This product was provided to me for review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
I live in Los Angeles and think it’s the greatest place on earth, but it’s not the kindest climate for skin. It’s very sunny (which we should all know by now is the largest contributor to aging) and has a minor issue with air pollution.
Other than sunscreen, Vitamin C is one of the best ingredients to protect against both of these problems. I’ve previously talked about my love for the Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum, but between winter and tretinoin usage, I recently found myself in need of something gentler. Around the same time, Wishtrend asked me if I was interested in testing this serum. Since Klairs is known for making products for sensitive skin and I was in need of a new Vitamin C product, I figured why not?
I’ve been using this product since November. It’s a lot gentler of a Vitamin C, but not quite what I’m looking for.
At a Glance
Product Name: Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop
Size: 35 ml
Packaging: Transparent, plastic dropper bottle. Transparent bottles are not ideal for LAA products because LAA is unstable and prone to oxidation from light. That said, even after two months, my serum shows no signs of oxidation.
Fragrance: Slight metallic smell
Texture: Runny, a little viscous, and a little oily
Color: Completely clear.
Active Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid (5%), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (unknown percentage)
Acne Triggers and Irritants: Butylene Glycol (1) as an acne trigger
Other Notable Ingredients: Centella Asiatica Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Chaenomeles Sinensis Fruit Extract, Orange Oil Brazil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Camellia Sinensis Callus Culture Extract, Larix Europaea Wood Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Rheum Palmatum Root Extract, Asarum Sieboldi Root Extract, Quercus Mongolia Leaf Extract, Persicaria Hydropiper Extract, Corydalis Turtschaninovii Root Extract, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, Magnolia Obovata Bark Extract, Lysine Proline, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Lecithin, Acetyl Glutamine, SH-Olgopeptide-1, SH-Olgopeptide-2, SH-Polypeptide-1, SH-Polypeptide-9, SH-Polypeptide-11, Bacillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate
See cosdna for full ingredients.
L-Ascorbic Acid (LAA) is the purest form of Vitamin C. It is known for being photo-protective against both UVA and UVB rays, increasing collagen production, improving hydration, brightening /lightening hyper pigmentation, and increasing skin density while decreasing skin furrows. Unfortunately, LAA is most effective at a pH below 3.5 and this serum has a pH of 7, so I don’t know how many of these benefits are still at play.
Fortunately, this serum is jam packed with dozens of extracts in addition to amino acids and peptides. In fact, I would say it is more accurately categorized as a broad-spectrum antioxidant serum with Vitamin C, as opposed to a Vitamin C serum.
I’m always a little unsure of how to review a Vit C / anti-oxidant serum because the main benefits are preventative. I use vitamin C mostly as an extra layer of protection against photo-damage and environmental damage, but it’s not something I can see working until years later.
With Skinceuticals, the texture of my skin looks and feels better with regular usage. This serum does not have the same benefit. I will say that my skin does seem to have a healthier glow to it when I use this serum consistently, but the effect is very subtle. I haven’t seen any brightening effects, but I’ve never really seen brightening effects from any of the Vitamin C serums I’ve used, so it wasn’t anything I was expecting.
What I do like about this serum is that it absolutely lives up to its claims of being non-irritating. It does not cause flushing or burning, dry out my skin, or cause any amount of flaking!
What I dislike most about this serum is its texture. Even though it appears light and runny, it is unexpectedly viscous and even a little oily when I first apply it to my skin. The oiliness does disappear after a few minutes, but because I am frequently in a rush in the morning and don’t frequently have a few minutes to spare, I do find the initial oiliness to be bothersome.
This is not a very effectively formulated Vitamin C serum but it does contain many beneficial extracts, peptides, and amino acids and (most importantly) seems suitable for sensitive skin. I’m hoping after I finish this bottle, my skin will have recovered enough from its winter bashing such that I can use a more effective Vit C serum, but in the meantime I do plan to use this one up.
Overall Rating: 2.5/5
Disclosure: Wishtrend provided me with this product for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own. This post contains an affiliate link. See here for my full disclosure policy.