Reviewed by Rosalind

I am 62 years old and have sensitive skin, and have been a swimmer and scuba diver for years, so I have dry skin. I also have some dark spots, loss of elasticity, a few wrinkles, but not much skin damage. I use a 30-45 SPF sun block religiously. I have found that most vitamin C skin care products can be irritating to sensitive skin, which is why I wanted to try this sample of ReCverin 50/50 ($79) for a month. Please note I am not an expert on vitamin C serums, and not that familiar with that many other forms of vitamin C products out on the market, but have tried some before without seeing many results.

This product was the kind I wanted to try as, I tend to use natural oils and serum products without a lot of chemicals or preservatives in them.

Ingredients:

This product has vitamin C as 2.5% dehydroascorbic acid and 2.5% ascorbic acid, some water and probably some glycerin, and comes in a dark bottle (2 fl. oz). It also comes with a smaller dark brown bottle with a pop-up lid so you can pour a smaller amount in that for daily use and keep the other amount in your refrigerator to preserve the serum from oxidization. I have read that when serums are exposed to light or heat, they will oxidize and turn a yellow/brown color, and no longer be safe to use, and possibly be quite toxic. You would want to discard it if it becomes oxidized.

Application:

The bottle says to apply daily to face, neck, arms, hands or other exposed skin. I only used this product at night, after cleansing and toning. I have also heard that the daytime sun is not a good combination with vitamin C serums – not sure if it is true or not. A little bit goes a long way. 50/50 has a little sticky consistency, but is not that thick and goes on well, absorbing quickly. The only drawback for me was adding a few drops of water before applying, which is one extra step to do. The instructions say that you should use it 50/50 with water. I find it easier just to apply it directly, but with all vitamin C serums, you have to follow the instructions to see if it will irritate skin the first few times upon application, especially those with sensitive skin. Or, you should do a skin test before applying it to see if you get a reaction.

Overall, I found this serum helped in lightening my dark spots and smoothing my fine lines, especially around the eyes. It was gentle enough for the eye area. I am sure it is safe enough and might work on dry, cracked lips. Another benefit is that this product is fragrance-free and has very few ingredients, and no irritating chemicals. I also used it on the top of my hands where I have more craggy skin and age spots. I saw some visible lightening and smoothing of the hands. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a safe, natural approach to fine wrinkles, sun/age spots, or other skin problems. And ReCverin can probably be found at a more reasonable price than other serums on the market.

Ingredients: Glycerin, Vitamin C (2.5% dehydroascorbic acid, 2.5% ascorbic acid, Water