Instytutum is a Swiss skincare brand with Result-Driven Products aim to create Flawless Skin. The innovative superpacked formulas combine efficacious levels of the most powerful ground-breaking anti-aging, and cosmeceutical ingredients that the skin needs to address all skin concerns.

INSTYTUTUM result-driven skincare was founded by Natalia Derkach, PhD, a truly visionary woman and top-level executive of a successful pharmaceutical corporation renowned for manufacturing innovative medical solutions. Her dream was to create her own skincare brand and create products that deliver outstanding results. If you have been following me on Instagram, then you know my love for this brand and their products. I have in the past used (still do) their Flawless Pads and Triple Effect Peel. Recently, the brand has updated their formulas and packaging as a part of their commitment to innovation and efficacy.


Their products are aesthetically pleasing but also very effective. As many of you already know, I love trying a wide range of skincare to help with different issues as I age and have adapted to different seasonal changes, but am really particular about what I use. I have five products I want to talk about today. After putting them to the test for a few weeks now I have found some solid winners.



This transforming, rich balm melts into a light weight oil. Upon contact with water, it turns into a silky emulsion and instantly dissolves and removes makeup, impurities, pore-clogging debris and micro-pollution. Without overdrying and uncomfortable tightness, skin is thoroughly cleansed, soft and radiant-looking. With the renewal benefits of Retinol to refine skin texture, Hyaluronic Acid to improve moisture and elasticity, Vitamin E, Provitamin B5 and Allantoin to calm, soothe and strengthen barrier function.

This cleanser is gentle and non-stripping but really effective. It is a very thick balm and has a rich texture that feels super luxurious and hydrating on the skin. Once it is applied to the skin, it melts into a milky oil and I can feel my pores being cleaned out. It has moisturizing properties so your skin doesn’t feel stripped and does a thorough job at cleaning and doesn’t dry out the skin.



The Resurfacing Glow Toner is formulated with 6% Glycolic Acid and 2% Niacinamide chemically exfoliates the skin’s surface to visibly improve the look of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, uneven skin tone and helps to brighten, clarify and smooth the complexion. It also effectively reduces sebum production and impurities. Allantoin, Chamomile and Pro-Vitamin B5 help soothe and calm the skin while Hyaluronic Acid leaves the skin plump and hydrated.

This is not just your average toner, but it is a hydrating essence as well, so you can easily apply with your hands. This is meant to chemically exfoliate the skin’s surface, improving the look of fine lines, wrinkles, pores, and uneven skin tone for a brightened, clarified, and smooth complexion. I use this right after cleansing with the Melting Cleanser. I pour a small amount on a cotton pad and apply to my face and neck. It makes my skin feels refreshed and hydrated and I love that it is not sticky at all.



Formulated with 15% Vitamin C THD an ultrastable oil-soluble significantly more powerful form of Vitamin C plus 3% Niacinamide, stimulates collagen production to reduce wrinkles and skin sagging. Effectively brightens the appearance of the skin by reducing melanin production to diminish the look of dark spots and discoloration. It repairs the effects of UV exposure and demonstrates anti-inflammatory effects in acne and visibly improves enlarged pores, dullness and texture. Infused with a multi-molecular HA complex to build up a formation of a 3D network and targets different layers of the skin for multidepth hydration and plumping. Squalane with its high affinity to the skin creates a hydrolipidic film that hydrates, softens, prevents moisture loss while restoring suppleness and flexibility. Bark Extract and Oleanolic Acid reduce excess sebum, reduce the diameter of the pores and skin shine, resulting in a refined, smooth surface. The Tripeptide-5 gives this formula extra power by boosting collagen production to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve firmness, elasticity and tightens pores while reversing visible signs of photo-aging. Regenerating Vitamin E to fight premature aging.

Adding a serum is a step I don’t neglect anymore because I’ve noticed that it makes such a difference in the overall appearance of my skin and it makes a huge difference in helping the skin absorb moisturizer better. For my skin I’ve started to develop fine lines and I feel like this serum really helps soften them and firms up the skin on my forehead and chin area. If you’re looking for a luxury high potent serum that has anti-aging properties, this is a good one to try. The texture is very lightweight and it sinks into the skin easily without leaving a tacky feeling on the skin. The serum helps to brighten discoloration and dark spots, as well as the appearance of dullness, texture and pores. The consistency of the serum is milky and the serum has a pleasant but subtle scent. It feels hydrating on the skin and layers really well with other serums. If you have dry skin, I highly recommend this serum. It is one of the most hydrating and effective Vitamin C serums I’ve tried. The serum is ideal for all skin types and gentle enough to be used on a daily basis.



For an amazing immediate radiant glow and a supple, plump, healthy and intensely hydrated glowing skin. This super packed Anti-Aging formula combines Vitamin C for brightening, reducing hyperpigmentation stimulating collagen and increased elasticity. The Multi-molecular HA complex for multi-depth hydration, low, medium and high-molecular-weight HA for superb hydration to rapidly penetrate and create a protective film on the skin surface, reduce water loss from the inside, 24 h moisturization, nourish the skin surface, repairs and restores from the inside and provides anti-pollution/anti-UV benefits. Tri-Peptide-1 encourages skin renewal and stimulates collagen synthesis in order to reduce wrinkles and sagging skin. Probiotics for stabilizing and creating a healthy skin barrier. Pomegranate extract provides anti-aging and moisturizing. Beet Root Extract for instant long-term moisture and supporting the natural moisturizing (NMF) factors. Shea Butter, Almond and Jojoba Oil, Allantoin, Vitamin E, B5 as well as polysaccharides for anti-inflammatory, smoothing, calming, soothing, softening, repairing, protecting and moisturizing properties.

I have dry/combination skin which is prone to hormonal breakouts and getting dried out from air conditioners or seasonal/colder temps. Finding one that is hydrating enough but not too heavy has always been a challenge but I have luckily found several that I love. This one is pure love. A small amount goes a long way. It’s hydrating and in the immediate term reduces the appearance of dryness and fine lines. Skin feels instantly refreshed without any greasy residue. It absorbs into the skin, has a hydrating feel, brightens, plumps, calms, and smooths fine lines and wrinkles, while protecting the skin barrier and giving off a gorgeous, radiant glow. This makes a wonderful makeup base as it gives a beautiful pearlized glow on the face. So when used under makeup, it gives a luminous effect to the skin.


FLAWLESS FACE MASK – $69 for 5 sheets

This Hydrolyzed Collagen second skin mask uses the innovative Transdermal Cosmetic Delivery (TCD) Technology which is activated by the skin’s temperature to achieve a better penetration of the highly effective ingredients into the skin. The translucent skin mask contours closely to the face to deliver a powerful complex of the peptide argireline, collagen matrix and a botanical complex to significantly moisturize and refine visible pores, restore elasticity and achieve an immediate tightening effect on the skin. Your skin looks flawless after just one application.

Firstly, let me say that I think these sheet masks are expensive and while they’re really good, I probably wouldn’t repurchase just because of the price point as I believe there are many effective brands of sheet masks out there that is less expensive and works amazing. That being said, this is a two piece mask. Place 2 sheets on the upper and lower part of the face and adjust it to fit. The texture of the mask is luxurious and full of effective ingredients that will leave your skin plumped, hydrated and refined. My skin felt like it went through a total spa experience after using this and super hydrated. Just leave on for 20 to 30 minutes – remove the mask and massage remaining serum into the skin. I also love using these before makeup application since it makes your skin look plump and flawless.


Overall I love this brand. I have yet to try everything in their lineup but I have been really impressed with what I’ve tried so far. Their products are gentle but very effective. I highly recommend you check this brand out because the products really works!

Do you have any Instytutum favorites? Or skincare favorites right now? Let me know in the comments!

Ann-Marie x

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