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Vitamin C 101: smells like success!

Let’s begin this post by mentioning that I’m all about Vitamin C products right now. My skin is dull, discoloured, and tired. And this feels like a slice of summer on my skin! WHY VITAMIN C? Vitamin C (or Absorbic acid) is not naturally produced by your body: meaning it’s something we need to add to our systems. For most of our lives we have consumed it through foods and supplements to help with the production of collagen, help fight off cancer (works as an antioxidant to protect against free radicals), reduce risk of cataracts, heart health, and the list goes on and on. Well, what about in our skin care? Don’t you worry, I was getting to this. Those same important things I listed for when we eat Vit C, carry over to our skin. Applying Vit C topically (vía creams, serums, etc.) directly to your face and neck stimulates collagen production (smooths our wrinkles and keeps skin youthful). It’s also an antioxidant (protecting against UV damage). Thirdly, and my favourite point, is that is helps fight off dark spots and pigmentation! By inhibiting melanin production (the pigment that gives our skin colour) in combination with turning over skin cells quicker, you begin to see a more even skin tone! HOW DO YOU USE IT? The nice thing about vitamin C is that you are able to use it day or night. I can only speak to how I use it but here’s my routine:
In the morning, after cleansing and toning, apply a vitamin C serum is you have one: #OLE HENRIKSEN - Truth Serum[products]# is my choice, I’m on an OLE HENRIKSEN kick at the moment. It’s light and super fast absorbing, which I appreciate.
Then apply your cream, I use OLE HENRIKSEN - C-Rush Vitamin C Gel Moisturizer
and have been for about 2 weeks. I love the smell of this product so much, it’s somewhat nostalgic to me. My one and only complaint - and the reason I gave it 4/5 stars - was that it leaves my skin feeling slightly sticky. Which is fine while I don’t put make up on, but I find I can’t apply a CC cream afterwards, it’s a goopy mess.
ANY TIPS AND TRICKS? 1. Expect slower changes: Noticeable changes from Vit C are a little slower than most things we try out. Usually, they say wait 6-8 weeks to notice. It also depends on the strength of your formula. Higher concentrations will work more aggressively than milder ones. 2. It breaks down fast: Vit C is well known to oxidize quickly, so you’ve got to make sure you pay attention to expiry dates, also give it a look or smell every once in a while to see if it’s still good. Sealed pump containers tend to keep the product more intact. 3. Vit C doesn’t always play well with retinol or niacinamide. So I probably wouldn’t use them back to back, but I don’t have personal experience with this, so exercise caution. Still waiting on those 6-8 weeks with this batch of trials, but so far so good! ✌🏼
May 29, 2020
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A great moisturizer a new favourite
I love to use this right before I put on makeup and it makes me skin feel hydrated and looks brighter. It’s not to think so if you have oily skin like me it works. And it smells amazing
Olehenriksen? No thanks 😑
Hi all❤️ Got this as a set at Sephora for $55. I was looking for an eye cream to help fix my dark circles, bags and dehydration lines under my eyes. The lady showed me the Banana Bright Eye Cream, I didn’t want to pay $57 dollars for such a small thing so I bought the set. Did the products work for me?: Be aware that different formulas work for everyone in a different way. These products sort of worked a bit, they hydrated and brightened my skin a bit, but not much other than that. The eye cream wasn’t doing much and I ditched it and the face moisturiser. I still use the vitamin C serum though, but I have to be careful cause the lid unscrews itself every now and then and it leaks into my skincare bag. Why I ditched the eye cream and moisturiser: i do not use these on my face, I use them on my legs and arms. I don’t like the ingredients in them. They both smell like oranges so they have fragrance in them and the moisturiser has Benzyl Alcohol in them, both these ingredients dry out and age your skin. The eye cream wasn’t doing much, but to be fair it takes some eye treatments months before you start seeing any results. Expensive doesn’t mean good and I wasn’t impressed. Thanks lovelies, Ciao~💋
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Get your GLOW on! ✨✨
Get your GLOW on! ✨✨
Hello beauties 💕 Today I’m going to give my honest review of the @olehenriksen Truth trio 🍊 it comes with the C rush brightening gel cream, the collagen boost serum and the most talked about banana bright eye cream 🍌 to be honest I was mostly interested in trying the eye cream because i had read so many amazing reviews about it & was so excited ✨ Let’s start with the gel créme, I have dry skin & typically gel creams are for oily skin but I found this one to be very soothing for my dry skin & and was very efficient with bringing such a noticeable glow to my face, the texture is not heavy but it does leave your skin feeling hydrated all day long 💕 The collagen boost serum helped reduce the visibility of some of my acne scars which I was very impressed with, it’s also very cost effective as 1-2 pumps is enough for my face, I also enjoyed the very delicious scent 🍊☺️ Finally the banana bright eye cream 😍 this lil miracle worker brightened my under eyes beautifully! My husband noticed the difference in my eyes right away, Also I applied it under my concealer & it made my concealer go on smoother and brighter ✨ the color of the eye cream is actually a yellowish tone that works to brighten up your eyes sort of like a color correction 🙌🏼 this is definitely a staple in my beauty & skin care routine 💕 Overall very satisfied with the results, I did only purchase the sample trio to really test out the waters, I heard amazing things of the brand @olehenriksen & I will definitely be purchasing the full sizes as I do trust they will give me results 🙌🏼 let me know if you have any questions comment below ☺️✨
C-Rush Vitamin C Gel Moisturizer
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Minis that made it to full sizes for me!
Minis that made it to full sizes for me!
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Invigorating Night Transformation Gel
OLE HENRIKSEN-Invigorating Night Transformation Gel
Mixing Vitamin C + Retinol – Yes or No?
Mixing Vitamin C + Retinol – Yes or No?
One of the most effective combinations of skincare ingredients I can vouch for is Vitamin C + Retinol. Vitamin C is such a power antioxidant in our lives, in both the food we consume or in our skin care. My combination skin, with dry cheeks and a shiny T-zone benefits so much from Vitamin C, especially on days when my skin looks lackslustre and dull. Vitamin C definitely helps to boost my skin radiance and evens out my skin tone. Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, one of the most useful remedies for signs of aging skin. It is also the top ingredient prescribed by dermatologists to improve the appearance of collagen-depleted skin, boost skin renewal and reduce the signs of aging. As there are contrasting pH levels of retinol and vitamin C, it is believed that both ingredients should not be applied together. However, studies have shown the retinol-vitamin C combination to be effective in reversing both natural aging. My trick is to use them at separately in my day and evening routines. Vitamin C is known to increase the effectiveness of retinol by stabilizing the ingredient. When applied correctly, both can form a barrier that shields the skin from the harmful environmental factors that cause skin damage, such as sun rays and pollution. An easy way for me to incorporate both ingredients in my skincare routine is CLINIQUE - Fresh Pressed Clinical Daily + Overnight Boosters With Pure Vitamin C 10% + A (Retinol). The booster serums come in a set of Pure Vitamin C 10% for day use and Vitamin A (Retinol) for night use. The potent day-and-night serum system definitely helped to brighten and tighten my overall skin tone in a short time. The silky texture of both powerful serums makes it light enough for layering with my day or evening moisturizer, without causing bad breakouts. I highly recommend this product for fellow beauty lovers who are seeking a quick beauty boost on days when your skin needs a strong and powerful recharge. After use, the pores on my skin appear smaller and my skin texture definitely felt improved.
Fresh Pressed Clinical Daily + Overnight Boosters With Pure Vitamin C 10% + A (Retinol)
CLINIQUE-Fresh Pressed Clinical Daily + Overnight Boosters With Pure Vitamin C 10% + A (Retinol)
Good products to fade the hyperpigmentation
Good products to fade the hyperpigmentation
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 Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream for Night
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Mad Hippie Vit A + Triple C Night cream - NR
Mad Hippie Vit A + Triple C Night cream - NR
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Triple C Night Cream
Mad Hippie-Triple C Night Cream
Murad Skincare Retinol Youth R
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Murad-Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum