Review: [A’kin] Revitalising Cellular Radiance Serum and Purely Revitalising Lifting Eye Creme

I told you about my first ever [A’kin] cleanser a while back, and I’m still loving it. So easy to use, so convenient, so comfortable. I’ve also been using the Revitalising Cellular Radiance Serum and Purely Revitalising Lifting Eye Creme, together with the day and night moisturizer (which I will tell you about later) and I want to share with you how these work for me. I find that [A’kin] doesn’t put too much emphasis on packaging. They are simplistic, but they work. Sure, they’re nothing to look at, but still, in the end, it’s the product that matters right?

 

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A’kin Purely Revitalising Lifting Eye Creme – 15ml (RM125)

Let me first tell you about the eye cream. It is scentless, and very emollient. I find that I need to really massage it in for it to be absorbed. It is creamy and not as lightweight as I would have preferred. What I like to do is to squeeze out some products on my ring finger then massage it around my eyes in circular motion. I use minimal pressure so that the skin around the area doesn’t get dragged around too much. Lastly, I like to pat in the remaining of the cream so that it’s fully absorbed. Yup, takes a while to massage it in. You might want to note that it does nothing for my dark circles or puffiness. I have trouble sleeping through the night due to tossing and turning (huge belly, aching back, etc) and my dark circles are as visible as ever! However, it is moisturizing enough to keep my eyes comfortable. Other than that, I don’t see anything else. If you don’t have any issues to address, but just to keep your eye area moisturized, this is a good option.

Ingredients

Water,Glycerin,Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter,Cetearyl Alcohol,Isopropyl Isostearate,Isostearyl Isostearate,Sorbitan Stearate,Cetearyl Nonanoate,Niacinamide,Sodium Gluconate,Sodium Lactate,Sorbitol,Ascorbyl Glucoside,Panthenol,Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil,Rosa Canina Seed Extract,Sucrose Cocoate,Phenoxyethanol,Behenyl Alcohol,Arginine,Xymenynic Acid,Titanium Dioxide,Allantoin,Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil,Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid,Xanthan Gum,Mica,Ethylhexylglycerin,Piroctone Olamine,Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Juice,Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin,Phytosterols,Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil,Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil,Sodium Phytate,Methylsilanol Hydroxyproline Aspartate,Sodium Hyaluronate,Salicylic acid,Potassium sorbate,Sodium Benzoate,Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract

 

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A’kin Revitalising Cellular Radiance Serum – 23ml (RM119)

I didn’t expect this serum to be in oil form. Yes, this, to me, is a facial oil. I use it before applying moisturizer, and just 4 drops are enough for whole face. As you can see in the picture above, it is yellow and runny. I drop the oil on my palm before rubbing my palms together and gently press my palms on my face. This way, I find that the oil gets absorbed much faster without the greasy feeling. There is however, a certain scent. Initially, I didn’t like it, and it took me a while to decide what it smelled like. In the end, I think it smells like tea. Something like it anyway. For the first 2 nights I used this serum, I felt my skin was smoother and softer. I continued using it every night, but by the 4th consecutive night, I found a zit on my forehead. Hhmmm… interesting. Is it the Rosehip Oil in the ingredient? I have a feeling my skin doesn’t like it. So I went off this serum for 2 weeks (and until the zit is gone) before trying it again. True enough, after the 3rd consecutive night of using it, I find another zit somewhere on my face! So boohoo this doesn’t work for me. If your skin likes rosehip, then this is for you!

Ingredients

Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil,Rosa Canina (rosehip) Seed extract[CO2] (certified organic),Ethyl Macadamiate (from macadamia oil),Squalane (from olives),Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (cold pressed, Australian grown),Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil (cold pressed, Australian grown),Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract (seabuckthorn) [CO2] (certified organic),Amaranthus Caudatus (amaranth) Seed Extract [CO2] (certified organic),Punica granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Extract[CO2](certified organic),Bisabolol,Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract (certified organic),Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract [CO2] (certified organic),Calendula Officinalis (calendula) Flower Extract [CO2] (certified organic),Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (certified organic),Schizandra Sphenanthera (schisandra) Fruit Extract [CO2 Extract],Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*,Tocopherol,Malic Acid,Beta-Carotene,*derived from botanical sources

 

I can see from the TNS Skin Lab website that there’s discounted prices on some of their products at the moment, so it’s worth taking a look. Have you tried any of these products? Are you allergic to any ingredients?

 

xoxo Lily

 

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  • Rosehip oil is a little too rich for my liking too. I need to add it into my face/body wash or toner. Using it straight will likely break me out also.

    • Lily

      Oh mixing it with body wash sounds interesting. I wonder if I can apply it on my belly for more moisture. Lol!

  • Hey Lily, ouch about the breakouts! My skin is fine with rosehip. I have really only reacted to one face oil from Darphin, but it’s rather the citrus in it and not the oil. I am careful about skincare products that contain citrus. A little is OK, but a lot is mostly not.

    • Lily

      Oh my skin seems to be fine with citrus. I was lucky to be more observant about my skin changes. The breakout wasn’t huge. Just a zit on the forehead. It went away then I tried the oil again and boom! Zit reappeared. I think that was quite telling already.

      • Yeah that’s usually what I do. I wait for the breakout to subside and then give the product a second chance. If I still break out, then I know it is the culprit!

        • Lily

          The things we do for our blog!

  • Guest

    I had to stop using facial oils because they made my breakouts worse 🙁 My skin has gone a little crazy in the last month and I am keeping skincare to the bare minimum for now. The eye cream sounds quite good though. I’ve never tried anything from A’kin but may pick up the cleanser (based on your review) someday.

  • lyn

    Aiyo, sorry… had to delete my previous comment as I accidentally posted as my “plannerbug” profile. Anyway, I have stopped using facial oils as my skin has not been behaving well and am trying to keep skincare to the bare minimum. I haven’t tried anything from A’kin but may pick up the cleanser (based on your previous review) someday.

    • Lily

      Ah yes the cleanser! I think it’s the best of the lot so far 🙂 Hope your skin condition gets better soon!

  • Rosehip breaks me out too. It’s too heavy for me. At least we both know that now, hey? hahaha I think it’s important to know what ingredients we react to.

    • Lily

      I never used to pay attention to ingredients but blogging has definitely taught me a lot. Still not very good at reading ingredients but at least now I’m more aware 🙂

  • My skin actually likes rosehip, but other things can be too rich for it and break me out, LOL.

    • Lily

      It’s such a curious thing, our skin and how we react to different stuff. Very interesting indeed!

  • Liz

    Dammit, I have a Sukin rosehip oil in reserve, but maybe I’ll bust it out only during the brutal winter season. I was looking at some [A’kin] stuff that showed up at my local store yesterday but decided I had way too much skin care to deal with at the moment. Glad you reviewed these though!

    • Lily

      I know what you mean! But for skincare, I know I’ll get through them sooner or later. Unlike makeup. Lol 🙂