Timeless Skincare recently gifted me a set of products to try out and review. While these were gifted to me the reviews are my own opinions. This is not a sponsored post. I’m sure you recall me mentioning the HA (Hyaluronic Acid) Spray that was also in the package they sent over. I’ve been using it in my Weekly Makeup Bag for the last two weeks and absolutely loving it. But as I like to give skin care a full thirty days where possible before I make a determination, it still has another two weeks of use before I give you my final thoughts. You can see my initial impressions post by clicking here if you would like.
The only reason I mention it is that the HA Spray is listed in the product description as a lighter version of the Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin C Serum, which I’m reviewing today after a full thirty days of use.
So if you are looking at the ingredients list and thinking to yourself, wow that sounds familiar, then first of all congrats on paying attention to ingredients lists. Give yourself a gold star. Second, it is pretty much the same list. The spray has cucumber extract added to it to give it the just from the spa scent (and cucumber extract benefits). There are other scents with the spray as well, but as this is the serum review I’ll leave that for that post.
First let’s look at what the product claims and then we’ll get to the ingredients and my use. So first off…
Kick start your daily skin care routine with this essential serum. Vitamin C with its powerful antioxidants is the first line of defense for your skin as it brightens, clarifies and protects. Matrixyl 3000™ rebuilds collagen and firm skin, and Hyaluronic Acid pumps up the moisture levels. Your face appears luminous and bright, giving you that well rested, ‘just had a full night’s sleep’ effect.
Recommended For All skin types, every day
Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin C Serum is composed of a 5% concentration of Vitamin C, a 1.5% concentration of Matrixyl 3000™ with an added 1% concentration of Hyaluronic Acid. The combination of hyaluronic acid with the best vitamin c serum for oily skin provides a super hydra-boosting serum brightens skin with natural vitamins and essential anti-aging ingredients, while replenishing skin volume and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
Apply 2-3 drops to fingertips and smooth evenly onto cleansed skin, preferably at night-time. For external use only. Sunscreen use recommended after application.
Timeless Promise: Paraben Free, Fragrance and Dye Free, Cruelty Free, More actives, less chemicals, Made in the USA
Water, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Aloe Barbadensis, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Matrixyl 3000™, Benzylalcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid.Timeless Skincare
As the product is meant to hydrate I am not surprised water is the first ingredient on the list. In fact, I would be pretty shocked if it wasn’t. Most skincare products do have it as their first ingredient, which makes sense. If a product is supposed to put moisture in the skin, it has to have moisture to give.
Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate is the vitamin C element that is mentioned in the description in case you are wondering why vitamin c isn’t plainly labeled on the ingredients list. According to the Derm Store this is a form of Vitamin C that not only protects skin from free radicals and helps hydrate but it helps with hyper pigmentation and stimulates collagen. The link is actually to the Derm Stores full article which goes into much greater detail about this form of Vitamin C for those interested. Personally, I think it is pretty interesting.
Aloe Barbadensis is essentially Aloe Vera. I am a big fan of this. It is an anti-inflammatory agent essentially. I can personally attest to this. Every house I lived in as a child had an aloe plant in it. Sunburns, and non-sun burns, poison ivy, and any kind of itchy bite or skin inflammation saw a bit of the aloe plant snapped off and rubbed on the skin. I was very glad this spring that I kept of the practice of keeping an aloe plant around when I got my massive sun burn this spring. It was icy cold and super soothing. My poor aloe plant is almost fully recovered from the ordeal. Needless to say I am very glad to see it in my skin care, especially since I have been spending so much time in the sun this summer.
Glycerin is a humectant, which essentially means it is what pulls the moisture into the skin and kind of locks it down. It is pretty common in a lot of moisturizing products and kind of expected. The Hyaluronic Acid is also expected since this is a hyaluronic acid based product. HA reduces fine lines and causes the skin to retain moisture, essentially plumping the skin to do away with fine lines. It is not an acid as in evil villain slowly lowering you into a bubbling vat while spilling all of the details of his nefarious plot sort of acid.
As the TM by the term in the ingredients list implies the Matryxl 3000 is a proprietary substance but here is the simple break down of what the Timeless Skin care Site had to say about it…
Matrixyl 3000 is an ultimate collagen booster derived synthetically and comprised of two skin active peptides, palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl-tetrapeptide-7. These two active ingredients stimulate the skin and work with the skin to enhance its natural anti-aging properties.Timeless Blog Article
If you click on the site link it will take you to a more fulsome discussion of this ingredient, but the above is essentially the summation.
This leads us to the last two listed ingredients: Benzylalcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid. Benzylalcohol is a preservative designed to kill microbes and Dehydroacetic Acid is a non-toxic ingredient used as a fungicide and bactericide. It’s job is to prevent the growth of microorganisms. So essentially these last two ingredients keep the product from spoiling and from mold and microbes from growing inside the product. I am okay with that. I prefer all my skin care to not go rancid on me.
And that is it for ingredients. There are eight of them. Two designed to prevent spoilage and the rest to do the job for which the serum was designed. Overall not a bad list. I have used quite a few products where breaking down every ingredient (even in the short non-scientific way I did here) would not be possible. I really like that no extras were added just to be added.
The serum comes in a blue glass bottle with a glass dropper. Despite the fact that the Hyaluronic Acid +Vitamin C Serum only costs $20.95, it feels super lux in the hand. The glass is nice in the hand and the dropper is well made. With glass bottles like this I have a love hate relationship with the color of the bottle. I love that it is a solid color that prevents light from getting in and ruining the product, but I hate not knowing how much I used. The product is clear and odorless. If you have a problem with scent in your skin care then you will be thrilled with this. There is absolutely no scent to it.
Now while the website says it is ideally used in the evenings, the box it came in suggested morning and evening use. So I used it in the morning and in the evening. I know that sun sensitivity with some serums can be an issue, but I didn’t have any sort of problems with it. That being said, when I go outside I have SPF 50 sunscreen (courtesy of my Volition sunscreen) on my face and as extra security I have been topping all of my skin (arms, legs, and face) with a spray sunscreen (Neutrogena Beach Defense) in SPF 30. So the sunscreen may have something to do with the non-reaction in the sun.
But I’m not giving up my sunscreen to check.
I try not to deliberately try for skin damage.
The recommended usage is three to four drops. I generally found that three covered my face perfectly well, my skin sucking the serum in almost immediately upon contact.
Seriously, it disappeared like magic.
Since I like to bring my serums down my neck and onto my upper chest, I used five drops and it covered everything beautifully. This is a serum you are going to want to dispense in your hand and then apply to the face. If you try to use a cotton round, or any other cloth applicator, it will absorb into the cloth and you will just sort of lose the product. Definitely apply it with your hands. Any product that doesn’t go into your face will sink into your hands. Which is not a bad thing. Even in a glancing application, the serum has actually smoothed out a lot of my gardening based rough spots on my hands. I know that isn’t its intent, but it isn’t a bad side effect.
I did take before and after photos of my face in an effort to see the difference thirty days made. I know the difference is slight in only a month, but I did notice a smoothing out of my skin in the mouth and eye area. I even noticed a slight reduction in what I like to call my stress crack – the line across the center of my forehead. It isn’t shrunk to nothing (I doubt very much that anything would completely erase it) but it hasn’t gotten bigger and it is a little less noticeable. The hyperpigmentation on my forehead is slightly lighter.
The differences I’ve noticed are really kind of hard to see in a photo. For one, my skin feels less dry. As I am walking more instead of going to the gym, I am spending more time outside. Between the walking and the gardening, the sun takes its toll. While using this serum I’ve had to use less moisturizer to keep the sun dryness at bay. and I have been noticing a lot less clogged pores lately.
Don’t get me wrong, I think somehow I also assembled a crack team of products for this round of testing as in the past month a lot of my skin issues have cleared up. While this serum isn’t solely responsible for my skin’s improvement, it was a really big help. The dark spots left by acne scarring haven’t really diminished so dealing with skin discoloration due to scarring may not be this serum’s strong suit despite the vitamin c, but it is excellent with retaining moisture and plumping up fine lines. So two out of three isn’t bad.
I do have a second serum that was sent to me by Timeless Skincare. It is the 20% Vitamin C + E and Ferulic Acid. It is designed more for the pigmentation so I will be giving it a go. In my month long trial using it morning and evening, I used up about half of the 1oz bottle of HA serum that was sent to me. I am going to switch to using it just in the evenings (which should give me another two months of testing with the serum, plus I don’t want the left over to go to waste and I really enjoyed using it so have no problem whatsoever in using every drop).
I am going to then test the more heavily vitamin C serum during the day and see if that works better on my hyperpigmentation. I have high hopes that the combination of the two serums will do well with my skin. Of course I won’t know until I try. Which I will do starting tomorrow morning.
Until then, I have to say I have really enjoyed this serum and am very glad Timeless Skincare sent it over to me to test out and review. It is a serum I will be purchasing on my own in the future. I may even have to look into ther DIY Beauty Box in the near future as well. Thus far I am enjoying the products I’ve used well enough that rying out more from this brand seems like a really good idea.