“C” Complex (the Oxyzomes are just vitamin E, listed as tocopherol, so no big deal) is a good antioxidant-rich serum whose chief antioxidants are vitamin C (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) and, as mentioned, vitamin E.
The formula also contains a couple of good skin-repairing ingredients and is suitable for all skin types except sensitive, because the orange extract poses a risk of irritation.
Although not the most exciting or well-rounded serum around (and it should be given its price), this is one way to see how your skin responds to effective amounts of two well-established antioxidants. Despite the all-encompassing protective claims, this product cannot completely shield skin from sun damage or other environmental stressors.
Brighten skin and counteract and protect against damage from sun, pollution, and cigarette smoke with this highly concentrated, yet gentle, age-defying, vitamin C serum.
Water (Aqua), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Lecithin, Tocopherol (Oxyzomes), Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract.
Pevonia is a spa/salon line of skin-care products that has been around since 1991 and, like countless other spa lines, speaks of its unification of natural ingredients with advanced scientific technology. Its vast range of products showcases all manner of gimmicky ingredients, including caviar, numerous essential oils, marine DNA, and products said to oxygenate skin. Many of their products make mention of being triphase and homogenized. Although that may make them sound special, those terms are common to cosmetics chemists involved in mixing various ingredients. For example, many moisturizers (and emulsions in general) have multiple phases as they are being manufactured. One phase gets a certain blend of ingredients, those are mixed, and then the next phase is added. Hardly anything to brag about.
You may hear aestheticians selling Pevonia products speak of the outstanding results the products provide, all due to the company's fastidious selection of holistic, natural ingredients. It can be a spellbinding speech, but the reality is that many of the natural ingredients Pevonia uses (including lemon oil and arnica) are documented problems for skin, and many synthetic ingredients are included and some are also problematic. Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate and methylisothiazolinone aren't the least bit natural, and their inclusion in these products is further proof that Pevonia's self-proclaimed title of skin-care leaders in the spa industry is on par with McDonald's spearheading vegetarianism. Of course, the overall message is to not let yourself get caught up in any cosmetic company's grandstanding until you have examined the proof behind the proclamations.
As expected, not everything is plant-infused smoke and mirrors with Pevonia. They deserve credit for their mostly succinct ingredient lists and do have a handful of remarkable products that are, surprisingly, fragrance-free. This is definitely a line to shop very carefully, and note that none of their routines are recommended because not a single one of them has a group of problem-free products (and all of them omit sunscreen, yet several products claim to offer UV protection, which is dishonest and misleading).
For more information about Pevonia, call (800) 446-3751 or visit www.pevonia.com.