I bought this at CVS because I was looking for a vitamin c product to address some light post acne marks and because it was 75% off, making it around 5 dollars. I figured that made it a great place to start.
I have to say, I'm really liking this stuff so far! I have very sensitive/ reactive skin, so I'm weary of trying anything new. Although this contains some unnecessary fragrance (in my opinion it smells wonderful at least) and some pigment, I haven't had any negative reactions from this, which is actually pretty amazing. I've been using it for about a week which is plenty of time for me to test for rashes/breakouts.
My skin is typically dehydrated, tight, flaky, red, and prone to clogged pores/ whiteheads around the mouth (which leave pink marks behind). I've recently been trying to change up my routine, and I can't believe the difference that's made in a week's time, and this serum has been a daily new addition. My skin is no longer dehydrated or flaking, and the whiteheads have essentially ceased to come up. The redness is slowly fading toward my naturally porcelain tone, and some of my post acne marks are visibly reduced.
I can't necessarily attribute all those changes to this serum, but I do feel confident that it's played an important part in adding in some moisture, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. (I've also been trying turmeric for red marks and diluted Alba Botanica Acnedote astrigent, both of which have also played a major role in my skin's recovery). I understand what was happening now- dry flaky skin leads to clogged pores which leads to whiteheads. trying to treat them with acne products causes more dry skin, causing a cycle of more dryness and more breakouts.
I'm still looking for an hg day time moisturizer with spf, but for the past few days I've just used this for moisture. It makes my skin feel a little more plump and dewey and protects me from flaking toward the end of my day as was typical for me. My skin in general just feels *healthy* now, like it's nourished for the first time in ages. Next time you're at cvs, keep an eye out for this lumene brand (in case they're having discounts like this), and the vitamin c line in general. Once I do find a good moisturizer/spf, I will be wearing this underneath as it's so lovely and the antioxidants enhance the effectiveness of spf.
I like this really much. I think it brightens my skin a bit, it also has a nice scent. I hate the glass bottle. I dropped it once on the floor and of course it went into pieces. Luckily this isn't too expensive. I will be repurchase when i've used all the other serums i have now. Good price, good product.
This stuff is amazing. It's less than $20 and yet it performs just as well if not better than higher end products.
First of all the packaging is great, it comes in a pretty glass tube that has some heft to it, and it looks nice sitting on my vanity. There's a pump that dispenses an adequate amount and you always know how much is left.
Consistency is like a liquid/gel, and it spreads easily on my face. It stung maybe once or twice, but never anything unbearable. As an exfoliant with lactic acids, a slight tingling is understandable but I've only experienced it a few times.
Of course what I love most about this product is what it does. I have large pores, oily skin, and am prone to dark acne scars. This serum helps keep my oily skin manageable, and it has seriously brightened my skin. Even after the first week I noticed my scars were fading, and now they're hardly visible on my cheeks. The redness and darkness of my scars is significantly reduced, to the point where most days I can skip a heavy foundation altogether. That's been the most amazing part of this product, my acne scars were a primary reason for wearing full foundation, but this has helped fade them significantly. While this hasn't done much for the pitted acne scars (nothing really will short of microderm), the redness and discoloration has really been taken care of.
I highly recommend this for brightening skin, especially if you're prone to dark red post acne marks.
So far I'm loving this! In the bottle it looks like it may be heavy or oily but once it's in your hand and on your skin it almost feels like a gel. I only use 1 1/2 pumps and that's enough for my entire face and neck. It absorbs into the skin quickly and so far I can see the improvement in my skin texture. I'm sold on this...I haven had any irritation or breakouts so I'll continue to use this nectar. Only been using it for a little over 2 weeks and I'm impressed but I don't see a lot of brightening as of yet, a little but though.