Can you ever finish a bottle of pure Vitamin C?
It’s a rush against time. You use it religiously every single day but you’ve barely gone through half the bottle when you see it. The slightest brownish tinge.
It’s already started. Your precious Vitamin C is going bad. You double your efforts to finish it but you know you’ll never make it in time.
Time to cut your losses and splurge on another bottle. *sighs*
There are ways around this:
- You can use a Vitamin C derivative but you’re compromising on effectiveness. They work, just not as well.
- You can use an anhydrous (without water) formula but these are loaded with silicones. If you don’t like them, this ain’t the option for you.
- You can use an anhydrous formula without silicones, like The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, but they have an unpleasant gritty texture.
Vichy has taken a different approach. They went mini. As in mini size. The new Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector is only 10 ml. You’ll have to buy it more often but you actually get the chance to finish the entire bottle before your Vitamin C goes bad.
Vitamin C is one of the 5 antiaging superstars (you can find out more about the others here). It does wonders for your skin:
- It fights free radicals that cause premature wrinkle
- It boosts the production of collagen, the protein that keeps skin firm and elastic
- It fades dark spots and brightens the complexion
- It enhances sun protection, especially when used with Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid (only Vitamin E is in this serum)
Vitamin C comes in many forms. Ascorbic Acid, the one Vichy uses, it’s the pure form. This is both a good and a bad thing.
It’s good because Ascorbic Acid is the most effective form of Vitamin C out there. Hands down.
It’s bad because Ascorbic Acid is unstable and irritating. That’s why Vichy put it in such a small bottle. But if you have sensitive skin, 15% Ascorbic Acid may just be too irritating for you. If that’s the case, go with a derivative.
This is a controversial one. If you’re a regular here, you know that Alcohol Denat isn’t one of my fave ingredients.
It’s everywhere because it helps other goodies – like Vitamin C – better penetrate the skin so it can do a more effective job.
But that doesn’t come without its drawbacks. Alcohol can be drying and irritating to the skin. Fixing the first problem is easy: just moisturise skin well afterwards.
But if your skin is on the sensitive skin, that may not be enough. Personally, I didn’t have any problems with alcohol in this serum (my skin is pretty resistant) but if it doesn’t agree with your skin or you don’t like using it, this isn’t the serum for you.
If it’s not a deal breaker, keep reading. 🙂
Hyaluronic Acid is a moisture magnet.
It literally acts like a magnet. It attracts moisture from the air and dumps into your skin, plumping it up, smoothing it out and hydrating it from within. Oh, and the glow! All that moisture gives your skin a beautiful radiance.
Vichy used the hydrolyzed form in this serum. Hydrolyzed means that hyaluronic acid is broken into smaller bits. That makes it slightly less effective.
I personally didn’t find Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Skin Brightening Corrector as hydrating as other hyaluronic acid serums but, if your skin’s on the drier side, every little bit of hyaluronic acid helps.
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Skin Brightening Corrector is a slightly yellow in colour. That’s NOT a sign it’s gone bad already. It’s the colour of the ingredients.
The lightweight texture sinks into my skin quickly. As I’ve said, I don’t find it particularly hydrating for my dry skin. You may see more of a benefit in this area if your skin’s normal or oily.
But it definitely does everything a vitamin C serum is supposed to do. After only a few days, my skin is already brighter. If you have tired, dull skin, this serum will give it that much-needed pick-me-up.
With regular use, this much Vitamin C also keeps my skin younger, prevents wrinkles and slows down sagginess.
If you’re looking for a simple Vitamin C serum you can finally finish and won’t break the bank, I think you’ll like this. Just use it with a moisturizer or serum with ferulic acid so you can supercharge it even more!
Available at: £28.00 at Feel Unique
What’s your face Vitamin C serum? Let me know in the comments below.
Ingredients: Aqua/ Water, Ascorbic Acid, Alcohol Denat., Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Laureth-23, Neohesperidin Dihydrochalcone, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Pinus Pinaster Bark/ Bud Extract
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