I’ve heard great things about the skincare brand Naturium and have been wanting to try it for months, so I picked up some of their products to see how they perform. Today I’ll be discussing my thoughts and experience with the products in this Naturium skincare review.
Naturium was founded in 2020 by Ben Bennett and social media and skincare influencer Susan Yara. You may know Susan from her popular YouTube channel Mixed Makeup.
Naturium is a clean skincare brand that focuses on biocompatibility, formula efficacy, and safety so that its customers can achieve healthy and radiant skin. Naturium has set out to offer clinically effective and skin-compatible skincare products that are affordably priced. They are also committed to improving their responsible and sustainable packaging efforts.
All of their products are cruelty-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, synthetic fragrance-free, dermatologist-tested, and made in the USA. All of their products are also vegan, except their Intense Overnight Sleeping Cream, which contains ethically sourced honey.
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Naturium Skincare Review
Naturium Mixed Greens Nutrient-Rich Facial Cleanser is formulated with green tea, aloe vera, vitamin C-rich Kakadu plum, mixed greens, and superfruits to remove makeup, dirt, and oil while balancing the skin’s pH levels.
Panthenol and aloe barbadensis leaf juice soothe the skin. Camellia sinensis leaf (green tea) extract offers many benefits for the skin. It provides antioxidant protection, is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and can even help with acne.
Vitamin C derivative sodium ascorbyl phosphate offers similar anti-aging benefits as pure vitamin C. Microcitrus australasica fruit extract (caviar lime extract), contains fruit acids that provide a gentle exfoliation.
The cleanser also contains Citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil which gives it its herbal spa-like fragrance. It is formulated at a pH of 6.0 – 7.0 for optimal effectiveness.
The gel cleanser comes in a convenient pump, which scored points with me before I even tried it since I think pumps are so quick and easy to use. The cleanser is gentle and provides a minimum foam, although it foams up a little more if you apply it to dry skin.
This formula removes dirt, oil, and other impurities. I’ve been using it both in the AM by itself and in the PM as the second step of a double cleanse after my favorite Korean cleansing balm, which pairs well with this cleanser, as they have a similar herbal citrus scent. After reviewing the ingredients, I realized they share a fragrant ingredient: bergamot fruit oil, one of my favorite scents. It actually makes me look forward to using this gel cleanser.
It rinses cleanly and leaves my skin feeling nourished and hydrated, not dry or stripped. This cleanser has become one of my current favorite water-based cleansers.
Naturium Mixed Greens Nutrient-Rich Facial Cleanser is formulated for all skin types including sensitive, dry, acne-prone, aging, combination, normal and oily skin.
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Naturium Vitamin C Complex Serum contains a vitamin C complex of stabilized l-ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, and a bioactive fruit blend that works to provide vitamin C’s three main benefits: it offers antioxidant protection, boosts collagen synthesis, and brightens the skin while reducing uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation.
The serum contains pure vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid), and also contains sodium ascorbyl phosphate, a stable vitamin C derivative that offers all the benefits of pure vitamin C. Sodium ascorbyl phosphate also has antimicrobial benefits that can treat acne without any side effects.
Per Naturium, their advanced vitamin C delivery system protects sensitive l-ascorbic acid, improves efficacy and skin penetration making it 10x more effective while providing 100% antioxidant protection. Glutathione, a natural antioxidant, is included in the formula to stabilize l-ascorbic acid.
The fruit acid blend includes Ananas sativus (pineapple) fruit extract, Carica papaya (papaya) fruit extract, Mangifera indica (mango) fruit extract, Terminalia ferdinandiana fruit (Kakadu plum) extract, Pleiogynium timoriense fruit extract, and Podocarpus elatus fruit extract. The serum also contains soothing and healing aloe vera and beta-glucan.
Vitamin C serums are one of my favorite types of serums for the multiple anti-aging benefits that they provide. I’ve been using this serum in the morning to provide antioxidant protection during the day. It’s non-irritating and lightweight so that I can layer other serums with it (like Naturium’s niacinamide serum).
I love that it has multiple forms of vitamin C to provide the benefits of vitamin C but minimizes potential irritation. Also, the price point is very reasonable for the elegant formula.
Please note that Naturium has a revved-up vitamin C serum, Vitamin C Super Serum Plus, that contains several actives: vitamin c, retinol, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and salicylic acid. Vitamin C Super Serum Plus provides multiple benefits, making it ideal for oily and acne prone skin as well as aging skin. Since my skin is a bit sensitive, I’m going to stick with the Vitamin C Complex Serum which contains fewer actives, especially after seeing how well it works for my skin.
Naturium Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% contains pure 12% niacinamide and 2% zinc PCA which targets fine lines, skin texture, enlarged pores, and uneven skin tone. It also helps to balance excess sebum (oil) production.
Niacinamide (vitamin B3) is a supreme multi-tasker and offers multiple benefits for oily and acne-prone skin. In addition to balancing sebum production, it offers anti-inflammatory properties which can help with the redness and inflammation that comes with acne and breakouts. This study found that 4% niacinamide (used for 8 weeks) was as effective as 1% clindamycin gel in the treatment of acne.
Niacinamide also offers anti-aging benefits for aging/mature skin. It improves collagen production which helps firm the skin. It also brightens the skin and helps fade hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Niacinamide also strengthens the skin barrier which replenishes dry skin.
Zinc PCA (zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid) supports niacinamide in regulating oil production and bacteria that cause acne and even helps improve collagen synthesis.
So, with all of these fantastic benefits, how did the serum perform? I noticed an improvement in the oily areas of my face during the day when I applied it in the morning. It works well with Naturium Vitamin C Complex Serum, too. On the evenings that I use retinol or retinoids, I also use this serum and I think it’s been helping my skin barrier stay intact and strong.
I am really liking this serum since it has a high 12% concentration of niacinamide. It is non-irritating (it can be used on sensitive skin), and addresses multiple skin concerns at once. Like the rest of Naturium products, it is very affordable for the elegant and effective formula.
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Naturium Retinol Complex Serum contains a trio of anti-aging actives in the form of microencapsulated retinol, a bio-retinol, and bakuchiol, a plant-derived retinol alternative. The serum is formulated to smooth the look of wrinkles, fine lines, and pores while improving elasticity and uneven skin tone.
Retinol, the gold standard over-the-counter anti-ager, improves cell turnover to smooth and firm the skin. Although less effective than tretinoin (a retinoid that requires a prescription), retinol comes with fewer side effects.
Bakuchiol is a plant extract that has been shown to be comparable to retinol in its ability to improve photoaging and hyperpigmentation, yet it is better tolerated than retinol.
Bidens pilosa extract is the ingredient in the formula that acts as a bio-retinol. This active ingredient demonstrates retinol-like activity and offers similar anti-aging benefits to retinol without the unwanted side effects.
Humulus lupulus cone extract works as an antibacterial and antifungal. Sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) hydrates and plumps and vitamin E offers antioxidant benefits. Flaxseed oil moisturizes and is rich in fatty acids, like linolenic acid, which is anti-inflammatory.
I really appreciate the multiple anti-aging actives like bakuchiol and bio-retinol that act like retinol but don’t come along with the irritation and redness that retinol sometimes causes. When I first started using this serum, I couldn’t use it two days in a row since it left my skin a little tight and dry. Now, I use it either every other day or every two days and am loving the results.
I have seen an improvement in skin texture, fine lines, and pores after using this serum in my evening skincare routine this past month. I expect the longer terms benefits will be even more pronounced.
Naturium Marine Hyaluronic Water Cream is all about lightweight hydration. It contains marine-based polysaccharides, hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate), seawater, and phytonutrients to drench skin with long-lasting hydration.
The gel-cream also contains multiple plant extracts like Curcuma Longa root (turmeric) extract, well known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Tumeric can also help oily and acne-prone skin as it is antimicrobial and can help regulate sebum (oil) production in the skin.
This moisturizer is very lightweight and watery but moisturizing. The first thing that came to mind after applying this moisturizer is that it would be a great dupe for cult-favorite Belif The True Cream – Aqua Bomb. It resembles Belif in texture, color, and performance, although this Naturium moisturizer is fragrance-free and Belif is not.
This gel cream is very lightweight but hydrating. It’s perfect for use in the warm weather that I’ve been testing it in. I think it would be great for combination, oily, and acne-prone skin types who are looking for non-greasy weightless hydration that lasts all day.
Final Thoughts on Naturium Skincare
I am very impressed with the products that I tried from Naturium. When I try multiple products from the same brand, there is usually a product or two that I don’t love. Yet I really liked every single one of the products that I tried from Naturium.
Clearly, this brand is all about the formulas and biocompatibility, as their products are thoughtfully formulated and made with potent actives. Plus they are available at drugstore prices. I’m looking forward to trying more from Naturium as they continue to launch new products.
Thanks for reading, and until next time…