This vitamin C serum contains acerola fruit, which does indeed contain more vitamin C than an orange, but so what? Lots of plants contain more vitamin C than an orange, but skin needs lots more than just vitamin C to function at its healthy, younger best.
Getting past the vitamin C and the lack of other skin-beneficial ingredients, it turns out this serum has even more problems, making it one you should leave on the shelf. Although it contains some intriguing ingredients, including the mineral ferments, these do not detoxify skin—skin doesn’t have toxins that need to be purged, and even if it did, minerals aren’t the answer). It also contains a slew of plant-based irritants that can put skin at risk for pro-aging irritation. In many ways this product is more eau de cologne than skin care.
Almost all of the irritants are fragrant oils, including several citrus oils, some of which can cause a phototoxic reaction when skin is exposed to sun, which can lead to more brown spots. In short, this serum’s ability to help your skin repair itself and act younger is stunted by the inclusion of so many problematic ingredients.
- Contains a high amount of vitamin C for antioxidant benefits.
- The mineral ferments serve as water-binding agents.
- Numerous fragrant oils pose a strong risk of irritation.
- Several of the citrus oils put skin at risk of a phototoxic reaction if it’s exposed to sunlight.
- Lacks a range of skin-repairing and cell-communicating ingredients to help skin look and act younger.
Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For these reasons, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).