The next category of products I want to try is a water-soluble vitamin C serum, such as the Skinceuticals CE Ferulic (which I probably won’t just because it’s SO expensive), or various alternatives that Nicki from FutureDerm suggested HERE. Most likely, I’d go with the Timeless dupe since Nicki likes it (in a completely personal way) more than the Cosmetic Solutions one. While in that post, she doesn’t state a scientific reason for this preference, I can come with a few possible ones. Because the pH of the “dupes” are slightly higher than that of the Skinceuticals CE Ferulic, that means that less of the L-ascorbic acid will be in the “free acid” or active form. So a higher %, like that in the Timeless Serum (20% vs 15%) may makeup for that apparent weakness. However, one argument against this rationalization is that the 20% is composed of both L-ascorbic acid and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, instead of pure 15% L-ascorbic acid. And we don’t know how much of each ingredient constitutes the 20% summation. But at only $30, I’d happily test-drive the Timeless serum.
Now, I know I’ve stated before that I don’t like the fact that all of these are packaged in dropper bottles, which will largely reduce efficacy due to oxidation of the various antioxidants. This is another (HUGE) reason why I’d rather shell out $30 instead of $150.
Okay, so the REASONS I’d like to try a water-soluble vitamin C serum is because, while I’ve read a lot of information about them and done my own research;
- I’d like to see what kind of physical effects they’d have on the skin: How strong is the exfoliating action? What kind of difference will manifest on my skin compared to my lipid-soluble vitamin C serum (Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Serum).
- Furthermore, I’ve read the infrared light (which is part of sunlight) can also damage the skin like UV light. I haven’t done my own research (which I will), but renowned dermatologist Dr. Leslie Baumann in this post: (http://health.yahoo.net/experts/skintype/new-sunscreen-rules-mean-you) states that serums like the Skinceuticals CE Ferulic acid can protect against infrared light. Again, she didn’t cite any studies, but I will certainly include any and all relevant information (after I’ve done my own research) about this topic in the “Sun Protection” Page. With summer coming up, I’m probably going to finish that Page first.
- Finally, I’d like to try this under my sunscreen in place of the PC Super Antioxidant Serum, which is silicone based and hence has a thicker in texture. You know me and my oily skin! I’m always looking to apply less and/or thinner layers of product, while preserving the maximum amount of efficacy and potency!
What about you guys? What product are you dying to try out? Share your thoughts!