Name: Vitamin C Serum
Brand: Skin Actives
From Skin Actives’ website:
Refresh your skin with our ready-to-mix Vitamin C Serum. The acidity of Ascorbic Acid (L) and the Orange and Lemon extracts will exfoliate and promote skin renewal. The Vitamin C will help restore elasticity to aging skin, promote collagen synthesis, protect against UV Damage, reduce redness, promote wound healing, suppress melanin synthesis, and more.
The serum can be purchased in premixed 15% form, or in a ‘mix-your-own’ kit that can be used to make a serum customized up to 20%
What I liked:
– lightweight texture, sinks quickly into the skin
– loaded with antioxidants that can protect skin from UV damage and prevent premature aging
– exfoliates skin, making it look brighter and pores smaller
– can reduce hyperpigmentation
– leaves skin soft and smooth
– opaque, air-tight bottle keeps the antioxidant stable and effective for long
– pump dispenser pours out only the amount of product you need
– the price
What I didn’t like:
– because the concentration of vitamin c is so high, it could irritate sensitive skin
Vitamin C is one of the anti-aging superstars everyone should include in her skincare routine. But if you’re on a budget, finding a good vitamin C serum or moisturizer can be tricky. Most products out there are either quite expensive, or packaged in jars that make vitamin c go bad pretty soon, or contain so little of it to provide barely any benefits at all.
Skin Actives Vitamin C Serum 15% Ascorbic Acid (L) provides all the benefits of vitamin C without any of these cons. It is available in two versions, Premixed and Mix Your Own, both of which cost only $15.50. The serum is packaged in an opaque and air-tight bottle that keeps vitamin C and the other antioxidants stable and effective. And the concentration of vitamin C is so high (%15) to be very effective. A little too much maybe for those with sensitive skin, who could experience irritation while using it. Everyone else though, will love it. Here’s why:
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Ferulic Acid
L-Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) does it all. It can brighten skin and lighten discolourations, it stimulates collagen production, and can fight free radicals, thus preventing the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.Very effective on its own, it works even better when used with antioxidants Vitamin E and ferulic acid, both of which are included in the formula.
According to a study performed by Duke University, “this combination of pure natural low molecular weight antioxidants provides meaningful synergistic protection against oxidative stress in skin and should be useful for protection against photoaging and skin cancer.” It’s no substitute for sunscreen, but it helps.
Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid
Glycerin and hyaluronic acid are both humectants. These ingredients work by drawing water from the environment into the skin, thus helping to keep it hydrated and supple. Hylauronic acid is particularly beneficial for the skin because it has the ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water and works well both in high and low humidity conditions, making it an excellent choice for dry skin.
Final considerations on the formula
In addition to vitamins C and E and ferulic acid, Skin Actives Vitamin C Serum contains many other antioxidants such as alpha lipoic acid and astaxanthin (it’s what gives salmon its red colour), which can fight free radicals and keep wrinkles at bay for longer. I could have done without the inclusion of the exfoliating citrus oils, because they can be irritating, but at least their concentrations are too small to do skin any harm.
Texture and performance
The serum has a lightweight consistency that sinks quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy or sticky residue behind. Because the concentration of vitamin C is pretty strong, the instructions say to use it only once or twice a week. My skin can tolerate pretty much anything, so I use it three times a week. The first time I used it, I felt a slightly tingling and warming sensation on my skin, but that never happened again. I guess my skin got used to it pretty fast.
That doesn’t mean that the serum isn’t working though. On the contrary, I can see a big improvement in how my skin looks and feels. My skin feels softer and smoother and looks a little bit brighter. My pores have always been pretty much invisible everywhere bar on my nose and the surrounding area, which is the oiliest on my face. Well, since using this serum, they look smaller. The exfoliating action of vitamin C helps prevent them from getting all clogged up and stretched out, thus making them look smaller.
What about its antiaging properties? Well, I’ve been using this serum for little more than a month, so it’s too soon to say how good it is at keeping the signs of aging at bay. But it contains high concentrations of effective antioxidants so, with regular use, it can certainly help your skin age more slowly and gracefully.
Water, Ascorbic Acid (L) (Vitamin C),Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Phloretin, Pomegranate Seed (Punica granatum) Oil, Tocotrienols, Vitamin E Oil (Alpha-D-Tocopherol), Astaxanthin, Lycopene, Lutein, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Beta Carotene, Xanthan Gum, Lemon (Citrus limon) Extract, Orange (Citrus sinensis) Extract, Citrus Essential Oils, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol,Sorbic Acid.
Mix Your Own:
Serum: Water, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Phloretin, Pomegranate Seed (Punica granatum) Oil, Tocotrienols, Vitamin E Oil (Alpha-D-Tocopherol), Astaxanthin, Lycopene, Lutein, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Beta Carotene, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Essential Oils, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid.
Powder: Ascorbic Acid (L) (Vitamin C), Lemon (Citrus limon) Extract, Orange (Citrus sinensis) Extract.
Available at: Skin Actives
Skin Actives Vitamin C serums is loaded with antioxidants that can stimulate collage production, reduce sun damage and hyperpigmentation, prevent wrinkles, and exfoliate skin. As a result, skin looks brighter, smoother, and softer. Its lightweight texture sinks quickly into the skin too. However, the high concentration of vitamin C could irritate sensitive skin.