Oskia Super 16 Advanced Nutri-Active Collagen Serum

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If your skin concerns include minimizing fine lines, lightening hyperpigmentation and fighting acne breakouts, you should be looking at retinol. A multi-tasking wonder, retinol is one of the most effective ingredients that tackles all of these issues to create more even toned and smooth complexions. While that is all well and good, retinol does have some drawbacks including cases of sensitivity, inflammation or redness as well as dryness. This is where natural, plant-derived, or vegan retinol comes in. These offer all the benefits of traditional retinol but without the skin sensitivity effects.

My initial experience with a retinol alternative was with the Oskia Super 16 Advanced Nutri-Active Collagen Serum which I first tried last year. This advanced formulation contains the ground-breaking  retinol alternative ingredient bakuchiol (pronounced bah-koo-chee-all) derived from Indian Babchi seeds which is traditionally used to heal cuts. Bakuchiol has been hailed as a natural and more stable alternative to retinol with all the benefits like boosting the production of collagen and elastin, as well as reversing signs of aging, preventing future damage and reducing symptoms of problem skin all without irritation and with the added benefits of anti-inflammatory properties. This gentle and lightweight serum works to improve skin elasticity and also repairs and soothes sun damaged and irritated skin. I actually meant to review this sooner but no time like the present now that I'm on my second bottle. This review is done in tandem with my last one because these are the two products that make up my current nighttime skincare routine.

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Oskia Super 16 Advanced Nutri-Active Collagen Serum

$133 (30 ml/ 1.0 fl.oz)

The Product
Packed with a synergistic blend of16 super- nutrients and bio-actives that firm the skin, Oskia Super 16 Advanced Nutri-Active Collagen Serum is a powerhouse pro-collagen, anti-aging skin treatment designed to hydrate and boost collagen synthesis while targeting and minimizing the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots and fine lines to impart a youthful radiance for healthier looking skin. Suitable for all skin types.

Key Ingredients/Benefits
• Bakuchiol is a natural retinol alternative that works to firm skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and pigmentation, improve elasticity and boost collagen production without the sensitivity.
• Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract from organic cactus) rich in highly anti-oxidant Piscidic Acid and Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 & C calms irritated skin while providing soothing and firming benefits.
• Vitamin A Palmitate improves the appearance of mature and sun damaged skin without irritation.
• Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and plumps to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
• Vitamins C & E deliver high level anti-oxidant benefits.
• Crithmum Seaweed Extract helps to detoxify and restore tired skin.
• Punarnava Extract delivers immediate and long term soothing effects to help reduce redness and discomfort.
• OMC (OSKIA’s unique Moisturizing Complex along with Chondrus Crispus Seaweed Extract and Chicory Root hydrate, soften and refresh.
• MSM (Dimethyl Sulfone) boosts collagen and soothes.

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Full Ingredients List
Aqua; Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil; Glycerin; Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride; Bakuchiol; Butylene Glycol; Dimethyl Sulfone; Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract; Lupinus Albus Seed Extract; Chondrus Crispus Extract; Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate; Crithmum Maritimum Extract; Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract; Sodium Hyaluronate; Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Dry Matter; Retinyl Palmitate; Rosa Damascena Flower Oil; Disodium Edta; Glucose; Glyceryl Linoleate; Glyceryl Linolenate; Inulin Lauryl Carbamate; Lecithin; Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate; Sodium Lactate; Sodium Pca; Sorbitol; Tocopherol; Tocopheryl Acetate; Xanthan Gum; Caprylyl Glycol; Ethylhexylglycerin; Phenethyl Alcohol; Phenoxyethanol; Citronellol**; Geraniol**; Linalool**
** Component of natural essential oils.

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The Packaging
Oskia Super 16 Pro-Collagen Serum is packaged in an elegant, dark turquoise hued, translucent glass bottle with a metal top. The product is dispensed via a glass dropper.

How To Use
Massage a few drops onto cleansed face and neck morning and/or evening before your moisturizer.

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My Experience
Oskia Super 16 Serum is milky in appearance with  a silky, fluid texture and a barely discernible fragrance. The elegant formulation which is a little tacky upon application absorbs into the skin instantly with a lightweight feel and it gives my skin a hydrating and plumping boost. I've been using it nightly as my primary serum and the only product I apply over it is the Sulwhasoo Radiant Energy Mask which I just reviewed here. Because this product contains a multitude of active ingredients with so many benefits, I don't really need to use anything else. I first tried this product last year after it was gifted to me by Oskia and it made such a difference in my skin, that I have since repurchased it and this my second bottle. That in itself should tell you how I feel about this lovely serum. It delivers similar results to retinol in terms of firmness, smoothness, clarity and softness. When using it, my skin is supple, clear and luminous and feels revitalized and I have never experienced any sensitivity, irritation or dryness.

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Oskia is one of my favorite brands and I'm not at all surprised that they're at the forefront of this technology and deliver another winner with this product. It works and I'm pretty sure I will be going back to Oskia Super 16 again in the future. Oskia Super 16 Serum can be purchased at NetAPorterNordstrom, Space NK, and Oskia. Be sure to check out my other Oskia reviews.

Are you currently using any retinol or retinol alternative products in your skincare routine?

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FashionJazz said...

I just love the pretty packaging and what a great review :)


Doctor Anne said...

I use prescription Tretinoin at the moment, it is best for my acne. Oskia is a great brand, I have tried many of their products and loved them.

Lilli said...

Morning Rowena! You know, so far I never used a product that contains retinol but reading the effective results of this great ingredient I should now. The serum inspires me a lot, I always enjoy your honest review since you have such a beautiful skin. Bye my friend, hope you are doing well and life is treating you fine, many hugs, kisses and love xo

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Yes, I need this!! Happy new week to you lovely x

Emmylou said...

This serum sounds awesome, chingu! I think I will forever worry about acne breakouts....sigh....
Bakuchiol sounds like a great ingredient. Thanks for the heads up as always about these awesome products:)
Hope you're having a lovely Monday.

Pilar said...

The package is so gorgeous! This serum sounds like it would work well for my skin! I think I have a few products that are retinol based. Have a great week!

ALLIE NYC said...

I have mixed feelings about retinol. I have read long term use can thin the skin and I have thin skin to begin with lol. Though this serum sounds decent but a bit pricey.

Allie of

Shireen L. Platt said...

I have this serum in my wishlist for years but I can't justify the crazy high price. :-( I am definitely on a skincare diet too, these days I use very minimal products in my routine, 4 - 5 at most in comparison to 8-10 in the past and my skin is definitely better.