Today I will be reviewing the JJ Labs Vitamin C Serum 25%. Unfortunately I don’t have the bottle anymore to do swatches as I couldn’t finish using it up. Personally for me, I can pretty much tell from the first couple of uses if a new product is right for me or not. I have used this serum around 2-3 times and unfortunately it didn’t agree with my skin. As it is winter in Australia, my skin gets extremely dry and my smile lines around my mouth tend to be more apparent, especially when I wear makeup. I purchased this serum in the hopes of adding extra hydration to my thirsty skin as I research the incredible benefits of applying hyaluronic acid to the skin. I had also wanted to use a vitamin c serum to help lighten my uneven skin tone. I also loved how simple and pure the ingredient list was. While there were some amazing immediate results from using this serum for only a couple of uses, it unfortunately broke me out. It did however make my skin feel more soft, supple, and incredibly hydrated and glowing just after the first use. It tightens your skin, making it feel as though you had a face lift. Although it did significantly decrease my smiles lines and how prominent they were, especially when wearing my powder foundation, I would always break out with every use. This serum comes in five different strengths for different skin types, so I might have purchased one too strong for my skin type. Here are the different strengths:
1. Vitamin C 10%- For sensitive skin
2. Vitamin C 15%- For dry skin
3. Vitamin C 20%- For all skin types
4. Vitamin C 25%- For oily or mature skin or skin with clogged pores
5. High Potency Vitamin C PH 4.5 – For Sensitive Skin Type(those who too sensitive for PH 3.5)
Although I have dry, sensitive skin, I purchased the 25% potency because it said it was for mature skin/skin with clogged pores, so I thought it would be more hydrating and potent and prevent and heal any breakouts faster. If I were to try this serum again in the future, I would try either the 10% or 15% strength.
“Many leadings scientists highly recommend applying vitamin C onto the face daily to protect against UV-induced cell damage. Vitamin C has many other beneficial properties, including being one of the few ingredients that has a scientific base to show that it reverses signs of aging for your skin. Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic acid) has been shown to stimulate collagen, decrease wrinkle depth, and have lightening effects on pigmentation. Hyaluronic acid, also known as HA, is a natural compound found in skin that has many important functions, including holding in moisture, providing cushioning, aiding in tissue repair, holding together the skin and helping create a protective barrier against microorganisms. Vitamin C Serum 25% with pure hyaluronic acid is effective at moisturizing skin cells, which prevents water loss and protects the skin from dirt and other pollutants. Hyaluronic acid delivers AND holds water in the skin. Hyaluronic acid based products are considered extremely safe. We keep our product for topical use only so as to reduce the chances of this! Repeated use of hyaluronic acid will maintain moisture levels in the skin, preventing skin dehydration.”
Ingredients: Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic acid), Hyaluronic Acid, Potassium sorbate, Citric Acid, Distilled Water.
Directions: Apply twice a day, once in the morning before your normal moisturizing routine and again in the evening to a cleansed face. As the serum is concentrated, using a small amount, such as 1-2 drops, is recommended. Increase amount as desired. Refrigerator storage is recommended.
Texture/Feel: When first applied, the serum feels very tacky and sticky, but once it dries it feels incredibly smooth and soft. The serum isn’t too runny, but it’s not too thick either. It is easily spread all over the face and you don’t need to use a lot, about 2 drops will do the entire face, however you have to spread it quickly because it is sticky/tacky feeling and dries very fast. I’m not too crazy over the gloopy feel of this serum. Also, beware that if you have any open wounds, this will sting upon application.
Smell: I can’t really describe the smell, however it isn’t pleasant. The smell doesn’t linger on your face after applying which is good.
-Hydrated, smooth skin.
-Fine lines significantly decreased.
-Smoother makeup application.
-Plump, tight, younger looking skin,
-Consistency sticky and tacky at first.
-Smell isn’t pleasant.
Size: 30 ml.
Price: AUD $18.82
Recommend? I would definitely recommend this product for more mature skins as it immediately and effectively increases moisture in the skin, giving a more youthful appearance. However, make sure to choose the right strength for your skin type. My skin is very sensitive and breakout prone, so this may work wonders for somebody else.