Why Good Vitamin C Comes In Small Packages

by Gio

vichy liftactive vitamin c skin brightening corrector

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:

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.

Ascorbic Acid

Vitamin C is one of the 5 antiaging superstars (you can find out more about the others here). It does wonders for your skin:

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.

Related: Types Of Vitamin C Used In Skincare: Which One Should You Choose? 

Alcohol Denat

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

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.

Related: Why You Should Add Hyaluronic Acid To Your Skincare Routine

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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Tarryn B February 21, 2018 - 1:54 pm

Do you have any idea why Vichy recommends only using this 3-4 times a year?

Gio February 24, 2018 - 10:55 am

Tarryn, where does Vichy says to use it only 3-4 times a year? I checked on their website and couldn’t find it.

Liane March 21, 2018 - 10:43 pm

Do you have any idea of the Ph? Is it at least lower than 4?

Gio March 23, 2018 - 12:22 pm

Liane, I don’t know the ph of this particular product but I know other Vichy Vitamin C serums have a ph of around 3 so I’m confident this one is low enough to work too.

Linda September 23, 2018 - 12:47 pm

Hi Gio,
I’ve been using this in my morning skincare routine together with the ordinary’s resveratrol 3% + ferulic Acid 3%. now my small bottle of vichy’s vitamin C is coming to an end (while I still have plenty resveratrol 3% + ferulic Acid 3% left) and I’m debating repurchasing or switching to another skincare product, that combines CEF instead of mixing different things together as i used to..

I liked the vichy one a lot, but I didn’t really enjoy the resveratrol 3% + ferulic Acid 3%. I found it too heavy/oily to put on in the mornings – I had to wait a long time for it to sink into my skin and still needed to pat/blot a greasy layer off my skin before I could finally put on sunscreen and finally makeup.
Maybe I didn’t use it correctly (vichy first, then the ordinary)? Maybe mixing both in my hands and putting it on like this would be better?
Please help 😀 do you have any recommendations?

Gio September 27, 2018 - 2:41 pm

Linda, how much product are you using? It seems to me that either your skin is super oily or you’re using too much serum. That’s easy to do, unfortunately. I like TO but it’s easy to pour out more than you need from the bottle.

LINDA September 28, 2018 - 9:31 am

i put several drops of the serum on my face and rubbed it in with my hands. i guess i‘ll try to cut down the number of drops ?

Gio October 4, 2018 - 7:22 pm

Linda, let me know how it goes.

Elissar October 29, 2019 - 11:42 am

Hi, do you know if LiftActiv Anti-Oxidant and Anti-Fatigue Fresh Shot can be used by a 23 year old girl having an oily skin? So i want to know if it’s good for my age and my skin type please..

Gio November 8, 2019 - 12:20 pm

Elissar, yes it can. Vitamin C is a god antioxidant at this age.


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