I'm not a huge fan of this serum. The texture is runny and sticky, and it both stings my skin and makes it impossible to apply makeup evenly. For the right skin type this may be a very effective treatment, but I prefer other forms of topical vitamin c.
This review is for the Professional C Serum 15%.
Obagi is an expensive skincare brand. Its products claim to penetrate the skin more deeply therefore the ingredients would be more effective. After using the vitamin C serum, my skin tone became more even and it is visibly clearer. It comes in a small 1fl oz bottle which I apply every morning under a moisturizer with SPF. It gives off a healthy dewy finish and is supposedly fighting off harmful free radicals.
Overall I do love the deep penetrating serum. It helped heal some of my acne scarring and my skin tone is even and brighter. The downside is that it didn't prevent some freckle-like spots that sprang up around the corner or my eyes. It is also extremely pricey but that small dropper bottle is lasting 6 months.
I will turn 60 in a few weeks and have fair combination skin that is prone to occasional belmishes and blackheads. I have been using Obagi's C serum 10% for several months now and just purchased my 2nd bottle. I did a whole lot of research (i.e. WebMD & other sites not selling products) into Vit C serums prior to trying this. After finding a lot of creditable honest research on the benefits of topical Vit C, I decided to try it. I use AfirmX at night and the Vit. C serum in the am and my skin is smoother and tighter. Price wise, Obagi is cheaper than other brands and is packaged properly, in a dark blue bottle dropper bottle (Vit C breaks down when exposed to light and air). For anyone looking to try a Vit C serum, I highly recommend the Obagi brand. continued >>
I'm using the 15% version and getting great results. My acne seems to have cleared up, and my skin is much clearer. A man told me last week that I had beautiful skin! That's a great result for me.
I do feel this is a bit greasy going on, but it seems to absorb quickly.
I used this once before, and my skin did get great results from using the whole Obagi system, but the other products made my skin peel terribly - to the point of being painful. This isn't hurting me, but then I'm not combining it with other products.
I got this as part of a gift basket, but I would definitely use this again, or alternate it with Aveda Firming Serum, which I also love.
EDIT --- 10% best for dry/normal, 15-20% best for oily and acneic skin - so I woulsnt repurchase at this strength but at the higher ones.
This stuff worked quick on my skin. I have super oily skin with large pores in the tzone and blackheads on my nose. I noticed it made my skin red within a few days of use and started the peeling action quickly. Of course I was also using Peter Thomas Roth Potent Skin Lightener as well, but that one the vitamin C was useless since it was brown but I figured the other brightening ingredients would still work if not the vitamin c in that bottle. Anyways, in a week I noticed my skin was brighter, clearer, and more importantly the pores on my nose and cheeks were significantly smaller and significantly less blackheads. I will repurchase this again and will likely upgrade to a higher percentage one. If this doesnt do anything to your skin it is likely because you need a higher strength vitamin c like the 15 or 2o%. But this stuff works - you likely need to find the right concentration. Also, I am actually layering this underneath other brighteners at night and under other anti oxidants in the morning - so I am sure I am heightening the effect. I also have prior experience using accutane, differin, tazorac, clindamycan, retina micro, and all that other stuff - this stuff works.
However, I wish the dispenser were more air tight - this stuff will oxidize fast so i use alot just to use it up before it becomes useless.
Thank goodness I got this product for cheap in my New Beauty Test Tube because I would be really mad if I'd paid full price for this. It did nothing -- not one thing to change the tone or texture of my skin.
I have combo/dry skin with quite a few age spots as well as uneven tone and texture. I decided to give Vitamin C a shot instead of glycolic acid to see if it would help. It did not. After a month and a half, there was absolutely no change in my skin. continued >>
I was glad when I got this product. I had a hope that it will improve my skin tone. I says 'professional C serum', so I think it should be superb product, and much better than regular C serum. Unfortunately, I was wrong. It broke me out after using 2 weeks. My face became red and more sensitive. This product also becomes yellow within a month, which means it oxidazes and is no longer effective as C serum. And after 2 months, it becomes brown. I am so disappointed with it. I will not buy this product again.
This is quite the quality product! I received a full-size bottle of this in the test tube from newbeauty.com. When I received the item, I mixed a small fraction of ferulic acid in it (purchased through skinactives.com, helps to stabilize the C, minimizes oxidation, and protects skin) and use it every morning combined with my Retin-A micro. It is a clear non-thick fluid with an obvious sort of synthetic citrusy smell. The aroma is not offensive as it is in pretty much the ideal concentration and it dissipates rather quickly. I use it 5 days a week and noticed after the second week that I started to peel. In addition to the peeling, I noticed that my complexion was much brighter and more even than usual. I wasn't sure if it was due to this product but now I am absolutely sure it is. With continued use (I am into about a month's worth), I noticed my acne diminishing and my fine lines have greatly faded. The texture of my skin has also changed...it has a resiliency and a 'thickness' to it that was not there before and the pore size is also greatly diminished. I use a dropper size full of this stuff every weekday morning mixed in with my acne medication and it truly is a highly effective exfoliant. I see the results of the wonderful collagen stimulating properties of the Vitamin C and that it acts as an anti-oxidant protecting my skin from free radical damage and the harmful UV rays is a real added bonus. The downside of this stuff, however, is that it contains SLS, which is readily absorbed into the skin and has some 'not so friendly' effects on the body (a quick online search on this stuff will fill you in on the details). The fragrance and bisulfite scare me a bit, too. The ingredient list is actually advertised in 2 ways (perhaps one has to do with the actives and the other with the inactives in the list). The first is: Water, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fragrance, Sorbital, Zinc Chloride, Calcium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Bisulfite. The second is: Ethoxydiglycol, Propylene Glycol, Water, L-Ascorbic Acid 10%, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Fragrance. With the ingredient list aside, frankly, I am surprised that this stuff works so well. I thought it was just going to be the 'same ol, same ol' in anti-oxidant serum skincare stuff but it's not...it's quite a step above!