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Too good to be true? Company sells %%%products for little$

I found the company "InstaNatural" who make products with all the proven anti-aging ingredients like retinol, vitamin c, niacinamide etc with the highest concentrations i have ever seen (like 2,5 % retinol and 5% niacinamide) and the products are actually super cheap. Is this too good to be true? I didn´t even know that a retinol product this high in percentage is allowed to be sold over the counter. 

I asked the company wheather it is really retinol and not some other form of vitamin a and in which pH the products are, because they combined ingredients like retinol and salicylic acid. They answered:

"Our other retinol products use an encapsulated retinol. This means that the molecules are contained in a lipid covering that dissolves after absorption by the skin, allowing the retinol to penetrate the deeper layers of skin. It's also gentler on the skin this way because it prevents the retinol from oxidizing, allowing us to use it in higher concentration. Retinol is this form has a higher pH than standard retinol.

The Skin Clearing Serum does have a higher pH due to the salicylic acid, which becomes more irritating as the pH lowers. Many spas use it for acid peels at a pH of 5 or lower, so we keep the serum at a higher pH for this reason.

Here are the specific pH levels:

Age-Defying & Skin Clearing Serum – 8 pH

Age-Defying Retinol Serum – 7 pH

Retinol Cream Moisturizer - 6.95 pH"

Any thoughts?


  • Well, I think...'s worthless to have sal acid at a pH of 8 because it's no longer in the acid form and it won't exfoliate. Besides, 8 is pretty high for your skin anyway! 

    ...2.5 retinol DOES seem high. Typically encapsulating retinol allows you to use a lower level which makes it less irritating and increases the chances that you'll use it frequently. (So it works better.)

    ...I've never heard of this company so I'm automatically skeptical.  

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