Neogen Dermalogy Probiotics Relief Sun Essence SPF50+ PA++++ – SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #16

I’ve never tried any Neogen skincare before, so I was very excited when a sunscreen was included in a generous PR package StyleKorean sent over! With all the hype around this brand, I did have an expectation for Neogen’s Dermalogy Probiotics Relief Sun Essence – that it would be a cosmetically elegant sunscreen with a ton of skin-beneficial ingredients!

If you’re interested in reading my review on the rest of the Neogen Dermalogy Probiotic Collection, check out the post here!

PR Sample sent for review purposes. This in no way effects my opinion of the products. My reviews are honest, always *casts doe patronus*
Disclosure

ABOUT NEOGEN PROBIOTICS RELIEF SUN ESSENCE

Ditch greasy sunscreens for this water-based, gel type formula that fends off UVA & UVB rays with powerful SPF50+ PA++++ protection. Specially formulated to fight signs of aging, this sun essence is infused with superprobiotics to restore skin’s elasticity while three types of hyaluronic acid as well as milk protein extract offer long-lasting moisture.

– YesStyle.com

Sunscreen Type: 100% Organic
Amount: 50ml
Price: $27 USD

UV Filters:

  • Octocrylene (UVB some UVAII)
  • Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate – Octinoxate (UVB)
  • Ethylhexyl Salicylate – Octisalate (UVB)
  • Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane – Avobenzone (UVAI and UVAII)
  • Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine – Tinosorb S (UVB, UVAI and UVAII)

AMOUNT OF PROTECTION:

  • UVA: at least a PPD of 16
  • UVB: ~60

Full Ingredients List: Water, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-30/10 Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethiconol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Parfum(Fragrance), Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Adenosine, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Isopentyldiol, Xylitol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glucose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Milk Protein Extract, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Potassium Hyaluronate

INCIDecoder

Neogen Probiotics Relief Sun Essence has several types of ferments in the formula at unknown concentrations – Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment. Fermented ingredients claim to help strengthen the skin’s barrier by increasing its moisture levels, while offering a brightening effect and softening the skin. In my personal experience using essences with a high concentration of ferments, I find the claims to be true! Considering the Neogen Probiotics collection is all about strengthening the skin barrier, it only makes sense to include these types of ingredients in sunscreen, the ultimate barrier!

There are also molecules that are naturally found in our skin also part of this formula:

  • Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid (there are also its derivatives) are humectants that are part of our natural moisturizing factors
  • Adenosine – helps with wound-healing and barrier repair, is also anti-inflammatory

Sugar molecules are also included which act as humectants – Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Glucose.


MY EXPERIENCE WITH NEOGEN PROBIOTICS RELIEF SUN ESSENCE

CONSISTENCY:  Gel-cream.

FRAGRANCE: Artificial sweet smell.

APPLICATION: Glides on very easily all over face and neck without issue. It almost looks like it takes on a gel form

FINISH: Glowy, it looks like there are small particles in the sunscreen that adds to the glow.

FEEL: Sometimes it stings a bit after application. Slightly greasy for initial feel, but it sets to a slight tacky finish.

STINGS EYES? Yes.

WHITECAST / TINTED? No, it does not contain any mineral filters or Tinosorb M, and it does not have an ingredient that creates a powdery film on the skin.

WATER-RESISTANT? No.

SKIN BENEFITS? Adds extra moisture to my skin.

UNDER MAKEUP: Does not add or subtract to longevity. On my drier skin type it sets to a tacky finish and I don’t produce a lot of oils or sweat.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON NEOGEN PROBIOTICS RELIEF SUN ESSENCE

PROS:

  • High protection – SPF50+ PA++++
  • Easy to apply the 2mg/cm2
  • Feels light
  • Moisturizing

CONS:

  • Stings my eyes
  • Fragrance is strong

IN-BETWEEN FEELS:

  • The shimmer – I like that they’re not glittery chunks but it also looks a bit much on the skin, especially with the amount needed to reach the protection as indicated on the label. I’m more wary of this because I have visibly textured skin, but I can see those with less texture and/or wear medium coverage foundations like this and not have a problem with it.

The Neogen Dermalogy Probiotics Relief Sun Essence is a cosmetically elegant formula – no surprises here! Shame it stings my eyes, I’m not a fan of going in with a separate SPF on my eyes purely out of slight inconvenience. Also I really wish they didn’t add shimmer particles in it, it seems like it could’ve been glowy all on its own! For those of you who wear foundation more frequently and like using a luminous primer, you may be able to eliminate that step with just this sunscreen.

WHERE TO BUY:
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As, always I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M

Rovectin Cica Care Line – Purifying Toner, Balm, Sleeping Pack, and Dr. Mask Cica

Rovectin seems to be the new kid on the block in the K-beautysphere. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, this Korean beauty brand was originally created for cancer patients who experience irritating, skin-drying and barrier deteriorating side-effects from the treatments. Knowing this, Rovectin primarily focuses on providing skincare products to those with the most sensitive skin types – effective, gentle formulations to promote skin health.

I’ve been sent the following products to test out from Rovectin’s Cica Care Line:

  • Rovectin Cica Care Purifying Toner
  • Rovectin Cica Care Balm
  • Rovectin Cica Care Sleeping Pack
  • Rovectin Cica Care Dr. Mask Cica

The Cica Care Line focuses on irritated skin due to acne. Cica – Centella Asiatica – is the key ingredient in this line, alongside Calamine – remember the pink stuff we put on bug bites as kids? I’ve been rotating these products in my skincare routine for the past couple of months and I am ready to share my experience!

I am acne-prone, normal to dry. My skin gets easily sensitized to drying products and environments. I have been using topical prescriptions for my acne daily for almost 3 years such as Vitamin A and Aczone.

Products were sent to me for review purposes, however this in no way effects my opinion of them. My opinions are honest, always *casts doe patronus*


ABOUT ROVECTIN CICA CARE LINE

Cica Care Line for soothing and calming your irritated skin – acne-prone, hormonal breakouts and dark spots. Calamine and Madecassoside work day and night to revitalize your sensitive skin.

– Rovectin.com
  • All products are cruelty-free
  • Some products are vegan friendly
  • All products contain fragrance – I believe the fragrance component has been updated but the overall formula and performance is the same
  • Price point in my opinion is mid-range $$

Not a skin expert in any way, just a passionate skincare enthusiast! For the highlighted ingredients below, I listed the ones I thought were important and their basic function for convenience.


ROVECTIN CICA CARE BALM

Rovectin Cica Care Balm

Price: $26 USD
Amount: 40ml
pH: 6.5 – 8.5

Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Trehalose – humectant sugar molecule
  • Calamine
  • Centella Asiatica Extract, Madecassoside – wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and have antioxidant benefits
  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Betaine – humectant sugar amino acid derivative

A thin, slightly pink gel-cream, I tried the Cica Care balm in 2 ways – spot treatment and all over moisturizer. As a spot treatment I thought it performed decently, it’s definitely a more “supportive” product (as I like to call it) when used alongside my anti-acne prescriptions – helps keep the effected areas calm and moisturized, to prevent any side effects such as irritation and dryness. As an all-over face moisturizer, it’s definitely not enough for my dryer skin type in the winter time in Canada, but I can see this being a good stand-alone moisturizer if I were to live in a more humid place. Paired with the Sleeping Pack, I did find my face comfortably moisturized all through the night.


ROVECTIN CICA CARE PURIFYING TONER

Rovectin Cica Care Purifying Toner

Price: $24 USD
Amount: 260ml
pH: 5.25 – 5.75


Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Centella Asiatica Extract and Madecassoside – wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and have antioxidant benefits
  • Panthenol – humectant with soothing and wound healing benefits
  • Houttuynia Cordata Extract – traditional Asian plant extract high in flavonoids that show antioxidant, soothing, and antibacterial properties
  • Ceramide NP – skin-identical waxy lipid (I guess an emollient?)
  • Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract – an antioxidant, helps with pores and antibacterial
  • Amino Acids – Glycine, Glutamic Acid, Serine, Lysine, Alanine, Threonine, Proline – skin-identical humectants

I opted for this toner as a “morning cleanse” – it has the right pH, moisturizing ingredients, and is quite watery, so I didn’t really classify it as a hydrator in my skincare routine. I’d saturate a cotton round and wipe my face and neck from a night’s sweat and fluff. The big standout of this toner is the fragrance – it has quite a deep Lavender scent to it; I have mixed feelings about it – sometimes I don’t mind it, other times it’s just too strong. I believe the fragrance component in this Cica Care Purifying Toner has been updated so it may not be as strong for some of you considering this.


ROVECTIN CICA CARE SLEEPING PACK

Rovectin Cica Care Sleeping Pack

Price: $34 USD
Amount: 80ml
pH: 6.3 – 6.5

Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Betaine – humectant sugar amino acid derivative
  • Panthenol – humectant with soothing and wound healing benefits
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract – humectant/emollient with soothing properties
  • Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate – humectant with soothing properties
  • Allantoin – soothing
  • Bioflavinoids – soothing

My favourite product out of the bunch! I suspect it has quite a bit of Glycerin in the formula, because it immediately reminded me of La Roche Posay Cicaplast Mains which is 30% Glycerin. I like using sleeping masks over my moisturizer, for I don’t find it performs that well on its own for my dryer skin type. The next morning after using this mask, I was always pleased at how well it retained moisture in my skin – comparable to more affordable occlusives found at the drugstore!


ROVECTIN DR. MASK CICA

Rovectin Dr. Mask Cica

Price: $20 USD for 5
Amount: 25ml/sheet
pH: 4.3 – 5.3

Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Arginine – skin-identical humectant, wound-healing benefits
  • Centella Asiatica Extract and Madecassoside – wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and have antioxidant benefits
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – skin-identical humectant
  • Trehalose – humectant sugar molecule
  • Betaine – humectant sugar amino acid derivative
  • Calamine
  • Houttuynia Cordata Extract – traditional Asian plant extract high in flavonoids that show antioxidant, soothing, and antibacterial properties

The Cica sheet mask is a cotton material, was nicely drenched in a more viscous serum, and fit my face well. I specifically used this sheet mask on a day I was experiencing a breakout (not that inflamed) from the It Cosmetics Foundation + Skincare to test out how much it can help my sensitized skin. It hydrated my skin nicely, didn’t irritate my acne spots, but it didn’t really do much to lower the size of them either. I have used sheet masks that are able to reduce the size of breakouts and redness, so I know those claims can be true.

Note on the packaging of the box I have, it says there is salicylic acid in the formula for exfoliation – there is no BHA in any form in it. I don’t know why they would advertise it :\ But just know this is why it’s always important to look at the ingredients list to make sure they have something to match their claims!


FINAL THOUGHTS ON ROVECTIN CICA CARE LINE

Rovectin’s Cica Care Line performed nicely. I like how their formulations cater to sensitive acne-prone skin, nothing stripped or overly sensitized my skin while rotating the products in my skincare routines. Keep in mind my skin is not impaired and I don’t have a lot of inflamed acne, but I still found them to be good supportive products around the actives I do use to help control it. The one major standout con was the heavy fragrance in the Cica Care Purifying Toner, but as I have mentioned at the beginning of this post, Rovectin has updated the fragrance component in some of their products, I believe this toner included. This is where the major pro comes in – Rovectin shows they listen to their customers and continue to grow their brand based on their feedback. Overall I find this line more suitable for those with normal to oily skin types because majority of the products have a light consistency, but any skin type can make them work in a skincare routine.

WHERE TO BUY:
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As always, I hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M

Jumiso Super Soothing Cica & Aloe Facial Serum Review

Fall is here, the air is around 5 degree Celsius, and I’m using the highest strength of Tretinoin – my face be feeling slightly sensitive! The timing seems fortunate, for I was sent Jumiso’s new Super Soothing Cica & Aloe Facial Serum to try out. I have been using this serum 2x a day for past couple of weeks and I am ready to share my thoughts!

Product sent for review purposes. This does not sway my opinion of the product. My thoughts are honest, always *casts doe patronus*


DESCRIPTION

Jumiso Super Soothing Cica&Aloe Facial Serum is highly-enriched serum that could soothes sensitive skin. It helps you to grow the power of natural moisturizing factor that developed for the improvement of destroyed skin barrier and exhausted and saggy skin elasticity.

– StyleKorean.com

ADDITIONAL CLAIMS

– Cruelty-free
– Made in South Korea

Amount: 30ml
Price: $24 USD
Packaging: Clear dropper bottle
How to use:After using toner, in the essence stage, take an appropriate amount and apply it all over the face to absorb.


INGREDIENTS

Centella Asiatica Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Propanediol, Water, Butylene Glycol, Methylpropanediol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Madecassoside, Asiaticoside, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Ceramide NP, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Glycine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Benzyl Glycol, Aspartic Acid, Leucine, Alanine, Lysine, Arginine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Valine, Threonine, Proline, Isoleucine, Histidine, Methionine, Cysteine, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, SpiruLina Maxima Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Raspberry Ketone, Caprylyl Glycol, Allantoin, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer,1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Trideceth-10, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Hydroxyacetophenone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA

  • Centella Asiatica Extract: 41%
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract: 31%
  • 7 different hyaluronic acid molecules
  • 17 kinds of Amino Acids

Jumiso provides LOTS of pictographics in English on their ingredients, it’s best to check out the product page (link bottom of page) to get an idea of what the formula is all about. If you didn’t already notice, This serum is packed with a ton of skin beneficial ingredients! What’s funny is that they didn’t even highlight other great ingredients such as Niacinamide, Glycerin, Ceramide NP, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, and Adenosine!


EXPERIENCE

Texture: Serum on the thicker side (I’d say ampoule).

Fragrance: None.

Application: Sometimes I do 4 drops on my face, or a full pipette’s worth if I want some extra moisture.

Finish: Slightly glowy.

Feel: Emollient. Skin feels quite soft.

Instant Results: Adds extra moisture to my skin, also soothes if I became irritated from an active I used prior.

Long-Term Results: Hard to tell how impactful this serum is on its own, but all I know is that since incorporating it into my routine, my skin has been maintaining calm and moisturized skin and I don’t become easily sensitized to strong actives in my routine.


FINAL THOUGHTS

I am quite wowed by Jumiso’s Super Soothing Cica & Aloe Facial Serum. It has quite the list of skin-friendly ingredients and a little goes a long way. I feel like it’s a nice serum to have if you need something calming and to add additional moisture to your skin, especially if you want something richer, on the more emollient side. I can also see this being a nice addition for those who irritated their skin too much with overuse of actives and/or propolis-based serums with a similar texture to this haven’t worked out for you. For oily-skinned peeps, you may find this nice on it’s own without moisturizer if you don’t mind more emollient finishes. Overall Jumiso’s Super Soothing Cica & Aloe Facial Serum is a good option for those who just need to simplify their routine and bring back the strength of your skin’s barrier.

WHERE TO BUY:
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As always, I hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M

Rovectin Skin Essentials Aqua Soothing UV Protector SPF50+ PA++++ – SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #14

It was quite fortunate timing when I received this sunscreen for review; A couple of weeks prior, I watched a Korean Dermatologist feature Rovectin Skin Essentials Aqua Soothing UV Protector in his daily routine. I kept it on my wishlist since then, for it looked like a 100% mineral sunscreen that would be cosmetically elegant and not casty.

Product sent for review purposes.
All opinions are honest and my own, always *casts doe patronus*


INFORMATION ON ROVECTIN SKIN ESSENTIALS AQUA SOOTHING UV PROTECTOR SPF50+ PA++++

This sunscreen protects your skin from UV rays that don’t cause irritation and is suitable for all skin types. Formulated with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, it completely defends against daily free-radical damage. It’s hydrating and helps brighten your skin while improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Recommended to all skin types.

– Wishtrend.com

Additional Claims:

  • Cruelty-free
  • pH 6-7.5
  • Vegan friendly
  • Free of ethanol, artificial colouring, artificial fragrance
  • For all skin types
  • Made in Korea

Price: $29 USD
Amount: 50 ml

UV FILTERS:

Type: Mineral
Zinc Oxide
Titanium Dioxide

Protection:
UVB: SPF50+
UVA: PA++++ (~PPD 16+)

INGREDIENTS:
Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Propanediol, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dibutyl Adipate, Niacinamide, Caprylyl Methicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Magnesium Sulfate, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Trehalose, Aluminum Hydroxide, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Amara (Bitter Almond) Kernel Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Leaf Extract, Octyldodecanol, Adenosine, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Fructooligosaccharides, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Pullulan, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Undecane, Tridecane, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil

INCIDecoder

Rovectin Aqua Soothing UV Protector seems to be an emollient-rich formula that contains a nice variety of additional skin-beneficial ingredients, mostly a blend of antioxidant and soothing ingredients, aslo performing as humectants to add to the moisturizing aspect of the formula.

Green Tea, Centella Asiatica, Houttuynia Cordata Extract – Antioxidant and soothing plant extracts
Niacinamide – Antioxidant, brightens, minimizes pores and fine lines, anti-inflammatory, increases skin’s lipid production
Adenosine – wound-healing, anti-inflammatory
Tocopherol – Antioxidant
Trehalose, Fructooligoshaccarides, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Sunflower Seed Oil and its Unsaponifiables – moisturizing

Although this formula claims to be fragrance-free on Wishtrend’s website, there is definitely a notable scent in this sunscreen. My guess is it’s coming from ingredients like the Bitter Almond Kernel oil and Jasmine Flower Extract, both probably have fragrant components.


MY EXPERIENCE WITH ON ROVECTIN SKIN ESSENTIALS AQUA SOOTHING UV PROTECTOR SPF50+ PA++++

PACKAGING:  Opaque white plastic tube with small spout, twist off cap.

CONSISTENCY:  Light cream.

FRAGRANCE: Light, sweet scent.

APPLICATION: Glides on very easily with a light touch.

FINISH: Slightly glowy.

FEEL: Emollient and tacky.

STINGS EYES? No.

WHITECAST/TINTED? Yes, there is a whitecast.

WATER RESISTANT? No.

SKIN BENEFITS? I like that it doesn’t dry out my skin and feels fairly comfortable. My skin does look brighter when I use this, but it’s unfortunately paired with a noticable cast.

UNDER MAKEUP: Grips onto foundation, but I noticed when I used the Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream, the SPF made it look a bit cakey. With a thin layer (say if I were to layer sunscreens and use this as the last layer), a thin, light coverage foundation will look better, but you can still see some of the cast through it, so best to use this sunscreen as a thin layer under a medium to full coverage foundation.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON ON ROVECTIN SKIN ESSENTIALS AQUA SOOTHING UV PROTECTOR SPF50+ PA++++

PROS:

  • Highest protection you can find in Asian sunscreens – SPF50+ PA++++
  • Feels comfortable with the required amount (2mg/cm2)
  • Does not dry out my skin
  • Does not look chalky

CONS:

  • Cast
  • Base makeup won’t look good when I use the required amount (2mg/cm2)

Rovectin Skin Essentials Aqua Soothing Protector is true to its claim (on the packaging) that this is a nice mineral sunscreen for drier skin types. However that’s where it stops for me, overall I didn’t really enjoy using this sunscreen and don’t like reaching for it unless I need it for my hands. The only time I liked this sunscreen was with a thin layer, under the required amount for me to achieve the SPF indicated on the label. Even then, I still looked a bit grey and casty even with a light coverage foundation over top. I prefer the Klairs Mid Day Blue UV Shield because I can use the required amount and it looks good under my preferred makeup base.

WHERE TO BUY:
Wishtrend*
Use “MICHXMASH15” for 15% off your order
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Use “YESMICH“* for 5% off your first order, 2% off 2nd+ orders

*These are affiliate links and codes. If you use this link to make a purchase, I earn a small commission. Thank you if you decide to use it! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M

By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 21.5% Advanced Serum Review

Another day, another vitamin C serum for review! Once I finished up a bottle of By Wishtrend’s  Pure Vitamin C 15% with Ferulic Acid *, I cracked open their Pure Vitamin C 21.5% Advanced Serum * to compare!

I’ve had the latter serum in my fridge for a few months while using the former serum, and have now been using it for about a month or so. With that said, I’m ready to share my thoughts!

This product was sent as a gift.


Check out my review comparing the By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 15% with Ferulic Acid and 21.5% Advanced Serum!


DESCRIPTION

This high concentration vitamin ampoule is made with 70% Vitamin Tree Water and 21.5% Pure Vitamin C to deliver the concentrated effects of vitamin C to the skin. The serum removes dead skin cells to even out the skin tone and brighten the complexion.

– Wishtrend

Amount: 30ml
Price: $30 USD
How to use:
1) After cleansing, prep the skin with the toner.
2) Dispense 1-2 drops of the vitamin serum on hands and apply over dull areas that lack elasticity.


INGREDIENTS

by-wishtrend-advanced-c-ingredients

Hippophae rhamnoides water, ascorbic acid, sodium lactate, 1,2-hexanediol, sodium hyaluronate, panthenol, cassia obtusifolia seed extract, allantoin, xanthan gum, ethyl hexanediol

Hippophae rhamnoides water: 70%
Ascorbic Acid: 21.5%
pH Level: 3.0 ± 0.5

INCIDecoder

I’m happy to see that the serum is minimal ingredients, low pH and with a good concentration of L-Ascorbic Acid! Usually the sweet spot for LAA serums are 5% – 20%, so that additional 1.5% may be too much for those who cannot tolerate LAA at high concentrations. The reason you want L-Ascorbic Acid serums is because it is the most scientifically backed ingredient when it comes to skincare benefits. It is an antioxidant shown to boost collagen synthesis, fade hyperpigmentation, boost UV protection under sunscreen, brighten complexion. Vitamin C serums are probably one of the few OTC products that skin professionals recommend to add in your skincare routine (if your skin can tolerate it) so I personally do for the antioxidant benefits.

Hippophae Rhamnoides (a.k.a. Seaberry, Seabuckthorn, Vitamin Tree) Water never really striked my fancy – I find high percentage of it just makes everything feels sticky (more on feel in the experience section of this post). I recall the Hippophae rhamnoides extract having a good source of antioxidants such as vitamin C, E, and B – but water, as you can guess, will have these potential benefits watered down. Expect the antioxidant benefits mainly from the actual vitamin C molecule in the formula, not the water. It is however a nice-to-have in this type of product.

I also like seeing Panthenol and Allantoin on the list to provide skin soothing and protecting properties. In a high LAA percentage product, soothing ingredients are welcome!


EXPERIENCE

Packaging: Dark dropper bottle.

Texture: Liquid. It looks clear when you open a new bottle.

Fragrance: Faint smell of the Seabuckthorn water, but only if I hold up the bottle to my nose. Otherwise, I never really noticed it on application.

Application: The directions say 1-2 drops on specific areas, but this is LAA we’re talking about. I’m applying a full dropper of this all over my face and neck and getting good use before oxidization sets in!

Finish: Thin and adds some glow.

Feel: Somewhat sticky, there have been occasions where my hands are momentarily stuck to my face lol. Also, it tends to sting. I feel like this has been more frequent the more I used it.

Instant Results: Surprisingly smaller pores, face looks glowy, takes a while for an even complexion to come back because of how much this irritates my face.

Long-Term Results: Haven’t noticed much myself since I’ve been using Vitamin C serums for a while solely for the antioxidant benefits. I also have been using vitamin A for a couple of years so any anti-aging benefit mainly comes from that ingredient.


FINAL THOUGHTS

I’m happy that the By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 21.5% Advanced Serum has a low pH, good concentration of L-Ascorbic Acid, and that it can last while refrigerated before it oxidizes. However the stinging is just way too much for me! I know the directions say to apply to specific areas, but the serum will turn orange before I get halfway through the bottle. It reminds me of the 2 unsuccessful bottles of the Timeless CE Ferulic serum I tried in the past. I also would’ve liked to see Ferulic Acid and vitamin E in this formula – instead they recommend purchasing the By Wishtrend Vitamin 75 Maximizing cream for the vitamin E in the formula to boost this serum. I prefer this serum over their new C 15% with Ferulic Acid for the low pH, but the new one is more gentle and has a host of other nice ingredients in the mix.

I will be sticking with my PC Super C15 Booster for now, and I plan on purchasing the Geek & Gorgeous vitamin C serum in the future to see if it’s a good, gentle, and affordable option!

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As always, I hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M