When it comes to skincare, I’m a Vitamin C addict. I have discolorations that I hate and “dull” skin in my opinion. Vitamin C is my secret weapon. I’ve used so many brands: Dr. Brandt, Shiseido, Clarins, Erno Lazslo, Avon Anew, Lancome, L’Oreal, and I’m sure I’m omitting a few. Every time I find one that I love, the formula gets changed or axed (Lancome, Shiseido, Clarins). And some of the stuff did nothing except make me wish I had my $60 back. I have been wanting a “new” Vitamin C serum because I feel like my skin is getting “immune” to Erno Lazlo. Well, Mario Badescu has launched a Vitamin C serum and I really like it.
Mario Badescu is a potent little bottle of Vitamin C. It contains Vitamin C (7%), cucumber, ginseng, aloe vera gel, collagen, hyaluronic acid, and lavender oil. A few drops are to be used once every other night. That’s assuming you have a normal skin type. Some people can only use these types of serums once or twice a week.
FYI- I have normal skin. In the winter it’s more normal to dry. Here’s my PM routine (I have a different AM): I cleanse with MB Enzyme Cleansing Gel, tone with MB Seaweed Cleansing Lotion, use MB Hyaluronic Eye Cream, apply MB Seaweed Night Cream nightly. I use this Vitamin C Serum under my night cream 4 times a week. I use 3 drops, rub it in my palms, and apply to face and neck. I think in the summer when my skin isn’t so dry, I could alternate the Vitamin C serum as my night cream every other night.
The formula: The serum is super lightweight. It’s a thin, clear liquid that absorbs quickly. I assume that oilier skins would call this serum “oily” since oily skins tend to think that about everything 🙂 After two months of use, my skin feels good: smooth and tone. I also feel that my discolorations are less noticeable. They’re still noticeable and I know that there’s nothing I can do to get rid of them completely and that’s OK. I do notice that other discolorations from healing blemishes seem to fade quicker once I started using this. In the past 2 weeks, random strangers have complimented me on my complexion. So something I’m using is working.
The fragrance: The serum has an unusual fragrance. I pick up on the relaxing lavender, but there’s ginseng in this formula. I think that ginseng tastes and smells gross. Ginseng ranks as one of the rankest in my opinion! I can’t say that I like the smell of Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum but this doesn’t stop me from using it. Why would a fragrance junkie use something that stinks? Well, because it works. I’ll trade stink for glowing, porcelain perfect skin any day. Fortunately this stink fades quickly, well, in about 10-15 minutes.
Who may like Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum? If you are concerned with discolorations and dullness and don’t mind adding a serum to your skincare routine, then try this. I believe that all skin types could use this serum, except for very sensitive since this is a potent serum. However, I think it’s best for normal to dry. If you’ve used other vitamin C serum serums in the past, then you may like the Mario Badescu. It ranks as one of the top 3 OTC brightening serums that I’ve ever used.
Who may not like Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum? Sensitive skins, I’m guessing. (If you describe your skin as sensitive and have used this, please chime in.) Those that don’t want to add a serum to their routine. The smell will most likely upset sensitive noses. For example, you prefer unscented skincare. Some people may not like the price, but it is fair for a department store serum. Some people may dislike the glass bottle. I am always paranoid that I’m going to drop any glass bottles and destroy them on my antique soapstone tile floors.
An 1 oz. bottle retails for $45 and is available at Mario Badescu. It’s pricey but not too pricey in the world of serums (sick, I know). I’ve been using this numerous times weekly for 2 months and I’ve barely put a dent in it. There’s more than 2/3 left in this little green glass bottle.
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