For years, vitamin C serum is my enemy. One that I know good for my skin, I would love be bestfriend with, but it’s so sensitising and drying that I couldn’t find myself to love it. But I think the biggest problem about vitamin C serum is it’s very drying and on my dehydrated skin it caused redness and sensitise my skin. So what I did was trying to make the vitamin C serum work by layering it with hydration toner that’s very hydrating and Hyaluronic Acid (HA) serum afterward to sandwich hydration in between the vitamin C serum. It works! So from that day on, I’m never without vitamin C serum.
Apart from the Sampar C-Rum – that’s very light in terms of vitamin C dosage, and also texture – I have never found vitamin C serum that I can use without sandwiching it with hydration. That’s until I found Caudalie Vine Active Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum. I tried this serum with no expectation, as my experience wasn’t all positive with this brand. With the exception of their Vinoperfect essence which I’m deeply in love with.
Water, Squalane*, Butylene Glycol*, Glycerin*, C14-22 Alcohols*, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopherol*, Glyceryl Stearate Se*, Palmitoyl Grape Seed Extract*, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside*, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid , Phenylpropanol, Picea Abies Extract*, Propanediol*, Acacia Senegal Gum*, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Phytate*, Citric Acid* (193/031) *. Plant Origin.
What do I think about it?
Texture is light. Broken white light watery cream/lotion. Have that distinct unpleasant musty scent, but bearable and dissipate once applied on the skin. When first applied I feel a little stinging, which in seconds quickly disappear as the serum settle into my skin. Somehow that stinging sensation make me feel that the serum is potent. It’s also a great serum for layering because it feels so light on the skin.
I used this day and night without pairing jt up with other serum for a week or two. Not even HA serum! Afterward I began experimenting by mixing it up with other serum. I mixed it with Niacinamide in the morning to bring more clarity to the skin and Retinol at night to help maintain youthful skin.
Even when using it alone I feel that this serum absorb better into the skin, non drying and somehow feel hydrating unlike any other vitamin C I’ve tried, not sensitising hence probably will suit even the sensitive skin and also I feel much more improvement in the tone of my skin and it’s the perfect serum to achieve that glass skin effect. Adding the niacinamide serum push the clarity and glow on my skin even better. In terms of reducing the appearance of my dark spot, I have one or two from hormonal acne this had helped alot compared to Klairs. But B Skin and Novexpert vitamin C still excell at this.
Who is is great for?
This vitamin C is great for those looking for clearer and brighter skin, want vitamin C with light feel and doesn’t feel oily but not drying, nor in gel form. Very few vitamin C are in this light lotion texture.
About Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate
This product uses Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, which explain my conclusion above. It is oil soluble vitamin C so it penetrate faster into the skin. But it’s said to be hydrating. It’s more stable compared to L-Ascorbic Acid that although much more effective but it can oxidise much faster. It’s the new star ingredient when you talk about vitamin C.
More information regarding this ingredient can be read here.
Caudalie Vine Active Anti-Wrinkle Serum is available in Sephora allover Indonesia for IDR 700,000.
* This product was given to me as part of PR package during the launching of Caudalie in Sephora Indonesia.