I know it feels like forever since I have done a skin care post. There are several reasons actually, the first is that since I was so focused on skincare that I didn’t get to talk about other things and I wanted to talk to you about more than just skin care. The other big reason was that I wanted to slow down my skin care trials and really give products their best chance of working and to do a little more research on them before I posted. I promise there are more skin care posts coming, soon actually as I am now past the thirty day mark on several products I’ve been trying.
Recently Herbal Dynamics Beauty gifted me a package containing several of their products for the purpose of review. I have been using the Vitamin C 25% Rejuvenating Serum for several weeks now and am ready to let you know my thoughts about it. I’m sure you know from past posts that I really like Vitamin C for my skin.
Vitamin C has all sorts of wonderful benefits for the skin. It promotes collagen production and helps to reduce fine lines and it also protects skin from UV light. All of which helps skin look fresher and more rejuvenated.
I was super excited by the chance to try out this Vitamin C serum not only because of my love of Vitamin C for my skin, but because it also contains Hyaluronic Acid. I know you must be tired of hearing me rave about Hyaluronic Acid by now because it is in so many of the products I favor. But the truth is it is in a lot of skin care products because it is a good ingredient to help skin retain moisture and look plumper and firmer, thus erasing a lot of fine lines. Plus, I tend to look for it in my skin care items, therefore there is a very high percentage of them in the skin care I use.
There are several things that I like about Herbal Dynamics Beauty. First, before I even tried any of their products, I adored their Botanical Blog and spent quite a lot of time reading through their skin care articles. I highly recommend it. Their article on layering different skin care ingredients for the best effect is one I repeatedly return to in order to double check certain combinations.
I also like that their products are Sulfate free, cruelty free, paraben Free and phthalate free. Sulfates can often cause irritation and clogged pores. Parabens can cause skin irritations and can increase the risk of cancer and phthalates too have been linked to increased risks for cancer. All of those things are items I’d like to avoid whenever possible.
As someone who likes to read labels, I also appreciate that the Ingredients lists on all of the Herbal Dynamics products are very easy to read and don’t contain a mountain of ingredients. Let’s look at the ingredients list for the Vitamin C 25% Rejuvenating Serum shall we?
Ingredients: Deionized water, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera gel)*, Hyaluronic acid, Ethyl ascorbate ( Vitamin C), Green tea extract*, Vegetable glycerine, Dexpanthenol (Vitamin B5), Centella asiatica (Gotu kola) extract*, Alpine veronica extract, Carrageenan, and Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed extract*.
All natural / paraben free. Not tested on animals. Made in the U.S.A.Herbal Dynamics Beauty
So Ethyl Ascorbate is just a fancy term for the kind of Vitamin C that skin care products tend to uses. We’ve already discussed Hyaluronic acid and we know it is fabulous for the skin. Both of these ingredients sit really high on the list which makes me happy to see. Water is the first ingredient, which as the Hyaluronic acid locks water into the surface it needs to have some water to do so and there for it is in the mix.
Aloe Vera is an ingredient we have seen before and tends to sooth inflammation and skin irritations. It does so in its natural state which is why I always keep an aloe plant in the house and use it to treat minor burns. It is great on sunburn.
Green tea is known for its antioxidant properties and my guess is that it helps with fighting that UV light. Vegetable Glycerine is something I’ve encountered before and it is used to moisturize and soften skin while Vitamin B5 promotes cellular regeneration.
Gotu Kola extract was a new ingredient for me so I had to do a bit of investigating. According to an article in Forbes Magazine it is an anti-aging ingredient that boosts collagen and helps keep skin from sagging. It also worked well in fading scars and stretch marks. I think it is an ingredient I will probably be playing around with more in the future. The articles I found all made it sound like something I wanted to try out.
But that is for later.
This leaves us only three ingredients on the list. The first is Alpine veronica extract. It is also known as Speedwell Flower extract and it contains high levels of free radical-scavenging antioxidants, sooths skin irritation and helps with collagen production.
Carrageenan helps bind waters to the skin without clogging pores and basically locks in all the goodness from the other ingredients while the final Grape seed extract, which is seen in a lot of skin care products, is an excellent antioxidant.
And those are all the ingredients. Not a terribly long list when you look at it and each in it’s own way is a powerhouse. Additionally, there is nothing that is really extra. Everything in the serum has a reason for being there.
The Vitamin C Rejuvenating Serum comes in a pump spray bottle and two pumps of the product is all you really need. After washing my face I patted the skin dry and then usually brushed my teeth to give it a few extra minutes to dry down a little bit more. There is no real reason for doing so other than texture. I found it my skin was wet instead of damp there was a very brief moment where it felt slimy. It faded almost immediately, but I didn’t like that. If I waited a minute longer, there was no slimy feeling. So I waited. That was really just a personal choice.
The serum is clear and feels like slightly thick water if that makes sense. It is one of those odd sensations where the serum goes on wet and then you can almost feel it absorb so that the surface of your face feels dry to the touch. Not as though your skin was dried out, but more like you patted it dry with a towel. My skin drank in the formula. Like with the Hyaluronic Acid 62% serum from Herbal Dynamics Beauty, I tested to see how much serum I really needed. One pump was not enough and three pumps was too much.
I’m pretty sure the number of pumps of product you need would be very much skin specific. My skin tends to ride the line most people term ‘normal’. which quite frankly I think is more of a dividing line than a designation, but I didn’t assign names. What that basically means is that my skin’s needs tend to be very seasonally dependent. In the summertime I am normal leaning towards oily and in the winter time I am normal leaning towards dry. Spring and fall tend to be an insane weather related yo-yo time for my skin and my routine changes almost daily until the weather settled back down.
With this serum I suspect that one pump would be all my skin wanted in the summertime. Maybe one and a half. One thing i really like about this style of pump is that if I only push it down halfway, I can actually get half a pump’s worth of product if that is what I need. which I consider very handy. At the moment though two pumps are pretty good for me. Normally for reference photos I go for a front shot so you can see my whole face. Because my fine lines tend to be around my eyes and my largest acnes scar (the one I am always trying to reduce) is on my cheek, I took side views of both before I used the serum and after. It isn’t the most glamorous view, but it does show the area best.
Over all, I really liked this serum. It went on easily and regardless of wet or damp skin, it was soon absorbed into the skin and I was able to continue with my routine with no issues. During use I noticed a little plumping of my skin, predominantly around the lines fanning out from my eyes. My skin also felt plumper and smoother. I was pleased with the results and am quite frankly surprised by how quickly I saw results with this serum.
I will certainly continue using the product until it is through and hope for continued improvement. Now that my trial is over I will be pairing it with the Herbal Dynamics Hyaluronic Acid Serum and using them both. I noticed that while the 62% Hyaluronic acid serum had a greater effect on my fine lines, this Vitamin C serum had more of an effect on the texture and firmness of my skin. Which from reading the labels shouldn’t be surprising.
This Vitamin C Rejuvenating Serum has a lot of firming agents working for it while the 62% Hyaluronic acid was more targeted towards fine lines. I don’t know if you can tell in the photos or not, but in person I have noticed a fading of the scar on my cheek. I find it to be not as prominent as it was and so I’m hoping that continued use will assist in fading it even further. I think given the angle of the photos the changes to my cheek scar don’t show up as well. As I didn’t think there would be any difference with it, I was taking the reference photos predominantly for my eyes. The lightening of the scar even slightly was just a pleasant surprise.
Even though this product was gifted to me, I have to ask the same question that I ask at the end of trying out any skin care item: Would I purchase this again?
Given the results I had with the initial trial I would have to say it is a resounding yes. I expect that as I continue to use this product moe effects will be seen. I was very pleased with the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Vitamin C 25% Serum and would certainly make an effort to replace it when it runs out. The Serum retails for $22 so it isn’t over the top expensive and if I can get a really good product like this for a price that isn’t astronomical, I am definitely all in.
I don’t mind paying more for good skin care, it is one of the few categories in my purchasing where cost is almost always secondary to effectiveness, but I am also very happy when the skincare I like does not cost an arm and a leg. Effective and affordable kind of make up my personal venn diagram sweet spot.
If you ae interested, now might be the perfect time to try out Herbal Dynamics. They have a sale going on, I’ll link the coupon code below.
This is the third product I’ve tried from them and quite frankly I loved all three. The Intense Detox Cacao and Chamomile clay Clearing Mask was excellent at drawing deeply buried clogged pores to the surface so they could be cleared away, the Hyaluronic Acid 62% Serum was excellent with my fine lines and this Vitamin C 25 % Rejuvenating serum was an excellent addition to my arsenal against the spread of fine lines. I would recommend all three. And for those of you interested in learning more about skincare, I highly recommend their Botanical Blog. It is informative and very easy to read.