DERMATOLOGIST APPROVED SKINCEUTICALS VIT C DUPE
Vitamin C is such a popular ingredient in skincare routines today and for good reason. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps fight against free radical damage from the sun, increase collagen growth, and evens skin tone. But which one should you pick? Skinceuticals vitamin C has been well studied and formulated into a stable compound with ferulic acid and Vitamin E, the only problem is that it's $166! Over the years many vitamin C products have been launch with varied efficacy. Maelove's antioxidant "The Glow Maker" serum is a great alternative for SkinCeuticals. Like Skinceuticals, Maelove has 15% L ascorbic acid (the most important ingredient), as well as ferulic acid ad Vitamin E. Maelove's serum is stable and very effective. The best part it's only $28! I recommending using your Vitamin C in the morning after cleansing. You get most of your sun damage during the day and therefore would want to have the vitamin C working to fight the sun damage. Results take weeks, I typically say use the product for 4-6 weeks before expecting consistent results. If you tried the product, please let me know your thoughts in the comment! SKINCEUTICALS - C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum
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COMPARISON | 🤔Is the Naturium Vitamin C a dupe?
The SkinCeutical’s Vitamin C serum is known for its EXPENSIVE (yes I really mean EXPENSIVE) yet amazing patented formula. Is the Naturium Vitamin C an adequate dupe? BEFORE WE CONTINUE: Yes, I know about Susan Yara’s unethical launch of Naturium. This post is not meant to support or attack her - this is only comparing what we know of each serum. I personally wouldn’t buy from Naturium because they mislead their customers. SHORT ANSWER - Naturium’s Vitamin C is NOWHERE near comparable to SkinCeuticals Vitamin C (let alone other popular vitamin c serums) ⬇️ Scroll all the way down to skip everything⬇️ What is similar about these serums? They both contain ascorbic acid. What makes ascorbic acid different from other forms of vitamin c is that is has the most scientific studies proving that it will work. THERE IS A CATCH THOUGH - Ascorbic acid is a very tricky and unstable ingredient so it will go bad fast without proper formulation. Why is SkinCeuticals significantly more expensive? It is at a higher price point due to the fact that their formula is PATENTED and it’s formula is well known for being stable. Naturium’s Vitamin C uses “encapsulation technology” (basically their vitamin C releases slowly) but this isn’t something super innovative that Naturium itself created. They claim that this is why their vitamin c can be formulated at such a high percentage without much irritation. ⬇️For people who just want to hear the real tea⬇️ 🛑What’s the catch with Naturium’s Vitamin C? 🛑 Naturium’s Vitamin C has a blend of Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Ascorbic acid. Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a DERIVATIVE (this doesn’t mean it’s not effective it just means it’s not as well studies as the real deal Vitamin C) Derivatives are a lot easier to formulate with, but are not as reliable. THIS IS WHERE IT GETS SKETCHY Naturium’s ingredients list has the derivative ABOVE the real deal ascorbic acid. Ingredient list are always labeled from highest to lowest concentration. However this wouldn’t be an issue but.... Naturium REFUSES TO DISCLOSE THE AMOUNT OF DERIVATIVE IN THEIR FORMULA. This is extremely shady since you want to know what you’re getting. They claim they have 22% Vitamin C, but as far as we know they could be putting in 20% of the derivatives and 2% of the real stuff. WHAT ANNOYS ME MOST: NATURIUM REFUSES TO DISCLOSE PERCENTAGES OF THEIR ACTIVES EVEN WHEN I EMAIL THEM (see the other photo) In summary, I wouldn’t support Naturium, and their Vitamin C is nowhere near as reliable as the SkinCeuticals or any other brand’s. What do you think? Leave a comment :) I’m always happy to hear your thoughts EDIT: Naturium claims to not disclose their percentages to protect their formula. However I have talked to multiple experts who say that disclosing the percentages of ascorbic acid and derivatives alone would not compromise their fomula.
Let’s first start with a major component in “preventing” pigmentation which is sunscreen. It prevents photo damage that leads to brown spots and post- inflammatory hyperpigmentation. My absolute favorite sunscreen and the one I have been using personally for 10 years is elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 Retinoids- They work by increasing the rate of cell turnover. It helps to fade dark spots, acne marks, melasma, sun spots, and liver spots. Just be careful since retinoids can also cause irritation and redness, you don’t want to cause any more pigmentation to your skin. A good over the counter retinoid is DIFFERIN - 0.1% Adapalene Acne Treatment Gel Pump which once used to be a prescription, is now available over the counter. Glycolic acid- A popular ingredient used in many skincare products because it works so well at reducing discoloration, getting rid of dead skin cells, and creating new skin cells. It keeps pores clean and reduces hyperpigmentation. A favorite, super affordable, and one I also use personally is The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Be careful because it may not be suitable for all especially sensitive and darker skin types. Azelaic acid- Believed to work just as good as hydroquinone. It speeds up cell turnover and reduces inflammation. A great acid for all skin types and even safe to use during pregnancy. A great option is PAULA'S CHOICE - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster I love adding a drop or two to my moisturizer. Vitamin c- A holy grail ingredient for many and myself. A vital component of any skincare routine. Vitamin C works a lot like retinol, inhibiting the production of melanin. Not only does it lighten dark spots, it helps to brighten your complexion. Vitamin C helps to prevent hyperpigmentation, and is most helpful when used in the AM. My absolute favorite hands down is SKINCEUTICALS - C E Ferulic With 15% L-Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Serum I have yet to find me a better vitamin c serum. Kojic acid- This also like retinol and vitamin c reduces the production of melanin. This ingredient is also a favorite in products because of how well it works to even skin tone, treat acne and acne marks. A favorite product SKINCEUTICALS - Phyto + Hydrating Botanical Serum With Kojic Acid Alpha Arbutin- it works by decreasing the activity of melanocytes. Alpha Arbutin is known to safely and visibly brighten skin and fade pigmentation. It reduces melanin formation, improves appearance of age spots, freckles, melasma, and post inflammatory pigmentation. An amazing and affordable product is THE inkey LIST - Alpha Arbutin Brightening Serum It is a great simple formulation, and super affordable. Incorporate one or more of these ingredients into your skincare routine to achieve great results in reducing pigmentation
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I’m Thankful for the Morning Glow
￼ESSENCE: SK-II - Facial Treatment Essence (Pitera Essence) I’ve been using this for years, I get it when I’m at a layover in Hong Kong or Korea so I get it significantly cheaper. However have I noticed anything? No. Nothing bad, nothing good. It is basically fermented rice for over $200. I have found so many dupes I’d like to try! NEOGENLAB - Real Rerment Micro Essenceor MISSHA - Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence Rx I are said to be better products for a fraction of the price so I will be buying when I run out!!! Fermented ingredients are wonderful for brightens, refining pores, hydration, improving texture, and is full of beneficial enzymes and peptides ￼VITAMIN C: MAELOVE - Glow Maker Everyone needs vitamin c, and this is very reasonably priced, has a great formulation with vitamin E and ferulic acid, non sticky, and just disappears into the skin. TIP: Put in the refrigerator. I found that oxidising is just the nature of ascorbic acid, so this will prolong the life of your product! ￼CeraVe - CeraVe Moisturising Cream I thought this would be too heavy, especially in the daytime. Nope! You can apply a little or a lot, it has Ceramides and totally does the job of moisturising and protecting that skin barrier, especially if you exfoliate a lot or use tretinoin. Do buy the one with the pump though! ￼Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunblock Broad Spectrum SPF 70 I love this because it’s super lightweight and rubs in so quickly! It does not pill, and I’m all for inexpensive sunscreen because you need A LOT. Ignore influencers who use a “pea size amount”. Not for sunscreen!!!! Slather it on!! Great sunscreens from Neutrogena are also Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Sunscreen SPF 50 and Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 55 . Dying dying dying to try PURITO - Centella Green Level Safe Sun!!! ✨✨Keep glowing!!✨✨
🍊 I may have found the one!
Always on the lookout for a great vitamin c serum and this is a major score for under $30! ￼15% L-Ascorbic acid with vitamin E, Ferulic acid, and hyarulonic acid 🥰 ￼Not sticky and gives an amazing glow ✨ ￼I’ve used many brands in the past, and oxidising is just the nature of the beast. I highly recommend keeping it in the fridge! Normal shelf life is roughly 3 months ￼Vitamin C is most potent when the serum is clear. The darker orange it gets the less potent the vitamin c. If it gets darker than white wine, time to toss is out.
The best vitamin C serums money can buy in 2020
Mirror, mirror on the wall, what’s the best serum of them all? When it comes to serum, your makeup bag (and your wallet) might only have room for one, so how do you choose? If you’re choosing a serum that can brighten your skin, crease out those wrinkles and leave your face feeling moisturized and rehydrated, we’ve got the answer for you – vitamin C serum. Though expensive at first sight (and not all of them are, as you will soon find out), vitamin C gives you the best bang for your buck since they’re vitamin and nutrient packed to shield your skin from aggressive environmental stress.
Is This Really A Dupe?
Is vitamin C just vitamin C or does an extra $18 add quality? SEPHORA COLLECTION - Ultra Glow Serum: Glow + Strengthen Vitamin C Serum This is a good basic Vitamin C serum coming in at $20. It nourishes and moisturizes, but I wouldn’t say it goes over and above, but if you’re looking for a quality reliable serum, this ones it. THE BETTER SKIN CO. - Better Skin Epik C Serum I loved this serum, it says it brightens and tightens, and it definitely does. It’s worth the $38, I’m definitely going to buy it again. After a week of use I saw a visible difference. I think the botanicals in this are what sets it apart from just a vitamin C serum.
THE BETTER SKIN CO.-Better Skin Epik C Serum
Hyaluronic Acid Dupes??
jane iredale - BeautyPrep Hyaluronic Serum Key Ingredients: Hydrolyzed Ulva Lactuca (sea lettuce extract that has skin-soothing and antioxidant properties), Sodium Hyaluronate (salt form of hyaluronic acid that allows the skin to more easily absorb the hydrating benefits because it penetrates deeper), and Glycerin (hydrates the skin). Scent: A slight perfume scent Price Point: $52 for 0.57 oz Experience: The directions say to only use this once a day. Since it has BeautyPrep in the name, I prefer using it in the morning since it makes me think of makeup lol. I use it in between essence and serum (if I use another serum in my routine) or moisturizer (if this is the only serum I use). I’ve been used it for a month or so and didn’t see any special effects (more than any other Hyaluronic Acid serum). The serum is lightweight and seamlessly absorbs into my skin and makes it feel hydrated and not sticky. The pump style packaging is very convenient and the glass packaging is very luxe. It’s a nice product, plus I like the added antioxidant properties. . The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Key Ingredients: Next-generation Hyaluronic Acid Polymer (according to their page on Sephora, it’s a cross-linked form of hyaluronic acid that enhances the delivery of HA actives and helps to support water density) and Vitamin B5 (hydrates). Scent: None Price Point: $6.80 for 1 oz Experience: Whenever I use this product, I use it both day and nights. I use it in between essence and serum (if I use another serum in my routine) or moisturizer (if this is the only serum I use). I’ve tried using this with and without essence, without using other serum, and various moisturizers, it is such a picky product. It pills so badly with a good amount of products I’ve tried it with. It also can leave the skin feeling sticky if you use too much. It’s also hard to control the amount of serum that comes out of the dropper because it’s so runny and easily splashed out (even when you don’t squeeze the topper for it to come out, it’s so runny it comes out on it’s own). Once you find the perfect ratio and products to make it work, it’s a nice product and does provide a good amount of hydration. Once I got the perfect routine for this to work, I noticed an improvement in a week! But not sure if it’s honestly worth the hassle of trying it with all these various products to make it work. . Overall: I’m meh about both of these products honestly. I do enjoy the Jane Iredale product, but in no way do I think it’s worth $52. Heck, I don’t even think it’d be worth it on sale for half off (I got it free as a gift with purchase from Ulta). The Ordinary HA serum is very finicky and the packaging is difficult. I would recommend the Good Molecules HA serum over these, but if I had to choose between these two, I would suggest trying the Ordinary one because it’s more affordable and can play around with which products to pair it with to make it work.
jane iredale-BeautyPrep Hyaluronic Serum
How to Use Vitamin C in Skincare?
Vitamin C is a very popular skincare ingredient for years. It is an essential nutrient which deplete as we age. It is also known as L-ascorbic acid. It is one pf the most important antioxidants within the cell to neutralize free radicals. All skin types need vitamin C. UV radiation or pollutants are two main resources of oxidative stress as the mainly causes aging. Vitamin C is working to stop the chain of that reaction to protect skin from aging. At the same time, it also takes part in skin’s natural regeneration process to repair damaged cells. The benefits of having Vitamin C in your skincare process are: - Anti-aging (as mentioned already) by diminishing the appearance of fine lines and winkles; - Brightening and evens out skin tone and acting like a shield from UV light and free radical damage. - Building collagen in cells - Anti-pigmentation Meanwhile there are also side effects like irritation and probably tingling. Let’s take a look and see what Vitamin C in skincare products. It works well with Ferulic acid, Vitamin E or three of them together. Be aware that it may have negative impact when acting with Retinoids or Benzoyl peroxide. In your skin care process, make sure that you wear SPF after using Vitamin C. Cause it oxidize really fast and you don’t want your skin to look sallow. And since it oxidize really fast, do not use if it is oxidized already in containers. You may also want to store your skincare products that contains vitamin C in a cool dark, dry place o prevent from oxidation. DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum Personally I like to go with a Vitamin C serum. When you choose serums, there are a few point you should be aware of: forms of vitamin C; packaging (oxidation); and concentration. Some product with Hight concentration would have side effects like irritation. In your skincare process, agood rule of thumb is to cleanse, tone, vitamin C serum, and then moisturize.One thing I really love about drunk elephant serum is that It isn’t too potent or harsh. The results were not immediate and you do need to be somewhat patient with. It felt a bit too sticky in the beginning but later on my skin began to love it. And the result is great. This bottle is almost gone and I can see it brightened and evened out my skin tone.
DRUNK ELEPHANT-C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum
SKINCEUTICALS: Straight from the LAB🧪
As an American company developed by Chief Medical Advisor and Scientist, Dr. Sheldon R. Pinnell, SkinCeuticals is a reputable brand that has been trusted since the last 1990s.
$103 vs $29: Can this vintage gem be duped?
ESTĒE LAUDER - Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex VS MISSHA - Time Revolution Night Repair Borabit Ampoule HONEST FEMME FINDS: Estée Lauder’s night serum was the first thing I ever took from my mom’s vanity (apparently similar to how others discovered it) and immediately grew a liking to the formula. The amber bottle never told me what was so great about it but I knew it was something special. After eagerly using up the 30ml in a month, I was excited to repurchase but horrified to find that a 1.7ml bottle would cost $100+. I came to terms with the fact that I just did not have the means to use it daily. At airports, I was that person who waded through the duty free section to use a sample of this serum, leaving my face supple for a red eye flight. I also noticed the patented ingredient, bífida ferment lysate. When I saw recent videos of the many dupes that have come out since Estée Lauder patented the formulation in 2008, I immediately felt compelled to try it. Here are my first impressions. MISSHA - Time Revolution Night Repair Borabit Ampoule IMPRESSIONS: Wow, it’s way larger of a bottle than I expected, looks super luxurious too! The color looks the same (peachy), consistency upon eye-balling looks identical, and even the smell reminds me of the OG. Wow. On the face, it feels slightly oilier/tackier than I remembered Estée Lauder’s to be but overall it feels similar. Softened my skin immediately. The next morning, after using it as my last step, my skin still felt soft and definitely looks brighter in the mirror. I can’t say for long term effects but so far so good! INGREDIENTS: Second ingredient is bífida ferment lysate (a probiotic that has anti-UV damage properties, helps w/ skin barrier), but also in addition Niacinamide, fermented and fruit extracts with anti-aging properties that the original doesn’t have. PRICE: $29 on Amazon prime vs $103 for the original. Imma stop there. REFLECTIONS: When I was wowed by Estée Lauder’s vintage gem, it was years ago, before I truly started my skincare journey. My skin has improved drastically since I incorporated Vit C, HA, AHA and retinol (even SPF!) into my life and I’m wondering if I’ll feel as in awe by bífida ferment lysate as I once did. I guess I will find out if I really NEED this ingredient in my routine. Updates to come! Cheers to ingredients sounding like congenital conditions🥂
ESTĒE LAUDER-Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex
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