Tomorrow is the big day! But as you stand in front of the mirror, all the excitement you should be feeling is draining out through your toes. A bad dinner choice has made your face break out into a rash that itches mildly, but is flaming red. A few major pimples also seemed to have popped up out of nowhere, with angry skin burning and hot. Massive amounts of oil is seeping through your pores, shining on your face, and all you can think is… “How can I fix this?”
This review is far too long in coming, because y’all needed to hear about this weeks ago. In that, I have failed you and I’m sorry. But maybe this will be so awesome as to make it up to ‘ya. 😉
Now, I’m gonna be honest with y’all: Usually, for me, this product is one that would seem to be counterproductive. When I opened the box (yep, the one with lovely pink wrapping inside!), I ooh’d and ahh’d over the smoothing stick, but eyed this with doubtful thoughts. Oil. To balance skin? Even skin that tends at times to be oily? Skin that has previously proven to not be improved by supposed “oil treatments”. But hey, the claims sounded good and the oil smelled lovely, so with a shrug I set out to try it.
Y’all. This is NOT what I expected.
In the past, serums for me personally have always been a bit… Much. My skin would feel super oily afterwards, and sometimes would stay that way for days. And then the results? Eh, never really good enough to be worth the discomfort of uber-oily skin. But Gluten Free Beauty’s Balancing Serum? Pure wow.
First off, using just three or four drops is super easy
It spreads over my entire face without any trouble and is just the right amount to not be too oily. It smells lovely and does not have a “heavy” feel to it. Good start!
It makes an overnight difference in any redness on my face.
Literally, I gently spread a bit of oil over flaming red skin at night and the next morning it’s usually pretty much gone. At the very least, it’s significantly reduced. As in, last night it was “Oh, gee, what happened to your face?” and this morning it’s “What, that little faded spot? Oh, I didn’t even notice it until you mentioned it.”
It’s never made my skin feel overly oily, but soaks in quickly and cleanly.
Even when my face feels balanced in the moisture department, using this serum never caused my skin to feel icky and oily. Major plus!!
Now, another confession: This serum is made to be used nightly, but there are some days that my skin is just SO oily I don’t feel comfortable putting more oil on it. So I am not sure just how much this serum has helped in my recent decline of trouble spots, but I think it highly likely to be a large part of it, if not entirely to blame for it. 😉
My one complaint is that Gluten Free Beauty used soybean oil in it, and non-organic at that. In other words, I’m putting GMO soy on my face every time I use it. And frankly, for me that is a pretty big concern. Granted, I’d be much more against it if I were ingesting the oil, but then again, there really hasn’t been enough testing to know for sure how much I should be concerned about it on my skin.
Update: Kristen (the owner of Gluten Free Beauty) has let me know that the soy-derived vitamin E is in fact CERTIFIED GMO free! I am so incredibly pleased. Please excuse this silly grin on my face. 😀
All in all I’m pleased with this serum. 😀 It works beautifully, feels lovely and helps make me look good. What more could I want? Check it out for yourself!