What if you could get all your vitamins from just one serum?
No more wondering how to fit Vitamin A into your skincare routine so it won’t clash with your Vitamin C. You can use them all together and get on with your day (or night).
Meet Beautifully Nourished Vitamin ACE Facial Serum. It takes its name from all the vitamins it uses.
Is it really as ace as it claims? Let’s find out:
What’s In Beautifully Nourished Vitamin ACE Facial Serum?
Beautifully Nourished Vitamin ACE Facial Serum uses Retinyl Palmitate, the weakest form of Vitamin A.
Vitamin A is an antioxidant powerhouse that fights free radicals, boosts collagen production, and speeds up cellular turnover (the skin’s natural exfoliating process).
But Retinyl Palmitate is so weak (way weaker than retinol), you’ll hardly see any difference. This is a form of Vitamin A that I recommend only to people with very sensitive skin that can’t tolerate any other form.
On the plus side, Retinyl Palmitate is so gentle, it won’t irritate or dry out your skin like other forms of Vitamin A do.
Related: What’s The Best Form Of Vitamin A For You?
Beautifully Nourished Vitamin ACE Facial Serum uses Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (SAP), a derivative of L-Ascorbic Acid (LAA, the pure form of Vitamin C).
Like LAA, SAP fights free radicals and boosts collagen production. It’s not as powerful, but it does convert to LAA in the skin, so you’ll see results (just more slowly).
So why use SAP instead than LAA? Let me count the reasons:
- Longer shelf life: LAA goes bad within a few weeks. SAP is way stabler and lasts you for many months.
- Less irritation: LAA can irritate skin, while SAP is way gentler and well tolerated by all skin types (even sensitive).
- Acne-fighter: Unlike SAP, LAA can’t fight acne. Studies show SAP reduces sebum oxidation (a main cause of acne and inflammation) by up to 40%! It’s also more effective than 5% benzoyl peroxide and 0.1% differin.
The catch? You’ll see SAP in the middle of the ingredient list. That means it’s present in a very low (1% or lower) concentration.
It’s not useless, but it can’t compete with 15% L-Ascorbic Acid serums like Skinceuticals CE Ferulic, know what I mean?
Related: Is Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate The Best Form Of Vitamin C For Oily Skin?
We have more luck with Vitamin E. The serum uses Tocopherol, a form of Vitamin E that works well even at incredibly low concentrations.
Tocopherol has three main jobs:
- It strengthens the skin’s protective barrier, leaving skin softer and smoother
- It fights free radicals, the nasty molecules that give you wrinkles and dark spots
- It boosts the effectiveness of Vitamin C and other antioxidants
Who knew plain old Vitamin E could do so much?
Related: 4 Reasons To Add Vitamin E To Your Skincare Routine (And 1 Reason Why You Shouldn’t)
Hyaluronic acid is a moisture magnet. Literally.
Like a magnet, it attracts moisture from the air into the skin. It’s so powerful, it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water!
But what does your skin do with all that extra moisture? Glad you asked:
- It plumps up, so fine lines and wrinkles look smaller
- It gets softer to the touch
- It takes on a dewy, as if lit-from-within glow
Related: Why You Need Hyaluronic Acid In Your Skincare Routine, No Matter Your Skin Type
Thick and gel-like, it absorbs quickly without leaving a tacky residue behind.
Floral, with a hint of citrus. It’s lovely, but the essential oils used to make it smell so good can irritate sensitive skin.
How To Use It
Morning and/or night, after cleansing and exfoliation.
Performance & Personal Opinion
I use Beautifully Nourished Vitamin ACE Facial Serum in the morning right after cleansing to get the most from its antioxidant benefits.
Even the best sunscreens allow a tiny % (between 1 and 5%) of UV rays to get through the skin and generate free radicals. Antioxidants nip them in the bud before they can wreak their havoc on your skin.
Plus, I dig the texture. It glides on smoothly, sinks in quickly and doesn’t interfere with my sunscreen (the next step in my routine – yes, I skip moisturiser). No pilling or anything like that. Phew!
The serum instantly makes my skin softer and smoother. I can’t say it made my fine lines that much smaller, but then, that takes time.
I do wish Beautifully Nourished upper the concentration of its vitamins (or used more powerful forms), as that would speed up results.
As it is, this is more for women with sensitive skin who don’t tolerate high concentration of retinol or L-Ascorbic Acid, but still want to incorporate these vitamins in their skincare routine in a way that doesn’t irritate their skin.
The only thing to be wary of is the scent. The types of Vitamins A and C used here may not irritate sensitive skin, but the essential oils may trigger a negative reaction – if you’re allergic to them.
If you’re not, you can likely to use the serum without problems. It’s all about knowing what your triggers are, so you can build a skincare routine that works for your own unique needs.
Related: Can You Use A Vitamin C Serum If You Have Sensitive Skin?
Who Is This For?
- Young women in their 20s who want to get started on their anti-aging journey
- Women with sensitive skin who can’t tolerate high concentrations of Vitamin A and C (as long as they’re not allergic to essential oils)
Who Is This Not For?
- If you’re already using high concentrations of retinoids or L-Ascorbic Acid, you don’t need this
- Anyone who can’t tolerate essential oils
Beautifully Nourished Vitamin ACE Facial Serum comes in a dark bottle with a pump dispenser that dispenses just the right amount of product you need for each application.
Does Beautifully Nourished Vitamin ACE Facial Serum Live Up To Its Claims?
|Contains a multivitamin complex combining vitamins A, C & E that boosts the radiance and vitality of the skin.||It does contain all these vitamins and smoothens skin so it looks a little brighter.|
|The serum stimulates collagen production and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.||It contains ingredients that can stimulate collagen production, but in very low concentrations.|
Price & Availability
£45.00 at Beautifully Nourished
Do You Need It?
If you’re still young and want to dip your toes into antiaging skincare or have sensitive skin that can’t tolerate high concentrations of vitamins but is ok with essential oils, you may like this.
Dupes & Alternatives
Aqua, Glycerine (Veg), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Pyrus malus, Citrus medica limonum, Vaccinium myrtillus, Saccharum officinarum, Vitis vinifera, Propylene Glycol, Lactic acid, Citric acid, Glycolic acid, Malic acid, Tartaric acid, Helianthus Annuus (Carrot Infusion), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitive), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare Dulce (Fennel) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Essential oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Anisaldehyde (p-methoxybenzaldehyde)*, Benzyl alcohol*, Benzyl benzoate*, Benzyl salicylate*, Citral*, Estragole*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*, Geraniol*, Isoeugenol*, Limonene*, Linalool*.
OMG! Stop using this! the citrus oils cause cell death in the sun!!!!!