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One of the most stable, high concentration vitamin C serums available.
emerginC is a skincare brand that creates paraben-, artificial color-, and fragrance-free products. This is a review for their 20% Vitamin C Serum, which the company says helps fight free-radical and sun damage while evening skin tone and texture.
This serum comes in a cylindrical plastic container with a pump applicator. The pump applicator is key–it not only keeps the product sanitary (since you won’t be dipping your fingers into it) but the vacuum seal with keep the active ingredients stable. The only small flaw in this packaging is that the container is frosted plastic. Because it’s not opaque packaging, the product inside can become exposed to sunlight, which breaks down the active ingredients. If you have windows in your bathroom, keep this product in a drawer.
A whopping 20% of this serum contains sodium ascorbyl phosphate–a stable form of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant. This serum also contains magnesium ascorbyl phosphate and ascorbyl palmitate–also stable forms of vitamin C. Some research indicates that concentrations above 1% can fight acne-causing bacteria and concentrations above 5% can help reduce acne-related inflammation. Solid scientific research shows that vitamin C helps collagen production, reduce the signs of sun damage (like discoloration), and protect the skin against sun exposure.
In addition to the stable vitamin C ingredients, you get a mix of glycolic acid and vitamin E–both of which are good for the skin.
The unfortunate part about this product is that, while containing a high concentration of very effective antioxidants, it also contains some skin-irritating culprits. The serum contains Sweet Orange oil and extract–a fragrance extract that can cause irritation. This is where the product gets its citrus scent from. Including this in the serum is particularly disappointing because emerginC products are supposed to be fragrance-free.
The product is orange and has lighter-colored suspended spheres. It has a gel consistency that absorbs very quickly into the skin. For a short period of time after application, there’s a slightly tacky feeling on your skin, but this dissipates after a minute and leaves the skin feeling soft.
I have been using this serum for about 2 months now and usually apply it before bed. I don’t have a lot of discoloration or wrinkles (yet!), but I did see that my skin was very soft the mornings after using it.
In the end, this is a product with excellent skin-benefiting and anti-aging ingredients. But the orange blossom extract keeps it from being a triple-threat.
Ease of Use: 9.8/10
I use 2 pumps to cover my face and neck. The serum glides easily over the skin. It absorbs quite quickly, though, so you have to work fast to distribute it.
For $89, you get 1 fl oz of product. This is a lot of money. But, to be fair, effective skincare from other brands hovers at this price-point. For comparison, MD Skincare’s Hydra-Pure Vitamin C Serum costs $95 for 1 fl oz, DDF’s C3 Plus Serum costs $68 for 0.5 fl oz, and SkinCeuticals’ C E Ferulic costs $138 for 1 fl oz. For the amount of product you get, this product actually costs less than what its competitors do.