I have been silent for a couple of weeks testing a few Vitamin C products which I am now happy to share with you.
First things first, though: Vitamin C ( mostly in its ascorbic acid form) is definitely a friend when it comes to skincare, and its benefits are several:
1- a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals
2-can help to reduce pigmentation and scarring
3-helps to give skin luminosity and radiance
4-boosts collagen production
5- helps shield from pollution ( Hello Londoners…….)
Now it all sounds so amazing and it is ,partly : Ascorbic Acid in its raw form is very difficult to stabilise and mixing it with water most likely renders it ineffective( I am sure most of you have, in the past, bought a vitamin c serum and realised after two weeks of opening that it had turned orange, hence oxidised and pretty much ineffective). It’s also very sensitive to light so you must always ensure your vitamin c products are packaged in a dark bottle and ideally with an airless pump to keep it stable. In my own personal experience, I found vitamin c percentage from 10% and over to be effective at improving overall skin texture and the one I have tried recently are :
Clinique Fresh Pressed 7-day system pure vitamin c
Lixir skin Vitamin c paste
The Ordinary 100 percent vitamin c powder
Let’s start with Clinique: this is a one month course which retails for £58 and includes 4 little bottles. Each week you open one, press the seal to release the vitamin c in the stable solution, mix it and have to use it within 10 days.T his is a great way to always get a pure and active dose of 10 percent vitamin c. the serum itself is lightweight and you are advised to add a couple of pumps to your existing moisturizer and use it twice a day. I absolutely loved this product, within a week my skin was already looking brighter and my pores smaller so it gets the thumbs up from me.
The second product is a little unusual and it comes from a brand which I stumbled upon watching youtube reviews: Lixir skincare.
this pretty tube squirts out a balmy emulsion that you are supposed to apply all over your face(including eyes and lips) with wet fingertips first thing in the morning. You are meant to let it sit there for a few minutes and then rinse off before following your normal routine. I love love love love (did I say it enough) this: right after the first use your skin glows and its super radiant but doesn’t feel greasy. It retails for around £34 and a little goes a long way so a tube should last you at least 3 months or more. Thumbs up!
Onto the last product: The Ordinary 100 percent pure vitamin c powder. This little tub contains a finely milled pure ascorbic acid powder that you are meant to mix with a product of choice and then apply on the face. It is ridiculously cheap, around £6. The problem I had with this is the application, the powder doesn’t really dissolve when mixed but actually creates lump making for a very uneven and difficult application. Also, it does sting a bit being such a powerful strength. With this one I am on the fence, it is good in theory but not very practical so I am going to give it the thumbs down, as I didn’t like the stinging and the mess you make in order to apply it.
I hope I answered some of your questions and I hope you found this piece about vitamin c interesting. Let me know if there are any other vitamin c products you love.
I have to share with you this amazing cc cream/spf50/antiaging serum that a friend who was visiting New York brought back for me to try.
IT Cosmetics is an American brand available in the U.K on QVC. I had never tried anything from this brand before so I was very curious about this, especially since the reviews were mixed. On QVC it retails for £30.
Now on to the claims: It is supposed to be a medium coverage cc cream, an SPF 50 (physical sunscreen)and it also claims to include an antiaging serum, all developed by plastic surgeons.
The second ingredient on the ingredient list is snail secretion which can allegedly help with collagen production. Apart from this, the rest of the ingredients seem promising: hyaluronic acid, peptides,vitaminC and E, antioxidant and collagen.
The SPF comes from Titanium and Zinc, which are my preferred ingredients when it comes to sun protection.
Now the most important part: is it a good base, does it provide medium coverage, does it really illuminate, does it hold up throughout the day? Well, the answer is YES!! I am in love with this product and since I am experiencing a little retinol purge at the moment, this was the perfect time to test this cc cream as my skin right now is far from being great. I have attached some before and after pictures (excuse the spots ….hopefully the retinol purge phase will soon be over). I used just one pump for the whole face and then used a beauty blender to blend. I used the color Medium.Bare in mind the finish is kinda dewy so maybe I would recommend this for combo to dry skins . If you are very oily you might want to try the non-illuminating formula. Let me know what you think please in the comment section and feel free to visit my Instagram alexinwonderland81.
I had the most amazing facial a couple of days ago and I had the chance to try Dermapaning and I wanted to share my opinions with you all.
First of all, what is dermaplaning: itis a method of exfoliation that consists of using a 10 gauge scalpel to gently scrape off the top layer of dulling dead skin cells in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. It also removes the ever so annoying peach fuzz that can make makeup look awful.
The treatment, which lasts about 10-15 minutes, is not painful at all and there is no bleeding whatsoever, it is just a little scratchy, similar to a shaving session.Right after my skin looked and felt incredibly smooth to the touch, literally like baby skin.There was very little redness and was also very fascinating and somehow rewarding seeing all the debris that the scalpel had collected.
I am attaching a video of my session so you can better understand what it does involve. If you are in London or visiting London, you must visit Tine Hagelquist ( https://www.instagram.com/tine_hagelquist_beauty/) she is one of the best facialists I know. Tell her I recommended you to visit her and I am sure she will treat you like royalty like she always does,.
THE VERDICT: I loved it, it is a great physical exfoliation, it left my skin looking and feeling amazing. Pricewise we are talking roughly around £50.