Hey guys - welcome back!
Today I'm back with another review, and unfortunately...I hate when I'm sent a product to try out and I have to leave a less than glowing review for it. It makes me feel like...I'm not grateful for it. I am but hey...if a product doesn't work, ya'll should know!
So I had high hopes for this little guy - Azure Naturals 22% Professional Strength Vitamin C E Ferulic Milk Serum. I mean it boasts to be professional strength in a higher dosage than you can usually find in stores (highest I'd seen before this was 20%) - lets get into its claims:
Taking vitamin C through a supplement or food is beneficial to your health, but to specifically target signs of aging on your face, topical vitamin C is best. Applying Vitamin C to the skin is up to 20 times more effective than taking it orally - Dr. Oz. One of the most powerful functions of vitamin C is its role in the production of collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. As you age, collagen breaks down and wrinkles begin to form. Stabilizing your skin's levels of vitamin C can help to counteract wrinkle formation by increasing collagen production. Vitamin C helps boost collagen, which will bring elasticity to your skin and can prevent sagging in as little as 2 weeks - Dr. Oz
When it comes to treating age spots, you don't need chemical peels and lasers - Vitamin C can have almost the same results! Age spots are essentially sun damage, and Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, shown to reduce the number of sunburned cells as well as reverse age-related damage to skin. Using Vitamin C Serum is safer, cheaper, and easier than a facelift or chemical peel - Dr. Oz
The length of time from when you start using Vitamin C until you see results varies with each person. Your skin will start to feel smoother and more supple within a few days. Most people will start to see improvements in coloration as soon as 2-4 weeks, it may take others 6-8 weeks to see a significant difference. After around 6 months, you'll reach the maximum benefits.
Gotcha. Well...the company sent this to me via Amazon, but I go through a third party company to actually get approved for these reviews, and they have a strict deadline of 14 days from the time you are approved to get a review up without getting marks on your "blogger record" as it were. Sadly this includes shipping time, response time, etc. So giving this a full shot at 14 days up to 6 months isn't something I can do, initially. I WILL circle back to this post at the time I finish this product to update.
Now, before I got this, I had been using a similar serum from Ole Henricksen. I noticed almost immediate results with that product, this one...I felt honestly like it wasn't even a factor. It did nothing, good or bad. It did smell good though.
I use this as follows:
I wash my face at night with a clarisonic, followed by my ACV toner. I then apply this, using a pump per section of my face (approx three pumps to cover my face), follow with an eye cream, let this soak in for about 15-20 minutes and follow with my glycolic night cream. I only use this once a day as I have a glycolic serum I use in the daytime.
The product is housed in an amber plastic bottle with a nice pump applicator.
I do love the consistency of this serum, its easy to apply and soaks in quickly.
Day One, here we go!
Obviously nothing immediate, product definitely feels hydrating after application.
Aside from the different lighting (this was at night whereas my first application was in the daytime, sorry!) - The only noticeable differences to me are a few troubles areas I had at first that are gone now, but I chalk that up to the ten day time difference. Texture and feel of my skin seem really about the same. Not worse, at least it didn't have any adverse reactions. Maybe I see slightly less redness in tone, nut as far as my trouble t-zone areas, like pores, all seem about the same really.
All in all I think its ok...it needs more time for a true evaluation...I will do an update once the product is finished up.
If you are interested in checking this product out - you can find it here!
A 1 oz bottle will set you back about $19 - 2 oz is just under $29.
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