Sciote Vitamin C 20% Super Serum
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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Benefits:airless pump, boosts collagen production, boosts radiance, evens skin tone, fades dark spots, fades sun spots, features non-irritating form of vitamin C, fights free radicals, firms skin, hydrates skin, moisturizing, reduces fine lines, reduces hyperpigmentation, reduces pigmentation left by acne , reduces wrinkles, smoothes skin
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- 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)
- Organic Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail Plant Extract)
- Organic Pelagonium Gravoleons (Geranium Extract)
- Organic Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion Extract)
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