naturals is a brand that’s new to me, and I’ve had the chance to try out their Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which is formulated to hydrate skin and diminish fine lines.
This is the first (and so far, only) product I’ve tried from the brand. The first question that came to my mind when I was looking into them was whether there’s any affiliation with Dr. Oz. There’s isn’t – they say so in the FAQ. In case you were wondering.
They seem to really focus on a certain price point, with most of their products costing $20-something. This serum is actually less, at $16.45. OZ advertises that it’s vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, GMO-free, 98.9% natural, and made in the USA.
As a product featuring key ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, and green tea, the serum is something that can have a pretty broad appeal. Those ingredients will help hydrate, plump, nourish, and illuminate, and can be helpful for a lot of different people with a lot of different skin types and concerns. Hyaluronic acid and vitamin C are always good, I think, and generally contribute to overall skin health.
That being said, the last hyaluronic acid serum I tried was something I felt, at best, very lukewarm about, and resulted in me never actually writing about it. It was the Paula’s Choice Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster, which is $45 for just 0.67 oz. It was goopy in texture, and I didn’t notice a difference in my skin when I used it, which honestly surprised me. I don’t mean to trash the product or anything (different things will work for different people), but it made me feel like maybe the hyaluronic acid serum concept wasn’t something to which my skin responded.
So when I had the chance to try this serum from a new brand that was sold at a much lower price point, my expectations were modest. But I have to say, this is something that made a visible difference in my skin very quickly. Within a day or two I could see little fine lines around my eyes looking plumper and smoother. I don’t say this to suggest it’s an overnight miracle for anti-aging, but that it had a noticeable hydrating effect that made the surface of my skin look a little smoother, and I don’t think that’s a small thing. Humectants like hyaluronic acid, glycerine, and panthenol (vitamin B5) perhaps deserve the credit here.
I don’t think that kind of effect sticks around in a lasting way without continued use, but additional time will also give some of the other ingredients a chance to sing. Vitamins A, C, and E, for example, tends to need a little time in order to brighten overall skin tone and help with collagen production. And actually, after about 2 weeks of use I found that my skin did look illuminated and that red marks from hormonal acne seemed to fade quicker. Generally, I think my skin is quite healthy looking and I’m impressed with the speed at which I saw results, as I usually try to give a product more like 4-6 weeks to make a difference in my skin.
The serum is completely clear and comes with a little dropper. It’s very lightweight and doesn’t have any goopy, sticky, or greasy qualities; I think it’s very pleasant to use. Instructions say to use in a light layer, and I’ve been applying about 4 or 5 drops twice a day over my whole face and neck, including my eyes (the instructions don’t mention avoiding the eye area, and I’ve seen no worrisome results here). The FAQ says it may cause some skin flaking if too much is applied, which I’d guess is because of the vitamin A. I’ve seen two very small patches of flaky skin appear and disappear, one above my upper lip and another at the top of my chin. It took me a few days to theorize why but my thought is that sweating was causing it to gather in certain points. Using a little Egyptian Magic at night seemed to clear it up within about 2 days, so it was no big deal. Sweat can dry my skin out without any other causes, anyway.
Aside for what I’d describe as some overly sensational marketing claims on the website, I find this to be a really great serum. Don’t use too much, and remember to wear sunscreen especially when using a product with vitamin A in it, but besides that I don’t see anything to warn against for those with sensitive skin. It has a lot of good qualities, and it’s a good value.
Full ingredients: Water (Aqua), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Beta-Glucan, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Allantoin, Phospholipids, Maltodextrin, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.
You can read more about the OZ Naturals brand and product lineup on their website, and purchase the serum from their product store on Amazon for $15.79. Have you tried anything from the brand before? Count me curious.
This product was provided to me by OZ Naturals. This post is not sponsored and does not contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.