Vitamin C is seen as a hero skincare ingredient. It is a powerful anti-oxidant that works to protect and repair the skin by fighting the aging effects of environmental factors such as pollution, free radicals and UV rays. It tackles fine lines and wrinkles, and brightens the skin. Dermalogica recently released a new “high-performance” Vitamin C serum called BioLumin-C Serum. They claim that it “delivers 3x more Vitamin C into the skin than leading competitors.” Knowing how important Vitamin C is to fight the damaging and ageing effects of everyday stressors to the skin, we decided to try it out.
NOT ALL VITAMIN C SERUMS ARE CREATED EQUAL
When considering purchasing a Vitamin C serum, it’s important to understand that not all Vitamin C serums are created equal. The 2 key factors that differentiate Vitamin C serums are stability and product penetration.
Vitamin C is highly unstable and breaks down when exposed to light, heat or air. When this happens, you’ll notice your serum turns brown and the product is no longer effective. This is why you’ll notice that quality serums are packaged in opaque bottles, to protect the Vitamin C from light and keep it from breaking down in the bottle.
Secondly, the Vitamin C needs to get to the right place in the skin, i.e. skin deep to be effective.
DERMALOGICA BIOLUMIN-C SERUM
Dermalogica has used a super stable Vitamin C complex (Ascorbosilane SP and K3 Vita C) and formulation that results in more Vitamin C actually being absorbed by the skin, making it more effective. The serum promises to protect, brighten and firm the skin. It achieves this by combining its highly stable Vitamin C complex with other amazing ingredients such as:
-Alpha Hydroxy Acid which gently exfoliates dead skin, enhancing product penetration and increasing skin brightening.
-A designer peptide, upping the serum’s age fighting properties.
-Sophora Japonica and Chia Seed Oil, superior antioxidants that provide additional protection from the daily stressors that cause skin damage.
HOW TO USE THE BIOLUMIN-C SERUM
You will see best results by using the serum twice a day, in the morning and at night. It features a glass dropper that allows you to control application. This short video shows you how best to apply the serum.
In the morning
Apply your serum after cleansing and toning. Then, after applying the serum, make sure to apply a sunscreen or CC cream with an SPF of at least 30.
Apply your serum after cleansing and toning. Then I like to use Dermalogica’s Sound Sleep Cocoon for a great night-time recovery and repair duo.
Note, if you’re also using a retinol cream then Dermalogica advises that you should only use the BioLumin-C serum at night.
A NOTE ON DERMALOGICA’S CONSCIOUS SKINCARE PRODUCTS
Dermalogica selects only quality ingredients available from eco-safe sources and packages them in recyclable containers. The products are non-comedogenic and are free of occlusive mineral oil, lanolin, S.D. alcohol, formaldehyde and irritating artificial colors or fragrance. Key ingredients include natural essential oils and extracts, naturally purifying and calming agents, and fruit enzymes. Dermalogica products are not tested on animals.
WHAT EQUILIBRIO SAYS
This is another win from Dermalogica for us. The serum is neither greasy nor sticky, as so many serums can be, and is quickly absorbed. I love the way my skin feels after using the serum. I wasn’t using a Vitamin C serum at the time so I saw a brightening effect within a week of religiously using it day and night.
Michelle says “I love the slight tingle when you first apply it and the instant flush it gives me. Like I’ve done a quick jog around the block.”
It is quite pricey, but then you’re paying for a quality product in packaging specifically designed to protect its effectiveness. Dermalogica’s BioLumin-C is available online from Dermalogica for R1495 for 30ml. BUY
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