I started using Vitamin C serum about eight months ago, and I love its effects on my skin. It’s claimed that Vitamin C serum can combat wrinkles by increasing collagen production and also decrease and prevent age spots (sun damage) with its antioxidant properties. But there are a LOT of brands of Vitamin C Serum to choose from out there, each with their own special blend of skin-improving ingredients.
As soon as I opened my bottle of Dr. Song Vitamin C Serum for the first time, I noticed that it was quite a bit different from other brands I’ve tried. In addition to 20% Vitamin C, this serum also contains E Ferulic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, , Jojoba Oil, and Aloe Vera (among other ingredients – the full list of ingredients can be found at the end of this post).
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The consistency is thicker than that of other brands, more like a gel than a liquid. It’s not runny at all, and in fact has a very slight bit of stickiness to it. I used to have an aloe plant (before I killed it like I’ve killed every plant I’ve ever had), and I used to use the gooey gel inside the leaves to apply to burns (yes, I burn myself frequently enough that I had a plant to treat myself growing in my home – I’m very accident prone, although I’ve improved with age). My point being, the “sticky” part of the texture of the Dr. Song Vitamin C Serum is probably attributable to the aloe, it’s the same look and feel. It also feels a little sticky when you first apply it to your skin, but it absorbs completely into your skin very quickly (within 60-90 seconds) and doesn’t leave any sort of sticky residue – just nice soft skin.
According to the research I’ve done (I’ve mentioned before that I’m a little bit of research geek, in addition to being several other types of geek), there are five different types of Vitamin C that are used in skin care products. The two types you’re most likely to see are L-ascorbic Acid or Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate. (Another type you might see, although I personally haven’t run into it yet, is Ascorbyl Palmitate, which according to the information I read can actually cause more harm than good – there’s your PSA for the day!)
Dr. Song Vitamin C Serum contains L-ascorbic Acid, which is considered by naturalists to be the safest form of Vitamin C, since that’s the kind that’s found in nature (the kind that’s biologically active in your body). As mentioned, Vitamin C promotes collagen production and reduces age spots or discoloration due to sun damage. It can also help reduce the appearance of acne scars. (I’m fortunate enough not to have acne scars, so I don’t have personal experience on how well it works for that).
And as far as the other beneficial ingredients in Dr. Song Vitamin C Serum:
Vitamin E, like Vitamin C, is an antioxidant that protects against sun damage and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic Acid aids in tissue repair and helps your skin hold in moisture by helping to create a protective barrier on your skin. And aloe vera is known for its soothing and moisturizing properties to help keep inflammation and dryness at bay. (Also, some people experience a temporary dryness of the skin when they first start using a Vitamin C Serum, so the presence of aloe vera in this formulation can help prevent that as well).
Things to keep in mind regarding Vitamin C Serum: Antioxidants (like Vitamin C) break down and deteriorate when exposed to light. That’s why this serum (and most other Vitamin C serums) come packaged in dark and/or UV coated glass bottles. If your Vitamin C serum turns brown, that means that it’s oxidized and you should toss it and buy a new bottle. (Definitely don’t keep using it!)
Also, your skin may need a little time to adjust if you’ve never used Vitamin C serum before. The concentration of Vitamin C can vary between brands (there are some that are as low as 3%), but I personally prefer 20% Vitamin C. For the first few days after starting a new Vitamin C Serum regimen, your skin might seem a little dryer like I mentioned before, and some people even break out. (I was one of those people). If you give it a week, though, your skin will adjust and look all the more beautiful for it. Myself, I got splotchy for three or four days when I first started using Vitamin C serums, and then my skin cleared right up and I haven’t had any breakouts (other than my usual once-a-month company’s-coming warning breakout) or other issues since then.
But if you try Dr. Song Vitamin C Serum and decide you don’t like it, you can get your money back. They have an incredibly generous money-back guarantee: “If you are not happy with the product, please contact us within 365 days, and we will be more than happy to refund your order, hassle free. You don’t even have to return the product.”
As far as the cost? Dr. Song Vitamin C Serum has the best price of any Vitamin C Serum I’ve tried. The other brands I’ve tried are currently priced at $16.50 up to $35.00; Dr. Song Vitamin C Serum is priced at just $9.99 right now on Amazon (plus $4.99 shipping, as it’s not Prime eligible). Even with the shipping cost added on, that still beats the lowest price by two and a half dollars.
Ingredients: Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Propylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Glycerin, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Ferulic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Fragrance
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