It’s no secret that I’m a huge Vitamin C fan. Having a neutral skin tone means my skin can get pretty dull and grey when left alone. Vitamin C is one of those few ingredients that is able to give my lazy skin a good kick back to looking like it’s made of living cells.
After trying Mad Hippie’s Eye Cream, I stalked the Mad Hippie website to look for other interesting products. It turned out that their Vitamin C Serum is one of their best sellers. And where there’s ‘Best Seller’ and ‘Vit C’, there’s usually me and my money.
Contains 8 Actives
The Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum is the fulfillment of all my previous DIY Vit C + Ferulic Acid failed attempts plus more. It contains eight actives meant to heal and prevent photo damage and boost collagen levels — a formulation I could never have worked up on my own. The fact that it has Vit C, Ferulic and Vit E, a powerful synergy of ingredients, was more than enough to captivate me. But I’m a sucker for Vit C so pretty much everything with Vit C captures my attention.
My skin was in a pretty bad shape a few weeks ago. I was recovering from a mild breakout, the pores around my nose formed a cheering squad and my pigmentations were looking patchier than usual.
Slowly But Surely
After using this serum for over a month, my skin condition definitely improved. My pores appeared finer and there was superficial brightening of the skin. My deep pigmentations didn’t exactly fade but my complexion definitely looked more even especially when I’m well-rested. I also feel that it made my post-acne dark spots fade faster.
It took me about 3-4 weeks of consistent use before I noticed any difference so it definitely tested my patience. Currently, I apply this right after washing my face in the morning and at night. I initially bought this as a morning serum since the Ferulic + Vit C & E mix is great for boosting sun protection. But because I’m still waiting for my Marie Veronique Night Serum with Retinol to arrive, I’m temporarily using this for night time, as well.
Uses a pure Vit C Derivative
I’m thinking that the effects may not have been as dramatic as my old DIY Vit C Serum and Vit C Powder mixed with Night Serum because the Vit C in Mad Hippie’s version is not the pure L-Ascorbic Acid but a derivative, a more stable yet less potent Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate. I’ve tried several Vit C serums before — both naturally formulated and otherwise — and I’ve had more dramatic and faster results with L-Ascorbic Acid. Unfortunately, as some of you may already know, L-Ascorbic Acid is very unstable and oxidizes very fast. Meanwhile, most derivatives have either smaller L-Ascorbic Acid content left in them or aren’t absorbed into the skin as efficiently.
Toss or Keep?
Although I still prefer L-Ascorbic Acid on my skin, Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum is definitely a good substitute while my Vit C serum factory (located in my kitchen) is taking an overdue break. My melasma used to surface easily after just a bit of sun exposure even with my best sunscreen on but after using this, I felt that my skin became more resilient to the Singapore sun. I can finally get my healthy dose of Vit D without worrying too much about my sun spots!
Where to buy? I bought mine from iHerb for US$27.19 which is one hell of a good deal considering how much other vitamin C serums are priced!