Many years ago when I was in college in New York, I somehow got a certificate for a free facial at a salon in midtown. The esthetician (or “saleswoman” might be more appropriate) scared the living daylights out of me. In an effort to sign me up for a series of facial skincare treatments, she told me I had the kind of skin that would look old before its time if I didn’t take care of it “correctly” starting immediately. At age 21, I had just about perfect skin. No acne, just pretty fair skin with a couple of freckles on my nose.
She made me so angry. Needless to say, I did not sign up for treatments at the salon. I never went back to that salon again. Instead, I eventually found my beloved Georgette Klinger Salon where the Eastern European estheticians told me that I had beautiful skin and they could show me how to take care of it. Sold. I became a lifelong client till the business folded a few years ago.
But the good news is I started taking care of my skin young, and I’ve kept at it (all except for those mishaps with baby oil at the beach). And I haven’t stopped trying to slow the hands of time even now that I’m solidly middle-aged.
In fact, I’ve been on a facial skincare mission over the past several months, two missions actually:
- to boost my collagen level
- to lighten the dark spots from sun damage.
To that end, I’ve been taking NeoCell collagen supplements and using a retinol cream (I’ll review that soon). My skin seems somewhat firmer. The dark spots have lightened a little to a lot depending on which spot we’re talking about, lol!
Back in November, I introduced you to Cosmedica Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. It’s still my favorite hyaluronic acid serum, and I’m still using it. Cosmedica Skincare donated two bottles of the Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum for a giveaway on Never Say Die Beauty, and they are doing it again! But this time, they are giving away Vitamin C Serum.
Let me tell you about Vitamin C and Cosmedica Skincare Vitamin C Serum, the new weapon in my skincare arsenal. Though I have seen results from the supplements and the retinol cream, I was delighted to add Vitamin C Serum from Cosmedica to my regimen to boost the results.
Vitamin C in skincare products has been getting a lot of good press lately because it has been shown to have real, measurable effects – both in the laboratory as well as on real people – in repairing damage to skin.
Twenty years ago, a Duke University scientist showed that a form of vitamin C reversed UVB damage when applied to the backs of hairless pigs. That research presented evidence that sun damage could be reversed with the topical application of vitamin C. Great news for silly girls like me who spent too much time in the sun without sunscreen!
Here’s what vitamin C can actually do for your skin:
- Protect skin from free radicals and UV damage (from both UVA and UVB rays though do not give up your sunscreen!)
- Improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin by brightening the skin
- Strengthen skin’s barrier
- Reduce inflammation
- Promote collagen production
- Decrease hyperpigmentation
- Boost the effectiveness of sunscreen active ingredients.
Wow, with all those benefits, everyone should have a vitamin C product in their facial skincare routine.
Vitamin C Serum from Cosmedica contains the maximum amount of vitamin C – 20% – and in addition, it contains vitamin E, another skin-loving antioxidant plus hyaluronic acid to help your skin strengthen its moisture barrier. The three key ingredients work together for better efficacy and absorption into the skin.
I’m happy that now I can continue to get the benefits of hyaluronic acid while helping to lighten my dark spots and brighten the overall appearance of my skin. In fact, just applying the Vitamin C Serum gives my skin an instant brightness and glow!
Vitamin C Serum, one ounce/30 ml, comes in an opaque brown glass bottle with a dropper to protect the stability and effectiveness of the ingredients.
It has a noticeable herbal scent in the bottle that disappears when you apply it that is a result of the combination of vitamin C and witch hazel, a natural ingredient that is a wonderful and gentle toner. In addition, Cosmedica Skincare Vitamin C Serum:
- Is safe for all skin types (I have sensitive skin, and I love this serum!)
- Does not contain parabens or alcohol
- Is 98% Natural, 72% Organic
- Is FDA approved and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) Certified
- Is cruelty-free
- Is made in USA
- Has a 30 day money-back guarantee.
I apply a few drops into the palm of my hands, warm it up with my other hand, and pat the serum into my skin. After it dries, I apply my moisturizer or sometimes I apply another serum for a different purpose (e.g. anti-wrinkle) on top of the Vitamin C Serum and follow up with my moisturizer. I use it twice a day.
Ingredients: Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hamamelis Virginiana, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Methylsulfonylmethane, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis, Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis, Pelargonium Gravolens, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin
Check out the Cosmedica Skincare website for additional details and reviews on this great product and to see the complete Cosmedica Skincare product line. When I visited the site recently, it offered me a 15% off discount code! Yes! Cosmedica Skincare is also available on Amazon.
For the Cosmedica Skincare Vitamin C Serum Giveaway, there will be 2 winners! Woo hoo!
This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents, age 18+, where permitted by law. Even if you’ve won a giveaway on NSDB, feel free to enter this one.
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