Vitamin C is one of the top ingredients you should look for in your skincare products. It’s highly recommended by dermatologists as it can really help improve skin’s texture and tone. But the problem with vitamin C is that it’s not very stable and it quickly degrades when exposed to light, air and heat.
So when I came across Stabilised Vitamin C Serum from The Organic Pharmacy I knew I had to try it. “Stabilised vitamin C” in this serum means that this is a more stable form of vitamin C that doesn’t degrade that easily.
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Using The Organic Pharmacy Vitamin C Serum comes with many benefits:
- It boosts collagen and firms skin
- Restores elastin
- Reduces hyperpigmentation
- Increases moisture in the skin
This serum is suitable for all skin types and can be used by vegans as well.
There is 91% of organic ingredients in The Organic Pharmacy Vitamin C serum which is amazing.
Here is a breakdown of all the ingredients:
- Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water – soothes the skin, tightens pores and relieves inflammation
- Glycerin – moisturising agent
- Sodium Lactate – a humectant (retains moisture) and preservative
- Citrus Grandis Peel Oil (Grapefruit) – scented oil that also acts as a skin-conditioning agent
- Algin – thickening and stabilising agent derived from brown algae
- Ascorbyl Glucoside – a water-soluble form of vitamin C, more stable than other forms
- Dehydroacetic Acid – a non-toxic synthetic preservative
- Benzyl Alcohol – preservative, safe in low concentrations but some people react to it
- Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan moss) – Hydrating and rich in antioxidants, forms a protective film on the skin
- Xanthan Gum – Thickener and emulsifying agent
- Sorbic Acid – preservative
- Limonene, Citral and Linalool – naturally occurring in essential oils, potential allergens
- Grapefruit Oil – aromatic essential oil that helps to keep the skin healthy
- Witch Hazel – soothing and calming
There are a few essential oils in the serum which some people may find irritating but I have no problem with these.
I like that the serum contains a few moisturising agents (apart from vitamin C) which will be a great help for dry skin.
To balance the skin and soothe any irritations they have added witch hazel which is found in many skincare products. This ingredient also helps to refine pores.
The serum is very liquid-like (not like gel at all), it’s very runny. For this reason, it spreads easily and it’s also quite quick to absorb.
It does feel a little bit sticky in the beginning but once it is fully absorbed that feeling is gone. I got used to this very quickly and now I don’t even notice it, it’s not a problem at all for me.
The scent is very subtle. I can barely smell anything despite all the essential oils it contains. This is not a negative thing, it’s just an observation. For me, if the product doesn’t have any scent is better than having a scent which I don’t like.
To see whether this vitamin C serum is doing anything for my skin I’ve taken before and after pictures (too embarrassed to share them, sorry!). The main reason why I started using it is to treat and prevent pigmentation – I have some sun/brown spots on my face which I was hoping to fade.
I’ve been now using the serum for more than 6 weeks and if I didn’t have before and after pictures I wouldn’t have noticed any difference. But my face definitely looks brighter and brown marks have slightly faded.
The improvement is very small though and this is totally fine as recently I’ve learnt that vitamin C is one of the mild skin brighteners. So basically it does work but if you want to have better results with fading hyperpigmentation I suggest you use it in combination with other skin brightening ingredients such as azelaic acid or green tea.
One of the biggest benefits of vitamin C is that once you go in the sun it will help prevent UV-induced sun damage and also the development of further brown spots as it inhibits the production of melanin. So do use it underneath your moisturiser and sunscreen as an extra layer of sun protection. It’s certainly worth using it as a part of your skincare routine, there is no doubt about that.
All in all, The Organic Pharmacy Stabilised Vitamin C Serum is a great product. It does what it’s supposed to do and I am happy to recommend it.
It doesn’t come cheap though but keep in mind that there is 15% of vitamin C in this serum which is really high (not all serums contain this high concentration of vitamin C). Also, vitamin C is one of those essential skincare ingredients that is a must to use if you want healthier-looking skin.