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Now then, let’s talk about vitamin C serums, again. Vitamin C serums are my favorite serums since they help with skin texture, pores, pigmentation and sun damage. I started with Ole Henriksen Truth Serum and PTR Camu Camu, then ventured into expensive ones like Algenist, Perricone and Philosophy. While they are great, I was hoping to find a slightly more hydrating vitamin C serum for the winter. So this time, I got my eyes on Klair Vitamin Drops, Skin Inc Vitamin C and Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum.
Normally serum and products with lots of active ingredients are best packaged in airtight pumps or dark glass bottles to prevent oxidation. However, the Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu serum I had oxidized within 6 months while the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum and Klairs Vitamin Drop were totally fine even 1-2 years later. Packaging is something you should consider but a stable formulation is more important, so don’t dismiss a serum immediately just because it’s in a clear bottle. If the serum smells off or is darker in color than what it’s suppose to be, it probably oxidized and you should not use it.
Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drops
It’s a clear serum in a clear dropper bottle with no scent. It’s a lightweight oil serum and takes a few seconds to absorb. You only need 3-5 drops for the whole face and it works well with all types of moisturizer, gel cream lotion or oil on top. It is more hydrating than other vitamin C serums without leaving weird residue. While I have not seen a reduction in pigmentation for my dark spots, my pores stayed clean and small so it does help with skin texture in the 2 months I’ve used it. I would recommend it for combination/dry skin types.
Skin Inc Rebalance Vitamin C Serum
It’s a clear gel serum with yellow beads, which are encapsulated vitamin C. It has no scent and feels like a liquidy gel, just like the rest of the serum from the line. If you look at the price per oz, it is expensive. However, you only need 2-3 drops to cover the whole face. It provides lightweight hydration and is fine for sensitive skin. From looking at the ingredients list and the way it feels on the skin, it is more of a hydrating serum with a little vitamin C added in. It is appropriate for all skin types including sensitive.
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum
It is a slightly yellow liquidy gel with a chemical/sour scent. It didn’t sting or irritate but it did leave a slightly tacky finish on the skin. It works fine with oil or moisturizer on top, but I’m not sure about using it under makeup. The packaging of the full size serum is an opaque airtight pump with a twist top opening, so it gets brownie points for that. It is appropriate for all skin types, if you don’t mind the residue/finish.
Before trying them, I expected to like Drunk Elephant the best, but surprisingly I like Klairs better. If you have dry skin, then Klairs will give you vitamin C as well as a dose of hydration. Skin Inc is hydrating as well but there’s barely any vitamin C in it, so it’s great if you need something mild. Drunk Elephant feels more concentrated but I don’t like the way it feels and would not use it when my skin feels sensitive. Overall they are ok, but I still prefer Perricone Vitamin C Ester Serum or Ole Henriksen Truth Serum when it comes to vitamin C.