As a beauty editor, it goes without saying that part of my job entails me testing a lot of different productsВ (I know, I knowвЂ¦ the struggle is real). One of the first things I do when a product crosses my desk is to read the label and check the ingredient list-this usually determines if the product comes home with me and joins the (alarmingly large) pile of products on my bathroom counter, or is banished to the depths of the beauty closet (where, let's be real, it'll probably get used eventually anyway-I do work in an office that is predominantly female, after all).
Which is why, when I received Korres' (beautifully packaged) Black Pine Serum ($74), I immediately opened the accompanying pamphlet and was surprised to read this statistic: вЂњ100% of women saw visibly firmer, smoother skinвЂќ. I audibly scoffed and called my co-editor Deven over in disbelief. вЂњThere's no way, right? How is that even possible? They're lying!вЂќ I declared. I kept reading the label, which claimed 100% of women also saw вЂњvisibly lifted skinвЂќ and вЂњimproved skin texture,вЂќ while 95% saw вЂњimproved skin elasticity.вЂќ I was incredulous. I was mad. I took the product home with me immediately.
That night, I cleansed and toned as usual, then (very dubiously) applied the serum to my face. The smell, at first, was cloyingly sweet-not my favorite scent in a skin product ever, but I got over it quickly. The serum looks like an oil, but is much lighter, and like any good serum should, it absorbed almost immediately once I rubbed it in (using my newly-learned application method).
Now comes the interesting part-the effect on my skin was immediate. A couple seconds after it soaked in, I noticed that my skin felt tighter-not in a dry, вЂњspray me with a face mistвЂќ kind of way, but more like a вЂњI just got back from a facial and my face is glowing like the sunвЂќ way. I picked up the bottle and re-read the ingredients list (which I had skipped over in my haste to discredit its grand claims). It was full of radiance-boosting things like black pine extract, which I later learned is Korres' own patented polyphenol (a type of antioxidant with proven skin benefits), hexapeptide 11 (the first-ever natural polypeptide), three more patented active ingredients with difficult-to-pronounce names, and so many other skin-loving, natural ingredients, like black oat extract and sunflower seed oil.
The Morning After
In the morning, I woke up to smooth, bright skin-without the telltale oily sheen I usually find aroundВ my T-zone. I continued using the product for the next few days and only saw my skin get brighter, clearer, and yes, вЂњvisibly lifted.вЂќ Today, I've officially repented for my initial doubts and stand corrected as a proud member of the 100% IВ so brusquely dismissed (how young and naive I was!)-and my skin has never looked better.