Most dermatologists and skin care experts will tell you, having a good antioxidant like Vitamin C in your daytime skincare routine is essential.
This means Vitamin C is a product that is always on my skin, but I’m always trying new formulations to see which one I like best. These are three formulas that have worked really well for me—different in some ways, but all good.
The Vitamin C in this formulation is encased in a tiny gel capsule that you open and squeeze out.
As for the formula, it’s got a silky feel, which is probably due to the dimethicone (silicone) in the formula. I’m not typically silicone kinda gal with my skincare products—I like the feel of a product that soaks in more than I like the feel of something sitting on top of my skin—but these are an exception. They create a great base and my mineral SPF blends really well on top of it.
If you want a Vitamin C that will go perfectly under makeup and don’t mind that slick feel of a silicone-based product, this is it!
By the way, you can get these for the super reasonable price of $17.43 when you’re a Beauty Pie member. It’s a wholesale beauty site, kind of like Costco for skincare products. Read my detailed thoughts on Beauty Pie here, and why I’m a member.
This product is a relatively new try for me.
I had a credit on the Curateur website (sidenote—that is one amazing subscription box), so I used them to buy this. It’s housed in a dropper, which some people say will destabilize the formula kind of quickly, since exposing Vitamin C to air degrades it over time, but I think if you work through the product in a few months you should be just fine.
Here’s what I love about it: This is a more fluid formula that soaks right into my skin; and unlike other Vitamin C serums, I don’t feel any sting with this. Instead it’s got a soothing feeling. I’m really loving this so far, and for anyone wanting a gentler Vitamin C, this might be a good starting point.
I tried this one through an influencer program, and I gotta say, this is pretty damn good.
It’s got both ferulic acid and Vitamin C, the cominbation of which has been proven to extend the antioxidant benefit for the skin. (Most people think of this combination due to the cult-favorite SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic.) This formula will give you the same product combination at a much lower price point. It’s only $23!
Now I’m not a product formulator, so I can’t tell you how this would compare clinically to, say, the SkinCeuticals formulation, but I can tell you that it brightened my skin when I first used it, and it soaked right in. It also didn’t have that sticky feeling that I personally experience when I use the SkinCeuticals version.
Bottom line: If you’re looking to try this combination of antioxidants, this might be a good place to start!
Just as a quick reminder, Vitamin C is most effective as an antioxidant when it’s used during the daytime. So here’s how to use it.
After cleansing and toning, wait until your skin is thoroughly dry.
Apply your Vitamin C serum or capsule to your face, neck and chest—all areas that are exposed to the elements.
Follow up with your moisturizer and SPF. Remember—sun protection every day!!
Do you use a Vitamin C product? What’s your favorite? Drop me a line on Instagram, where we’re always talking beauty. 🙂