Rated 4.26 out of 5 stars
I am 31 years old and fortunate enough to not get a lot of acne, but when I do get a zit it is one of those painful and deep zits that sits under the skin for days and once it emerges it leaves a dark spot for WEEKS. I am really pale so these spots are almost impossible to cover up. I got two of these lovely zits at one time right before I purchased this serum, and since I'm impatient I squeezed them and left two giant wounds on my face. I am honestly amazed by this serum! Not only did they heal up in a fraction of the time, but the dark spots are almost completely gone and my skin looks so calm (I have a tendency to get irritated and red skin easily) and so smooth! Plus, I dont know whether it is this serum or not yet, but I have had a couple people compliment my skin over the past few days!
I bought my first bottle in store, as recommended by a sales associate. I told her all my skin concerns (dry, sensitive, red-proned skin) and she told me to buy this. I LOVED my fist bottle. It was a game changer! I used this only at night, because it made my makeup pill during the day, and I would wake up every morning with PERFECT skin. It was smooth and calm and gorgeous. As soon as I realized I was running low, I went online and bought a replacement bottle. The product from my online purchase was a different color and smell. The original bottle had a red color and smelled like seaweed. The online product was light yellow and smells like nothing. The packing is totally different too. The in-store bottle was plastic but had a high-quality, glass-like finish. The bottle I purchased online is cheap and plastic-y. I'm not a product snob and rarely review products, but I want people to be warned that this is a major problem. I threw away the original packaging the bottle came with and I'm afraid I can't return it now. If you buy the red colored serum, its amazing. I don't know what ulta.com sold me though...
Ang from plattsburgh
I don't know why this brand isn't talked about like the other brands because they sell some amazing products! I tried the cooling moisturizer and gave it a A+. I tried this product in the store on my neck and almost immediately noticed results so I bought it. It does help with redness, smooths the skin, calms and help with lines. Another A+ for this brand! I think next im going to try out the undereye patches!
Shy from Denver, CO
I absolutely love this product. I have noticed a more youthful look to my skin. Astaxanthin is a great antioxidant. I'm not sure why people have complained about the smell. I don't really notice it. I think it's great that the formulators did not add a bunch of synthetic scents or oils.
Sydney from Henderson, NV
Great product. I use it twice a day as directed and I can tell theres been a huge difference to my skin- better texture, not as red, and feels hydrated. I will say thus product doesnt smell that great. It smells like algae
BeeBee from Los Angeles
I'm 51 and i've used Astaxanthin externally for about six years. Its a great antioxidant and this serum is wonderful. You need a LOT less than you think. I am as pales as casper and question how much someone is using to have a "red face"? Its transparent red lol. Additionally it smells a bit like seaweed because thats where this Astaxanthin comes from. Its a good thing. Anyway, dampen your skin and apply 1/2 a pump and let that set and dry before applying anything on top. That really helps with any pilling/flaking issue.
This has helped eradicate any redness i used to have around my nose and chin, and it really seems to make my skin look tighter somehow. Plus its so much more protective than Vitamin C with none of the potential irritation. I'm a big fan
Teresa from Memphis
Haven't used it consistently enough to know if it is a good serum. Don't like the scent, fishy, and it lingers, even after it's washed off. Disappointed.
Leslie from Texas
I've been using this for 3 weeks and my skin has never looked or felt better.The smell is a little odd but for how well this stuff works, it's worth it! It has made my skin SO smooth and even toned. I've received compliments on my skin as well! It's super lightweight and 2 pumps covers my entire face and neck
Dollface from Bay Area, Ca
I bought my first bottle on sale. I saw quality results quickly enough that I might pay full price in the future.
Ryan from Tecas
I have been waiting to try this serum forever. I'm not sure why the smell bothers so many people. It smells like the actual ingredients and that is some how a bad thing? I really don't want my algae serum to smell like cotton candy, but maybe that's just me. I've been using it for 2 weeks and my forehead lines are almost completely gone, and my skin is plump and smooth. My only problem with this serum is that it is always sold out. Next time, I guess I'll have to buy 2 bottles at a time.
Brittany from Hollywood, FL
Love how it feels on my skin and heard such good things about it, but I cannot stand the smell. It is FOUL, it smells like bad ocean and stale sweat. It goes away, but it kicks you in the face when it first goes on.
GenXMermaid from Great Lakes Region
I recently discovered this serum and there's no looking back at vitamin C serums. I even enjoy the shellfish-like odor. According to more recent studies on PubMed, Astaxathin (active ingredient in Youth Serum) is 6000x's more potent an antioxidant than vitamin C. It's a carotenoid that is, for me, a far superior serum. Two pumps covers my face and neck. Just get it!
Ghost from Montana
It's simply amazing. You have to work quick and rub it in, and allow to dry fully before makeup. Moisturizer helps. Those who gotthe wrong product appearto have received the cooling daily lotion, I had no such problem ordering online. 10/10
Kate from Montana
I really love this serum and my skin feel so nice. I use it in the morning and let it dry completely with moisturizer before makeup to avoid the pill effect. Everyone who got a pale yellow product, it sounds like you got The Elixer by mistake.
Kristen from CT
I'm confused. The pictures and reviews speak of a product with red color and seaweed smell. Mine is a pale yellow and odorless. I feel like it oxidized?! I bought this in store. I've stopped using for fear of oxidation, but wanted to love this.
John from Bristol, TN
I love this stuff. It's easy to apply, feels great on the skin, and is packed with protective properties. Vitamin C, with all its stability and irritation issues, can go fly a kite. I'm a red algae boy now.
Natalyn from SW Oregon
I love this serum, and it's become an essential to my skincare routine. I don't notice my face being red, nor does it smell horrible to me. Any scent dissipates very quickly. I will keep buying this serum!
Blair from Tallahassee, FL
Let me be the first to say, I am extremely picky when it comes to skincare. I've kind of tried it all because my skin is so sensitive - from luxury products to basic drugstore finds. After doing the NOYSkin Seabuckthorn oil cleanse, my skin was left with awful acne (I am not super acne prone) and texture issues. This is the ONLY product that could rescue my skin. It took me from dry, textured, sensitive, and dealing with some hormonal acne to having plump, glowy skin that looks so healthy. I use it 2x a day (morning/night) after cleansing my face with a gentle foaming cleanser and applying Paula's Choice 2% BHA. I love to massage it in with a Gua Sha routine. I top it off with Sunday Reily's Autocorrect Eye Cream, Glow Recipe Niacinamide Dew Drops, and Paula's Choice 50SPF sunscreen. I also use .25% retinA twice a week on its own in the evenings. My skin has never looked better. So glad to have finally found a product that works.
Evie from Tennessee
A friend recommended this serum and I love it, it makes my skin so bright and smooth! There is a bit of a slimy green smell when you first put it on, not pleasant but not terrible, and it fades very quickly.
Nicole from Atlanta
I looked over Skyn Iceland for so long and never really gave it a chance. I saw a commenter on another site raving about this serum & prompting me to research it. My skin has NEVER looked better after adding this serum to my routine 2x daily. I do not notice any perceivable smell like some commenters note. Only con is that the packaging is opaque and difficult to open/determine remaining amount.
Jacquelyn from TX
This revived my stressed mom skin after a couple days! It's helped clarify firm and detox my skin as well as shrinked my pores which is exactly what I was looking for. I use it after my toner and before my day cream every morning.
Peachy from New York City
The best serum that I've used so far. For years, I've hopped from cheap to high end products trying to find the best serum. The smell is strong but disappears after a minute once the serum is absorbed. Sinks into the skin and makes it revived during the winter.
Queen Rex from Seattle
While I totally love the products in this line, the odor of this serum in just awful. If you use this brand's other products be prepared to be very disappointed by the odor. It doesn't go with the rest of the line. Still love the cloud cream with all my heart.
Tee from Portland
this stuff is incredible! the freckles and expression lines in my face have be erased! I can't say I love the smell (sorta like seaweed or fishy water) but it does its job! it's a good primer under makeup too!
Lala from Philadelphia PA
So far, I really like this serum. I have oily but slightly sensitive skin with inflammation issues, and this has helped soothe my skin and acne. It feels very hydrating, too. It does have a slightly oceany smell, but it's nothing intolerable. It's just a little strange. It also leaves a very slight red tint on the skin if a lot is applied to one area, but it goes away quickly.
Penny from Cali
This serum leaves your skin feeling so soft after the first use. I ordered a Skyn Iceland moisturizer that I will probably use on top of this serum but it works perfectly fine without a moisturizer it's just that my skin can get a little on the dry side sometimes. Definitely recommend this serum
Lupe from Clearwater, FL
I'm not the best when it comes to skincare and have never been consistent when using products. But this right here has made me a convert! 63 is just a couple of weeks away and I've been dreading it because of the waddle and crepy skin on my neck plus the lines by my mouth. I've been applying this serum now for a week and what a difference! The lines by my mouth and definitely less pronounced and the beginnings of the waddle have disappeared. And here I thought I was going to be resigned to getting HIFU treatments to stave off the aging.