You could really see a difference in about 2 weeks of use. You use the serum on clean just washed skin. Then apply your night cream on top. I have been using in conjunction with la mer soft cream and my skin is at its best. After one Overnight use: skin feels hydrated immediately like it has never been. In the morning there is luminosity you look well rested. After two weeks of use: redness in face is dramatically reduced esp around cheeks and face looks brighter and more healthy. I have been using for couple months now and will continue to use!
I have been using this product for about 2 months now, all is I can say is WOW! A little background on my skin: African-American, late 20s NC50 in MAC foundations, #178 in MUFE HD foundation, extremely oily, and acne-prone. I didn't get a lot of pimples as a teenager but fastfoward to my 20s, my face became a big mess! :( Through a cocktail of products, seeing a dermatologist, and an antibiotic regimen- my acne subsided but I still had the ugly dark scars.
I learned about this product by just randomly scouring the internet, and decided to give it a try after reading all the wonderful reviews. I got it from Ulta for about $45 (not cheap), and I made sure to save my receipt just in case. I am not exagerrating when I tell you I noticed a difference the morning after the first night I used it. My face looked vibrant. Even though I'm dark-skinned, my face has a tentency to look pale....kinda greyish but I looked brighter (not lighter) and more awake. Within these 2 months, all my scars have practically disappeared. I have also noticed that I am less oily during the day when I use this product.....mind you, I only use it at night and wash my face in the morning and apply my normal oil-free moisturizer under my foundation. This past weekend, I went to a Sephora by my house to try some new powders. I didn't wear anything on my face other than moisturizer. When it was time to test the different colors on my face, the MUA said I should wipe the foundation off my jawline area but I told her I didn't have anything on. She was like "wow you have very good skin!". I almost cried! People with good skin may not understand the feeling but NO ONE has ever said that to me before. This is the girl who has struggled with acne and acne scars, it was like music to my ears. My skin has never been clearer.
But let me be clear in pointing out that I'm not sure this is what is preventing my pimples but I can tell you for sure this is what is fading the scars. I use the Mario Badescu acne facial wash, Clinique dramatically different gel (every morning), Queen Helene acne masque (2-3 times a week), LaRoche-Posay Effaclar duo (at night during that time of the month to prevent breakout). Sounds like a lot but it really isn't.
It's been two months, and I'm not even half way through the bottle yet. It comes with a dropper so you don't have to worry about wasting. 2-3 drops is good for my entire face. It's oily but it soaks into my skin the minute I rub it in so you don't have to worry about staining your pillow case when you go to sleep. Sometimes, I concentrate more on my laughter lines (not wrinkles, I got it from my father....LOL), and it's actually smoothened it out. I recommend anyone suffering from hyperpigmentation or acne scars give this a try. Get it from somewhere like Sephora or Ulta with good return policies just in case you don't like it. Good luck! ;)
Generally this won't do much if you don't have a good cleansing, toning and moisturizing routine that works for you. But if you do, I bet it will work beautifully under your sunscreen. Do not use with Sal. Acid, they will react together and cause painful redness. If you do use Sal. Acid, do so at night.
So yeah Vitamin C makes your skin super defended against the sun and other harmful elements.
Was recommended to me by a salesperson at Ulta - I was looking for something to address hyper-pigmentation spots. This serum is amazing; after 1 month I have soft, smooth skin; even tone, well-moisturized. Fine lines have disappeared, to my surprise.
I use the Vitamin C serum every night and no longer need my glycolic acid and retinol creams. As for the sun spots they have lightened somewhat but are still there so I am going to try laser therapy next. This serum is my HG secret weapon to keep my skin youthful. In the morning I use MUAC apple stem cell serum under their Preventhelia SPF15 sunscreen.
This serum is amazing! I've been using the MB Glycolic Gel and when I added this to my daily regime my skin transformed into the best it has ever been! So far loving both products, and even though my skin is combination oily with occasional dry spots (using Estee Lauder Doublewear seems to dry me out a little), this serum does not make me too oily or too dry. I can almost always tell when I've missed a day of using this (and the glycolic gel) because my skin just does not look as smooth or bright. HG.
I received this as a sample with my MB order and was excited to try it (this was my first experience with vitamin serums). I didn't like it. It made my skin tight and dry and a little red. I gave it to my sister.
background: beauty concerns of acne and anti-aging.
price and packaging: the vitamin c serum comes in a small green glass with a white eye dropper. it cost me about $45 on the mario badescu website. this is my first time purchasing a vitamin c serum, so i dont know if this is expensive for a serum. considering i use about three drops per night for my face, i know itll last me a while. its been a good several months of using it almost every night, and i still have more than half the serum.
texture and smell: it does have lavender oil in it, which is an essential oil, i think. it has not caused me to break out at all, which is wonderful because i break out quite easily. the consistency is slightly thicker than jojoba oil and goes on smooth. i dont feel slick afterwards, and my skin absorbs it well. the serum smells of lavender, which i never really loved. i tend to use it at night, though, so i dont mind it.
the verdict?: as my skin is slowly maturing, i feel i need to do what i can to give it the extra antioxidants and vitamins it craves, especially because i use glycolic acid. i use it at nights, and although i havent seen a HUGE difference in the overall brightness of my skin, my skin tone overall looks calmer and healthier. i will continue to use the entire bottle and will probably repurchase it again since i know that it works for me.
Got a sample gave a very nice glow but I didn't use it long enough to see results but the little sample I got last 5 days. Also it kinda stings but it goes away and lemony smell to it.
I will be the first to admit, I'm a cynic. I'm 52 and have pretty much given up on any product making a major difference. I've heard of Mario Badescu products - mainly for acne issues, and have only heard good things. I had an Ulta 2 20% off coupon and decided to purchase to MB items - this and the Temporary Lifting Mask - with the intention of returning them if I was not thrilled. Ladies - I am thrilled. I have used the mask twice in the last 4 days. It's great, but what I think is really giving me this lovely tightened feeling is the Vitamin C serum! I have a problem with old acne scars and large pores. It just seems to be calming everything down. It doesn't feel dry or flakey, and my makeup just seems to go on beautifully. I will report back if there is a change, but for the time being - I love it and would say give it a try!
I have to say I have only been using this for a week but I love it already. It may replace my Korres rose serum that I normally use between retinA at night/mixed in with sunscreen during the day (although sometimes I use Clarins flash beauty balm for that). So I thought this might clog my pores or cause some badness. I usually have great skin but after trying some new scrubs out last week (argh) have broken out into two huge cystic pimples, only one of which has come to the surface. So back to the old routine, with every three to four hours of toner to dry out the pimples....and at night I've been using this along with boscia's willow bark treatment alternating with retinA. Well, its made a big difference in a few days. I don't believe in popping zits or anything so I will have to wait for this one to subside but in two days I could see my big pimple shriveling up (its about ready to fall off now scarless) and the other one is starting to calm down rather than come to the surface. I am very impressed with this serum...not only has it not broken out my incredibly oily summer skin but its also not dried it out, and smooths down to a easily absorbed layer on the skin which definitely makes my skin feel softer in the morning, has been keeping my pores in line (they seem smaller, although I know they will always be the same size approx), and def has improved my skin tone to a more even/rosy tone. It only takes a few drops and although I can't tell yet if this packaging will make the vit C go bad as per another reviewer below, I like it a lot so far because I can control the number of drops I'm applying, and it keeps it clean and sanitary. Yay mario badescu- this is the first product of his that is working for my skin and I plan on keeping on using it till they stop making it! Its very affordable for a vit C serum--and has all other kinds of goodies in the ingredients.