Tree of Life Retinol Cream Anti Wrinkle Moisturizer review

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Slacker alert!  I have been meaning to write another blog update for… well, days upon days.  Obviously, that did not happen, so I plan to catch up over the next few days as I have July BB, July Ipsy, July PinchMe on my agenda and… you get the point.

Today, though, I’ve got a review for all you ladies (or men, I shouldn’t be so presumptuous) who are seeking anti-aging products for your skin.

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Tree of Life Beauty under the honor system that, in exchange, I would submit an honest review of my experience with it.  I was not compensated otherwise and can guarantee that this is my sincere insight.  Anyone who knows me knows: I don’t sugar coat.

Enough of the formalities, on to the review!

Despite being “only 28,” I have noticed over the past few years that my skin is changing and far more rapidly than I would like. I find rougher patches forming where my skin was previously smooth and soft with a bare-minimum skin care routine. As I’ve aged and learned more about proper skin care, I’ve realized that to keep my skin healthy I need to do more than wash in the shower once a day and hit the ground running.  So I’ve experimented with skin care routines over the past few years and have come to appreciate a product that truly works and leaves my skin feeling fresh, light and healthy.

Tree of Life sent me a bottle of their Retinol Cream Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer to try for this round of testing and reviews.   I received the bottle on July 17th and put it to test that night.

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I will include that I use the CoalFace cleanser by LUSH Cosmetics as my face cleanser for day and night.  My toner situation is still in limbo, but I’ve been trying my hand at making my own.  The current one I’ve been using (for only three weeks, so I am still deciding if I am sold on it or not) is from this website and it’s the ACV one.  I chose to use the orange oil in mine to cover the smell of ACV.  Yuck!  Plus, orange oil is good for your skin, so at least there’s a perk besides the scent!

Prior to receiving my Tree of Life moisturizer, I had been using coconut oil to end my night time routine as I was trying to find a moisturizer that I liked.  Daytime I was going bare skinned – probably not wise, but I’m still in limbo and coconut oil was too greasy for going under my makeup.

This moisturizer has been a blessing to add into my cleansing and care routine! I use my go-to face cleanser, then apply my toner.  At nights, I’ve been using the Retinol Cream Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer and within a week’s time, I noticed a huge difference in my skin! It feels soft and smooth and it looks healthier; I feel as though my skin is glowing. I also like that it does not leave my skin feeling greasy or ‘weighed down’ as other moisturizers I’ve tried in the past have done.  With the coconut oil I found myself sometimes needing a light towel over my pillowcase if it was a particularly warm evening… not exactly the most attractive or appealing manner of sleep!

The size of the bottle I received is 2 ounces.  It may not sound like a large amount of product, but let me tell you, these 2 ounces will last me a long time! A little bit goes a long way (plus I’m only using it 1x a day), which is awesome because it makes the moisturizer, in my mind, worth every penny. The retinol really works wonders on my skin and I feel it’s truly helped rejuvenate my face. Will it prevent wrinkles in the years to come? Truly only time will tell, but I can say that it has made a visible change in my skin within only a weeks’ time so I anticipate it continuing to help as I use it as a regular part of my skin care routine.

Also I think it’s best to add, I have sensitive skin and can say that this is an anti-wrinkle product that does not burn, irritate or itch my skin, at all! It’s gentle, goes on smoothly and leaves your skin feeling soft. So don’t be afraid to try this out, even if you may worry about your sensitive skin. Besides, their company guarantees that if you are disappointed, they will make it right if you contact them with your concerns. Superb customer services speaks depths to me!  100% guarantee of products is a huge perk for me, especially when I’m trying something on my face that I’ve never used previously.

Having been in contact with a representative from Tree of Life, I also want to add that their customer service is incredible.  I have received prompt responses to all e-mails sent and it is obvious that this company truly cares about their customers.  Maintaining a good relationship with customers is huge with me, and I can respect a company that takes the time to ensure satisfaction and thorough insight on inquiries.

Finally, I love that they also included samples for me to try other products of theirs. I am in love with the eye cream that they included — and who doesn’t love to try before they buy?   You’ll be hearing more about the eye cream from me in a few weeks, so stay tuned for that!

Thank you Tree of Life for changing my skin care routine for the better!

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(hot-mess bedtime selfie, after applying my moisturizer)

If you’re interested in becoming a VIP member of the Tree of Life Beauty club, please check out this link – but know that spots are limited!  They can only take a certain amount of people, but I guarantee that if you sign up, you’ll be pleased with what they have in store!

For 15% off your entire order (one-time use per customer), please use code: QL9G4JZ4.  This code will expire on August 31, 2014.

Phew, another lengthy post but I had a lot to say about this one!  Looking forward to continuing my adventure as part of the Tree of Life VIP club, and hoping some of you will join the team as well!

xoxo — Vicky

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