Thanks to all of its amazing benefits, Vitamin C has become a popular ingredient widely used in skincare products. One thing that is important to know is that Vitamin C is available in several forms and they all don’t work the same. The Radha Beauty Vitamin C serum is one of the popular serums out on the market with a synthetic derivative of Vitamin C, but is it really a good buy?
“A potent, multipurpose serum that combines breakthrough anti-aging ingredients like Vitamin C to help visibly minimize fine lines/ wrinkles and reduce the appearance of age spots and discoloration. It boosts collagen production, fights inflammation and helps damaged skin heal.” – Radha Beauty Website.
Ingredients: Water, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Holy Basil Extract, Bitter Melon Extract, Indian Ginseng Extract, Ginger Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Witch Hazel Water, MSM, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carrageenan, Mandarin Orange Peel Oil, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate and Calcium Gluconate.
Price: $16 (approximately N6,000)
HILARY SAYS REVIEW:
There are various types of vitamin C used in skincare products including L-Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, and Retinyl Ascorbate. According to research, L-ascorbic acid is the most effective form of Vitamin C for topical application but it is also the least stable. Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (SAP), which is the form of vitamin C in this serum, is a stable derivative of Vitamin C. Unlike the more powerful and potent L-ascorbic Acid, it does not like acidic environments and requires a pH of around 6 – 7.
Although SAP is considered less powerful than L-ascorbic acid, it still has noteworthy benefits, which include boosting collagen production, which helps maintain the skin’s firmness, strength and elasticity; reducing oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals, therefore slowing down the skin’s aging process; and enhancing the photoprotective properties of sunscreen (makes sunscreens stronger). However, there is not enough research to support the skin-brightening benefits of SAP. L-ascorbic Acid helps reduce hyperpigmentaion and age spots for more even skin tone but unfortunately, the same can not be said for SAP. An added benefit of SAP is that it is an effective acne-fighter. Research proves that it has a strong antimicrobial effect and is efficient in the prevention and treatment of acne vulgaris. 1% concentrations of SAP have been shown to have a strong antimicrobial effect that reduces the bacteria causing acne.
This serum contains other useful ingredients like:
- Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant, which attracts water molecules to the skin to keep it hydrated and plump.
- Green Tea Leaf Extract has antioxidant benefits to help boost the effect of Vitamin C.
- Witch Hazel Water is a natural astringent, which helps control acne by reducing inflammation and decreasing oil.
All in all, it is a great product. If you want a product that will help with hyperpigmentation and age spots, I suggest you try a serum with L-ascorbic acid instead like SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum.
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