Vitamin C is such a superstar active that really provides a whole range of benefits to the skin when added to your skincare routine. This potent antioxidant helps to brighten age spots and hyper-pigmentation, or discoloration of the skin, including age spots and dark circles under the eye. Additionally, it has been shown that topical applications of vitamin C serums helps to boost collagen production in the skin, leading to reduction as well as prevention of signs of ageing such as wrinkles and loss of elasticity. Out of the many different types of Vitamin C, Ascorbic acid—also known as L-ascorbic acid is the royalty of Vitamin C and is backed by the most skin-related research proving its effects.
To be honest, I was quite apprehensive about adding Vitamin C to my skincare routine despite all the benefits that it’s touted to have. It was because I had a bad experience when I used Paula’s Choice Vitamin C booster serum. I started developing red rashes on my neck area while I was using that particular product. Since then, I developed a phobia of using a dedicated Vitamin C serum in my skincare routine. The reason why I wanted to incorporate a Vitamin C serum back into my skincare routine was because I discovered that I was developing post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation (PIH) marks from my hormonal acne. The PIH either took a really long time to fade or still stubbornly remains there despite my best efforts with using acid toners. I knew that Vitamin C was key to fighting PIH. So I searched on the internet for some suggestions on Vitamin C serums to try and that’s the product that we are going to talk about today.
Wishtrend’s Pure Vitamin C21.5 Advanced Serum is a relatively inexpensive Vitamin C serum, formulated with Ascorbic Acid, that seems to be popular. I had been using it for around 1.5 months and I’m ready to share with you my thoughts on this product.
As usual, let’s check out its ingredients, shall we?
Hippophae Rhamnoides Water (70%), Ascorbic Acid (21.5%), Sodium Lactate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Ethyl Hexanediol
How does the Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C21.5 Advanced Serum fare?
The Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C21.5 Advanced Serum is an upgrade from their original C20 serum. In the new formula, the percentage of Vitamin C has been increased from 20% to 21.5% while the sticky feeling that the old C20 serum has been lowered. I hadn’t use the C20 serum before so I couldn’t really make a comparison for you guys.
As I had mentioned earlier, I wanted to use a Vitamin C serum mainly to combat my PIH left behind from my hormonal acne. If I experience any other beneficial effects from Vitamin C, I’ll take it as a bonus. When I first used this product, I applied a whole pipette-full of product onto my skin after using my pH adjusting toner. I felt a strong stinging sensation and my face actually heated up and was slightly flushed. I think that amount must be too much for my skin to take in at once. Even though the stinging went away after around 10 minutes, I was worried about agitating my skin (remember my previous bad experience with Vitamin C serum that I’ve talked about above?). Thereafter I adjusted the amount of product to be just 5 drops and it was much better tolerated by my skin without any stinging. I noticed from the get go that this product is rather drying so I pair it with my hyaluronic acid serum after I let it sink in for around 15 minutes. I also need to adjust the amount of moisturiser I use in order to combat the feeling of dryness. However you need to note that I’ve got combination dry skin so if your skin is oily, you might not be hit so much by its drying effects. Anyway, this product doesn’t offer instantaneous results. In fact, I only noticed some initial results after about 3 to 4 weeks in. My skin tone was more even, brighter and also rosy. Surprisingly I also noticed slight firming of my cheek areas and the nasolabial lines are less noticeable. As for my PIH, I noticed very slight lightening on my left lower cheek around the 5 to 6 weeks mark but not much improvement on the right side. I’ve read that it takes about one year before a significant improvement could be seen so I’ll continue using Vitamin C in my routine to see better results.
Below are my photos showing my skin condition before and after around one month of use. Please note that the lighting in the photos are not exactly the same. The small red arrows show the location of my PIH. The PIH right at the bottom is slightly lightened while the older PIH at the top are still around.
You’ll need to note that since Vitamin C (and especially Ascorbic Acid) is notoriously easy to oxidise, it’s best that you keep this product in the fridge to extend its lifespan. Applying oxidised Vitamin C is not only of no benefit to your skin, it might actually further introduce free radicals to disrupt your skin. This product is basically colourless and that’s how you know that it’s fresh. Oxidised Vitamin C has a very dark amber colour that is unmistakable so stop using your Vitamin C if it has changed colour.
Where can you find it?
You can purchase this product from Wishtrend’s online shop. It retails at US$24.99.
However, I bought this product from Q010.sg. It retails at S$29.80 (30 ml sized) when I bought it but I think that it was a promotional price.
You can also purchase it from MyBeautyMoments.com. They have a promotional price of S$28.50 for this product.
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Mizon is a skincare brand from Korea with products at a mid to low price tier. Their famous products are actually their snail slime creams and serum. However the product which I’m going to talk about today is quite different. Today I’m going to introduce you guys to my go-to pH adjusting toner – Mizon’s AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner. It claims to be a gentle everyday exfoliator which dissolves dead surface cells due to the inclusion of glycolic acid and papaya enzymes, while salicylic acid (BHA) helps to unclog pores by removing embedded impurities and excess oil. As usual, before I get into the review proper, let’s check out its ingredients, shall we?
Water, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Glycerin, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Glycolic Acid, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Salicylic Acid, Disodium Edta, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance
How does the Mizon AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner fare?
The main reason why I bought this product was because I wanted to use it as a pH-adjusting toner before I use my Vitamin C serum in the morning (click here to read my actives routine). The thing is, although this product claims to exfoliate, it can’t actually do so as its pH is a little too high for any exfoliating to take place. AHAs and BHAs require a pH of around 3 ~ 4 in order to exfoliate properly but this product’s pH is around 4 ~ 4.5. That means that even though it is acidic (neutral pH is at 7), it won’t exfoliate or at least provide any sort of meaningful exfoliation. In addition, just by looking at its ingredients list, the amount of AHA and BHA present in this product seems quite low. But it doesn’t matter to me anyway since I have other proper acid exfoliaters which work at the correct pH levels and percentage.
Anyway I’ve been using this product for more than a month and I do like it. After cleansing in the mornings, I pour this product on a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face to lower down my skin’s pH level. Our skin’s pH gets disrupted while cleansing and because Vitamin C serum works best if your skin’s pH is low, this step is crucial to making sure that I reap the maximum benefits of my Vitamin C serum. It acts as an extension of my cleansing routine in the mornings – thus the name daily clean toner I guess. I also like that this product has a refreshing lime scent which wakes me up in the morning. The only “con”, which is not really a “con” in my case, is that this toner is definitely not like your average hydrating Korean toners so do not expect it to provide any hydrating benefits to your skin. It is more of an “astringent” type of toner. You would definitely need other hydrating serums or essence or moisturisers to provide adequate hydration to your skin.
In short, this product is good for my intended purpose and I’ll likely repurchase since it’s relatively cheap and works well for me.
Where can you find it?
I bough this product from Qoo10.sg. Its price ranges from S$16 to S$18 (150 ml sized). Please note that the price is not inclusive of shipping fees.
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