Happy 2017 everyone! These are my empties from November and December of 2016:
If I were soon to be stranded on a desert island and could only bring 3 items with me, they would be sunscreen, an oil cleanser, and Vitamin C. If you’re not already using a REAL Vitamin C serum (ie NOT this one), you should be. Lately, I’ve been using a few different serums in my rotation. This review is going to be about the one I’ve been really liking: Skin Deva’s 20% Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid Serum.
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See my January empties here.
I just wrapped up part 1 of a project at work that has completely taken over my life the past couple of weeks. I’m hoping to make some progress on the backlog of posts I have in my draft file, but in the meantime, here is a quick rundown of the things that I emptied in February!
NIP + FAB GLYCOLIC FIX PADS – These were a sample from the Target January 2016 Refresh Beauty Box and I actually quite like them. I have not been using chemical exfoliants since starting tretinoin a few months ago but it’s been something I’ve been wanting to reintroduce. They have a good amount of alcohol, which I don’t love, but the exfoliating action is mild enough for me to use in conjunction with tretinoin. I’m planning to give Pixi Glow Tonic a try next, but if those don’t work out I may give the full size of these pads a try.
MIZON SEA WEED JELLY SCRUB – I usually stay away from physical exfoliants because when I use them, I end up compulsively sanding my skin into submission, which leaves my skin soft but is so, so irritating. This scrub, made of seaweed jelly and konjac pieces, is extremely gentle and seems proofed against users like me. I use this by applying on dry skin, moving it around my skin, and then jumping in the shower to rinse it off.
SULWHASOO EVERFAIR PERFECTING CUSHION REFILL (housed in an Etude House Sand Cat Cushion) – I’m a NC25, which is slightly too dark for most Korean cushions. This cushion in #25 is a pretty good fit and when used in conjunction with a beauty blender, makes for an incredible finish – thin and natural looking but with decent coverage.
KLAIRS JUICY DROP – This is an ascorbic-acid based Vitamin C serum that is suitable for sensitive skin. To be honest, I don’t really notice much of an effect, good or bad, with this serum and was determined to finish it mostly so I can go back to using my HG Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum.
FROM NATURE AGE TREATMENT ESSENCE – This is my favorite first essence to date! It is intensely hydrating and makes my skin smooth and glowy. Of all the items I finished in February, this is probably the one that I will repurchase.
What products did you guys finish in February?
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 not quite what I expected it to be, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
At a Glance
Product Name: Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop
Size: 35 ml
Packaging: Transparent, plastic dropper bottle. Transparent bottles are usually not ideal for LAA products because LAA is unstable and prone to oxidation, but 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 because I know that in theory it is effective, but it’s not something I can see working until years later.
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. Also, 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! If you have sensitive skin and have trouble finding a gentle enough Vitamin C product, this serum is worth giving a try.
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 the most 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 aggressive Vit C serum, but in the meantime I am happy to have found this one.
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.
WHY I BOUGHT IT
Skinceuticals CE Ferulic is THE gold standard for vitamin C serums. Why? Glad you asked. Two reasons: Continue reading