Disclaimer: This item was sent to me free of charge by the company, however all opinions are my own.
I’ve been a makeup junkie for years now, and I have YouTube to thank for that. Skincare? Not so much. I only really used the basics, because it was a necessity that helped my makeup look better on my skin. Blogging is really changing this for me: I’m reading reviews, checking ingredients, and making sure that products actually work for me. My skin definitely isn’t perfect yet, but finding the perfect routine takes time.
Most of my purchases this year have been more affordable options; there is however always an argument that more expensive skincare is better, because it usually contains ingredients of much higher quality. So when Skinkissed reached out to me asking if I would agree to try their Vitamin C serum, I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity. This little bottle has been popping up on blogs and my Instagram feed, always accompanied by raving reviews. At £29.95 for 20 ml of product, I wanted to see the miraculous results for myself.
A UK based brand, SkinKissed currently only sell this serum, but it certainly seems to be a popular product, with a long list of claims for such a small bottle! It promises to:
• Plump and hydrate dry and dull skin
• Remove any acne on your skin
• Reduce wrinkles, fine lines & blemishes
• Leave your skin feeling soft & fresh again
• Make your skin look young again
I’ve mentioned the lines around my eyes before, but other than that, it’s not a major concern for me right now. The hydration and acne aspects, on the other hand, definitely caught my eye a little more. The brand also adds it can double up as a primer under makeup.
I was already including the Superdrug Vitamin C Booster in my morning routine, which in comparison is only £4.99. SkinKissed do address the cost of their serum in their FAQ and attribute this to the high quality ingredients being used. Luckily, they do offer bulk deals if you choose to buy either 2, 3 or 4 bottles, which I would always recommend going for when you love a product to save yourself some money in the long run. I was curious to see whether this claim would hold up when it came to using the product.
So what does it actually contain? This serum is actually pretty light in ingredients compared to other similar products, as it only contains 7, and of those there is only one I haven’t heard of before. It contains:
Water, Rose Water, Vitamin C, Glycerine, Hyaluronic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Marine Collagen
If you regularly watch skincare reviews, or even just TV adverts, you will have seen most of these come up at some point or another. Hyaluronic Acid in particular is like a skincare superstar. Despite the fact I barely scraped a pass in chemistry, I’ve read enough reviews to know that this serum is full of the good stuff, and isn’t packed full of fillers to help keep the cost down. I’m also glad to see skincare that doesn’t have “fragrances” listed as the final ingredient! (If you do want a more in depth analysis of the ingredients by an actual chemist, I highly recommend checking out Bonds of Beauty’s review, which is very detailed and informative).
The serum comes in a black bottle with gold writing on it, and the product is dispensed with a dropper. It also has the expiry date on the bottom. When you open it, you are greeted with the scent of rosewater, which initially put me off a little: it reminds me of my grandma’s skincare and just feels a little old fashioned. The consistency is what really impressed me: it’s very thick, just like an oil. This alone makes it feel much more luxurious than the more budget-friendly products I have been using.
Skinkissed recommend using 10 – 15 drops twice a day, which can be applied to the face and the neck. The very thick consistency means that a little product will go a long way, and personally I find that three drops is more than enough for my whole face. It leaves the skin feeling very tacky and other products go on very smoothly over it, so I can see how it might work great as a primer.
I replaced the Superdrug serum with this one in my morning routine following my toner, and initially also added it in the evening, after exfoliating with The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid. Any products I applied afterwards glided on like a dream and my cheeks felt very soft and plump. After a few days of using this combination however, I was concerned that I was noticing a little redness appearing, so instead I decided to alternate them, using the serum every second evening.
My skin was a little angry before I started testing the product, and unfortunately the stress of finishing exams on top of monthly hormones meant that my skin got worse in the first week of using. Once my exams were over I got a set of acrylic nails done; this is important as when I have acrylics on, I can’t pick at my spots as much, which helps it improve.
Despite this, what effects did I notice? Well, after using it for two weeks, it’s too soon to notice any long term effects, such as wrinkle reduction. I would say that despite still having some angry pimples, my skin looks smoother overall in the second photo, and it certainly feels much softer and plumper than before.
What I have really seen are the short term results: after using this, I find that any redness and spots are toned down and my overall skintone is much more even. It also instantly brightens my skin and almost gives it a glow, which is what I have really been enjoying. I used it this morning as I was trying to recover from my first night out in month’s last night, and even it succeeded in immediately leaving my face feeling more awake than any other part of my body. As the shadows from the Morphe 35B did leave a lovely pink stain on my eyelids however, I wasn’t quite brave enough to share a photo of that, but please enjoy this before and after from two days ago!
With these results, I will definitely continue to use this serum, as it’s a really great pick me up for my skin. Having never seen similar results with the Superdrug one, it’s safe to say that this is one occasion where the higher cost equates to a better product! If you’re concerned about dry, dull skin and redness, and you want to expand your skincare routine (or even if you’re just looking for a treat), this one is a good buy! It will be coming with me on holiday to keep my skin glowing on those no makeup days.
You can purchase the serum from SkinKissed.
What’s your secret for happy skin? Let me know in the comments!