this is the only formulation with tyrosine and zinc with vit c--and patented so can not be duplicated. without tyrosine, vit c can not go deep enough to stimulate collagen remarkably. i recommend this wholeheartedly over skinceuticals, obagi and skinmedica etc. the advanced series has hydrolyzed vit c so collagen is produced faster than the original series plus it is choke full of super potent antioxidants. this product erased lines on my face--but be patient it takes at least 4 months to see results. so, while you can get brightening from other vit c out there, nothing plumps and lifts like cellex-c
vicco has 12% turmeric extract--yes that high! it has very anti microbial, anti inflammatory and melanin inhibiting properties, and add to that a super potent antioxidant with photo protection. A clinical study showed that turmeric has forty times the skin lightening properties of arbutin. I am an Indian who uses cellex-c, kinerase, tretinoin and vicco-wso. it disappears in a flash--no residue or heavy feel. it is india's best skincare import product. I say from first hand experience.
I used retin-a the wrong way. I used it twice a week, and I was fine. But too early on I used it consecutively for two nights at a stretch and looked like a monster--red, scaly, peeling skin. My mistake! A new product in India--Nexret: tretinoin in microsphere to reduce irritation. I have moved here in India and tried it last night--keeping my fingers crossed. This is a patented formulation that control delivers tretinoin in non-porous microsphere that minimize irritation. I will update you ladies soon. Update: after three months I have gone from every fourth night to every other night. I have been told the difference in my skin has been "drastic". It has controlled my oiliness beautifully, blackheads and bumpiness has been smoothed out--not completely but still remarkably. I have always had very heavily clogged pores and deeply embedded blackheads. The blackheads on my nose have been reduced by 70%. Another problem area for me has been skin tags and moles--and all of those have gone away. In fact moles and skin tags have bothered me as much as blackheads so I am pleased to not have to deal with them. Sometimes DH says that my skin looks like it has a burn and that is hyperpigmentation from all the irritation but I have been told by a derm that it will eventually go away. I notice a tightness in the texture but I know it takes a good 12 months before collagen deposition is enough to be noticeable. I do not have fine lines at 36 but am prone to something worse IMO: sagging and drooping--will have to wait and see if it will remedy that. BTW i use it on my neck too. Neck had the worst irritation initially but a few nights use of steroids took care of that. Will update later.
Moisturizers -La Roche Posay - Redermic - dry skin
ambika74 5/1/2009 11:13:00 AM
This is the ultimate product for wrinkles--even deep and general loss of firmness. The active ingredient is madecassoside--purified at almost 100%. It is a component of centella asiatica, and is proven in several clinical trials to stimulate collagen production--even in concentrations as low as.1% and as early as 72 hours after topical application! This product has given me results--in weeks. I have tried TNS recovery complex--did NOTHING for me after religious application for 6 months. Redermic has visibly plumped by face, most prominently in the eye area. Touch wood!
Treatments (Eye) -SkinMedica - TNS Night Eye Repair
ambika74 11/24/2008 3:52:00 PM
Update: In addition to below, the milia is completely gone, the skin around my eyes looks like it has concealer/foundation on--it is that smooth and flawless! I totally agree with the post below. I have used 3 or 4 jars of this cream--and I have noticed a big difference. My eyes are brighter, smoother and plumper. Will repurchase.
This product blew me away...it has been a month and my skin looks unbelievable-knock on wood. I saw clear results *within a week*, most noticeably brightness (like a lightbulb from within) and smoothness (poreless, smooth, like children's). I used CE ferulic for 8/9 months...never going back to it. Phloretin is gives faster, dramatic results. It's unbelievable! be careful to apply moisturizer on top as it is drying.update: 3-4 months later..still amazing!
I want this to work so badly. I purchased this after a lot of thought and research. The issue I want to address is sun damaged skin and uneven pigmentation. I have been trying this on one half of my face. I had *huge* doubts about break outs as this cream has several kinds of oil that are listed as comedogenic on web sites. THe package says non comedogenic, so I callled kinerase and they said it is non comedogenic despite the oils. THe reason I want this to work is because the tested half has a remarkable dewy airbrushed texture in 4-5 days of application. The downside: it also has breakouts. I will use it for a few more days before quitting. BTW the first 2 days of use made my skin super dry and flaky, the customer rep I called told me that the dryness is normal the first few days, and like he told me the dryness was completely gone the third day. Update : It is amazing how my face looks SOOOO dewy and radiant. The break outs and dryness completely gone. I have tried skinmedica tns recovery complex, what kinerase did for me is unbelievable. After using TNS for 6 months, I am substituting it with Kinerase. This product has given me results in 8-10 days that TNS did not in 6 months. I am blown away. Update: After finishing a jar, I quit as I was breaking out really badly along my jawline. Two weeks later my chin and jaw is covered with cystic acne. How in the world do they call it non-comedogenic when it full of comedogenic oils?
Treatments -Unlisted Brand - RevaleSkin Night Cream
ambika74 3/29/2008 12:19:00 AM
I came across a lot of buzz about this product in mags, tv etc. It costed $99 @ dermstore.com. I have noticed a definite improvement in my complexion since I started using it, I do so only once at night. The active ingredient-coffeeberry is touted to have better antioxidant properties than idebenone(prevage). It protects and repairs like any super antioxidant, like prevage, c+e ferulic etc. There is lots of info on web-just google revaleskin.
This produt has very targeted performance-heal compromised skin. It absolutely does what it says. My skin is very sensitive, and extremely prone to hyperpigmentation from the slightest irritation. This product heals my skin overnight. Beta glucan and centella asiatica-the two active ingredients are proven collagen builders. The company touts the quality of these ingredients.
Treatments (Eye) -Avalon Organics Botanicals - Vitamin C Revitalizing Eye Cream
ambika74 3/28/2008 11:46:00 PM
Excellent product that delivers. In addition to vit. c, this cream is packed with antioxidants. It is very thick and emollient, sinks in skin and disappears in seconds. Hydrates and softens the eye area with no residue or shine. In 10 days I have noticed significant brightening/lightening. No milia or breakouts.
Treatments -Avalon Organics Botanicals - Vitamin C Vitality Facial Serum
ambika74 3/28/2008 11:41:00 PM
Very impressed! I use skinceuticals vit c serums, but wanted to add mag. asc. phosphate (the kind in this serum) as it has better brightening/lightening properties than L-ascorbic acid (in skinc. serums). I used this serum on one half of my face for two days and noticed that the treated side was definitely brighter, even DH noticed. After 10 days the difference in brightness/glow is amazing.
Like its sister face cream, the main ingredient is titrated extract of centella asiatica, which is shown in clinical trials to produce more than twice as much collagen as vit C. Also improves quality of collagen. Peptides for darkness/puffiness, ceramides for moisturizing. This stuff is fluffy, feather light and is absorbed in seconds. No residue/shine/grease. I got a sample before I purchased the cream--in less than a week I noticed my eyes were bright, soft and smooth. It is too early to comment on firmness. Will never be without it. BTW used Eye Balm by same brand--that gave me milia and stung like crazy when it came in contact with eyes. Moreover, Eye Balm was too emollient--left shine.
The science behind this is extraordinary. The chief ingredient is titrated extract of centella asiatica. This stuff is shown in clinical trials to boost collagen production--it produces more than double the collagen as stable vitamin C in clinical trials. Not only that, it improves the quality of collagen. Other powerful ingredients too. It is not a moisturizer--and there is no way I would pay so much money to *moisturize* my skin. The cream itself is thick and emollient. Will never be without it. Only a few weeks and there is clearly a difference.
Am in love with this! I purchased this after serum 20 AOX. I also use glycolic acid gel by neostrata and refinity. So, my skin clearly needed serious hydration. This gel has given me amazing results, just like serum 20 AOX. It is meant to be used before moisturizer, as the hyraulinic acid binds water to the skin, as an analogy, the acid is like a sponge that swells with water. My moisturizer works 100 times better with this gel. My skin is so soft, supple and moist....I don't remember my skin feeling so good ever....not with facials, the most expensive creams. Try this once, you will never go without it.
Treatments -Skinceuticals - Serum 20 AOX with Ferulic
ambika74 1/6/2008 10:12:00 PM
THIS IS A MIRACLE !!!!!!!! MY SKIN IS TRANSFORMED IN 4 DAYS. Severe hyperpigmentation around mouth is already half faded. I added vit C to my face regimen after excellent results with redermic (la roche posay) for eyes- which, BTW made my eye area brighter than rest of my face! Redermic is 5% vit c, and I wanted to go all out. I was advised to start with 10% serum, 15% and then this. It does sting quite a bit, so moisturize a lot and use a very gentle cleanser, also stay away from other harsh products until your skin is acclimated. DO BUY THIS.