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The Best Vitamin C Serum and what it does for you?

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Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:49 pm      Reply with quote
It seems like everyone on here uses a Vitamin C Serum on their face. I've looked it up on here, but there are just wayyyy too many threads on different aspects of it.

I'd like to know which brand of vitamin c you use, when and how often do you apply it and what are the benefits of vitamin c? What does it do for your skin? Does it make you look younger?

Thank you SO much! I have to do something immediately- take some sort of action- start using some product while I figure out whats going on in my health causing this rapid aging.

Two years ago, guys thought I seriously was 17. (I was 25.) Now, I put my photo on this site where people guess your age and they're guessing 35. Sad

All I use for skin care is washing my face with soap right now! (Then again, that is all I've ever used. But now its time for some serious action!)
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I have been using Obagi RX with Hydroquinone for about 3 months. It was expensive and I've been using it pretty faithfully in the mornings, but I can't honestly say I've noticed any change. I'm not exactly sure what I should be looking for, but it seems like some results would be forthcoming by now. It was such a highly rated/reviewed product I had to try it, but I'm not feeling it. . . . .
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Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:07 am      Reply with quote
skinceuticals ce ferulic....its the best and I have tried a lot of them.You can google reviews.
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Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:05 am      Reply with quote
I use a homemade C Serum (copy of Skinceuticals CEF.) I use it every morning and it protects my skin from UV rays, makes it glow and seems to tighten it up. I think it is right up there on the top of my list of skincare "tools" that really work! Wink

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Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:19 am      Reply with quote
can you post your recipe mtgirl?Is it in the DIY forum?
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Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:05 am      Reply with quote
I use SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic and have been for a few years. Over time, it helps even out skin tone (and helps fade spots), tightens the skin and also found it gives my skin a most wonderful glow (which I have received many comments from co-workers). And, of course Vit. C serums are known for their antioxidant benefits and supposed to stimulate the skin to produce collagen.

Over the years I have tried CellularSkinRX Vit. C. serum and Cellex-C Vit. C. Serum. But SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic is the one I like the best and so I use this one.

It is expensive at $138.00 for a 1 oz. bottle, but it lasts me about 2 months.

I am now focusing on my lower neck/chest area and decided to get a less expensive Vit. C for that area and just started using the CellBone brand of Vit. C just for that. It is 1/2 the price of SkinCeuticals.

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Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:18 am      Reply with quote
lucyluc wrote:
skinceuticals ce ferulic....its the best and I have tried a lot of them.You can google reviews.


Huge 2nd for this. I have tried a ton of different C formulas myself, and I always return to the SC.
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Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:33 am      Reply with quote
rileygirl and lucyluc, Have you ever used 302 C Serum? I'm wondering how it compares to Skinceuticals CEF. Thank you. Smile

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Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:37 am      Reply with quote
Mars wrote:
rileygirl and lucyluc, Have you ever used 302 C Serum? I'm wondering how it compares to Skinceuticals CEF. Thank you. Smile


I did for 6 months, Mars. There is no comparison in my opinion. 302's C serum (actually any of their products) didn't do anything for my skin other than make it feel soft!
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Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:57 pm      Reply with quote
lucyluc wrote:
can you post your recipe mtgirl?


This is Kassy's recipe:

15% C, E + Ferulic Acid Serum with HA, version A (03/24/09), 1oz

1 tsp L-Ascorbic Acid
1/4 tsp Ferulic Acid
1 cc/ml of Vitamin E Oil
1 cc/ml of Hyaluronic Acid
1 1/2 tsp SKB
4 tsp Distilled H2O

Use two shot glasses, in one dissolve the LAA in water. After the LAA has dissolved, add the FA to that + stir well. Mix all other ingredients in second shot glass, stirring each in well.... When the LAA + FA is fully dissolved (can take up to an hour!), then mix the contents of both together, stirring well, and put in in your 1oz dropper bottle.. Shake well.. It can be kept at room temp if away from heat and light, or refrigerated.. Shake before each use just because..

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Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:07 pm      Reply with quote
I make a batch of Kassy's CEF Serum (above) about once, keeping it in the frig. My only omission is the Vit E. I don't like the idea of any oil in it, because I like to put it on my skin prior to using my AALS. Oils are occlusive, and a "no no" if you are using the AALS, so my serum is always minus the E.

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Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:09 pm      Reply with quote
That should read....
mountaingirl wrote:
I make a batch of Kassy's CEF Serum (above) about ONCE A MONTH, keeping it in the frig. My only omission is the Vit E. I don't like the idea of any oil in it, because I like to put it on my skin prior to using my AALS. Oils are occlusive, and a "no no" if you are using the AALS, so my serum is always minus the E.

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Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:50 pm      Reply with quote
Mars wrote:
rileygirl and lucyluc, Have you ever used 302 C Serum? I'm wondering how it compares to Skinceuticals CEF. Thank you. Smile


Mars - I added some L-AA to SKB and put it into the 302 C boost I had to give it a real *boost*.

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Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:31 pm      Reply with quote
Anyone has experience with SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic to eliminate acne pigment?
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Mon May 03, 2010 6:09 am      Reply with quote
I have heard raves about the skinceuticals ce ferulic everywhere.

However, it is just too expensive for me! Is there another one that is just at good or a tad bit lower in quality but is cheaper? I'd rather not DIY.

Thanks.
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Mon May 03, 2010 10:51 am      Reply with quote
Mars wrote:
rileygirl and lucyluc, Have you ever used 302 C Serum? I'm wondering how it compares to Skinceuticals CEF. Thank you. Smile


The 302 formula does not use l-ascorbic acid. That is the key ingredient in any good Vitamin C product. And I give another big thumbs up to Skinceuticals CE Ferulic - it works wonders!
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Mon May 03, 2010 10:52 am      Reply with quote
Guppy wrote:
I have heard raves about the skinceuticals ce ferulic everywhere.

However, it is just too expensive for me! Is there another one that is just at good or a tad bit lower in quality but is cheaper? I'd rather not DIY.

Thanks.


You can buy samples of the Skinceuticals CE Ferulic on ebay, it's less expensive that way and the product stays fresher.
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Mon May 03, 2010 1:08 pm      Reply with quote
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This is Kassy's recipe:

15% C, E + Ferulic Acid Serum with HA, version A (03/24/09), 1oz

1 tsp L-Ascorbic Acid
1/4 tsp Ferulic Acid
1 cc/ml of Vitamin E Oil
1 cc/ml of Hyaluronic Acid
1 1/2 tsp SKB
4 tsp Distilled H2O

Use two shot glasses, in one dissolve the LAA in water. After the LAA has dissolved, add the FA to that + stir well. Mix all other ingredients in second shot glass, stirring each in well.... When the LAA + FA is fully dissolved (can take up to an hour!), then mix the contents of both together, stirring well, and put in in your 1oz dropper bottle.. Shake well.. It can be kept at room temp if away from heat and light, or refrigerated.. Shake before each use just because..


Sorry if this has been covered many times. Where does one find the ingredients? At a compounding pharmacy perhaps.
Thanks so much Kassy,
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Mon May 03, 2010 1:10 pm      Reply with quote
Darn it! Haven't got that quote thing nailed yet! Confused Gini
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Mon May 03, 2010 1:28 pm      Reply with quote
Gini wrote:
Darn it! Haven't got that quote thing nailed yet! Confused Gini


Hi Gini,

Near the bottom of the recipe index link are many suppliers listed. Smile

http://www.essentialdayspa.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=11902

Also I believe Kassy listed her sources on the last 4-5 pages of The big DIY vitamin C thread. Smile

http://www.essentialdayspa.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=30503&start=1325

HTH Smile

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Mon May 03, 2010 1:29 pm      Reply with quote
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Guppy wrote:
I have heard raves about the skinceuticals ce ferulic everywhere.

However, it is just too expensive for me! Is there another one that is just at good or a tad bit lower in quality but is cheaper? I'd rather not DIY.

Thanks.


You can buy samples of the Skinceuticals CE Ferulic on ebay, it's less expensive that way and the product stays fresher.


Thanks.

So this is the only real clear cut winner? No others that you gals recommend that is a little cheaper?
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Mon May 03, 2010 3:23 pm      Reply with quote
Guppy - the DIY is Sooooo much cheaper and many of us use Kassy's recipes. I wish I could come over and help you throw a batch together - this would change your mind about spending all the cash on other stuff.

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Mon May 03, 2010 5:42 pm      Reply with quote
Guppy wrote:
I have heard raves about the skinceuticals ce ferulic everywhere.

However, it is just too expensive for me! Is there another one that is just at good or a tad bit lower in quality but is cheaper? I'd rather not DIY.

Thanks.


As someone else pointed out above, go to ebay. You can get samples equivalent to the size of regular retail bottle for around $40.
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Mon May 03, 2010 6:56 pm      Reply with quote
If you don't mind cones, Skinmedica has a great C complex. You can buy samples on ebay fairly cheap.

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Mon May 03, 2010 7:10 pm      Reply with quote
Guppy wrote:

So this is the only real clear cut winner? No others that you gals recommend that is a little cheaper?


You can check out Cosmetic Skin Solutions, which has a product that is very similar. Also, you could check out Cellbone, Boske, and even try Emergin C. (they might be expensive, not sure of the price on the last 3)
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