Skintegra Infrared Serum – Perfect on paper | Doctors Review

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Out of all the Skintegra products I have tried, the Skintegra Infrared Serum was the only one that didn’t work for me as expected.

 

A bottle of Skintegra Infrared Serum standing in front of a dark background with white flowers
Skintegra Infrared Serum

 

That doesn’t mean it is a bad product, on the contrary, I can see it work very well for someone else, but there are a few things I think you should know, and today I wanted to tell you about them, so let’s dive in.

 

 

What the Skintegra Infrared Serum claims

Skintegra INFRARED is a concentrated, soothing serum for all skin types, especially sensitive skin prone to inflammation and irritation. It calms inflammation symptoms, hydrates intensively and corrects skin imperfections.

 

Facts about the Skintegra Infrared Serum

Prize and size

One dropper bottle contains 30 ml, is available for 24,50 € on the website here and has a pH of 6.

 

Texture and smell

The first thing I noticed was that the serum isn’t completely clear. It isn’t milky either, but there is some cloudiness to the product when you look closely. While it is quite runny, it doesn’t feel watery on the skin, but has a slightly different texture I find difficult to describe. There is no scent and only a little tackiness that lingers after application.

 

Close up of the Skintegra Infrared Serum, which is see-through, but not completely clear
Close up of the Skintegra Infrared Serum – it isn’t entirely clear

 

How to use the Skintegra Infrared Serum

According to the brand it can be used twice a day, but while I tried both morning and night, neither worked particularly well for me. I found it to be somewhat hydrating, but not very hydrating, easy to pair with other products, but no matter if I used it morning or night, it did sting my skin.

Now I don’t consider my skin to be very sensitive, but of course the fact that I use Tretinoin makes it a little more prone to irritation than it would normally be. Still I can use most products, especially the ones aimed at calming inflammation, without any issues. Not that it left my skin visibly irritated or red, no, but the stinging happened no matter when and with what I used it, so I had to come to the conclusion that it sadly isn’t for me. (More info: The five steps you need to take if your skin barrier is damaged)

 

Ingredients of the Skintegra Infrared Serum

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Looking at the ingredient list for an explanation, I assume that the 10% Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate (PAD), an Azelaic Acid derivative is what doesn’t agree with me.  I have only tried that one once before in the form of the Geek and Gorgeous aPAD serum, where they use 10% Azeclair, a complex containing 6% Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, and according to the limited data available 10% PAD should work with a similar strength as 5% Azelaic Acid. Now 5% is on the lower end of the spectrum, but still paired with other actives like Tretinoin enough to sting the skin.

Azelaic Acid is antiinflammatory, often used in rosacea patients and a pregnancy safe way to treat acne and congestion – I will link dedicated blogposts about the different ingredients and their benefits in skincare. (More info: The benefits of Azelaic Acid in skincare explained and Which skincare is safe to use in pregnancy)

Other than that you will find Glycerin as humectant, Ectoin, an up and coming ingredient for healing the skin, a bunch of soothing ingredients like Panthenol, Betaine, Niacinamide and Centella Asiatica Extract with Madecassoside and then Licorice Root Extract to help target hyperpigmentation. (More info: The benefits of Ectoin in skincare explained, The benefits of Panthenol in skincare explained, The benefits of Niacinamide in skincare explained, The benefits of Centella Asiatica in skincare explained and The benefits of Licorice Root Extract in skincare explained)

More info: How to read the ingredient list in your skincare.

 

Does it live up to its claims?

Not for me.

I mean, it probably would if I were to use it regularly, but as it just doesn’t agree with my skin, I can’t without stopping my prescription. That again goes to show that skincare is something really personal.

 

How does it compare to…

 

Geek and Gorgeous aPAD 20% Azeclair Serum
Geek and Gorgeous aPAD Serum

 

Geek and Gorgeous aPAD Serum

I already mentioned the Geek and Gorgeous aPAD Serum above, as it uses a similar ingredient, the Azelaic Acid derivative, but in form of a complex called Azeclair, which after doing the theoratical conversion comes up to around 3% Azelaic Acid. It is similar in texture, but didn’t irritate my skin It didn’t make a huge difference in my skin either, which is why it didn’t earn a permanent place in my routine.

You can read my full review of the Geek and Gorgeous aPAD Serum here.

 

A bottle of Facetheory Lumizela A10 Serum standing in front of a dark background with white flowers
Facetheory Lumizela A10 Serum – also available in A 15

 

factheory Lumizela A10 Serum

facetheory does the only true Azelaic Acid Serum I have tried, using 10% Azelaic Acid (it is also available in 15%). Again it is paired with other soothing ingredients, but different ones to the ones used by Skintegra. The texture here is different, it feels more like a light lotion than a gelish serum, and it didn’t irritate my skin either. Still it didn’t earn a permanent place in my routine simply because I didn’t feel I needed it.

You can read my full review of the facetheory Lumizela A10 Serum here.

 

Would I repurchase and which skin types do I recommend the Skintegra Infrared Serum to?

While on paper the Skintegra Infrared Serum should work for my skin and help calm down some of the redness I get during winter while simultaneously evening out the skin tone and helping against breakouts, in reality it did sting my skin. That is most likely due to the fact that I am on Tretinoin and that this paired with the Azelaic Acid derivative used here is too much in combination, so don’t let my experience deter you from trying it yourself. Especially those that have a combination of texture, inflammation and hyperpigmentation, but don’t use other actives like strong retinoids in theri routine might find it to be a great addition to their routine.

 

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