DIY skin protection with About Face Vitamin C Serum

About Face Vitamin C SerumVitamin C serums WORK. They diminish fine lines, even out skin tone, and smooth the skin – they are superheros in the skin care world. However, they have an Achilles heel – they either need super expensive stabilizing ingredients to keep the ingredients fresh, or they are housed in improper storage jars which render the ingredients ineffective.

About Face Sin Protection Vitamin C serum has the answer to the Vitamin C issues — mix your own for the freshest serum that stays stable for several months.  Read on for Lisa and Marcia’s experiences with this awesome product!                                          (pr sample)About Face Vitamin C SerumAbout Face Vitamin C Serum

Lisa says:

How cool is this? I am not much of a ‘do it yourself’ person, but this couldn’t be easier. Just mix one vial of Vitamin C, one vial of hyaluronic acid, and then fill the bottle with water. Let it sit overnight and voila – in the morning you have an amazing bottle of beautiful, silky vitamin C serum. Vitamin C reverses damage and protects skin from UV light, smoke, and pollution. This has brightened my skin and I swear my fine lines have lessened. I am a huge stickler about proper packaging and the About Face Serum is truly like the answer to my packaging prayers. I give this is big vitamin C thumbs up.About Face Vitamin C SerumAbout Face Vitamin C Serum

Marcia says:

I feel like a mad scientist when I prepare About Face Vitamin C serum. I love that I am in control and can create a new bottle when needed. The box comes with three components: an empty mixing bottle, 4 separate tubes of Vitamin C, and 4 separate capsules of Hyaluronic Acid. It’s so easy to mix up so that you have a fresh bottle of serum. Add one capsule each of the Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid to the empty bottle, fill with water, close and shake really well. Be sure to allow the serum to dissolve overnight.

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Before you apply, shake the bottle and then use the dropper to dispense the amount you need and massage it on your skin. As you can see the bottle is amber colored so that no light gets through.

About Face Vitamin C Serum

Not only are you mixing Vitamin C and getting the benefits that it provides but you’re also getting the benefits of Hyaluronic Acid. While we naturally have this wonder ingredient in our skin adding more helps provide the moisture we need. The hyaluronic acid molecule absorbs 1000 times its weight in water. The end result is that it provides a protective barrier to lock in the moisture making your skin look and feel healthier.

About Face Skin Protection Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid

About Face Skin Protection Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid

This is a great serum that isn’t sticky and can be used once or twice a day. I love that there’s no fragrance to it and it’s great to know that I’m putting on something fresh. This is a great serum to layer too. I’ll apply this onto my skin first thing after cleansing since it’s the thinnest liquid, then once it dries I’ll apply another serum and moisturizer. So if you have a favorite serum then About Face is a wonderful addition, if you don’t have a serum this is all you’d need.

About Face Skin Protection Vitamin C serum

About Face Skin Protection Vitamin C serum

With just three ingredients you can see that About Face Skin Protection Vitamin C Serum is the purest product available. There are absolutely no fillers. And it’s a bargain! You have the components to make 4 bottles and the kit is only $25. Your skin will thank you for using this. It’s Marcia and Lisa approved.

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See why Vibriance is such a SUPER C serum

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Vibriance Super-C is a new brand on the market and one that has impressed the Beauty Info Zone team since we received this. Right now Vibriance Super-C Serum is the one and only product on the market from them but we’re certainly hoping it’s not the last. It’s manufactured in a GMP accredited USA laboratory and meets the highest standards in the industry. Sample testing is conducted on site to ensure safety and efficacy.

Vibriance Super C Serum

Vibriance Super C Serum

According to Vibriance the advantage to this serum is that it can replace a large set of anti-aging products or even surgical procedures that are usually aren’t affordable to the average woman. Ingredients include Ethyl Ascorbic Acid which is believed to have superior benefits over standard L-Ascorbic Acid. Their key ingredients are embedded in lemon fruit water as the product base with a pH low enough to ensure potency of the ethyl ascorbic acid. The formula stimulates elastin, collagen, and the production of hyaluronic acid. No wonder we like it so much.

MARCIA’S FEELINGS ABOUT VIBRIANCE:

Vibriance Vitamin C Super Serum

Vibriance Vitamin C Super Serum

The first thing I noticed about the Vibriance Serum is the amazing fragrance. It’s not unusual for me to notice fragrance right off the bat but Super C Serum is a gold medal fragrance. It’s deliciously citrus and smells to me of fresh oranges with a hint of lemon. I have to say that it makes this serum even more pleasant having this.

Vibriance Vitamin Super C Serum

Vibriance Vitamin Super C Serum

The serum is a thin but not watery one that absorbs quickly on my skin. I apply this as the first product when I’m doing my regimen. It’s up to you whether you follow it with moisturizer, some people won’t have to but I always do. In the daytime I follow with Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment and in the evening I’m using either Mirakle Cream or Silkriller Moisture Cream.

Vibriance Super C Serum

Vibriance Super C Serum

One of the things you need to make sure about with any Vitamin C products is that the packaging is opaque so that no light can compromise the ingredients. Vibriance has done a great job with that and the method of distribution.

All in all this adds up to gold for me. I find that it hydrates, helps reduce lines, fights and reverses photo-aging (those darn sunspots), and smooths out my skin. The longer I use Vibriance Super C Serum the more I like it. I hope to see more Vibriance in their future and mine.

LISA’S FEELINGS ABOUT VIBRIANCE:

Vibriance Super C Penetrating Serum

Vitamin C is definitely a superhero in the skin care ingredient world. It does so many things that are particularly helpful for mature skin:  keeps skin younger looking by increasing cell turnover; plumps up skin by stimulating collagen synthesis; inhibits melanin production which results in a brighter skin tone; fights free radicals and prevents UV damage; acts as an anti-inflammatory.

At our age, what’s not to like about Vitamin C???

Vibriance Vitamin Super C Serum

Vibriance Vitamin Super C Serum

The packaging for the Vibriance Super C Serum is definitely super. The airless pump keeps the efficacy of the serum intact and also means that the Vitamin C won’t dry out skin. Vitamin C serums in a dropper bottle have a different chemical makeup which is far more likely to result in dry skin, a common complaint about Vitamin C products.

Vibriance Super C Penetrating Serum is moisturizing enough that those with oilier skin types won’t need any sort of moisturizer afterward. I have an oily t-zone with dry cheeks, so I typically follow the serum with a light moisturizer to my dry areas. After several weeks of use, I am particularly impressed with its effect on my skin tone. My uneven patches and freckles are lighter and my skin is much brighter. This is some really good stuff!

Vibriance Super C Penetrating Serum is Alcohol free, Paraben free, and not tested on animals.  ‘See’ what it’s all about at http://vibriance.com.

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Reviva Labs new Vitamin C+ serum with Emblica – review and giveaway

logo_reviva-blkIf you’ve been hanging around Beauty Info Zone for any amount of time you’ll know that we are big fans of Reviva Labs. For over forty years Reviva Labs has brought us wonderful cruelty-free skin care that use natural ingredients. But they don’t stand on their record which is proved by their new improved ULTRA POTENCY VITAMIN C+ ANTIOXIDANT SERUM WITH EMBLICA.

The BIZ ladies were each sent a bottle of this in anticipation of Reviva Lab’s 43rd Anniversary and we’re excited that they are offering 2 US subscribers the chance to win one to celebrate our anniversary too.

REVIVA LABS ULTRA POTENCY VITAMIN C+ ANTIOXIDANT SERUM WITH EMBLICA

REVIVA LABS ULTRA POTENCY VITAMIN C+ ANTIOXIDANT SERUM WITH EMBLICA

ULTRA POTENCY VITAMIN C+ ANTIOXIDANT SERUM WITH EMBLICA does so many things that are good for your skin and we’ll be talking about them but let us first talk about Emblica which is their newest ingredient and one Reviva Labs is excited to be using in this serum. Emblica is from the Indian Gooseberry plant; it attacks both oxygen and nitrogen free radicals. Other plant antioxidants are added to this by Reviva including Sunflower, Blueberry, Cranberry, Fig and Aloe extracts. But the most important of these ingredients is Emblica. This unique ingredient has a longer life than other antioxidants thereby protecting us for the entire day.

Indian Gooseberry (Emblica is derived from this)

Indian Gooseberry (Emblica is derived from this)

It helps to fight pollution, help with skin discoloration, wrinkles and collagen loss. This super antioxidant is great for those of us who need and want anti-aging skin care.

Marcia and Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with emblica:

The first thing I noticed about Reviva Lab’s improved serum is that it has no fragrance whatsoever. I know many people enjoy the lift that a fragranced product can give them but I don’t happen to be one of those people. Therefore I can use this Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum day and night without concern.

Lisa and I reviewed the original Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream way back in April of 2012 so it’s fitting that 4 years later we’ve had the opportunity to try the new improved version. This is loaded with so many more terrific ingredients like Vitamin E, CoQ 10, Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), and more. We love the airless pump that protects the serum from light, bacteria, and air. The potency remains the same through the life of the product.

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with Emblica

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with Emblica

The result I’m seeing for the weeks I’ve been using this serum is brighter skin. My skin looks and feels softer, less lined, and brighter. I was in a group discussion about the effects of Vitamin C prior to receiving this and I wasn’t able to tell people what I saw but I can now. But Reviva Labs is more than just Vitamin C since emblica raises it to a new level.

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with Emblica

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with Emblica

The first product I apply after cleansing is this serum. I massage it onto my face and give my skin time to absorb all the goodness that this brings. After my eyes are done I apply my moisturizer/SPF. I love that this never balls up under foundation. I recently gave up on a serum that did so it was one I could only use at night but Reviva Labs came through, as usual, and makes it a breeze to look my best.

Lisa and Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+Antioxidant Serum with emblica:

Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+Antioxidant Serum with emblica

I love a bargain…and at just $32, this very effective Vitamin C serum is definitely a bargain. The Ultra-Potency Vitamin C serum is not just an antioxidant fighting off free radicals, it also neutralizes nitrogen free radicals. Nitrogen is the nasty stuff in the air from soot, pollution, traffic exhaust…you know, the gunk that turns white snow into gray ick.

Even teenagers need the Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+Antioxidant Serum with emblica

Even teenagers need the Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+Antioxidant Serum with emblica

I am impressed with the addition of Emblica to the already fantastic ingredient list. Emblica is a perfect partner with the Vitamin C for combating pollution and car exhaust. Ultimately, this doesn’t just mean less wrinkles – it means less skin cancer. That is something to really get excited about. It’s never too late to start, but just think what it could mean if teenagers started using this serum under their sunscreen and makeup or just by itself? My teens are getting a bottle and I am starting them on this regimen immediately.

Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with emblica

Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with emblica

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Thanks to Reviva Labs for offering two US subscribers of Beauty Info Zone a chance to win Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with emblica. We have two requirements to enter our giveaways: be a BIZ subscriber and comment on the post. The rest of the options give you more ways to enter. You can tweet daily too to boost your chances. If comments close please email us at [email protected] with Reviva Labs as your subject and comment that way, then continue on. Good luck – we know you’ll love this.

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Purified Water, Emulsifying Wax, Glycerin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C Ester), Aloe Leaf Juice, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sunflower Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Laurate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Panthenol, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearate, Rosehip Oil, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Amodimethicone, Lecithin, Sodium Alginate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cocoa Butter, Allantoin, Steareth-2, Borage Oil, Emblica Extract, Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), Retinyl Palmitate and Ergocalciferol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Fig Extract, Blueberry Extract, Cranberry Seed Oil, EUK-134, Flaxseed Oil, Xanthan Gum.

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Ten years of powerful results with Kiehl’s and Vitamin C

Ten years of powerful results with Kiehl's
Kiehl’s has been around for a long time – since 1851! – but did you know that it is the 10 year anniversary of the popular Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate? Kiehl’s sold its 3 millionth bottle of this award-winning formula. 3 million? There must be something great about this skin care treatment!

Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

The Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate is an excellent Vitamin C serum. The packaging is perfect, with an airless pump so the product isn’t exposed to the air. The other great thing is this is fragrance-free, which can be challenging to find in a Vitamin C serum. Considering Vitamin C is one of the best antioxidants available, it’s no wonder this is such a big seller for Kiehl’s. I use this by itself every morning and evening after cleansing and toning and I also like to use it as an add-in with other serums so I always get my daily dose of Vitamin C.

Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate

Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate

Kiehl’s recently released a companion product for the Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate,  the NEW Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate. This is a lightweight eye cream that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and decreases darkness under eyes. It also has perfect packaging to keep the Vitamin C stable, as well as Haloxl to brighten dark circles. This isn’t a super rich, highly moisturizing eye cream – it’s more of a treatment for anti-aging concerns. If you are looking for an eye cream that gets rid of wrinkles and dark circles, it’s definitely one to consider!

Both Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate ($79) and the NEW Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate ($44) are available for purchase on Kiehls.com and in retail stores nationwide.  – Lisa

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Give your skin a daily dose with Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

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Have you hopped onto the Vitamin C skin care train yet?  There are so many reasons why a good Vitamin C product should be part of your routine.  When packaged properly, topically applied Vitamin C increases collagen production, reduces skin discolorations, strengthens and repairs skin, reduces inflammation, and protects the skin from sun exposure.   I love what Vitamin C does for my skin so I was happy to test the Vitamin C Serum ($95) from Painted Earth.  I was even more intrigued when I saw the Vitamin C in this serum is in a concentrated base of pure vegan hyaluronic acid.

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Actually, the entire ingredient list is quite impressive.  The vegan hyaluronic acid boosts skins moisture content and reduces inflammation.  Ferulic Acid is a potent antioxidant that also protects the skin from sun damage, and Vitamin E is an excellent antioxidant.  The combination of Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, and Vitamin E is pretty amazing.  According to Painted Earth, the Vitamin C Serum provides “50 times the free radical neutralizing power of prior generations and up to eight- fold antioxidant protection, ninety-six percent reduction of sunburn cells, and prevention of the formation of free radicals in sun exposed skin.”  This is a very elegant formula that definitely produces results.

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Just take a look at all the things this serum can do for you:

*Improves skin radiance and clarity.
*Stimulates collagen production.
*Jump starts cellular defenses.
*Helps extend cellular vitality.
*Promotes new cell growth.
*For Photo-aged or Photo-damaged skin.
*Repairs Hyper-pigmentation.
*Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
*Protects against UV-induced erythema, free radical formation, and cellular damage.
***With 11% Hyaluronic Acid

I can’t come up with a single skin care woe the Vitamin C Serum doesn’t address!

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

The Vitamin C Serum is quite thin for a serum – it comes out in drops that are very liquid, and three or four drops cover the face, neck, and chest.  The serum is in an amber glass jar that protects it from excess light with a dropper applicator. The packaging is good…it would be excellent if it were an airless pump to also protect the active ingredients from exposure to air, which can reduce the effectiveness of the ingredients.

Other than a slight improvement in packaging, I have nothing but raves for Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum.  If you are looking to add some Vitamin C to your skin care routine, this is a great option.  The triple threat of Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, and Vitamin E in a hyaluronic acid base is about as advanced as skin care gets.  Go ahead, visit the Painted Earth website and hop on the Vitamin C train.  – Lisa

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Ingredients: Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.
**20% Vitamin C
**11% Hyaluronic Acid content

Giveaway and review: Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum

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It’s a lucky day for me and for you because Mario Badescu has sent Beauty Info Zone their new Vitamin C Serum for review and we also have a serum to give away to one BIZ reader!

The Mario Badescu line is known for its excellent skin care at extremely affordable prices. The lower price tag is thanks to the stripped down, no-nonsense packaging. It may not be shiny and glitzy, but it works!

MB Vitamin C

MB Vitamin C

While the packaging is minimalist, there certainly is a dazzling array of products to be found in this line. I always find myself drawn to the Mario Badescu display at Nordstrom. I have long been a fan of several of the acne products, including Buffering Lotion ($17), Drying Cream ($14) and the nothing-short-of-miraculous Drying Lotion ($17).

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convenient dropper

The Vitamin C Serum ($45 for 1 oz) is a thin liquid serum that can be mixed with other serums. Vitamin C is well-known for both increasing collagen and fighting of free radicals. This serum accomplishes both plus it has 7.5% Ascorbic Acid to brighten the skin, as well as Hyaluronic Acid to add moisture and keep skin firm.

I use this every other night. I put three drops into whatever other serum I am using to add that extra Vitamin C goodness. It mixes well with everything I have tried and it definitely has lightened and brightened my complexion since I started using it about two months ago. If you are looking for a Vitamin C – based product, I highly recommend this one.

Mario Badescu is a wonderfully affordable line that you can find online and at high-end department stores like Nordstrom. They have a huge selection of products that are extremely effective and definitely worth a look.

Win this for yourself!

Win this for yourself!

Now for the really good news!  Mario Badescu is giving away a Vitamin C Serum to one lucky Beauty Info Zone reader from the US/Canada.  This is open through 4/7/13 at 11:59 P.M. EST.  It’s easy to enter, so do it now — and good luck!  – Lisa

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INGREDIENTS: Propylene Glycol, Ascorbic Acid, Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus Fruit) Extract, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng Root) Extract, Aloe Vera Gel, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Lavender Oil

Pure Luxury: August Glossybox

The theme of the August Glossybox is Pure Luxury.  With the end of summer upon us, your body probably needs a little tender loving care.  This box is full of wonderfully pampering items that take care of you from top to bottom.  The color items are beautiful neutrals that are very complimentary to any lingering summer glow.

Here’s what is inside:

Lots of luxurious goodies for summer’s end

There are two deluxe size items, one that is more of a sample size, and two full-sized items.

The GlossyMag is all about COLOR:

Gorgeous neon color!

The magazine shows great products in neon hues like blue, orange, and lavender.  Plus, it covers various makeup options that compliment different hair colors.

The sample size item is Biolage ExquisiteOil Replenishing Treatment.

 This is a hair serum made with a Moringa Oil Blend for lots of shine.

The deluxe size items include Ole Henriksen Truth Serum:

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

The full size of this costs $48.  It’s a Vitamin C complex for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Plus, it’s a great antioxidant.  This gets great reviews and I am really excited to try it out.

The second deluxe size item is the Touch In Sol Feel Like Honey Moon Skin Base.  The full size costs $20.

I Feel Like a Honey Moon

This is a lightweight primer that smooths the skin and helps your makeup apply beautifully.  This seems to be a very light primer, it’s probably best for those with oily/combination skin.

There are two full size items, one of which is this beautiful neutral nail polish named Purity from Illamasqua ($14):

Illamasqua Purity

Different boxes got different colors.  This one is a beautiful pinky-peach.  It is such a pretty creamy color, I love to wear neutrals on my hands and I can’t wait for my next manicure so I can try this out.

What a beautiful neutral color!

The final full size item had me jumping for joy, it’s Ellis Faas L107, which makes a perfect neutral lip.

Ellis Faas L107

It is very pretty on, it has a great mouth feel and I love the color.  I think there are probably different shades in the boxes, I can’t wait to see what other people got.  And wow – I expect my Glossybox to have 5 travel size items, so this was a big surprise!

Considering that the two full size items are worth more than what you pay for the whole box, I think Glossybox is a very worthwhile subscription to have.  Every month seems to get better and better,  now I am anxious for the September box to arrive!  – Lisa

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