Confession time: I’m using a serum with Vitamin C + niacinamide.
I know, I know, you’ve probably heard something horrible will happen if you mix those two together.
You’ll get beautiful, glowy skin.
I know, not that horrible, isn’t it? Me thinks it’s time to bust some myths so you can enjoy amazing serums like Dr Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum.
Dr Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum has not one, not two, but three types of Vitamin C:
- 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid: a stable form of Vitamin C that brightens skin and fades dark spots
- Ascorbic Acid: the pure of form of Vitamin C, it fights free radicals, boosts collagen and brightens but can irritate sensitive skin
- Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: an oil-soluble form of Vitamin C that penetrates skin more easily to fight wrinkles and boost collagen
All this vitamin C helps your skin fight wrinkles, fades dark spots and gives your skin a beautiful glow.
But, it may be a tad too much for sensitive skin. My skin is used to Vitamin C so I have no problems with this serum but if it’s your first time with this antiaging superstar, take things slow and use it only three or four times a week. Once your skin has gotten used to it, build up frequency.
Niacinamide is another antiaging superstar that’s part of any everyday skincare routine. This multitasker:
- Brightens skin
- Fades dark spots
- Fights wrinkles
- Hydrates skin
- Soothes irritations and rosacea
- Treats acne
So why do people say it doesn’t play well with Vitamin C?
Usually. Because in this case, the yellow colour is caused by the formation of Niacinamide Ascorbate. Basically, an electron transferred from Vitamin C to Niacinamide, holding them together.
But this reaction is reversible. As they travel deep into your skin, Vitamin C and Niacinamide go their merry separate ways so you don’t have to worry about this chemical reaction at all.
The best part? Niacinamide Ascorbate isn’t as useless as it seems. Studies show it can still help fight sun damage.
The three forms of Vitamin C aren’t the only antioxidants here. Dr Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum also has superoxide dismutase, ubiquinone, quercetin…
I’m particularly thrilled to see that superoxide dismutase has made it onto the ingredient list. It’s one of those antioxidants that you come across rarely, which is a shame because it’s super powerful.
Superoxide Dismutase destroys Superoxide, one of the worst types of free radicals. Superoxide is the primary trigger of inflammation. This inflammation then turns into wrinkles and dark spots and may have trigger a bout of acne!
Give me a dose of Superoxide Dismutase pronto!
So far this serum sounds perfect, doesn’t it?
Well, there is one little nasty thing lurking in here: SD Alcohol 40-B. I guess it’s here to help the active ingredients penetrate skin more easily.
But too much alcohol can be drying for the skin. You can counteract this by applying moisturiser afterwards, which you should do anyway. I did this and had no problem at all.
But again, if you have sensitive or very dry skin, the combo of alcohol and lots of Vitamin C could irritate your skin. Be careful!
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
Dr Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum is an orangey caramel in colour. This does NOT mean Vitamin C has gone bad. Caramel is one of the ingredients here. 🙂
The lightweight, gel-like texture sinks quickly into my skin without leaving a sticky feeling behind. I apply it just after cleansing to allow it to penetrate more deeply into my skin.
The only thing I don’t like is the scent. Dr Dennis Gross didn’t add any perfume to the serum so what I’m smelling is the natural odour of the ingredients. Let me tell you something, they DON’T smell good. But, I’d rather put up with that for a few seconds than the irritation caused by added fragrances. Just saying…
Besides, it works wonders. After a couple of weeks, I could already see my skin was more radiant than usual. My skin felt a little tighter, too. Of course, the serum can’t lift skin that has already sagged (you still need a little nip and tuck for that) but it keeps everything tight.
The good cocktail of antiaging ingredients fights wrinkles and boosts collagen, keeping your skin in good, youthful condition. There’s enough Vitamin C here to lighten your dark spots as well but I can’t vouch for it personally. I’m lucky I don’t have any yet. I’m planning to keep it that way. 😉