Skin Care Chronicles: Vitamin C

Skincare is such an important part of my daily and nightly routine. I come from a background of super oily, acne proned skin that has since evolved into combination skin with the odd breakout as I get older. I remember the days when my acne flareups would be so bad that I’d lose hope of clearer skin days (I dealt with acne for most of my elementary school and all of my high school life, leading into my first year of University). Those days for me were some of my hardest but I never stopped looking for solutions. Eventually, I  broke free from my acne prison to get the one odd breakout every now and again (which is a dream!). If you’d like to learn more about how I did that, let me know and I’ll publish a separate post.

Since my skin is out of the ‘danger zone’, I have embarked on a skin care journey to test out brands or ‘benefits’ (aka vitamin c) to form my opinion on how they work, the results and the experience during my routine as well.

I start off the chronicles with vitamin C. I have collected a plethora of different vitamin C infused products to learn whether or not it’s benefits translates into a  noticeable difference on the face. Vitamin C expires very quickly so if you have products in a stock pile, dont wait too long to start using them.


Vitamin C has long boasted an impressive resume of benefits, including helping the body form and maintain connective tissue, including bones, blood vessels, and skin. Taken straight from the Allure website (article linked here), benefits of Vitamin C on the skin are:

Want brighter, tighter, and overall better-looking skin? There’s an ingredient for that: vitamin C. The powerhouse ingredient is a potent antioxidant that helps reduce skin inflammation, irregular pigmentation, and promotes healthy collagen production, explains Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “Vitamin C is a key component to many skin brightening regimens, as it interferes with pigment production and keeps inflammation at bay. It may even help protect the skin from pre-cancerous changes from UV light exposure by neutralizing free radicals.” Bottom line: Keep products spiked with the ingredient in your regular skin-care rotation. Here, we’ve picked seven new formulations to try.

To really make this a clear test, everything from my face masks, face wash to my creams, oils and eye creams are vitamin c enriched. Lets see what happened…

VITAMIN C DAILY GLOW EXFOLIATING POLISH ($18 CAD), The Body Shop

VITAMIN C DAILY GLOW EXFOLIATING POLISH
VITAMIN C DAILY GLOW EXFOLIATING POLISH

This face wash has a jelly consistency with tiny beads in it that dissolve once mixed with water and rubbed onto the face. Out of the 135 reviews on the Body Shop website, this product almost has a 4.7/5 score! According to the website, this product contains ‘Amazonian camu camu berry, which is known to have one of the highest contents of vitamin C in nature.’ Although this says exfoliating, it can be used daily as the beads are not too abrasive

I admit, it is a nice cleanser although does not remove all of my makeup at the end of the day. I either need to wash my face twice with this or use a cleansing oil/balm beforehand to dissolve my makeup. I know this breaks my ‘vitamin c’ only rule, but I couldn’t be bothered to do the same step twice, whereas massaging a dry oil only to my skin before for 15 seconds allows the daily exfoliating polish to do the rest.

The bottle is quite messy, although I think I have an older version since the packaging on the website looks new so take this opinion with a grain of salt: the top of the tube gets super messy because the consistency of the gel is so thick that any reside left on the top just causes a mess.

My skin does feel smooth after using this and that feeling is magnified when applied with my Foreo. However, I get the same smooth feeling from a lot of other cleansers I use and this alone does not take off all my makeup so it’s not worth a repurchase for me. I didnt notice any other brightening effects on my skin. Moreover, the tube is kind of messy (unless updated) so all in, this is not beauty swatched approved.
VITAMIN C SKIN SERUM ($28 CAD), The Body Shop

VITAMIN C SKIN SERUM
VITAMIN C SKIN SERUM

The consistency of this serum is silicone-y and although it does not leave the face oily or wet and absorbs almost immediately, it doesnt give my skin enough hydration. Once absorbed into my skin it feels like I didn’t apply anything. I would repurchase if I noticed a difference but since I didn’t, this is not beauty swatched approved

VITAMIN C CAPSULES ($30 CAD), The Body Shop

VITAMIN C CAPSULES
VITAMIN C CAPSULES

This is the most gimmicky thing I’ve ever seen. This product contains capsules (that for those who remember bath oils that came in squishy plastic figures that you’d poke a needle in and let the liquid diffuse into your bath is the exact same thing). Each capsule contains a white cream for your face that blends in well but it doesnt leave my face feeling extra moisturized or nourished. It’s actually annoying to have to break a new one every time I want to moisturize. I dont see the capsules having any benefit (unless it prevents the product from sun exposure maybe?) and the feeling on my face is mediocre at best. I heard this product is getting discontinued, which is an excellent decision. This is not beauty swatched approved.

OLE HENRIKSEN PURE TRUTH YOUTH ACTIVATING OIL AND TRUTH SERUM COLLAGEN BOOSTER ($56 CAD), Sephora

OLE HENRIKSEN PURE TRUTH YOUTH ACTIVATING OIL AND TRUTH SERUM COLLAGEN BOOSTER
OLE HENRIKSEN PURE TRUTH YOUTH ACTIVATING OIL AND TRUTH SERUM COLLAGEN BOOSTER

For a duo that is meant to brighten up my skin, it seems like it may have a bit of an effect but not enough for me to be loyal to it.

Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil is meant to be applied nightly underneath the Truth Serum. I actually enjoy this oil because it doesn’t feel like an oil – it absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves my face hydrated but not oily (almost like a matte hydration, if that makes any sense)

Truth Serum – I dont understand the name of this. Gimmicks aside, this is just a vitamin C oil that you are supposed to apply daily, AM and PM. It is nice, and when coupled with the Youth Activating Oil, it do notice that my skin feels nourished (I’m not tempted to reach for my other creams) and it does leave my skin looking bright the next morning. However, this isnt enough for me to spend almost $100 on both oils. So for the price tag and minimal effect, both oils are not beauty swatched approved.

OLE HENTRIKSEN TRUTH SUGAR GLOW POLISHING MASK ($52 CAD), Sephora

OLE HENTRIKSEN TRUTH SUGAR GLOW POLISHING MASK
OLE HENTRIKSEN TRUTH SUGAR GLOW POLISHING MASK

I received a sample of my skin mask so when going onto Sephora to see the price of this, I would definitely NOT recommend it. For $52 CAD, you’re getting a product that is just as good as a home remedy. This smells like Vitamin C and does leave my face feeling soft but it’s nothing that a home recipe cant replicate (let me know if you want a separate post on the best home DIY masks). If it was cheaper, I would recommend it but for $42 CAD, this certainly is not beauty swatched approved.

DERMAGLOW VITAMIN C MICRODERMABRASION ($12 CAD), SHOPPERS DRUG MART

DERMAGLOW VITAMIN C MICRODERMABRASION
DERMAGLOW VITAMIN C MICRODERMABRASION

Although I’ve been using this for about 2 months, I dont really understand what this is or what it’s supposed to do. The directions are to apply this to face and neck after cleaning for a minute, use 1-2x per week to ‘resurface my skin’, but my skin is already on it’s ‘surface’. Secondly, this is a cream product, which is good for people with sensitive skin, but it doesn’t do anything for me. It just makes me feel like i’m rubbing a cream onto my face and washing it off. I see no benefits, dont really understand what this was supposed to do and wouldn’t purchase it again.

 

Geeze, this was a long & BRUTAL review! I was extremely critical but at the end of the day also bored, uninspired and anxious to finish up my products when using this selection of Vitamin C skincare. Tatcha is up next, wish me luck!

 

 

 

 

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