Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum Review

Derma E says "This fast-absorbing, high-potency serum penetrates deeply to deliver antioxidant protection and essential hydration. This concentrated serum helps to brighten skin and boost collagen health, minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles while improving the appearance of uneven skin tone." I'd been meaning to incorporate more vitamin C into my routine, and Gothamista's recommendation made this affordable serum seem all too appealing. I picked it up a few months ago, planning to use it as a morning serum to replace Hey Honey's Good Morning Serum, but I ended up using it day and night! The Vitamin C Concentrated Serum contains 60ml (2 fl oz) and retails for $34.99AUD ($20USD) at most drugstores and major retailers. Derma E products are cruelty free and vegan-friendly. This serum was made in the USA.

Derma E's Vitamin C Concentrated Serum comes in a skinny clear plastic bottle with a white pump top. A white label wraps around the bottle, offering product information and directions for use. While the packaging is certainly aesthetically pleasing and easy to use (the pump dispenses exactly enough serum per use), clear packaging is a bit of a no-no for actives like vitamin C, which can be easily destabilized by light, rendering it ineffective. The opaque label blocks out most light, but not all, so it's best to store this serum in your fridge or medicine cabinet. Packaging is recyclable.

Derma E's Vitamin C Concentrated Serum is a thin, light yellow gel that absorbs quite quickly. This serum initially makes my skin feel a bit tight, but it's nothing a spritz of Glow Mist or layer of moisturizer can't mitigate. After three months of consistent use, I can't say that I've seen remarkable results from this drugstore serum, but it has made a positive impact on my skin. After two or three weeks my skin tone began to look brighter and more even - the usual vitamin C benefits. I haven't, however, seen any impact on where or how often I break out. The results are nice, and noticeable, but really nothing special. I'm starting to feel like vitamin C just isn't for me - I never see the kind benefits it's often claimed to have.

Oxidization is always a big concern when it comes to vitamin C serums, and unfortunately Derma E's Vitamin C Concentrated Serum started to show signs of it after using three quarters of the bottle. The citrus scent and gel texture haven't changed, but it's changed from a pastel yellow to a cloudy yellowy orange color. I don't think I've seen a change in this serum's results, but it's hard to say.

Derma E doesn't specify the total quantity of vitamin C (in the form of sodium ascorbyl phosphate, a very stable, water soluble form of vitamin C) in their Vitamin C Concentrated Serum, but it is the second ingredient, following water. Hydrating and soothing ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and green tea make up the rest of this serum's core ingredients. This serum contains a handful of botanical extracts, including yacon root juice (I can't find any verified skin benefits for this), moisturizing rosehip, and calming aloe. A probiotic is included, as well as vitamins B5, E, and allantoin. "Natural fragrance oils", the last ingredient, give this serum a barely there citrus scent.

I like Derma E's Vitamin C Concentrated Serum well enough, but I probably won't buy it again. I just don't personally see a lot of results from Vitamin C serums. I'm thinking about picking up The Ordinary's L-Ascorbic Powder to see if a water-free formula yields more results for me. That being said, I don't think my personal experience with Derma E's Vitamin C serum should discount it - I think this is a great starting point if you're looking to add a Vitamin C product into your skincare routine, or if you need an affordable option.


Purified Water, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C, Stay-C® 50), Glycerin (Vegetable Derived) , Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid; Actimoist® Bio-1), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Propanediol (Vegetable Derived), Microcrystalline Cellulose (Plant Derived), Cellulose Gum (Plant Derived), Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (Vegetable Derived), Polymnia Sonchifolia (Yacón) Root Juice, Maltodextrin, Lactobacillus (Probiotic), Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel Extract *, Allantoin, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylgylcerin, Natural Fragrance Oils.

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