A while back Timeless Skincare graciously gifted me with several of their products to try and I have been putting them to the test. I slowly rotated each one into my skin care routine, so as not to bombard my skin with all new ingredients. The fourth and final product from my Timeless Skin Care trial was the 20% Vitamin C + E and F Acid (retail . $25.95). I have been using it for one month straight.
But before we get into how I felt about the serum, let’s look at what it claims on the product page…
Give your skin a mega dose of Vitamin C. Our 20% Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid serum brightens skin, builds collagen and evens out tone. Enhanced with Vitamin E & Ferulic Acid, this serum is a great pick me up for dull, discolored and stressed skin, while providing 24/7 protection against environmental pollutants. Recommended For: All skin types. As always Timeless Skincare is Paraben Free, Fragrance and Dye Free, Cruelty Free, has More actives, less chemicals and is Made in the USA.
Ingredients: Water, Ethoxydiglycol, L-Ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Alpha Tocopherol, Polysorbate 80, Panthenol, Ferulic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Benzylalcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid.Timeless Skincare
One thing I love about the Timeless skincare products I have tried is that their ingredients lists are not a mile long. Admittedly this one has some tongue twister words so lets take a moment to break them down. (As a reminder I am not a medical professional of any kind and I am certainly not a dermatologist, I am just a skin care enthusiast who really likes to try and understand what it is I am putting on my face. At the end of this post I’ll like a few articles for those who want to look into more professional assessments of the ingredients I am breaking down. )
So first up there is water. I am always happy to see that. While many ingredients can lock down moisture, they need moisture to lock down, otherwise they are just sort of sealing in what you have and not adding anything.
Next up is the Ethoxydiglycol. While a mouthful of syllables its purpose is to dissolve ingredients, increase the efficacy of the other active ingredients in the serum. One of the ingredients it is increasing the efficacy of is the L-Ascorbic Acid which is a form of vitamin C very often used in skin care because it is a potent antioxidant and skin-soothing agent that can improve the appearance of signs of aging.
The Propylene Glycol acts as a humectant which means it secures the water and takes it to the outer layer of your skin.
Alpha Tocopherol is the Vitamin E listed in the name of the product and it also acts as an antioxidant while Polysorbate 80 attracts and suspends oils, dirt, and other impurities that have accumulated on the skin and wash them away. So essentially, if my understanding is correct the Vitamin E helps pull the bad things in your skin to the surface and the Polysorbate 80 acts as the bouncer who kicks them out of Club Dermatitis.
Panthenol softens and sooths the skin and helps it build up a barrier against water loss.
Ferulic Acid, the F mentioned on the product label, is an antioxidant that works to boost the effects of other antioxidants and Sodium Hyaluronate helps to restore the skin’s moisture, promoting a more revitalized and youthful complexion.
And finally we get to Benzylalcohol, whose chief function in cosmetics is as a preservative, and it’s among the least sensitizing preservatives in use and Dehydroacetic Acid a non-toxic ingredient used to keep the product from spoiling and acts as a fungicide and bactericide . Not very sexy ingredients to end the list with but very necessary. After all there is nothing good about expired skin care.
While those are some very scientific words, the end result is that the ingredients are used to lock in moisture, while sending in a team of antioxidants and promoting healthy youthful looking skin.
While youthful looking skin may be a judgment call, I can say that my skin feels hydrated and soft. I had no issues with clogged pores or redness with the sun as can sometimes happen with Vitamin C based products (at least it has happened to me a couple of times).
The product is in a yellow colored plastic dispenser. The color of the container keeps the sunlight away from the product, which I appreciate, but it also prevents me from knowing how much product remains. Foolishly I forgot to weigh it before I started my trial. Unlike the other serums and oils, I’ve tried from Timeless Skincare, it does not come with a dropper, but has a pump that you press to dispense the serum. I’m guessing it is to keep as much air out of the product as possible.
One pump is all that I needed to cover my face. The product absorbed into my skin quickly and easily. As you can see in the photo it is clear and despite the fact that Panthenol often has a floral scent to it, this serum has almost no scent to it at all. If you stick your nose right down into it, you might smell something, but then you have to be close enough that you risk inhaling the serum. I do not recommend inhaling the serum.
I don’t think anyone recommends inhaling any serum actually.
But it means that for those of you sensitive to scent, there will be no problem. I will say the photos aren’t as dramatic as with the Hyaluronic Acid serum. In the front facing before and after photos you can see that some of the sun discoloration on my forehead has been reduced and in the side photo showing the scarring on my cheek, you can see a little fading as well. There is more fading in the sun damage than in the scaring, but there is some noticeable fading. You have to remember that with skin care thirty days of use is generally when you start to see results. I think that if I continue using this product, over time I would see more fading of the damage as the active ingredients went to work on my skin. It is less dramatic than its HA counterpart, but still a very nice serum. And to the touch my skin feels softer and more hydrated, which doesn’t show up as clearly in the photos.
So will I continue to use this serum? Yes. I will be using it up completely. Will I place this on my to be ordered list? Yes I think I will. I have other serums in my skin care drawer I want to try, some of them Vitamin C based, but thus far this 20% Vitamin C + E and Ferulic serum has worked really well with my skin and is in the top five of the vitamin C products I have tried before. I am very happy that I got a chance to try this product out and share my thoughts on it. For those of you interested in more scientific break downs of some of the ingredients I listed out, you might want to look into healthline.com and the Derm Review.