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I had never heard of either company, so I had to do a little digging when I received the following email from Ann. Her contact did not surprise me, because I tend to write detailed reviews. If it was a legit offer, I understand wanting detail.
Everything checked out to the point where I felt comfortable. It occurs to me that I never officially signed up for other site (which is why the links above are direct and not referral links, although some programs do not have referral links anyway, so this may not). I love trying new products and have been writing reviews on everything I try anyway. This opportunity to test products in exchange for a written opinion actually seemed awesome, because none of the other programs I am in are that simple. There are usually extra steps in addition to the reviews.
After I emailed Ann back to accept her offer, she emailed me a list of products available for testing. I could select up to three. Two of the three on the list were combo products, so I had to pick those. They gave me two products for one slot. The third is an item I have not received yet, because it did not have a code. It will come separately. She gave me promo codes to enter at Amazon checkout with links to the specific items for the combo items. As long as you add the items from her links and enter the promo codes, everything will be free. My instructions were to enter both items into the cart and checkout using the promo. It worked like a charm. Thanks to Amazon Prime (I assume you get free standard shipping if you do not have Prime), my items arrived within two days of ordering.
This article will go over the first combo I ordered. I have two beautiful kids, who gave me more than a few stretch marks. My skin also bruises and scars easily. These are issues that I’ve had for years, but I rarely spend anything to treat the areas. That also meant any product I tried had its work cut out for it. None of my stretch marks or scars are super new, so these products would have to work on skin that is hard to see improvement. Getting five stars from that skin is difficult for even wonder products. Plus, Ann requested I review the products once I had three weeks of trying them out. That is a little soon, but I am a rule follower.
My first product is InstaNatural Scar Gel Cream – For Old & New Scars. I am an admitted picker. When I use an extracting tool, I have less visible damage. More often than not, the ones I own are out of reach or not sterile enough to deal with in my hurry. Fingers usually leave a sore that results in a scar. Though I do use serums and creams designed to combat said scars, I’ve never sampled anything where attacking scars was the sole purpose. This sounded like the perfect thing to sample. With all the red (and even white in some cases) scars on my face, it had a large task in front of it.
Before my order arrived, I received an email giving me instructions on how to use the product. Considering the instructions in a smaller format are already on the bottle, I was very impressed with this detail. The company, InstaNatural, was off to a great start in my eyes. This was an Amazon order, too, so I can only imagine how fast it would go out if someone placed a direct order (assuming they have a direct store). I studied the email and felt ready to start when the product arrived.
It was brown in color, as I expected. After using it for the first time at night, I decided to only use it at night. The product does seep into the skin (keep reading to see how I know that), but the outer layer hardens and dries on the skin. It leaves a film almost like what you’d get it you put brown ketchup on your face and did not wipe it all off. I could not see going out to face the world with that on my face. Already breaking the rules and using the product half as much as I should! At the end of the third week and using this only once a day, and not twice as suggested, I do see a slight difference in red marks. They really seem less red.
The white marks do not look different at all, but I will continue to edit this article as I use the product longer. Even if it never targets the white scars picking acne left, I am happy with the results it gives to the red ones. If this works to take my scars from red to white faster or prevent the red ones from converting to white (fingers crossed on that), I am in. This is easily four out of five stars at the three-week mark.
The InstaNatural Stretch Mark & Scar Cream – For Stretch Mark Removal & Prevention would have a harder task, because none of my stretch marks are pink. They’re all white, because they are older. I received an email of instructions on this product as well. According to the instructions, it can take up to two months to see a difference. My guess is the longer and more white the stretch marks are, the longer it takes to see results.
Although this is also a removal cream, I am guessing it works better as a prevention cream. It is deeply moisturizing for a moderately thick cream. Had I applied a cream like this to those areas while I was pregnant, I would probably not be writing this now (or at least hope I would not be). Based on how the other cream worked on pink pimple scars, I am guessing this may have quickly faded pink ones as well.
This cream does everything else a cream should do. It moisturizes the forsaken areas that I often neglect. That moisture will likely keep future stretch marks at bay making it wonderful for prevention. This easily gets three out of five stars at the three-week mark, because moisturized skin will help prevent new stretch marks even if I never see improvement on the old ones.
With continued use, I can report this does have a mild effect. At the three week mark, I did not notice any difference from the areas I treated compared to the ones I did not. I purposely only treated select areas, so the difference, if any, would be visible. Right around the second month (as promised), I started noticing a slight difference. It is nothing dramatic, but it is definitely noticeable. If I tested it in an appropriate to show area, I would provide pictures. It is too bad I had to rate this at the three month mark. Had I rated it after the two month mark, I would have given it an extra star.
By the time I finished this, I definitely noticed a decent difference from the areas I treated and the ones I did not. This is easily a 4.5 star product. I imagine it could be a 5 star product from someone with newer (red) stretch marks. Products can help those fade a lot faster than they can do anything for older (white) stretch marks.
My first tests went well. I did not have an allergic reaction to either product, which is a huge issue for me. As I write this, I have an insane rash on my face likely caused by a new face cream (unrelated to these product tests) in my lineup. Once my Amazon reviews went live, I sent them to Ann.
I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.