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Potent vitamin C serums worth checking out: Mychelle and Isomers

June 2, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 5 Comments
Not all vitamin Cs are equal (read more on gettiing to know the various types of vitamin C) and ascorbic acid is one of the least effective because it isn't stable (it starts to evaporate the minute you open the bottle) and it can be very drying. The Perfect C Serum ($31.2: $10 below the usual price at caught my attention because the name is so outrageously self-confident and also because it is by Mychelle, which is such a good brand that it might not be mere hyperbole.

Mychelle claims to have stabilized the L-ascorbic acid and has used it in a hefty concentration of 17%. The vitamin C is coupled with d-beta glucosamine, which (as far as I can tell) usually comes from foxgloves and there seems to be some good evidence that it helps to build collagen.

Apart from water, the base is hamamelis, extract of date palm that is a good moisturizer and should, therefore, help to counteract the drying effect of such a high concentration of ascorbic acid. Nevertheless, Mychelle cautions users to be careful applying it around the eye area. In fact, I don't think I would since there is also some retinol. Mychelle has added some good anti-oxidants in the form of wine phytoalexins, CoQ10 and beta-caratene.

I am a fan of Mychelle's products, but this one may be too harsh for the sensitive of skin. An alternative could be Isomers Laboratories Vitamin C serum ($39.99). Isomers uses a form of vitamin C called MAP (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate). This is not the most potent, but it is stable and it is a great option for sensitive types because it is not acidic. Isomers has pared MAP with vitamin E. Depending on the concentrations, which Isomers doesn't specify, this combination is potentially a good anti-ager. Apart from linseed oil and a couple of parabens, this potion is unadulterated C and E.
  • November 7, 2008

    by Petra

    <p>I have tried several Vitamin C serums and make it a point to use it every day and night as I feel it helps with my hormonal acne issues as well as wrinkles. My 2 favorite vitamin C serums are Mychelle's Perfect C Serum and Obagi's 20% serum. However, I like Mychelle's Perfect C Serum better because it has additional beneficial ingredients to help with moisturizing and conditioning the skin too and doesn't leave my skin feeling dry at all.</p>

  • August 26, 2008

    by marta

    <p>You are right to be cautious. Vit C can be drying and an irritant. Here's our post on different types of C - their strength, stability and propensity to irritate:<br />
    <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p>

  • August 26, 2008

    by Winston

    <p>Vitamin C really is a good anti-oxidant. But would it really be a good idea for topical ointments? I really wonder about the effects it would have if really concentrated amounts touch our skin. I have pretty sensitive skin and I'm worried about the effects of it.</p>

    <p>Oh, and for the record, I researched about the other uses of vitamin C and here is what I found : <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p>

  • July 9, 2008

    by marta

    <p>Thank you and welcome to TIA!</p>

    <p>The short answer is I don't know what the concentration in Isomers is, so I've written to the CEO to ask (you never know!). Once we find out, we can answer the second question as to how it stacks up against AOX. If the Isomers concentration is good, then it would get my vote on the grounds that it uses MAP, a better form of C. </p>

    <p>On the other hand, we did have a reader commenting a while ago on some great results with the AOX.</p>

  • July 9, 2008

    by Mike626

    <p>I'm wondering how well you think the Isomers C Serum stacks up against something like Skinceuticals Serum 15 AOX+? When I wrote to Isomers about the concentration of C in their product, all I got was a polite email indicating that their formulas are proprietary.</p>

    <p>Fantastic blog, by the way. Found you yesterday, and immediately subscribed.</p>

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