by Jeanne

I admit it: when I get a new beauty product, I tend to smell it before trying it. The scent of lavender rose or honey are just some of the fragrances that attract me. All of which is a longwinded way of saying FutureDerm Vitamin CE Caffeic Serum ($89), with the citrus aroma of a sunshiny day, grabbed my attention from the get-go. It makes sense as the product contains 16% Vitamin C.

The serum, which has a very light consistency, is all about brightening and tightening. From starting its usage a month ago (and trying it on half of my face to see if I really saw a difference), I feel like my right side looks smoother and more even-toned. I have a lot of freckles, and as I age, more dark spots, and though the serum didn't erase them, it did diminish them.

A little bit goes a long way - think a dime-sized portion. A few seconds after spreading the serum on my face, it penetrated nicely and set the palate for my moisturizer. According to the company's literature, it's the only serum with micro-encapsulated Vitamin C meaning it continues to work long after you've smeared it on. Even better: It includes a 30-day money back guarantee if you don't like it. My bet is on you keeping it.

Ingredients in FutureDerm Vitamin CE Caffeic SerumCyclomethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Ascorbic acid, Dimethicone, Bis-vinyl Dimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Caffeic acid