I have been feeling very productive lately and really wanting to get back into blogging, so I have been making a huge effort into working on several posts on my free time and scheduling them in advance, so expect to see more from me these upcoming weeks from both of my blogs. 🙂
For today’s post I wanted to share an affordable, drugstore alternative to high-end vitamin C serums. Vitamin C serums have become part of my routine ever since I tried the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum about two years ago, thanks to a sample in a Play! by Sephora beauty box.
If you’ve been following me for a while this year, you might remember my Physician’s Formula Is No Longer Cruelty-Free post.
I stand by my decision to not purchase from them anymore, but my sister left me her bottle since it did not end up working out for her. More on this later. But basically, I will not be actively purchasing from this brand anymore, but I know some people are not CF, so I am simply here to give you guys my thoughts on this product.
WHAT IT IS:
Your daily dose of skin-boosting vitamins to prep your skin for a bright and even glow.
WHY IT’S GOOD FOR YOU:
Custom serum blend targets uneven skin tone and helps reduce the appearance of dark spots for brighter and more radiant-looking skin. Hydrogel encapsulated technology delivers effective results allowing you to be your own mixologist while creating a custom regimen to tackle your skin’s needs!
Brightening Vitamin C, Dark spot reducing Licorice, and Complexion improving Vitamin B3.
Hypoallergenic. Fragrance-Free. Paraben-Free. Dermatologist Tested. Clinically Tested. Oil-Free. Vegan.
Size: 1 fl oz / 30 mL
Price: $13.49 USD
Before trying the Ole Henrinksen Truth Serum, I was struggling with dark spots and severe acne. I also had tried retinol but I wanted to use retinol sparingly since I saw such a huge difference with only the truth serum. I could not afford such an expensive product so I set out to find something more affordable and test it against my breakouts in hopes of controlling my breakouts and keeping my skin relatively clear. That’s not to say I don’t get breakouts, I do, mostly hormonal but aside from that, I have been very happy for over a year because my skin has never looked good for this long.
I use this serum every morning and night. I stopped using retinol when I ran out, and I have found that this one works just as well without the sensitivity. After using this for nearly two months, I started seeing a huge change in the way my skin looked. It takes a long time to truly see a change when it comes to skincare, so I do not believe testing something in a week or two is truly testing a product.
I am happy to tell you guys that after finishing my first bottle, my skin started looking so much better. It was clear, I had minimal breakouts, my complexion brightened, it looked youthful, and awake. I do have texture in my skin and some* dark spots from my hormonal acne, but overall, I feel happy in my skin and I have been able to feel free in my bare skin and have been skipping foundation altogether.
Even though I got such great results from this serum, I do want to warn those with sensitive skin, that this product may not be for you. I have normal/combo, acne prone skin, but so does my sister. However, when I recommended this to my sister, she did not have the same effect. Her skin is more sensitive than mine, she suffered a breakout, so she stopped using it immediately and ended up leaving it for me. Anyway, long story short, if you have sensitive skin, it’s best to do a patch test prior to using. Perhaps it may be better to buy more expensive skincare to be safe, but I also think that there are some affordable options too, like The Ordinary, which I have yet to try myself.
I enjoyed testing this product and was pleased with the results but now I am back to square one in finding another affordable vitamin C serum. It’s going to take lots and lots of research to make sure I buy CF. Any recommendations would be very much appreciated, so thanks in advance. 🙂
Has anyone tried this serum? Or any Physician’s Formula skincare?
What serums do you regularly purchase?
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