My Garden of Wisdom Treatment Serums Collection ~ Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets™
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My Garden of Wisdom Treatment Serums Collection

As a beauty blogger I get opportunities to try many great skincare brands. With that said, there’s one skincare line I buy and stock up on regularly. Yes, I am that addicted to Garden of Wisdom. For those who aren’t familiar with GoW, simply do a keyword search “gow” on Makeupalley’s Skincare Board to see the how well-loved this brand is by skincare junkies. Simply put, there’s not a single brand out there that can match GoW’s efficacy and potency when it comes to the serums they make. It thrills me to no ends to see the formulation jam-packed with treatment ingredients. Unlike glossed over skincare lines you see sitting pretty on store shelves, the people at GoW aren’t preoccupied with cutting costs and skimping on raw materials so they can afford their next ad campaign. As a result, they use the highest percentage of the most advanced active ingredients with practically no fillers so their products WORK. Their simple formulation leaves no residue on the skin and it never irritates my hopelessly sensitive complexion. Check out my Garden of Wisdom favorites:

Concord Grape Anti-Ox Serum: I use this every morning to provide an antioxidant shield of protection over my skin. If you are obsessed with wearing sunscreen everyday, it’s time you amp up your sun protection with an antioxidant serum as it literally gives an additional layer of protection against UV rays and environmental detriments.


Matrix Majik Anti-aging Serum: When you think of anti-wrinkle products, thick and rich creams that leave heavy residue come to mind. This is not the case with Matrix Majik, it absorbs like water so even people with the oiliest complexion can reap the anti-aging benefits of this products. Where else are you going to find Matrixyl 3000 listed as the second ingredient on the list?

Skin Communicator Serum: All of their serums come in these trial sizes so you can give each a whirl without breaking the bank. This serum feels great on the skin and contains an anti-aging power player called Syntacks, which is used in many top-of-the-line anti-aging treatments. I’ve used up the entire trial size since taking this picture and I think I need more of this.


PhytoStemCell Serum: This is my #1 fave. I’m always at a loss for words when it comes to describing this product because I don’t think I can do it justice. I’ve done through numerous bottles of this because nothing else gets my skin this incredibly soft, smooth, clear and radiant. Like the Communicator Serum, this contains an anti-aging ingredient that is sought-after. Skincare companies are using apple stem cells at a miniscule quantity and slapping on price tags $100 over the GoW version. One personal disappointment about this product is that GoW no longer makes this in a spray form. I love how I used to spray this on my skin without having to touch my face. Now it pumps out like the other serums. GoW, please bring back the spray version of this product!
Summer Serum: Another great antioxidant serum. This would be especially great for areas with really humid summers because it has very little humectants in it. But honestly, all of my GoW serum soaks wonderfully into my super oily skin. I’ve also finished this one since taking this picture.
BLT-RC Serum: This is one of their most potent antioxidant serums. If you are battling sun damage, this is the one for you. Like the others, it also absorbs readily into my skin but this one leaves my skin extra moisturized. This is great on days when I want to skip my emu oil moisturizer because it provides enough moisture on its own.By the way, these are very much the entire ingredient list. What you see is what you get.

12 comments:

Lyz said...

Can you rec 1 that would help with pimples? Thank a million!

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets™ said...

Hi Lyz,

If I were to buy one for myself, I'd try this: http://www.gardenofwisdom.com/catalog/item/7398817/7928853.htm

They have one called Pimple Punisher that sounds interesting as well :D

Farmgirl

Sue said...

wow, thanks for the ingredient list photos. they seem really natural...does this mean these products expire quickly or need to be refrigerated?

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets™ said...

Hi Sue,

I totally forgot to talk about that! I love that they're a clean skincare line that is properly preserved with gentle, paraben-free preservatives likes Cosmocil and Optiphen.

Even so, I love keeping backups of my GoW in the fridge to maintain freshness.

Farmgirl

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets™ said...

P.s. Always used properly preserved products!

Farmgirl

verandie from MUA said...

Great reviews - thanks! Can you tell us a little more about how/when you use each product? Do you rotate? Which ones for AM and which for PM?

Basically, where do these fit into your daily routine and do you use any other actives like retinoids, etc?

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets™ said...

Hi Verandie,

So nice of you to visit from MUA! I use the Concord, Summer and BLT-RC in the morning for the antioxidant benefits. PhytoStemCell, Communicator and Majik Matrix for night-time rejuvenation :D

Concord for Day and PhytoStemCell for night is my regular routine. I use the others when I need to switch it up a bit (although since taking the picture, I've used these up!).

In the morning, I apply the Concord, wait for it to dry then I applied Emu Oil as my moisturizer over it (makes my mineral powder go on like a dream!). At night, I only use PhytoStemCell with nothing over it.

I don't use my retinoids or other actives. The ones I've posted is all I use to get antioxidant and anti-aging benefits.

Let me know if you have other questions!

Farmgirl

kmywy said...

Hi Farmgirl,

Seeing how not all of them are sprays, are some of them thicker in density? How long do these products last for you on average?

Thanks for the review :D

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets™ said...

Hi kmywy,

I'm super picky when it comes to texture as well. They're all in pump dispenser as opposed to spray dispenser. However, they're all more watery than gel. None of them leave a residue and they sink in just like water :)

Farmgirl

yoli said...

nice blog

Lady Rosenred said...

What is the difference between Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl and how come it has both? :/

Brilliant Farmgirl's Beauty Secrets™ said...

Hi Lady Roxenred,

Interesting question. Both are good anti-aging alternative to retinol and vitamin c (my skin cannot tolerate retinol or vitamin c) and they do essentially the same thing.

Only difference that I know of is that the 2 are made up of different types of peptides and Matrixyl 3000 may be more effective. However, the studies on the 3000 version is still new as the regular Matrixyl has been around longer, so I think it makes good sense that GoW included both in their formulation. It's especially good for us customers!

Farmgirl