Just about the time Eli's sister was threatening to slather her skin with lemon juice to give it a jolt of Vitamin C, I was contacted by Derm10 to review some of their products. I've never heard of this skincare line before, they claim to be from the US, Malaysia & Singapore but I had my doubts. My skin's never been the easiest to please, but with some back and forth emails I found the lady who contacted me to be very forthcoming, friendly and professional. She helped me identify silicone free formulations that would be great for my skin. So after awhile I decided to try this Vitamin C Complex serum and their Comodone Complex (I haven't started using this yet as I only test one product at a time). After a month of using the Vitamin C serum, I have to say I'm impressed!
The trick with Vitamin C is to find a stable yet effective form of it that works well with the skin. This formulation uses 2% Ascorbyl Glucosamine. Some research via Google says it is a pretty stable form of Vit C BUT is most effective at 10% concentrations. So 2% is rather low.
Completely silicone free (YAY!) this serum sinks right into the skin. After spreading it on it feels sticky for a moment and then disappears. One pump covers my face and neck if I'm REALLY fast and it smells faintly of Redoxen.
As I have yet to find a sunscreen that works well with my skin and Vitamin C does make your skin more sun-sensitive I've only been using this serum once a day, at night, daily for the past month.
Absolutely NO breakouts. Hurrah! Also, while the concentration is low, I noticed my skin had a slightly more even tone by the end of a week, and a healthier glow in the morning after three days. It's most effective when used after a cleansing scrub and mask routine and I find my skin feels really silky soft and smooth with continual use. However after a month the effects seem to have plateaued. Good news is, despite fatigue and a lot of late nights I don't look haggard and have been told I look fresh even when I feel like keeling over and curling up in a fetal position to die. Yay for makeup and skincare!
I really like this stuff. But RM168 is an exorbitant price to pay for a low concentration of the active ingredient, a no-brand skincare line (not really a problem for me, BUT I do realise that a high portion of what we pay is for the brand) with a website that mixes up "stable" with "staple". Argh. Because a little goes a long way I may buy myself a fresh bottle if the one I'm using lasts me a year. YEP a YEAR.
Anyway this is the last review I'll be posting for awhile. I'm taking a long long vacation to New Zealand and for my sanity I'm also giving myself as much of a break from writing as I can - I write for a living and run two blogs so while it's something I really enjoy I think I'm starting to burn out a little.
Have a great Chinese New Year folks and a good break yourselves. See you on the week of Feb 21!
Edit: Vitamin C Complex serum is available for purchase online. Click the link!