I’ve always been interested in really great skincare, but recently I’ve been eyeing up a lot of brands that I’ve never heard of before. Holistic and medical grade are two skincare genres that are newly on my radar. I’ve heard of iS Clinical in the past but I never wanted to get hooked on it because of the high price tag! A lot of mainstream skincare brands come with a high price tag and often I don’t feel like the results warrant the cost of the product. However, when I heard of iS Clinical, I really wanted to give it a try and see if it was worth the $150 price tag. 

Medical grade skincare intrigues me because there is a high potency of ingredients that really work. This is the stuff that you’re going to find at your dermatologist’s office or a medical spa, not on a shelf at Sephora. So yes, it’s going to cost a little more, but there is science behind the ingredients.

A product called “Youth Serum” sounds like what every 30 something wants, am I right?! I don’t have a ton of issues with my skin right now, but I am trying to prolong the aging process as long as possible. I like my skin to be hydrated, firm, smooth in texture, and clear of acne. 

Youth Serum is said to weightlessly absorb, tightening skin and pores to give you a smoother, clearer appearance. I have been really impressed with this while I’ve been using this for the past two months. The serum itself is clear/yellow color and you don’t need very much. When I release the dropper to fill it up, I get about half the dropper full, and that is plenty for my whole face and neck. If you put a lot on, it seems to get a soap-like lather to it while it’s rubbing in. It is pretty quick to sink in and I get an immediate firming sensation from it. It also leaves my skin with a somewhat tacky feel to it which I actually like in a serum because I feel like moisturizer and foundation tend to stick better on top than when I use something really runny.

I’ve used this at night and during the day, and it wears well both ways. Makeup looks great when paired with this. I should also mention that I’ve used this for two months in the coldest and most brutal parts of the Wisconsin winter this year, and I’ve not really had any issues with dryness as a result. My skin in the past couple months is as balanced and hydrated as I would expect it to be in the middle of summer, which is REALLY something if you ask me. This time of year I am typically dealing with so much dryness of my skin that the texture is terrible and I have to slather with oils left and right. 

If I were to offer one suggestion for improvement, it’s that I can’t tell how much left I have in the bottle. The packaging has some weight to it, which makes it look and feel luxe, but at the same time I know the serum inside is not as heavy as the bottle would make it seem. I’ll probably run out one of these days and I won’t have seen it coming!

I’ve been really into ingredients lately, and as a consumer and reviewer I really want to know why things are as expensive as they are and what concentration of ingredients I am getting with that high price tag. I love that iS Clinical’s raw materials are botanically based (from plants) and pharmaceutical grade, and they don’t contain fillers, toxic metals, or impurities. 

Ingredients: Water, PVP, Caffeine, Glycerin, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ceratonia Siliqua (Locust Bean) Gum, Hydrolyzed Casein, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Tripeptide-1, Lecithin, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract [Extrait De Racine De Betterave], Haberlea Rhodopensis Leaf Extract, Faex (Yeast) Extract [Extrait De Levure], Acetyl Tyrosine, Proline, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, AdenosineTriphosphate, Ergothioneine, Saccharide Isomerate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, VP/Dimethylaminoethylmethacrylate Copolymer, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol.

Have you tried anything from iS Clinical? What did you think? Would you spend this much on your skincare?

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