Vitamin C is one of my favorite active ingredients, next to retinol and glycolic acid. It's often more gentle on my skin than other strong anit-aging or targeted active ingredients, though I still see great results. Typically I find that Vitamin C helps keeps my skin bright and even-toned. Here are two Vitamin C moisturizers that I've rotated into my routine recently and my thoughts on each:
1. Sunday Riley C.E.O. Protect + Repair Moisturizer - I'm already a huge fan of the Sunday Riley brand so I was immediately interested in trying this new launch. As you can see from the picture above, the texture is rich and decadent though it breaks down a bit when you apply it and feels much thinner on the skin. What you can't experience from the picture is the amazing fresh citrus scent it has which is one of my favorite features of this product! It makes it so pleasurable to put on. It's designed to help target anti-aging concerns, hydrate and address dullness and uneven texture. I found that it worked best for me at night because it did leave my skin a tad shiny, but I enjoy how supply and fresh my skin felt after applying. My skin did look smooth and bright while using, though at this point I have not seen any fading of dark spots. Obviously it will not target hyperpigmentation like a concentrated serum, but if you are looking for a moisturizer to add to your routine that will help continue your goal of even skin tone, this would be a great addition. For those with dry skin, it could be a great option for day or night, but if you are oily I would reserve it for the evening only.
2. Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturizer - While the Sunday Riley C.E.O moisturizer can be for day or night, this one from Murad is designed for the evening only. The texture is similar to the SR, but is a tad more lightweight in my opinion. I did not get as shiny when using this, and I felt that it did a great job of hydrating my skin quickly. My skin looked a significant amount brighter when using the SR, yet with the Murad the noticeable result was a smoother and more refined texture to my skin. Any of the rough and bumpy feeling that it had was almost gone within 7-10 days of using it every night. Only a small amount was needed to cover my entire face, and no breakouts or blemishes popped up while using. I can see this being good for both dry and combination skin types, and great for someone wanting an all around great anti-aging moisturizer that will target a myriad of concerns.
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