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July 27, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 1 Comment
When I went to Hong Kong a few months ago, I desperately needed to get to the spa at my hotel (Intercontinental). Not that I'm OCD about it but long-haul flights can take a toll on your skin so I'm always looking for quick ways to replenish the loss of hydration (fact: cabin air on planes is drier than the Sahara).

As soon as I arrived, I booked a treatment at the spa for a facial after an hour of spending time with my best friend, H20 (in the form of drinking and swimming). The facial did wonders for me and I was excited when, as a parting gift, they gave me an ampoule of Kerstin Florian's Rejuvenating Pure Vitamin C. Kerstin Florian is a brand based out of California and the product-line has expanded like wildfire in the past few years, now with its own men's line.

I never really go out of my way for anything more than the basics, not to mention that most of the products that I use on a daily basis (or try to) already contain Vitamin C. So it was nice to have this supplementary addition for the week.

Kerstin is essentially ascorbic acid (Vitamin c) in a small tube so it's a highly effective antioxidant treatment that helps stimulate collagen product and promotes elasticity. And it feels refreshing on your face (before you apply moisturizer). While it has nothing to do with locking in moisture or rehydrating the face (plain and simple, guys, it's all about the H20!), I was happy to use this just to know I was getting that extra dose of antioxidant. I definitely would never go out to buy it (especially at $112) but when it ends up in my hands, I'm sold.

Ingredients in kerstin Florian Rejuvenating Pure Vitamin C:

Water, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Dimethylsilanol Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Phenoxyethanol, Carageenan, Methylparaben, Agar, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, BHT, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, EDTA, Propylparaben, Ferric Chloride, Zinc Chloride.
  • July 27, 2008

    by Mike626

    <p>I'd have to agree with you, Jimmy. $112 for 27 ml (less than an ounce) of ascorbic acid is insulting. Even the overpriced Skinceuticals line is a better deal.</p>

    <p>About the only thing that Kerstin's product has going for it is that the ascorbic acid is kept out of the solution until you mix it, ensuring that the least possible amount of oxidation occurs. A better and less costly solution is to simply use a more stable version of Vitamin C, like MAP.</p>

    <p>The best bang for the buck that I have found is Skin Actives CHAS serum. It uses MAP for its source of Vitamin C, and at $27.50 for 30ml, it packs a lot into a tiny bottle: Pomegranate Extract, MAP, niacinamide, carnosine, carnitine, tetrahydrocurcuminoids, ferulic acid, hesperidin methyl chalcone, lycopene, glutathione, glutaredoxin and superoxide dismutase (whew!)</p>

    <p>The Parabens in the serum are the only thing that cause me to raise an eyebrow, but the actives present make it worth it.</p>

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    <p>Ingredients: Organic aloe vera juice, sea kelp bioferment, pomegranate extract, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, niacinamide, carnosine, carnitine, tetrahydrocurcuminoids, ferulic acid, sodium PCA, hyaluronic acid, hesperidin methyl chalcone, lycopene, glutathione, glutaredoxin, superoxide dismutase, phenoxyethanol (and) methylparaben (and) isopropylparaben (and) isobutylparaben (and) butylparaben.</p>

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