Serums

4 Vitamin C Serums I Would Recommend

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Obviously vitamin C is recommended for a healthy diet, but it is also provides great benefits when used on the skin. Because it is an antioxidant, it can help minimize any free radical damage you experience while outside in the elements. It doesn’t provide as strong of a protection as an SPF, but it is good to use during the day to help add that additional layer to minimize any damage that can occur from the sun, environment, etc. Another reason for vitamin c’s popularity in skincare products is it’s ability to help reduce dark spots. It may not get rid of those pesky spots completely, but it can definitely help to fade them and make the skin look more even toned. Some other benefits of vitamin c in skincare is that it can help boost collagen and overall make the skin look brighter, firmer and more healthy looking. Here are 4 vitamin c serums that I enjoy and would recommend.
1. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum – This is the serum out of all 4 that I have been using the longest. I first discovered it years ago long before I was blogging and bought it on a whim. I didn’t even know how beneficial vitamin c was for the skin, but it was recommended by a beauty consultant at Sephora and the price point fit my budget. Fast forward years later and I STILL love it. It is lightweight, absorbs instantly and initially makes my skin feel plump and hydrated. It does help to brighten my skin slightly but not as strongly as the other 3, but I keep going back to it because it consistently makes my skin look healthy, hydrated, fresh and never makes it break out. I will continue to repurchase it and  always have a bottle on hand. 
2. Avon Anew Vitamin C Serum – Avon skincare products have consistently surprised me with their performance every time I try one. This Vitamin C Serum was no exception. However initially I was unsure I would like it because the texture is a bit sticky and if I use too much it can stay tacky on my skin and my foundation will not apply properly. Because of that, I put it aside for a few months until I decided to give it a second try. This time I used the smallest amount and found that did the trick! I began using this at the end of my pregnancy and really noticed a difference in how even toned my skin looked and it stayed healthy and glowing. Since my skin got very dry and dull during pregnancy, this was a great addition to help give it a boost. However compared to the next two, the results were very subtle.
3. Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum – While Sunday Riley Good Genes is probably the one serum in my collection that instantly makes a difference in how radiant and fresh my skin looks, this C.E.O. serum is definitely rivaling it. I do find after I apply it my skin instantly looks brighter, but after using it consistently for months I did notice a significant fading of dark spots, and my skin was exceptionally luminous. As with most Sunday Riley products I try, I am always amazed at how they deliver on results in such a noticeable way. While many lines can show small changes over time, Sunday Riley’s products for the most part always seem to impress me with more drastic results. 
4. Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum – I saved the best for last in terms of results and performance. I have heard for yearsssss that Skinceuticals is THE brand to try for skincare and yet surprisingly I have never used any of their products before this past year. And after incorporating a few of them into my routine, I now see the light! I get the hype! I am here for party! The C E Ferulic Serum in particular has been recommended to me for years by many of you because of how great it works on the skin. In addition to the brightening effects, it helps to fade dark spots, even out the skin tone, and overall improve the look, feel and texture of my skin. My face feels plump, hydrated, radiant and healthy when using – it basically tackles almost any concern I have. The texture is a tad tacky but I still prefer using it in the morning underneath my moisturizer and makeup. It’s quite pricey so I try to use it sparingly but it will definitely be something that I will repurchase again and again.
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I would love to hear any other vitamin c serum recommendations you have! Leave me a comment below or send me an email with your favorites. 🙂

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My Recommendations From Pixi Beauty Skincare

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Pixi skincare review
My love for Pixi skincare began with the Glow Tonic. It’s a gentle exfoliating toner that can be used daily and I saw immediate results. It is now a product that I keep in my collection all the time and never allow myself to run out. My interest in the brand piqued from there and I was anxious to try as much skincare from Pixi beauty as I could. Here are my favorites from the brand:
1. Pixi Glow Tonic – What started my love affair with the entire brand – the Pixi Glow Tonic. It’s a gentle exfoliating toner with glycolic acid that is gentle enough to be used daily. Even when my skin is at its most sensitive, I can use this. It never fails me and I recommend it to any and everyone I can.
2. Pixi Lash Nourish Makeup Remover Pads – After removing my makeup, I sometimes find there is still some remnants of mascara left on my lashes. I tried these pads as a quick final step to see if it would take away those stubborn last bits of mascara, and it was amazing. I even began using them to remove all of my eye makeup because my lashes and eye area felt so soft and conditioned after. They have become a travel staple for me as well because of how easy they are to pack.
Pixi skincare review
3. Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go – I love the Glow Tonic but longed for a pad form so I could travel with it more easily. I was in Target and saw these and grabbed them immediately! They are the same strength as the liquid toner, but I actually prefer to use a pad instead of liquid on a cotton round. I figured they would give the same exfoliation but I actually find these to give a slightly stronger exfoliation than the original Glow Tonic. I recommend a patch test just to make sure your skin can tolerate.
Pixi skincare review
Top: Mud Cleanser, Bottom: Mud Mask
4. Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser – My skincare routine is never complete without a good mud cleanser to help with cleaning out my skin and detoxifying my pores. This cleanser has a small amount of glycolic acid so it helps to exfoliate the skin while giving it a deep clean. Most of my previous mud cleansers have a slightly grainy feel which can irritate my skin, but this manages to be quite creamy leaving my skin feeling soft yet not stripped or dry. 
5. Pixi Glow Mud Mask – Compared to other mud masks in my collection or one I’ve tried in the past, this one is quite gentle thankfully. In addition to the kaolin clay which helps to purify the skin, it also contains aloe vera and ginseng which helps balance and soothe the skin. I usually need to follow up mud masks with a hydrating mask to help put the moisture back into my skin, but that is not the case with the Pixi Glow Mud Mask. It leaves my face fresh, glowing, hydrated with the appearance of much smaller pores.
Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm review
6. Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm – While the mud cleanser is typically a once a week or as needed product for my skin, this Nourishing Cleansing Balm is something I can use daily. I love using it as a first cleanse to remove my makeup. If you like a cleansing balm, but don’t want one that is too runny or oily, this is perfect option for you. It’s quite thick and breaks down to an oil once on the face, but the texture is pleasant enough to not bother someone that doesn’t like the feel of a greasy cleanser on their face. (I, of course, love a greasy cleanser LOL)
Pixi Hydrating Milky Serum review
7. Pixi Hydrating Milky Serum – Most of the Pixi skincare I have gravitated towards is more in the cleansing, toning or masking categories, but this Hydrating Milky Serum was an instant hit. It isn’t too thick so my face doesn’t feels suffocated, but it’s rich enough to do the job. It absorbs quickly (though it’s not immediate), and my skin really responds well to it. I love it in the morning before I put on my makeup because my face looks plumper and more supple after using the serum, and any makeup I apply just glides on.

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