Starting serums for the first time? Wondering what Vitamin C can do for your skin? After hearing all the hype about serums, I decided to give it a try myself – starting from the highly reviewed Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop! If you’re considering incorporating Vitamin C into your routine for the first time, read on to find out what to expect.
The main ingredient of this serum is L-Ascorbic Acid, which is a pure form of Vitamin C. Because it super concentrated, it’s easy for your skin to absorb quickly, kick starting its skin boosting benefits immediately.
Having said that, this serum is still very suitable for beginners as it contains a low percentage of just 5% of L-Ascorbic Acid. It’s highly recommended to start incorporating active ingredients from a low to high percentage to avoid over-stressing your skin barrier, giving it enough time to adapt.
Full ingredient list:
|Water, Propylen Glycol, Ascorbic Acid(5%, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Centella Asiatica Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Illicium Verum(Anise) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi(Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polysorbate 60, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Chaenomeles Sinensis Fruit Extract, Orange Oil Brazil, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Camellia Sinensis Callus Culture Extract, Larix Europaea Wood Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Rheum Palmatum Root Extract, Asarum Sieboldi Root Extract, Quercus Mongolia Leaf Extract, Persicaria Hydropiper Extract, Corydalis Turtschaninovii Root Extract, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, Magnolia Obovata Bark Extract, Lysine HCL, Proline, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Methionine, Theanine, Lecithin, Acetyl Glutamine,SH-Olgopeptide-1, SH-Olgopeptide-2, SH-Polypeptide-1, SH-Polypeptide-9, SH-Polypeptide-11, Bacillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol|
Why Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is known for its brightening properties, fixing dull skin and fading acne marks. I have oily combination skin and used to break out a lot, and those dark days have left some hyperpigmentation behind that I can’t wait to get rid of.
Other benefits include fighting UV damage, stimulating collagen production, and improving skin tone and texture. Who doesn’t want glowing, smooth skin? 😉
So I was very excited when my Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop arrived from Hermo and couldn’t wait to start adding it into my day and night skincare routine 😀
My skincare routine: Cleanser + toner + serum + moisturiser + sunblock (only for the day)
After cleansing and applying toner, I applied 3 drops of the serum on my forehead and both sides of my cheeks. And OMG… it burns!
It caught me by surprise as I do not have sensitive skin, but later on I read that it’s caused by a difference of pH levels in the skin and the Vitamin C. It’s also a very normal and common reaction to most Vitamin C beginners, so phew!
To slowly introduce the product to my skin, I decided to mix 1-2 drops of the serum into my moisturiser instead for the first few days. After the first week, the burning and tingling sensation slowly reduced and I was able to apply it directly to my skin without much discomfort.
Smell and Texture
This serum comes in a very watery liquid. I found that it also absorbs and dries up really quickly, so it’s best to massage it into your skin as quickly as possible.
Smell wise, there isn’t any particular strong scent, so it shouldn’t scare away those who are sensitive to fragrances.
Before and after (2 weeks test)
So after using it daily for two weeks, did it work on my skin? Here are the results!
Overall, there is a slight improvement in skin tone. My skin looks less dull and more glowy than before, and I think I’m one step closer to achieving the Korean ‘glass skin’.
However, I wouldn’t say there are any drastic changes in terms of skin texture before and after using the serum. As for fading acne scars and hyperpigmentation, I also did not notice any significant difference. Perhaps I will need to continue using the product for a longer period of time for obvious changes to take place, or try products with a higher percentage of Vitamin C.
I would still recommend this product to those of you who are interested in adding Vitamin C into your skincare routine for the first time, or looking to brighten up your complexion as a whole. It’s also a great product that won’t entirely break the bank as compared to other high end brands. As with skincare, what you pay is what you get, so I hope this article has managed your expectations well!
Other ways to pair this serum
Here are some other ideas to incorporate and boost the effects of your vitamin C serum:
- Pair with hyaluronic acid infused products (other serums, masks) to boost hydration
- Pair with Vitamin E, which can help stabilize and boost the effects of Vitamin C. It also helps to calm irritation that is caused by Vitamin C and enhances UV ray protection.
- Pair with Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) to fight wrinkles and fine lines.
Have you tried the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop? Get yours now at Hermo!
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