It’s not easy testing skin products. Besides it taking time and a million other variables, sometimes you just don’t know what’s making your skin behave (or not). But one thing I have noticed is once I began adding some vitamin C to my skin routine, it unearthed a glow I haven’t seen in a while. Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum used to be the only one I would turn to but I recently discovered Obagi System Professional-C 20% Vitamin C Serum. It’s now my new favorite serum from the bunch. Just a little morning and night made my skin glow which I noticed in a just a couple of weeks.
To extend the life of the Obagi serum though, I started trying new ones to use in between. Jouer Daily Repair Treatment Oil is a little heavier (probably not best for already oily skin types — I use it sparingly). This one doesn’t have straight L-ascorbic acid (the fancy name for vitamin c), but offers its derivative in the form of rose hip oil that helps against hyper pigmentation and stimulates collagen production. It also has a proprietary retinoid that helps fight against wrinkles.
The last one which practically measures up to Obagi’s to me is DermaDoctor’s Kakadu C serum. This one is also the most expensive one from the three, but it does have a lot of skin benefits with its potent does of antioxidants from the from the kakadu plum. A lot of skin products can say they contain vitamin C but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s stabilized. Vitamin C is actually quite unstable, oxidizing once exposed to air. Studies though show that once it’s mixed with ferulic acid (which this one is), it helps to stabilize the vitamin C so you know you’re really reaping the benefits of the ingredient.
If you’re new to serums and oil and not at the point where you’re ready to shell out $50-$100 bucks on a 1 oz serum (like the ones I just mentioned), I just came across some more affordable options. Oil Essentials is a brand I recently was introduced that has lightweight oils that cost only $10.
Their Nourish Seabuckthorn Berry & Borage has vitamin A, C, and E as well as linolenic acid which softens skin. I’ve also been using their Revitalize Omega 3, 6, 9 when my skin is feeling particularly dry. Its evening primrose oil can be used to reduce skin blemishes. They absorbs quickly in the skin and can be layered over easily with makeup without leaving an oily mess. I definitely still rely on my Obagi and DermaDoctor serums, but these are good baby steps if you’re getting used to the idea of adding serums and oils to your routine.
Do any of have a favorite oil or serum? Which ones are you loving right now?