I’m a huge fan of skincare products, especially sunscreen and Vitamin C! Because I feel, if your skin is naturally polished, you need less of makeup and less time in getting ready. So I think it’s actually owning and working to maintain the quality of your skin to look beautiful and flawless without much effort.
And for that matter, a daily dose of vitamin C is essential to prevent and protect any damage or imperfection – and in the process take your skin to that next level of ‘wow’ factor, where you receive compliments like “Wow..you’ve got wonderful skin”!
So while, I’m always on the look-out for new Vitamin C products, last month I got a chance to try Super C Vitamin Strong Serum from IQ Natural Skincare. Learning, it contains 20% L- ascorbic acid along with vitamin E and Ferulic acid, I knew at once, this is the one – even if it crushes my bank!
IQ Natural Skincare Super “C” Strong Serum Review
Price: $ 89
Quantity: 30 ml
“Neutralize free-radicals and repair damaged cells with our concentrated 20% Super -C serum. This vitamin c serum reverses and prevents photo-damage, increases skin illumination and cell toxin removal. The active ingredient, ascorbic acid is proven to mitigate light induced cellular damage from indoor and outdoor UV sources plus environmental aging factors.”
How to Use:
After cleansing and toning apply a small amount to areas you would like to treat then apply moisturizer over the top of the serum.
Water, Ethoxydiglycol, L-Ascorbic acid, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Laureth-23, d-Alpha Tocopherol, Ferulic Acid, Resveratrol, dl-Panthenol, Glutathione, Glycine and Proline and Hydroxyproline, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cyclopentasiloxane and Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Palmitoyloligopeptide and Palmitoyltetrapeptide-7, Epidermal Growth Factor(EGF), Cetyl Esters, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Triethanolamine, Diazolidinyl Urea and Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
The anti aging vitamin C serum comes in a dark glass bottle with a dropper. I press it on the top to fill ¼ of the dropper with the product to use it all over my face and neck.
Color & Consistency:
It has a gel like consistency, which is neither thick and nor runny like other vitamin C serums in the market (most other vitamin C serums I’ve tried in the past had water-like consistency). Also, the serum has a slight orange tint to it.
Not sure, if the color is due to the presence of Resveratrol in the serum or because the product was oxidized by the time I opened it! Thankfully, latter could not be the case because I can see the serum working for me.
But either way, I don’t like the idea of colored vitamin C serums because you can’t make out when the product gets oxidized.
Scent & Performance:
I hate products that leave you with a sticky and oily face. But fortunately, this Vitamin C serum sinks in quickly without leaving any greasiness or sticky residue. As for the scent, it’s slightly citrus, slightly medicinal – well that’s what I could make of its highly faint fragrance as far as I dig.
The product says to use a moisturizer after applying this serum. But I don’t feel the need for it as the serum is extremely hydrating. The texture of my skin feels softer and suppler after I use this serum.
It’s been over four weeks, I’m using the serum diligently in my morning and evening care routine and I can notice this serum has made my face look so much smoother and even toned. I was battling with dullness, dark spots, and patchiness ever since the arrival of this summer and must confess, this serum has helped in addressing all these issues.
Effectiveness & Results:
Okay, the improvement is slow compared to the quick and drastic results I was expecting. Because after all, no matter what any product claims and no matter how powerful the ingredient list, there is no substitute to cosmetic procedures done at a dermatologist’s office, when it comes to transforming ageing skin or lightening dark, dull skin.
Yet there are few ingredients like retinol, AHA, vitamin C, vitamin E , etc. , that do promote collagen formation, fade fine lines and brighten dull complexion when used meticulously overtime.
And the good thing about this strong vitamin C serum is that all the powerful proven brightening and anti aging actives such as L-ascorbic acid, vitamin E, ferulic acid, resveratrol, glutathione, hyaluronic acid etc. come at the beginning of the ingredient list, making this serum one of the most potent and best vitamin C serums in the market.
So, while the dullness of my skin is replaced by a fresher, brighter, and more even toned complexion, I’m now expecting the real deal to come after 3 or 4 months, when I’m hoping my skin to show maximum progress and I can compare the results to an in-office chemical peel or other cosmetic treatment (keeping my fingers crossed until that time)!
- Contains 20% L-ascorbic acid, which is the highest concentration of vitamin C I have used in a topical product so far!
- Contains the most impressive anti aging formula with Vitamin C, E, Ferulic acid, Hyaluronic acid and Amino acid blend
- Contains the best scientifically proven skin brightening anti oxidants such as Glutathione and Resveratrol
- Effective in fading dark spots. Has visibly lightened dark patches and pigmentation marks on my face
- Effective in brightening complexion. Has made my skin noticeably brighter and luminous
- Effective in smoothening fine lines
- Makes skin soft, supple, and firm
- Excellent moisturizer
- Lives up to its claims
- Priced at $ 89 for 30 ml, I must say its exorbitant price is a HUGE con. But the fact that you only need to apply a few drops each time, you do get a lot for your money. And for the results it has given me, I’d pay for it even if that means crushing my pocket every time I re-purchase..
- 20% L-ascorbic acid is too high. It’s a positive as well as negative. If your skin can adapt to such high concentration, it would work like a charm but if you’ve got sensitive skin, you better stay away from this product. It would only damage your skin.
- It’s a tinted vitamin C serum; making it difficult to make out when the product gets oxidized
- Thicker consistency compared to other water-like vitamin C serums in the market. May not suit acne-prone or oily skinned beauties.
On the whole, this super C strong Vitamin Serum by IQ Natural is one of best anti aging and skin brightening serums in the market with 20% L-ascorbic acid along with Ferulic acid and Vitamin E. It’s rare to find an anti aging or skin brightening product that lives up to its claims.
But I wish it were cheaper and non-tinted. Also, because it contains the highest concentration of Vitamin C, I don’t recommend it to girls with oily or sensitive skin.