Everybody loves vitamin C. It helps combat environmental pollution, sun damage, dark spots, and fine lines. I usually prefer vitamin C in serums, such as Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Serum or Klairs Vitamin Drop. While I’ve tried and reviewed plenty of vitamin C serums, I haven’t paid that much attention to vitamin C in moisturizers. Since Murad and Sunday Riley just came out with some vitamin C moisturizers, I got some minis and samples of the ones that look interesting to compare.
The moisturizers in the little sample jars are enough for 4-7 uses each, which is not enough for me to see significant brightening but enough for me to feel a difference. Back when I lived in downtown Philly, my pores looked dark and my skin felt bumpy even when I cleanse and exfoliate. After adding Ole Henrkisen Truth Serum, my pores looked clean and my skin felt smoother as well. When testing these moisturizers, I can feel the same difference, so they do contain a decent amount of vitamin C.
Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C X 30™ Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer
It is a white cream with a sweet citrus scent. It contains avocado oil and hyaluronic acid, which kept my skin moisturized throughout the night and next day. The vitamin C in the moisturizer comes from the Camu Camu berry, which has 30 times the vitamin C of orange. It also contains vitamin A, D, E, collagen as well as a variety of antiaging plant extracts, which may be why my skin felt soft and smooth. It is rich but absorbs well, keeping the skin moisturized and smooth. It is best for dry combination skin, and oily to normal skin may find this a tad greasy.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Isocetyl Stearate, Panthenol, Cetyl Alcohol, Avocado Oil, Peg-100 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Rosa Canina Seed Extract, Linoleic Acid, Lanolin Oil, Oleic Acid, Dimethicone, Superoxide Dismustase, Camu Camu Fruit Extract, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Soluble Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Lactic Acid, Maleic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Fennel Fruit Extract, Algae Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Ginger Root Extract, Lemon Peel Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Pca, Wheat Amino Acids, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Viola Tricolor Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate, Tartaric Acid, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Phospholipids, Bisabolol, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Butylene Glycol, Disodium Edta, Stearoxytrimethylsilane, Histidine Hci, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Potassium Sorbate, Carbomer, Lanolin Alcohol Sodium Benzoate, Stearyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol, Mica (CI 77019), Fragrance.
Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30™ Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask
The sleeping mask has a sour, somewhat pungent, citrus scent, perhaps due to the fact it contains more camu camu fruit extract (vitamin C) than the PTR Camu Camu Moisturizer. I find most sleeping/overnight masks to be either rich cream with a sticky finish or lightweight gel cream. This is a rich light yellow cream and leaves a slightly sticky/tacky finish on the skin. It takes 10-20 minutes to absorb, so it’s not something you’d want to apply right before sleeping. It is best for dry skin, and combination or oily skin will probably find it way too stuffy. The sleeping mask contains arbutin (for brightening) and a bit more hydrating ingredients than the moisturizer, but it did not contain the vitamins and the plant extracts/antioxidants that the moisturizer has.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Camu Camu Fruit Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Tridecyl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/ Dicaprate, Arbutin, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Alcohol Denat., Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Myristyl Alcohol, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Soluble Collagen, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Sodium Pca, Avocado Oil, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Squalane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sarcosine, Bht, Potassium Aspartate, Magnesium Aspartate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Propylene Glycol, Laureth-4, Polysorbate-20, Polysilicone-11, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose Stearoxy Ether, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Silica, Benzoic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Mica, Fragrance.
Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturizer
I thought it would be thick since the third ingredient is shea butter. However, it is a white cream that turns slightly watery and feels lightweight when applied on the skin. In addition to vitamin C, it also contains ingredients such as ginger, cucumber and barley extract that provides antioxidants to the skin. It has a very mild fresh scent and absorbs well. It leaves the skin soft without any greasy feeling so it works under SPF and makeup as well. It’s great for oily to combination skin. If you have dry skin, you might want to use a hydrating serum of some sort under this.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Synthetic Beeswax, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Ectoin, Marrubium Vulgare Extract, Allantoin, Ginger Root Extract, Rapeseed Sterols, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Barley Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Sunflower Seed Extract, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Bisabolol, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hexyldecanol, Pentylene Glycol, 4-t-Butylcyclohexanol, Cetylhydroxyproline Palmitamide, Stearic Acid, Disodium Carboxyethyl Siliconate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
SUNDAY RILEY C.E.O. Protect + Repair Moisturizer
The light yellow moisturizer has a sweet juicy orange scent. It is a rich cream but it absorbs well and the skin does not feel stuffy. It keeps the skin moisturized throughout the night, leaving the skin with a velvety feel, just like the Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Moisturizer. This moisturizer has a higher content of vitamin C than other vitamin C moisturizers and my skin/pores looks clearer the next day compare to others. While some serum and moisturizer with high vitamin C content can cause a stinging or tingling sensation on the skin, this feels just like a normal cream. The vitamin C in CEO Moisturizer is Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, which is more stable and less irritating than pure vitamin C. It’s great for combination, normal, dry or sensitive skin.
Ingredients: Water, Squalane, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, C10-18 Triglycerides, PEG-8 Beeswax, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Tapioca Starch, PPG-12 SMDI Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Jojoba Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Lecithin, Glycerin, Lime Pearl Extract, Butylene Glycol, Alteromonas Ferment Extract (Exopolysaccharides), Phenoxyethanol, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit (Kakadu Plum) Extract, Bisabolol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Nylon-12, Tangerine Peel Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance, Rosa Centifolia Flower Wax, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Alcohol Denat (found in botanical extracts), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Turmeric Root Extract, Yuzu Extract, Lemon Verbena Extract, Acai Fruit, Shea Butter Extract, Rosehips Extract, Evening Primrose Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Oolong Tea).
Overall it seems the moisturizers for day and night use (PTR Camu Camu Moisturizer and Sunday Riley CEO Moisturizer) contain more antioxidants to combat environmental pollution and sun damage while the ones for night use (PTR Camu Camu Sleeping Mask and Murad Overnight Detox Moisturizer) contain more hydrating or soothing ingredients. Murad Overnight Detox is the most lightweight and suitable for even oily skin while Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Sleeping Mask is better for dry skin. I definitely need to pick up the Murad or Sunday Riley moisturizer to pair with my vitamin C serum. So, how do you like your vitamin C?