Over my five years as a beauty blogger, I’ve learned so much more about skincare than I have in the other 57 years of my life. One of the things that I found most interesting was to start to understand what various ingredients do and what my own skin needs and loves.
One of the ingredients that I’ve become most interested in is vitamin C. It occurs naturally in the skin and is known to play a role in collagen production. When it’s applied to the skin it’s thought to help heal acne, increase the barrier function of the skin to decrease moisture loss, protect from UV radiation, and prevent age spots.
I figure that these are all great properties that I could benefit from in my skincare and so recently when I ran out of serum in my stash I went off in search of a product that I hadn’t tried before that featured vitamin C. So that’s when I stumbled on this Dermatologist Solutions Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate from Kiehl’s.
It’s often been said to me that the challenge with making products that contain Vitamin C is to keep the Vitamin C element stable and effective. Kiehl’s chemists stabilised 10.5% Pure Vitamin C in a water-free formula more than 13 years ago but this current formula includes 12.5% Vitamin C (10.5% L-Ascorbic Acid and 2% Ascorbyl Glucoside) along with Hyaluronic Acid. This serum has been carefully formulated so that it can provide clinically proven results in a product that is gentle enough for sensitive skin.
The formula is designed to:
- help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles
- help to improve the feel of skins texture
- improve radiance
- Skin looks radiant and feels smoother.
The serum isn’t very serum-like in its appearance, I’d say it’s a light cream, and a couple of pumps is enough for my face and neck. It really does glide on and gives an instant smoothing effect and a velvety touch. It can give a warming feeling as it’s applied. I noticed it slightly the first couple of times but it wasn’t tingly or unpleasant. Whilst I’ve been using it this past month I’ve felt confident in how it makes my skin look as well as knowing that it’s having a preventative effect to. Now it’s not cheap, I picked it up and took it to the till without checking and tried not to wince when the numbers showed up on the card machine. Still, I do love it and it’s from a brand I trust – it’s been around for 160 years or so! It’s available here from £49.50 (50ml) to £62 (75ml – pictured).
Do you have any favourite Kiehl’s products? Or do you love to use products that contain vitamin C? I’d love to hear about them.