It’s almost painful to write this post, because I really hate to tell you that a product costing nearly $300 an ounce is truly worth the money. But I can’t lie: It totally is. And right now you can get it for 25% off, so that’s something.
I discovered SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum in 2011. I’d had an expensive photo-facial with my high school best friend, Karri, but wasn’t thrilled with the results. When I complained to the manager of the facility where I got the treatment, she offered to send me a free bottle of this serum. Karri had seriously considered buying it when we went for our photo-facials, as a longtime nurse in a cosmetic surgeon’s office and a SkinMedica fan. She ultimately decided not to invest, so I was thrilled to try this serum gratis.
And then I got addicted to it, at the princely sum of $281 an ounce.
There are some annoyances about TNS Essential Serum. First, it’s only one ounce, but comes in a huge bottle (and an even bigger box). Second, the two complementary fluids that comprise this product don’t dispense easily out of the dual-opening. I always turn the bottle upside down and whack it about 30 times to ensure equal amounts of serum come out of both holes simultaneously. Third, the smell is not wonderful. But in my experience, some of the best products have the least appealing smells. Lastly, once you realize how beneficial it is, you feel locked into spending a ton of money for the rest of your life on this one product. That’s kinda boring in a world with dozens of new serums launching on a daily basis.
That said, this stuff delivers near-instant results. For years, I had been plagued by a very strange sort of heat rash on my forehead during extremely hot, humid weather. These near-microscopic bumps weren’t red or otherwise visible to anyone but me (there’s a reason I avoid magnifying mirrors these days), but I knew they were there and it bothered me. This serum eliminated them completely within a few days. They never came back, even as I have switched to other serums as a result of constant product testing.
When any product delivers immediately apparent results, it’s exciting to imagine what the long-term benefits might be. As with any product, both short-term and future results may vary. But I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending TNS Essential Serum, as much as it might hurt your wallet – especially if you have struggled to find a serum that works for you. I wholeheartedly subscribe to the Caroline Hirons beauty investment scale, which recommends putting the bulk of your spend toward a high-tech serum. It’s not like I’m suggesting you spend $300 on a cleanser.
Right now, the investment should hurt a little less: Dermstore, a great retail outlet for premium skincare, has some HUGE discounts available on awesome brands. Get 25% off all SkinMedica with code SKINMEDICA25. Make the most of the discount code if you’re tempted to try this serum, and you can also use it on my favorite SPF. Let me know how you get on; I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed.
This is not a sponsored post or ad. I truly love this stuff.