In my skincare routine I will not, rather can not, ignore vitamin C. My skin needs it and dare I say it, we all need it.
And the most effective vitamin C for topical skincare is pure vitamin C, the notoriously unstable L-ascorbic acid.
To get an in-depth look at the various vitamin Cs in skincare and its various derivatives; L-ascorbic acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) please check out Stephanie Nicole on Youtube. Start with her video on The Ordinary skincare line.
Anyone seriously into Vitamin C (and cash to spare) knows about Skinceutical’s CE Ferrulic and if you are living in America, you also have access to the Drunk Elephant line. (Please see my note end of post about the The Ordinary, Timeless and Kate Sommerville’s serums.)
While the CE Ferrulic is potent the Vitamin C destabilises so damned quick that I fear it is not effective after a while. It’s the dropper system that is the problem exposing it to air and light.
Drunk Elephant on the other hand have aced it with their packaging. The best in the market. You twist the orange cap anti-clockwise and up pops a pump. You pump the product and twist it back shut. It is as ‘air tight’ as you can get with skincare.
However 30ml at $80 dollars plus tax hurts. I was, grudgingly, resigned to my expensive fate until around 2 weeks back when I was nosing around the Ulta website. I spied the Derma-E Vit C Concentrated Serum, Hyaluronic Acid. Now I ignore most vitamin c serums and creams because if it aint L-Ascorbic Acid then talk to the hand mate! Moreover I was looking for a serum to deliver an additional dose of hydration for my skin and the Hyaluronic Acid on the label caught my attention.
But when I read up about the second ingredient in the serum, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate ( truthinagain.com, simpleskincarescience.com and thebeautybrains.com ) I thought to myself ‘ok this product sounds promising’. The study is not definitive but at $20 a pop I decided to give it a whirl anyway.
This serum is in no way mean’t to be the Vitamin C serum in my routine. I plan to alternate this one with the Drunk Elephant one. That way doubling the life of my Drunk Elephant and also getting , fingers crossed, an effective alternate dose of vitamin C and hydration.
The texture is a clear/milky gel and doesn’t leave a tacky feel on the skin. The pale orange on the right is Drunk Elephant.
A) We use a stable form of Vitamic C that wont evaporate or degrade before absorbing into your skin.
B) Intensely moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid plus non-oxidizing Vitamin C work together to protect skin from environmental stresses, helping to minimize the appearance of Aging, Soothing Aloe and Vitamin E deeply moisturize for a more rejuvenated you.
- No Parabens
- No Artificial colors
- No GMO
- No Gluten
- No Sulfates
- No Petrolatum
- No Mineral Oil
- No Lanolin
- No Phthalates
- 100% Vegan
- Cruelty Free
In terms of my primary source of Vitamin C it will be the Drunk Elephant C Firma for now but I understand it is expensive.
To get a different perspective please watch Ms. Kimberly Clark’s Anti-Haul videos here ( part of her anti consumerism series) She says she wont buy the Drunk Elephant. By the way she is HILARIOUS !
Note: I have not tried any of the serums from The Ordinary line as items are always out of stock (grrr) . For the Vitamin C from the Timeless series, well I never have enough to justify free shipping :).
Kate Sommerville’s Vitamin C serum is in a promising non-dropper system but it didn’t do it for me. I love almost everything from her line except this one. So gave it a pass.