Made in Korea
Who is it good for?:
All skins. INCLUDING Sensitive skin (because of the low % – there is little chance of irritation) – if you have irritation, you can dilute further by mixing with moisturiser.
Also good for acne-prone skin.
FYI – I have oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin.
What does it do?:
Fade acne scars and brighten the skin tone.
Also good for hyperpigmentation.
Vitamin C is supposed to help stimulate collagen therefore help with anti-ageing and also is an antioxidant (to prevent free radical damage). Don’t forget this is a low % so I don’t know how much this will benefit in these cases – perhaps slowly yet surely with anti-ageing.
Not recommended to be used with AHAs, BHAs or retinol products at the same time.
It’s hard to explain – This FEELS oily. BUT it isn’t oily!! This sinks into the skin, it just takes a while of massaging and then letting the skin soak this up. I can’t use it in the morning because I am in a rush so it’ll take a bit of a while to let this sink in before moving onto the next step. Hence why I use this serum typically in the evening!
This is not thick, this is not heavy or suffocating. Not sticky either.
Fine for any weather / climate.
HOWEVER there is a ‘tang’ to this product because it’s citrus-y due to the ascorbic acid.
This may tingle if you have open sores or cuts! So be careful on fresh wounds i.e. freshly popped pimples as it may sting.
This does have a slight ‘warming’ effect after first applying on my skin, but really quickly subsides. It’s fine!
It has that sort of citrus-y scent that is common for vitamin C products! It’s ‘tangy’.
Other than that – NO SMELL. Yay!
When do I apply?:
Straight after cleansing and toning I put this on.
Water, Propylene Glycol, Ascorbic Acid(5%), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Centella Asiatica Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Illicium Verum(Anise) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi(Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polysorbate 60, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Chaenomeles Sinensis Fruit Extract, Orange Oil Brazil, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Camellia Sinensis Callus Culture Extract, Larix Europaea Wood Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Rheum Palmatum Root Extract, Asarum Sieboldi Root Extract, Quercus Mongolia Leaf Extract, Persicaria Hydropiper Extract, Corydalis Turtschaninovii Root Extract, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, Magnolia Obovata Bark Extract, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Lecithin, Acetyl Glutamine,SH-Olgopeptide-1, SH-Olgopeptide-2, SH-Polypeptide-1, SH-Polypeptide-9, SH-Polypeptide-11, Bacillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol
As you can see, this is a serum made to soothe, hydrate and brighten the skin tone.
Ingredients to note: Vitamin C, Centellia Asiatica (Cica i.e. soothing) and Yuzu Extract (Also for brightening).
No need to worry about oxidation since this is 5% ascorbic acid (so low). So it would take absolutely ages for this serum to oxidise. I keep this in my cupboard, and it’s been fine, no colour change. I would suggest you leave it out of the sun and that should be good enough.
This is a plastic bottle – not glass. Does mean it’s lighter to carry, but means it’s less ‘chique’ if that bothers anyone. Also, I wish it was 50ml instead of 30.
Why I like it:
- No fragrance (it doesn’t smell strong to me)
- Not thick / heavy-feeling
- Doesn’t irritate/sting my skin SO it encourages me to use this everyday – thus, improving the chance of this product to work on my skin.
- This has been slowly fading scars. (Not drastically, so a second bottle will be needed to be purchased to continue fading scars).
- Does not dry my skin.
- Good under makeup.
- Doesn’t oxidise (takes so long that I will finish the bottle before it does). So you don’t waste your money!
- Wish it was 50ml instead of 30ml.
- Wish it was a higher %
- If it was possible, I’d take away the initial oily feel I get from putting this serum on so it can absorb even faster (i.e. make it a water texture so that I can quickly move on to my next step) – but I’m sure this is extremely difficult to achieve for a vitamin C serum.
- Takes a while to sink in for me.
As stated, I wish there was more in this bottle. 50ml instead of 30 would have been great. Why? Because this % of vitamin C is so low (5%) that I don’t think just 1 bottle is enough to fade acne scars. I think the process has begun, and I think this serum has helped my skin fade acne scars BUT VERY SLOWLY. I do think beggars can’t be choosers and if I want a vitamin C that doesn’t irritate my skin, I need to accept that this means I will need to use vitamin C for longer to see the results.
I do think that using a vitamin C is a necessity and very beneficial, and because so far this has been the only vitamin C serum that I’ve liked, I will have to repurchase until I can find a better alternative. Honestly this would be basically perfect if the % was higher and they reduced that oily feeling a little bit.
But this is a great serum. This does not irritate my skin (a lot of vitamin C products do) and because it doesn’t feel heavy to me, I can use this easily everyday and not feel discouraged.
Will I repurchase?: Yes. Until I find something better. This is the best vitamin C serum I’ve used so far and because my skin is sensitive, I think this low % means my skin can tolerate it. But when my skin can tolerate higher %, I’d like to up the % to reap more of the benefits of vitamin C.
Score: 4/5 (may go down if I find a serum that has a higher % (and also no irritation) and is watery instead of semi-oily).