Do you use Vitamin C within your skincare routine? Widely known & appreciated for amazing immune boosting health benefits. In addition, Vitamin C has become widely available in the skincare world too? Boasting hydrating, brightening & exfoliation properties! It sounds game changing, right? But then, perhaps the thought of basically using an acid based product seems a bit too harsh?
Since Klairs – (Gentle, Effective & Environmentally Conscious skincare) launched their 5% Vitamin C Essence/Serum, newer additions have emerged with higher, more potent strains of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid). This leads into the BIG question? Can a 5% Vitamin C content stand as effective, when up against newer & more powerful counterparts? Let’s start with the facts.
5% Vitamin C – From Ascorbic acid
Non-irritating formula & Anti-Ageing
Key ingredients directly from nature; concentrated pure vitamin C, an innovative multi-solution essence / serum
Helps to rejuvenate and revitalise skin.
Suitable for all skin types – Especially Sensitive Skin
Suitable for daily use
With Hybrid Stabilisation Technology
Size: 35 ML
Fruit & Root Extracts: Citrus – Anise – Grapefruit – Lavender – Camellia – Europaea Wood etc.
WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT VITAMIN C? WHY SHOULD I BE USING IT IN MY SKINCARE?
Not sure if you should be using a Vitamin C based product in your skincare routine or not? Is it all that it’s hyped up to be? Let’s start with the claims, Vitamin C when used as part of a consistent skincare routine is suggested to improve the skins texture & elasticity. Reduce the size & appearance of pores, brightening & exfoliate the skin. As well as making the perfect assistant with fading acne marks, or dark patches (hyper-pigmentation).
MY EXPERIENCE WITH KLAIRS 5% VITAMIN C THE BREAKDOWN
My experience with this lower content of Vitamin C serum has been nothing but good however, it should be stated early that it starts with subtle improvements. From having used this 5% V.C for around a year now; I’m confident that despite its low content I still find this to be a strong & effective product.
Klairs 5% Vitamin C serum is a lightweight, clear coloured, thin-oil like texture that absorbs quickly into the skin. Initially, I was sceptical about this texture being acne prone! I felt it a bit oily and a strange consistency to blend! Perhaps, now being more familiar I don’t find this an issue at all anymore! In fact, I very much like how this serum feels on my skin.
The fragrance for me is not prominent? I don’t really notice it at all which supports the ‘free from’ claims and that it is a naturally based product.
After Cleansing, Toning & the Essence steps: (With skin being acne prone, before using serums I rely on Cosrx snail power essence! You can check my acne routine post here….)
Using 2-3 drops of the Vitamin C Serum or, enough to cover the face. Gently tap and spread evenly focusing more on troubled areas. I leave it to settle in, just for a couple of mins before following up with the hydration steps & I use this serum both AM/PM.
Note: For AM use, despite this serums lower content of vitamin C it’s still acid-based! A good SPF is always recommended to protect the skin from sensitivity to UV Rays.
What I appreciate most funnily enough is the lower strength Vitamin C at 5%!
For sensitive skin types like mine this serums lower potency of vitamin C allows it to be both gentle enough for use by day, and night; with a gentle formula that isn’t overly strong, or too harsh for the skin. True also that I’ve not experienced any flare ups as a result of using this. Upon application there is a slight tingling feeling which I like, it feels as if something good is happening NOT irritating.
Best results are over time and can be subtle for example; I notice any new acne marks that rise up, will fade much faster than before, or when not using. The overall texture of my skin looks smoother, supple, laughter lines less prominent! & the Dark patches (hyper-pigmentation) look much less intense..
THE SCIENCE PART – PH LEVELS?
Going a bit scientific on you now! For best results when using an acid-based product like Vitamin C. Mostly they are produced to a low PH level. This means, for optimum results the PH balance of the skin should be prepped before applying any vitamin C, to fully work its magic!
You can read in-depth about layering acid-based products & PH balance here on the Klog. They can break this down way better than I can! …. How to Layer Acids in your skincare? (the good thing with K-Beauty cleansers is that they are more commonly PH friendly to prep the skin perfectly!).
OVERALL VERDICT? HOW DOES THIS FARE OVER THE COMPETITION?
My overall verdict of Klairs Vitamin C Essence Serum is that when used long-term it’s one of satisfaction. We all have very different skin types & I believe this serum may be better suited for those with sensitive skin. The skin-types that could have potential reactions especially, If new to using acid-based products?
Diving straight in to the higher concentrations should be approached with caution? I found this to be a great entry product in allowing the skin to get familiar with acid based formulations such as Vitamin C.
On the subject of potency! I also use the Triple C serum by Cosrx & Charlotte Cho (full breakdown here…). There’s no denying that the Cosrx formulation with 20% Vitamin C! Provides a potent punch! An almost immediately noticeable brightening effect, being a much stronger formulation! Equally, the content is very high & In my opinion I’d say that it’s not suitable for everyone, straight away (myself included!). Other observations on vitamin C percentages is that the 5% by Klairs seems to stand the test of time very well. I’ve owned this for some time now and it’s only just starting to oxidise (turn yellow in colour). Especially interesting because it’s packaged within a clear carrier! (Lets the light in which can speed up the oxidation process). Yet, in this case, to no demise as the product lasts very well & just as effective from day 1 as it is now.
Compared with my higher content 20% Vitamin C; despite showing faster results my product oxidised after just a few months (admitting it was summer when purchased). But, it went a deep orange colour relatively quickly! Also, from a skin sensitivity point of view; I realise the need to be careful with highly active Vitamin C products; if over applying any product it can cause my skin to break out quite badly.
With a lower 5% I don’t need to worry about skin reactions and this is the main reason for rating Klairs Vitamin C Serum so highly. I also appreciate the other mix of ingredients such as; Centella Asiatica which is everywhere right now! An anti-inflammatory & again suitable for sensitive skin types whilst being useful in the prevention & treatment of acne.
Klairs Freshly juiced 5% works well for me, note that the results are not overnight but with long-term daily use; my skin looks noticeably brighter, Smoother, tighter, less pigmented. Though I wasn’t sure at first, even cast it aside to try stronger alternatives! From recent months with skin flare ups again & again! I’ve really grown to appreciate this gentle, yet effective formula when used daily as part of a tailored skin care routine!
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