The Solution Vitamin C Brightening Body Lotion

I was randomly browsing Superdrug one day when I came across the Solution brand. It is a bodycare range with active ingredients that target a range of skincare concerns. The major issue I have is hyperpigmentation so naturally I was very interested in the Vitamin C Brightening Body Lotion & the Retinol Smoothing lotion

The Vitamin C body lotion is made with Vitamin C, A, E and Licorice for instant radiance and glow. They say its 1.76% active ingredients

Experience

I have been using this lotion at night intermittently for a month now and I simply do not LIKE it which is why it’s taking me so long to finish. The main reason why I don’t like this lotion is because it’s full of mica. Mica is that ingredient in products that gives it shimmer so this lotion leaves a shimmery mess on my skin. What makes this worst is that I have to layer the lotion on because it’s not hydrating enough so with every layer, I’m adding more shimmer to my skin. This then leaves a shimmery silver mess that makes my skin look ashy! I’ve tried to take pics but its difficult to capture

Now I love body illuminators and body makeup and I will always use something shimmery  on my body when its out BUT I don’t LIKE shimmer in my skincare especially if its promising to brighten because brands think adding mica will make the consumer think it’s working ( after all your skin is shiny!). Mica aside I also haven’t seen any improvements in my skin tone and its just not hydrating enough. These aside, it has a fresh citrusy scent and its very lightweight

Verdict

I really liked the retinol body lotion and saw improvements in my skin tone but the Vitamin C lotion is a huge miss for me. I don’t have dry skin but I do like to feel my skin is hydrated and moisturised and this doesn’t do that for me. I also don’t like the shimmery silver mess it leaves on my skin

I won’t repurchase.

More info on Solution here

Timeless 20% Vitamin C& E Ferulic Acid Serum Review

This year I started my ‘tour’ of vitamin C serums, we know the mother of all Vitamin C serums is the very popular SkinCeutical CE Ferulic which also costs £109 for 30ml! So I started my tour to find dupes and the best-formulated Vitamin C serums on the market.

I got the Timeless 20% Vitamin C & E Ferulic Acid serum which is known as a dupe for the skinCeutical.

What the brand says:

Vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid is a super-potent antioxidant that protects the skin from environmental stressors like UV rays and pollution. On its own, it’s super effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines and other signs of photodamage, such as hyperpigmentation and sunspots.

Teamed with 1% of free radical fighting Ferulic Acid and 1% of skin-nourishing Vitamin E, it’s the perfect blend of brightening and firming ingredients, fast-tracking your way to gorgeous skin. It restores the skin’s natural elasticity by supporting collagen production from within. With a natural vitamin C skincare product, your skin is provided with the nutrients and vitamins it needs to replenish. Through the use of the Vitamin C serum, you can provide your skin with a fully nourished, beautifully replenished look without making it dry out or look older and wrinkled.

Enriched with the finest ingredients, including vitamin C, you can enjoy an anti-aging skin serum that allows your skin to feel nourished and loved, each and every time you apply it on. Unlike other skincare products, this product is a proven match for most skin types, to provide the benefits and nourishing effects you’ve come to expect from a high-quality Vitamin C serum.

Experience

I got mine in the restock which meant it came quite fresh. I really like that they have the manufacturing date on them as they are made in batches. I started using it right away, every morning after cleansing and toning. My current AM routine is in the pic above

What I liked: this formula has 20% L-ascorbic acid, 1% Ferulic and Vitamin E which is the best antioxidant combo for protection and to fight hyperpigmentation. Although it’s a high Vitamin C content, I did not experience any irritation or stinging with the serum. It is a very watery serum that goes onto the skin easily and absorbs quickly. It doesn’t pill and layers quite well with other products. What I really like is the addition of Sodium hyaluronate which is hyaluronic acid so it leaves the skin very hydrated.

I started noticing results around 3 weeks, my skin looks brighter and is glowing. I haven’t seen a difference in hyperpigmentation yet but my skin appears healthier and even-toned.

The serum used to come in a dropper bottle but I am so glad it’s now in an airless pump bottle to keep the Vitamin C fresh

What I didn’t like: not really a big deal but it goes out of stock quickly.

Verdict

This is an excellent and more affordable alternative to the skinCeutical CE serum. The Timeless formula has a very short ingredient list and the addition of hyaluronic acid really helps to hydrate the skin. For a high Vitamin content, I did not experience stinging or irritation, this was a pleasure to use.

This serum is made in batches so it goes out of stock quickly but they are very good at keeping customers updated. I got mine in the 1st week of June and started using it on 14/6, I wrote this review on 18th July and I can see it slowly changing colour. it’s not quite oxidised yet but its, not the clear cloudy colour it was when it arrived fresh. I have about 3 days left anyways s I don’t mind.

What’s great about the Timeless website is that they also sell some popular K beauty items.

Timeless 20% Vitamin C& E Ferulic Acid is £25.99 on Timeless

 

What are Vitamin C Derivatives?

We know Vitamin C to be the gold standard ingredient when it comes to antioxidants and skin brightening but L-Ascorbic acid in its true form is a highly unstable ingredient. Sunlight, air and temperature are just some of the things that can set it off and make it unstable. This is why a good vitamin c product should always be packaged well in opaque airless containers. If your Vitamin C serum changes colour e.g. turns brown it’s no longer effective. High concentrations of Vitamin C are also extremely notorious for skin irritation and generally speaking you would also need a high percentage of Vitamin C in order to experience the full benefits of it.

Vitamin C derivatives are different forms of Vitamin C that have been formulated to be more stable but offer the same skin brightening benefits as Ascorbic acid. There is a lot on the market but I will talk about the 3 derivatives I have had the most experience with.

 

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) – this a water-soluble Vitamin C derivative with the same skin brightening properties of Ascorbic acid. Even though it’s not as potent as Ascorbic acid, this derivative is less irritating meaning that most people can tolerate it as high (ish) percentages.

I first came across MAP from The Ordinary’s MAP 10% serum. I really love this product because it’s lightweight and hydrating and it worked well to brighten my skin. MAP is always the Vitamin C I recommend to others when they want a good starting point. My full review is here

Ascorbyl Glucoside– this is another water-soluble Vitamin C derivative and it’s considered one of the best derivatives on the market. This one also offers skin brightening and antioxidant benefits as well as boosting collagen synthesis.  This is the type I find quite common in products on the market. You can find Ascorbyl glucoside in Vichy Normaderm Double Correction Daily Care, Avene A-Oxitive Defence Serum and of course The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside 12% which is how I came to know of it and love it.  Remember if it’s been formulated with other ingredients, it needs to be listed within the 1st 5 or10 ingredients in order to truly benefit from it

Read my full review of this serum here

THD Ascorbate– this is a fat/lipid-soluble derivative of Vitamin C which allows it to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. Again you are getting the best of vitamin C without the irritation. I haven’t used a lot of products with this derivate but there are plenty out there. I first came across THD in the Sunday Riley CEO serum and cream. The CEO serum contains 15% THD however I did not like this serum. Read my full review of it here. This year, I used the Peter Thomas Roth Potent C serum which contains 20% THD along with Vitamin E and Ferulic acid. I’m not sure if it’s the higher THD percentage or the combination of other antioxidants but I really liked it and it helped to brighten my skin. My full review of the PTR serum is here

Summary

Vitamin C is naturally found in the skin but with ageing and environmental damage, production of it slows down. Finding a well-formulated Vitamin C serum can be quite tricky as there are tons on the market. My recommendation will always be to find a well packaged and well-formulated one e.g. in an opaque airless container and preferably a serum/cream that also contains other beneficial ingredients.

I would recommend the Ordinary MAP and Ascorbyl Glucoside as budget-friendly options. If you want the real deal, The Inkey List Vitamin C is another favourite of mine which is pure 30% L ascorbic acid. My full review is here. This serum is in a waterless formula so it’s slightly tricky to add to a routine and you can experience irritation. In my full review, I explain how and why I mix it with another serum. Be sure to also check out the full Vitamin C range from The Ordinary too.

For luxury options, I recommend PTR Potent-C serum or Ole Henriksen Banana Bright serum which is a different derivative of Vitamin C plus PHA. Sunday Riley CEO is another popular choice although it didn’t work for me

I prefer to use my Vitamin C serums in the morning underneath my SPF in order to get the best possible protection against the sun and the environment however you can also use them in the evening or even twice a day. I personally don’t think layering two or 3 different Vitamin C products will give you more results so don’t be tempted to do that.

In short, find a good Vitamin C serum and start using it!

Let me know your favourite Vitamin C serums!

Murad Essential C Day Moisturiser SPF 30 review

Murad skincare is quickly becoming one of my favourite luxury brands. I especially love them because they have a lot of value sets which allows me to test the product before deciding to invest in the full size. Today’s post will be a full review of their moisturiser I got in one of their sets.

Murad SPF review

Murad Essential C Day Moisturiser SPF 30 PA+++ is part of their Environmental Shield range which promises to protect skin from the environment, sun and improve dull skin. The star ingredient across products in this range is Vitamin C. Regarding the moisturizer the brand says:

Recommended: For Improving skin’s radiance and firmness, Protecting skin from UVA/UVB rays and sun damage, Preserving hydration all day

A moisturiser that shields skin from damaging and ageing UV rays and free radical damage. It also improves skin’s radiance and firmness. The refreshing citrus formula makes skin look more radiant, youthful and supple whilst offering broad spectrum sun protection, which screens skin from harmful and ageing UV rays.

Experience

Murad Essential C Day Moisturiser SPF 30 is a super lightweight lotion that leaves the skin dewy and glowing. I’ve been using it as the last step in my AM and it layers well over serums without piling. It also layers well when I reapply my SPF during the day.  This doesn’t smell like the usual SPF cream, it does have a pleasant smell, it’s almost citrusy but mixed with chemicals lol. The scent lingers on but it’s not overpowering

Ingredients

In addition to Vitamin C, it also has a few other beneficial ingredients, there is a lot of moisturising and antioxidant ingredients in it. This is a chemical-based sunscreen and a PA rating of 3 means it provides a good amount of protection from UVA rays.

Is it invisible on dark skin? YES. The moisturizer sinks into the skin quickly and leaves it glowing. It’s 100% invisible on dark skin

Verdict

I really really like this moisturiser. This is a chemical-based SPF moisturiser that leaves the skin moisturised and protected from the sun. The PA rating also tells you that you are getting a good amount of protection from UVA rays (causes the skin to turn brown hence hyperpigmentation to darken). It does leave the skin very dewy so if you have oily skin you may not like this. It also has fragrance so I’m not sure how sensitive skin will react. It doesn’t pill when layered but there have been a few times when I noticed some pilling when I have used too much of it. In terms of actually moisturising the skin, it does a good job.

I will recommend this. The full size of this is £65 but I recommend getting it in the kit which allows you to try it before spending £65! The kit I got also contains the cleanser, sample serum, samples of their glycolic pads and detox moisturiser. This kit is no longer available but you can get a similar one, like the one below

The Start Bright Set is £35 on LookFantastic

Other Murad reviews:

AHA BHA Cleanser

Hydrodynamic Moisturiser

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Pixi Vitamin C Review

Pixi has been popular because of their Glow Tonic AHA toner. Whilst the makeup range isn’t the most diverse, I do like their skincare range and used a few of their products. This year, they expanded their skincare collection by adding new ranges including the Vitamin C range. The 6 product strong collection features a vitamin C toner, cleanser, serum, leave-on mask and lotion.  I bought the travel size kit featuring the tonic, caviar balm and lotion. This post will be a full review of the latter two products.

The Vitamin C range has Vitamin C and promises to effortlessly brighten the complexion. The Vitamin C lotion is a lightweight daily moisturiser that can be used daily as part of a routine. The Caviar balm promises to leave the skin hydrated and brighter with encapsulated vitamin c in the form of a leave-on mask.

Pixi vitamin c review

Experience

Both products smell great, the scent reminds me of a sweet orange essence scent. Both products have Ascorbic acid however in a medium length ingredient list, ascorbic acid is somewhere in the middle for the Caviar Balm and in the 6th ingredient in the Vitamin C lotion. Both products have Ferulic acid and lactic acid. I experienced no irritation from both products.

Vitamin C lotion- I used this in my PM routine as my moisturiser. The lotion is lightweight and layers well over serums without pilling. It absorbs into the skin easily.  Whilst I like that it was very easy to use in a routine, I do not think I experienced a lot of benefits from this. It did provide some hydration but it wasn’t long-lasting. In terms of brightening my skin, I can’t honestly say I saw a huge difference.

Caviar Balm- the caviar balm took me a little longer to add to my routine, I used this as a rinse-off mask. I do not like leave-on masks because I prefer to use serums and a moisturiser. The mask has the same sweet orange scent and almost the same texture as the lotion. The encapsulated vitamin looks and feels like slightly gritty but they easily melt into the skin whilst the mask I on. I leave this on for 10 mins before rinsing away. I do see a slightly brighter complexion but it’s not enough to blow me away.

Verdict

Out of the two, the only one I would think of repurchasing is the lotion only because of the added Ferulic acid which makes gives this added antioxidant benefits. It’s not super hydrating but it’s lightweight so it would be nice to use in the spring/summer. The caviar balm didn’t make much of a difference. whilst the collection has ascorbic acid, their position in the inkey list makes me question how effective they would be, however, they also have additional beneficial ingredients like vitamin e, Ferulic acid and lactic acid.

I think I would rather recommend something with pure vitamin c without a lot of fillers in it.

Pixi Vitamin C Lotion and Caviar Balm is available from Boots



Lixir Skin Vitamin C Paste Review

I came across Lixir Skin’s Vitamin C paste on Beautylish when I was randomly browsing facial treatments. I love Vitamin C and the wonders it can do for the skin so this unique product definitely caught my eye.

Lixir Skin Vitamin C Paste is 10% L Ascorbic Acid and promises to neutralise oxidised sebum and proteins to revive the skin. it provides a natural sunscreen against UVA/UVB rays and helps collagen protection. It promises vibrant luminous smoothed complexion from day 1. And brighter more even-toned and lifted skin for continued use.

Experience

I was really excited to try this but after using this intermittently for 3 months I am not convinced it’s worth it.

Vitamin C paste makes it sound like the texture would be similar to a ‘paste’ (the packaging also reminds me of toothpaste). The texture of my product is very runny, very similar to a lotion and when I first received it has separated so only the oil dispensed first. After shaking it the product was still very runny and similar to a lotion. This picture is from when I first opened it! There was oil everywhere and made a slight mess.

 

I am not a huge fan of the scent, it’s not horrid but I don’t find it particularly pleasant. I thought the ‘paste’ felt slightly oily going onto the skin and on the skin but it doesn’t feel heavy. I experienced no irritation from it. This mask is designed as a quick morning mask which is exactly what I used it for. The Vitamin C paste feels warming on the skin and it’s very easy to rinse off. It washes clean without any greasy residue

Is it effective? The product promises ‘natural UVB /UVA protection’. Whilst there is no SPF’s in the ingredients, some studies have shown L Ascorbic Acid does offer some protection against UV exposure. ( this paper references some of those studies but also mentions a 5% and 10% conc that were used in those studies, Vitamin C paste has 10%) we know Vitamin C has amazing antioxidant properties but I did not rely on the natural UVB/UVA protection this offered and still used my daily SPF50. I got this mainly to target hyperpigmentation and a way of adding extra Vitamin C. in hindsight I realise what is the point of having vitamin C in a wash-off product to target pigmentation issues? I personally have not experienced any long term benefits, I do get instant healthier-looking skin after its been washed off but nothing concrete in the long term.

I am also very disappointed in the texture of the product. I was expecting a thicker creamy mask that stays put during showering but I got a runny mess that drips down.

My final verdict– I was really excited at the thought of using this unique vitamin C mask. I haven’t seen anything like it on the market and I tried to recreate this by adding vitamin C booster powders to my masks before I purchased the paste. I finally decided to get it because I thought it would be easier to just use this than mixing masks in the morning lol. I am quite disappointed with the texture but more so that I haven’t really experienced any long term benefits. If the product is indeed supposed to be runny then calling it a mask is quite misleading.

Whether this provides SPF protection or not, I would recommend you still go ahead and use an SPF in the mornings.

I won’t repurchase after I finish the tube.

Lixir Skin Vitamin C paste is £32 on Cult Beauty

 

Pixi Vitamin C Tonic Review

Pixi skincare added new collections to their skincare range over the last year and out of them, the Vitamin C range caught my eye. I purchased 3 trial sizes of the Vitamin C, Balm and Lotion to review. I have been using the Vitamin C Tonic which I have finished so its time for a full review

Vitamin C Tonic promises antioxidant power and healthy collagen production. It is alcohol-free and gently exfoliates the skin

Experience

The mini-trial size lasted just over 1 week. I was using it every morning on my face and neck and a few times at night. I have experienced no irritation from it.

The tonic has a pleasant mild scent and doesn’t sting my skin. I use after cleansing and I find whilst it doesn’t add any hydration (it doesn’t promise this) it leaves my skin looking refreshed. Over the week I was using it, I did notice my skin looking a bit brighter, not by miles but I started using this at a time my skin was looking dull so I did like the effect I got.

Verdict

Pixi Vitamin C toner review

I do really like this toner and I may repurchase. I have a few cons: the packaging makes it difficult for dispensing. I have used a lot of toners but I have never used a toner that stains my cotton pads its colour. The toner doesn’t stain the skin however I just find it odd the pad goes completely yellow too.

 

Remember I had issues with customer service when I purchased from the website? And I noticed they hardly work with bloggers of colour and their complexion makeup has nothing for dark skintones.

 

Pixi has left an unpleasant taste with me so it’s difficult for me to keep supporting a brand which doesn’t support people like me.

In other news Nip Fab has just released a Vitamin C range so I will try and get my hands on it soon

Pixi brand review here

Kose Clear Turn Vitamin C Sheet Masks review

YesStyle Korean Beauty Haul

You guys know how much I fell in love with Yes Style after discovering it! Check out my Asian Beauty haul here (mind this was the 1st out of 3 smh) I have started posting reviews to the products.

I love sheet masks so when I discovered they sell them in bulk I was really happy to try them! I got the Kose Clear Turn Essence Vitamin C sheet masks. These come in a variety of ingredients but I decided to get the Vitamin C for its brightening properties.

Kose promises a formula with highly concentrated Vitamin C, a perfectly fitting mask that allows the serum to quickly penetrate. It controls melanin protection. Prevents freckles and spots and provides highly translucent lush skin. It comes in a pack of 30.

Experience

The sheets masks come in a hard shell contain and they are neatly folded individually inside. Unfortunately, mine was damaged in transit when it arrived: there was a small crack at the back which caused most of the serum to leak out. it was still useable so I started using it straight away storing it upside down but that also caused the rest of the serum to leak out. I emailed Yes Style about this, not asking for a replacement but to just let them know. They replied within 24 hours and offered to send me a replacement for free! Within a week I had my new mask!

Even though most of the serum had leaked out the masks were still soaked enough for me to use. I have to use my face mist to re ‘wet’ them a bit for it to stick to my face. According to the instruction, the mask can be removed after 5 mins or left up to 10 mins and its more effective when used every day. I have been using this in place of my morning toner almost every day.

This is a cotton material sheet mask however I find the mask slightly ‘hard’ compared to other sheet masks I have used. The fit is ok, it’s just a little bit on the smaller side but after a bit of stretch, they are a perfect fit. The mask feels comfortable on and stays on. I take this off after 5 mins and massage the leftover serum into my skin. Frequent use had really left my skin brighter and this pairs well with my serums and creams in the morning. I have experienced no pilling layering other products on. Using the masks every day I feel has also reduced my need for a mask during the week. I feel like my skin is in much better condition.

Verdict

I am in love with this sheet mask and I am so happy I have a backup. Buying the mask in bulk is allowing me to use it more frequently and it’s so quick & convenient to use. You would think using these as a toner in the morning will slow down my AM routine but honestly, it hasn’t. I put on the mask first and it stays on as I sort out my clothes. Kose masks also come in Hyaluronic acid, placenta, Collagen, Q10 and Tranexamin acid and I really want to try all of them! Kose is a well-known J beauty brand and Yes Style have a ton of their products! I also have to mention the masks haven’t dried out on me!

I definitely recommend! If you love sheet masking, you have to check out this and the other bulk sheet masks they stock- it will save you money

Kose Clear Turn Essence Mask is £15.65 on Yes Style*

You can read about my experience with Yes style in my haul post. I have paid no customs charges till date and shipping is usually about a week.

More K beauty reviews: Missha SPF, Some By Mi AHA toner

I’m onto my second tub now!

Catch you later!

*affiliate link used. If you decide to make a purchase through my link, I will earn a small commission which goes towards the upkeep of the blog (and allows me to keep bringing you excellent content) but the price remains the same

Sunday Riley CEO Vitamin C Rapid Flash Brightening Serum Review

Sunday Riley is here in the UK!  I have been very interested in Sunday Riley but since it’s a luxury brand, it comes with luxury prices so I have been hesitant to try it. I was finally able to purchase some of their stuff because I discovered the Flash Kit on Beautylish and through the GlossyBox X Sunday Riley Limited Edition. Anyway let’s get into this review

The CEO Vitamin C Rapid Flash Brightening Serum is a vitamin C serum that tackles uneven skin tone, dull skin and the 5 visible signs of ageing: dullness, sensitivity, wrinkles, brightens, luminosity and radiance.

Experience

I have been loving Vitamin C this year! So far MAP from the Ordinary has been my go to and that is the standard to which I have been measuring Vitamin C’s too. I was happy to receive this in the Sunday Riley box because it contains 15% THD Ascorbate. A stable form of vitamin C that is fat soluble. I was looking forward to trying a different form of Vitamin C at a higher concentration.

The CEO serum is a lightweight lotion serum with a pleasant orange scent. It is easily absorbed into the skin and adds a touch of instant radiance. I experienced no irritation with the serum. Unfortunately, I did not experience any benefits from the CEO serum which was disappointing.

The deluxe mini size 8ml lasted a little close to 1 week. I used 2-3 pumps a day twice a day. It pairs well with other creams and serums and I experienced no piling. I found the serum unremarkable, unlike MAP, I experienced no hydration from this and my skin didn’t show any brightening effects. I was impressed by MAP from the first use however with the CEO serum even after using it twice a day for that long, I wasn’t impressed.

Verdict

Unfortunately, this is a miss for me. I didn’t experience any benefits other than instant brightness after first application but that’s about it. It was disappointing as I love Vitamin C but this isn’t for me. I don’t know if longer use would change my mind but I am not interested in purchasing the full size. I will stick to MAP.

The CEO deluxe size is not available in the UK as a standalone but it can be purchased in a gift set like the Face to Face kit for £35 on Space NK. In it, you get 3 other mini sizes.

Sunday Riley CEO Vitamin C Rapid Flash Brightening Serum is £70 for the full-size 30ml bottle on Space NK

Sunday Riley has been in hot water after admitting they have a lot of fake reviews on their website. Personally, I didn’t like this serum but I love their Good Genes Lactic Acid serum. My full review of that is here

Catch you later

The Ordinary’s Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% Review

I have been gushing all about Vitamin C on my Instagram and this product, in particular, The Ordinary’s Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% (MAP) so you know it was only a matter of time I brought a full review to my blog

Vitamin C has been an ingredient I have stayed away from for so long because although it’s extremely effective, it must be formulated and packaged properly to prevent it from going bad, i.e. pro-oxidant (you don’t want that). Since I use a lot of water formulations and mists in my routine and Vitamin C doesn’t pair well with water, I needed something to overcome this. I decided to do more research into Vitamin C and came across Vitamin C derivatives, they are just as potent and more stable in water! The two I got from The Ordinary were Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% (read review here) and MAP. This post is all about MAP

MAP is a water-based cream, and a water-soluble derivative of Vitamin C. MAP is well known for its brightening properties even more than other Vitamin C derivatives. The 10% conc The Ordinary offers is a very high solubilized concentration designed to be used AM & PM after water based serums

Experience

What don’t I love about this? MAP has a light creamy texture which sinks into the skin with ease and adds hydration to my skin. There is an instant boost of radiance once applied. I have experienced no irritation with this. I used it every night with the Ferulic acid until I finished the tube. It lasted a little over a month

I am now on my 2nd tube and I can definitely notice a difference in the overall health of my skin: it looks more radiant and healthier. I LOVE mixing a few drops of the Resveratrol 3% and Ferulic Acid 3% to this for antioxidant and brightening properties.  I have also used this following their Salicylic Acid 2% serum whenever I have texture and somehow- IT GETS RID OF IT OVERNIGHT! I have recommended this to my mother who has hyperpigmentation too and she loves it, she says it has left her skin smoother and brighter. I’m purchasing a 2nd tube for her soon.

I have to say, my pigmented spots don’t look any lighter but the overall appearance of my skin has definitely improved! I prefer this over the Ascorbyl Glucoside 12% serum only because I have had no issues with it and its hydrating enough for me to use without the need for a night cream. For my 2nd tube, I have been using it in rotation, on days when I am not using retinol or acids serums (not that you can’t combine these, you absolutely can and should! I am just doing it this way to use as many products as possible lol)

Verdict

An absolutely must have if you are a bit weary of Vitamin C and want something effective and easy to use. The only con is the amount in the tube, it seems to go quickly lol but I can also say I may have abused it and used a lot more than needed lol. You can use it alone, but I definitely prefer it with the ferulic acid mixed for instant luminosity and brightening! Please come with the 100ml or 50ml size of this!

MAP is £7.80 available from Deciem