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Sciote Vitamin C 20% Super Serum

Size: 1 oz (30 ml)

Sciote Vitamin C 20% Super Serum delivers a powerful dose of vitamin C, a brightening active that battles free radicals as it gently lifts pigmentation, stimulates collagen and reduces fine lines. Vitamin C is a super-nutrient, synthesizing collagen, actively combatting new free radicals and even removing the DNA damage that the radicals have already formed. Basically, you want this powerful anti-ager in your regimen! And Sciote's serum has already been tested and approved by our community of reviewers, so you know it's effective.

This serum is a concentrated delivery system for the highest form of active, bio-available vitamin C. A botanically-derived form of hyaluronic acid, Hyalurosmooth™, also delivers deep hydration to plump skin and keep your complexion calm and irritation-free. And finally, Gotu Kola Extract- Protects the skin’s natural moisture barrier and provides collagen support. This product is not recommended for sensitive skin.

Tested for 30 days and recommended by Sophie:

Sciote Vitamin C 20% Super Serum is touted as a "concentrated delivery system for the highest form of active, bio-available vitamin C". After water, the other top ingredients are sodium ascorbyl phosphate (a stable precursor of vitamin C), methylsulfonylmethane or MSM (a sulfur compound that encourages skin repair), and hyaluronic acid (a natural lubricator that promotes collagen formation). The "20%" refers to the percent of total vitamins in the formula, namely vitamin C (18%) and a blend of vitamin E and vitamin A (2%). With such top ingredients figuring prominently among the formula's main ingredients, I had high hopes for this serum. And after a four-week trial, Sciote's 20% Super Serum generally did not disappoint.

The serum is very fluid and spreads easily. The odorless liquid absorbs quickly into the skin and dries down to a matte finish. Despite the presence of hyaluronic acid, the serum was not sufficiently moisturizing by itself. Rather, I loved using it as a base under other treatments.

Sciote claims that this serum will aid in stimulating collagen, reducing fine lines, and improving skin's tone, texture, and elasticity. I don't have too many fine lines to monitor yet, but my skin felt nice and smooth after it absorbed the serum. Further, after daily use for over a month, a patch of hyperpigmentation on my cheek seemed to have slightly lightened. I imagine continued use of the product could possibly yield more obvious results and/or could be part of a long-term strategy to steadily combat aging.

As I am generally a fan of vitamin C products, I would consider repurchasing this serum. Three factors give me slight pause, however. First, the preservative phenoxyethanol figures rather highly on the list of ingredients. Second, at $85, I am not completely sure that there are not similarly efficient formulas at a better price point (or at the very least, perhaps one with preservatives figuring less prominently). Third, for those preferring to steer clear of retinyl palmitate, this formula unfortunately wouldn’t be for you. All in all, I would recommend this product for non-purists looking to try out the benefits of a high dose of vitamin C.

A few last notes: My combo/non-sensitive skin did not find this formula irritating, but note that the Sciote website warns that this product is likely unsuitable for sensitive skin. Confusingly, the Sciote website boasts about the inclusion of retinyl palmitate as an ingredient in this serum, but the ingredient was not listed on the version I tested. I reached out to Sciote and they stated that it was an unfortunate mistake in labeling and that the formula in fact does include retinyl palmitate. Future inventory should have a corrected label.

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by Sophie Sciote Vitamin C 20% Super Serum ($85 in the shop) is touted as a "concentrated delivery system for the highest form of active, bio-available vitamin C". After water, the other top ingredients are sodium ascorbyl phosphate (a stable precursor of vitamin C), methylsulfonylmethane or... read more

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  • Lacy

    (3 out of 5)

    I really enjoyed using the Sciote Vitamin C serum. The texture is light and absorbs easily into my skin. It didn't feel sticky or need a long time to dry. I applied this at night after toning and before my moisturizer. The bottle made it easy to dispense and because it is an airless pump assured me that the product is safe from light and bacteria. However, I didn't see results from using this product faithfully every night. I didn't see any redness lessening or dark spot lightening. This doesn't mean the product wasn't benefiting my skin..... I just didn't notice results that I expect from a vitamin C serum. This did give my skin an overall brightening effect but nothing major.I did notice my skin was moisturized after use and felt bouncy from the hyaluronic acid. I didn't have any breakouts during my use which I appreciated as well.

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  • Jessica

    Dear Marta,

    This is a COMMENT, not a review!!

    I've been using several Sciote skin care products and am duly impressed!! I JUST received several new products from their line and am excited to use and review them.

    However, I decided that I needed a higher Vitamin C product, particularly to work on some discolorations on my cheeks close to my ears (where most of us might end with an application of a light coat of blush) and to work on some new pesky tiny 'age lines' !!

    I compared the Sciote's Vitamin C 20% Super Serum with the product I ordered--Skinfinite Advanced C20+ Serum (I JUST started using it & like it so far!) : 1) Price point for one ounce (30 ml) of each product; and 2) The ingredients, including the description of the amount of Vitamin C.

    The one ounce of the Sciote product is $85 in your store vs. the Skinfinite Advanced C20+ which is $65 for the same amount. The Sciote Vitamin C 20% Serum does not describe exactly the percent of vitamin C (as it's third ingredient), while the Skinfinite product lists 20% Vitamin C as it's 2nd ingredient. BOTH contain phenoxyethanol. However, the Sciote product ALSO contains retinyl palmitate (ester of retinol) which according to the reviewer's comments was left off the original label and will be added later. It did not indicate the percent of this ingredient,However, I've noticed that this ingredient (which goes through conversion to retinol after application to the skin) generally does not have a percentage listed when it is an ingredient in a product.

    I'm excited to see how the Skinfinite Advanced C20+ Serum works; I'll report when I've given it at least six weeks of use!! I just wanted to give your readers a quick comparison of what I looked at when I made the decision about which product to purchase first!

    Thank you for offering us so many wonderful products to allow us to age gracefully!

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  • Kim

    (5 out of 5)

    I really like this product! I think my face has gotten brighter and I wouldn't say all of my sun sports are gone, however, I do think that they have faded a lot. I would definately order again.

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  • Heather

    (5 out of 5)

    I have been using this vitamin C product from Sciote for a couple of months and the results have been wonderful! My sun spots are almost gone! :)

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  • Wendy

    September 20, 2014


    This is THE BEST serum. I cannot live without it!

  • Amy

    March 19, 2014


    I read this review from Sophie and wanted to chime in! The 20% Super Serum has quickly become one of my favorites in my daily skin care routine! I love it because it is very effective but I also feel that it is soothing to my skin. I have seen wonderful results and I highly recommend it!!

  • Deionized Aqua (Water)
  • Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe)
  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C)
  • Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
  • Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Hyalurosmooth™)
  • Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel)
  • Kosher Vegetable Glycerin Hydroxyethyl Cellulose
  • Carrageenan Gum
  • Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil)
  • Ethylhexyl Glycerin
  • Organic Aloe Barbardensis Leaf (Aloe Vera Extract)
  • Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola Extract)
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Organic Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail Plant Extract)
  • Organic Pelagonium Gravoleons (Geranium Extract)
  • Organic Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion Extract)

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Directions For Use: Apply 2-3 pumps daily to face after cleansing. Follow with Super Moist Hyaluronic Serum for optimal results.

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