If there is any must have in my beauty arsenal, a great vitamin C serum is up there. I've used Cellbone products off and on for a couple of years now and one of the serums I keep coming back to is their C23 serum. By the way, before we get any further, let me say that this is NOT a sponsored review.
One of the amazing things that a good vitamin C serum does is reduce hyper-pigmentation. It's also good for fine lines, some protection from UV exposure (though I'm not saying to throw out your sunscreen), and is suppose to increase firmness by increasing collagen production.
One thing I've learned from my studies is that the vitamin C serums tend to be more potent with the form, L-ascorbic acid. The problem with L-ascorbic acid is that it's unstable and prone to oxidation, which isn't entirely bad because the first step in oxidation causes it to turn to dehydroascorbic acid which the skin cells are said to readily absorb. However, it breaks down further or degrades which results in a yellow color when it's going bad.
One of the ways that some companies have tried to resolve this was/is by adding ferulic acid and vitamin e in their serums. That's another story though, because cellbone doesn't use ferulic acid in this serum. Yet, it works marvelously when it comes to hyper-pigmentation in my experience. Within one week of using the serum twice a day my skin looked remarkably glowy (sure that's a word) and even. The freckling on my face was dramatically reduced. I don't have tons of freckles and they are only visible up close, but I have enough that I prefer my skin tone without them.
The problem I've had is that I always end up wasting 1/4-1/2 the bottle because the vitamin C degrades before I finish using it. If you use it regularly and the temperature in the house stays stable and cool and it's stored constantly away from light you should be able to get more uses out of it than I do.
Also, don't be put off by the texture. It's rather watery in my experience. As for the smell, there is a slight but pleasant mint smell. Since there is menthol added you may feel a slight tingle. For me this was a non-issue.
Though the efficacy of this product is not called into question by me, I'm still interested in trying a serum with ferulic acid because it has it's own benefits. Perhaps I'll even diy my own, as it saves money and can be remade weekly as opposed to wasting half a bottle.
Water, L-Ascorbic Acid, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Propylenglycol, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Zinc Sulfate,
Bioflavonoides, Sodium Hyaluronate, Centella Asiatica, Marine Collagen,
Idebenone, Menthol |
Disclaimer- these are my experiences and not intended as medical advice. Your use of any information on this blog
is completely your choice and at your own risk
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