Vitamin C Serum – The Research Continues…

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I’ve just had the good fortune to find two more bottles of my beloved (discontinued) Remede Super C Serum online (here on ebay from tlong76 – great seller), so while they are winging their way to Australia, my research on vitamin c serums in general continues.  I’ve been using the Remede Super C Serum for weeks now and my skin is in the best shape it’s been in for years.  If you’re in you late 20’s, start using a vitamin c serum now, especially if you live in Australia.  My wrinkles have become much less obvious, my skin is more elastic, texture is smoother (so I’ve been exfoliating less), breakouts are less frequent, skin is plumped, and it’s even started to fade the sunspots on my cheeks.  I believe all this has occured quickly firstly because this serum has a very high 25% concentration of vitamin c, and secondly because it contains lots of calming, natural extracts such as licorice root, willowherb and grapeseed.  Remede have come out with a replacement in the form of their Intensive Double Serum:

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However, as I initmated in an earlier post, I remain sceptical.  This serum combines the old Remede Super C Serum and the famous Oxygenating Booster (very effective at neutralising breakouts), but the percentage of vitamin c in this product is now 10% as opposed to 25% in the original serum.  Also, the source of oxygen in the booster is hydrogen peroxide, which when applied at the same time as vitamin c, decreases the effectiveness of the anitoxidant properties of vitamin c.  Thus, I’m guessing that this remains great for stopping breakouts in their tracks, but not as effective in the anti-aging department.   So whilst I’m interested in anything that keeps my face pimple-free, let’s return to the main topic of vitamin c serums.

Things I have resolved to do so far:

– avoid ferulic acid:  the phrase ‘period of adjustment’ and ‘some flaking’ feature highly in conjunction with this additive, so best to avoid it.

– find a vitamin c serum that doesn’t dry my skin out.  Vitamin C serums are notorious for drying out your skin, and even with the Remede Super C, I had to do a bit more moisturising when I had been using it for a week (Burt’s Bees Naturally Ageless Serum has saved me yet again in this respect).

– use a vitamin c serum that has a high level of vitamin c.  People talk about increasing the dosage gradually from 5%, to 10%, to 15% etc, but I’ve been using a 25% vitamin c product with no problems.

– find a vitamin c serum that doesn’t oxidise too quickly.  A vitamin c serum will last six months, tops, before you have to throw it away, but some brands oxidise more quickly than others, particularly if you don’t keep them airtight, they don’t have the right packaging, or they’re not kept in a cool place.

– avoid Cellex-c:  it’s too drying, unstable, and not appropriate for sentive skin.

So, on the top of my list is Ph Advantage Effective ‘C’ Serum:

ph-advantage-effective-c-serumIt has around 20% vitamin c, seems quite gentle , has good anti-oxidising packaging, and is not too expensive (vitamin c serums are expensive because it’s so hard to stabilise vitamin c). This is available from many places online, and the prices don’t seem to vary much.  I’ve been looking at makemeheal.com in particular, as the service is pretty good.  It costs $85 from them, plus $ 34 shipping to Australia.  Click here for more details. For Australian customers, it’s also sold at kitcosmetics.com for $120 plus $9.95 shipping – so a bit more expensive than makemeheal.com, but it will probably get to you quicker.

I’m still researching:

Jane Marini C-Esta Serum

SkinCeuticals C + AHA

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Massage Cream

NARS Brightening Serum

MD Skincare Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Serum

Dr Sebagh Pure Vitamin C Powder Cream

Vivier Vitamin C High Potency Serum 20

I sure hope one of these turns out to be a worthy replacement of Remede Super C Serum!

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3 Responses to Vitamin C Serum – The Research Continues…

  1. Kate says:

    La Prairie has a product with Vitamin C and it has special packaging because Vitamin C, apparently, is destroyed when it comes into contact with sunlight – or at least breaks down fairly soon after a product is opened up. Do the other brands mention this and if so, what do they do to make sure the Vitamin C isn’t destroyed?

    Is there a ‘shelf life’ for Vitamin C products?

  2. Dempeaux says:

    La Prairie is not alone in coming up with ‘special packaging’ – ReVive also markets its vitamin c as being contained in a (I kid you not) ‘force-field’, and Dr Sebagh has produced a product in powder form that must be mixed with a moisturiser to be ‘activated’.

    Also, the La Prairie contains a more unstable version of vitamin c (ascorbic acid) hence the special packaging. Remede contains a more stable form (methyl silanol ascorbate) hence the ‘normal’ packaging.

    I find the Remede packagaing pretty typical of vit c serums (except for the fact that it sprays everywhere), but still wonder at companies who package their vitamin c serums in old fashioned dropper bottles (I’m looking at you Mario Badescu) because it lets air and sunlight get to the serum. Vitamin c products will last six months, max, so the only thing you can really do is to use them consistently, watch for if they turn brown, and keep them in a cool place.

  3. Dempeaux says:

    Oh, and be really careful about buying vitamin c serums retail in Perth. I’ve seen some bottles in stores with as much as an 80% mark-up :O

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