You always hear and read about other people complaining about fine lines… but when it’s your own, it’s different. You can never prepare for something like this, you can only live through the realization and experience of it.
On top of my realization that I had fine lines when I smiled, I also had bad adult acne that I finally gained control over after going on birth control. It had still left me with acne scarring, though.
During one of my beauty searches for skin care, vitamin C came up.
There are a ton of vitamin C serums out there – but they are so expensive. I can’t bear to spend any more than $20 on a beauty product. That’s not to say I wouldn’t – I have before, but I hate to do it. I ended up spending around $25 on the Timeless 20% Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid Serum.
What does Vitamin C do?
I’m not going to get into the teeny tiny, nitty gritty details about how great vitamin C is for your skin. I’m not a professional, and I don’t know the exact scientific data on vitamin C. I have, however, done a ton of research and read a ton of articles on vitamin C in the past, and I have gathered some common information.
Vitamin C can help with:
- Improving the look of wrinkles
- Brightening age-spots, hyper-pigmentation, or discoloration
- Repairing sun damage such as dark spots
Now, I hadn’t seen anyone say that vitamin C serums help with acne scars, but I suspect it’s a less common subtopic. Acne scars seem to fall into a similar category as the above-mentioned, so I don’t see why not.
My First Bottle of Vitamin C
While browsing on Amazon, I stumbled upon the Timeless 20% Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid Serum. It was pretty inexpensive off the American site, but I was living in Canada at the time – after a few weeks, I decided to purchase the serum off the Amazon Canada.
Keep in mind the price fluctuates on both Amazon Canada and Amazon USA.
- There were crusties around the lip/ring of the bottle – likely due to spillage or pressure in the bottle.
- The color of the product was also a cloudy, very light yellow. I have read online that it should be a clear color. If it becomes a dark yellow, it’s oxidized, which is what you don’t want. Upon further research, a light/cloudy yellow is still okay, you just don’t want a dark yellow.
The box suggests that you put it in the fridge, or in a dark cool place at the very least. The fridge is better, so I put it in the fridge. This is to prolong the product.
The product had a nice, fragrant citrus smell. I usually use about 6-8 drops with the dropper. Upon application, it absorbed fairly quickly, and never left an oily feeling on my skin.
I hadn’t really thought about whether the Timeless 20% Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid Serum was working or not, I just kept using it. After 3 months, I realized the serum had actually become a shade darker. It wasn’t too bad, but it definitely darkened. The citrus smell was still fragrant, though.
After My First Bottle
Since my skin had no longer suffered from acne, I had a lot of acne scars to heal – fresh ones and old ones.
I suspect that the product had helped speed up the healing process since I had a lot of acne.
My mother even complimented me several times on how nice my skin was – and trust me, she isn’t one of those moms that sugar coats things and lies just to make you feel better.
So when I finished my bottle of Timeless 20% Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid Serum, I decided to try another product, which was L’Oreal‘s Bright Reveal products. After using it for a few weeks, I noticed that my skin didn’t seem as hydrated and plump as it was. I’m not sure if L’Oreal’s product brightened my face like it said it would. This was the big indicator that maybe the serum had been working more than I thought.
As soon as I moved to the USA, I immediately purchased another bottle of the Timeless Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid Serum off Amazon.
Upon opening the product, it was sealed nicely, no crusties around the lip, and the serum was a nice clear color. The only difference was that it did not appear to be as fragrant and citrusy as my first bottle.
I’ve been using it for a month now. My skin definitely feels a better than when I was “off the product”. There isn’t too much to say, other than my skin does feel more “plump”.
While the serum does live up to its anti-aging claim, giving my skin more “plump”, and hiding those fine lines, it doesn’t seem to help much with my dark/brown spots, particularly around my cheeks. I’m not sure if those dark/brown spots are from the sun or just age.
The Timeless 20% Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid Serum doesn’t seem to help with those problems – that’s not to say it might not help with anyone else (see Amazon’s reviews – many customers have said it has helped with theirs). Perhaps it’s just my skin-type.
Strangely enough, it did help with my acne scars. Acne left me with a lot of hyperpigmentation and discoloration, and I felt that it helped heal those scars faster. It’s strange that there aren’t enough websites claiming that vitamin C helps with acne discoloration, but yet it works, at least it seemed to, in my case.
Am I just imagining it?!
Keep in Mind
- Serum is better kept in the fridge for longevity and to prevent oxidization
- Serum is usually good for about three months
- White/cloudy light yellow means serum is good
- Dark yellow means it’s oxidized and serum has gone bad
- Wear sunscreen with it