*Please note that this is pre-written and scheduled content, before I knew what would happen family-wise in the past 2 weeks*
Vitamin C is a non-negotiable ingredient for me, however it has taken a long time to find the right products, and the right balance of use, as my skin used to react so badly to it - inflammation and a burning feeling. I felt like giving up on it at one point, because I just couldn't find the right products, but I persevered because of the brightening results it gives, and my skin is naturally dull (due to being so dry), so I knew that I had to find a way to incorporate it into my routine. I'm glad I did, because I now have products that I can use on a daily basis! Today, I want to share my absolute favourite Vitamin C products, that really make a very noticeable difference to my skin, without any adverse reactions.
Omorovicza Illumineye C: How many ways can I explain how much I adore this eye cream? You know that I love the brand in general, but this really is something very special, especially if you suffer from dark circles, but also dry skin. In the past few months, I've gone through a period of very severe illness (and still am), and stress, with the illness and consequent death of a loved one and illness of another very close family member - it's no wonder that my medication did very little for me, whilst under so much stress! Although I tried to keep on top of my skincare routine, the eye area doesn't lie and I didn't just have dark circles, but also purple and red - even on my lids. In short, my eye area looked horrendous and told a million tales. Then, this dream product entered my life! It contains not only Vitamin C (in the form of ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate), to brighten the area to which it is applied, but it also increases elasticity and collagen formation, which is exactly what you need when you've been ill, or crying a lot, as it really shows in this area. It also contains Vitamin A, (in the form of Retinal), which helps to smooth the area, both hyaluronic and polyglutamic acids, which can retain 1000s of times their weight in hydration, Vitamin E, which is nourishing, and, of course, Omorovicza's Patented Healing Thermal Concentrate™, which is soothing. The texture of the product is a cream, which is quite rich and I find that I need to warm it between my fingers before using, in order for it to be able to spread evenly and absorb quickly. The instant result is comforted, soothed, brighter skin, but the longer term results see the skin looking firmer and less fatigued overall. A little goes a very long way, so this should last quite a while, and due to the airtight packaging, oxidisation shouldn't be a problem. Use the code SIOBHAN to save 15%.
Omorovicza Daily Vitamin C Serum: This was actually the first Vitamin C serum that I found I could use on a daily basis (so the name doesn't lie!), and is a repurchase twice over. Don't worry when you see two serums in the photos above - I only ever have one Vitamin C serum open at a time, otherwise it's a waste of money, as oxidisation is bound to occur in one of them, due to the instability of the ingredient (depending on the type used). This serum uses Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, which is a highly stable form of Vitamin C, plus it is housed in a frosted glass bottle, with a twist up pipette applicator, so unless you leave your products open (and you'd be mad to do that, no matter what the price!), this serum should not oxidise, even with daily use, in my experience. It has a milky texture, which absorbs into the skin easily, layers well with other products and doesn't pill. I use Vitamin C as part of my morning routine, and this delivers a real boost in terms of brightness, but also in terms of elasticity and collagen production, leading to skin looking bright, bouncy, smooth and even, without even the slightest hint of irritation or redness. I began using it three times a week, but once it's open, I use it daily. It is definitely one of my favourite ever Vitamin C Serums. Use the code SIOBHAN to save 15%.
Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum*: I am part of the Skinfluencer programme, but have used Dermalogica for around 18 years. It was the first high end brand that I invested in and I'm so glad that I did - read more here. Being part of the programme, means I am fortunate enough to be sent some products, however I also purchase products myself too. This is a very powerful serum, and I did experience some tingling and redness initially when using it, but that is because it also contains AHAs, so I had to ensure not to overuse those elsewhere in my routine. It is definitely possible to use this daily, not just possible, but desirable, if you are going through a period of dull, uneven, slack skin, as with consistent use, you will see plump, bright, even-toned skin that hides the sins of life (lack of sleep, not the best nutrition at times, lack of water etc etc). This is the serum that I am currently using in the A.M. and I'm very grateful for the effects!
Dermalogica Biolumin-C Gel Moisturiser*: One of the latest releases from the brand, this gel formulated moisturiser aims to protect, firm, brighten and defend the skin. It's the third product that I have tried from this range (the eye serum is one of the best I've ever used), and although gel moisturisers are not my favourite type, this does deliver a powerful dose of hydration, but with consistent use, skin looks brighter, because it accelerates cell renewal. Differences/improvements can be seen upon initial application, but, again, it is with consistent use, that best results will be seen. This can be used both morning and night, in conjunction with the serum, however, that's not how I choose to use it. Depending on how parched my skin feels, I may use it in the morning, and thankfully, it isn't sticky, which is what I dislike about some gel moisturisers. Because it contains Hyaluronic Acid and Squalane, it also hydrates and nourishes the skin - something I really need, so the overall end result is bright, smooth and hydrated skin. If I were to choose between this and the serum, I'd probably choose the serum and a heavier moisturiser, for the winter months (due to my very dry skin), however an oil could be layered over it, if using at night, and you feel like you might need an extra moisture boost.
I'd love to hear how you incorporate Vitamin C into your routine and what your favourite product is?
Thanks for reading!
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