What’s the big deal about Vitamin C?
If you’ve ever been sick with a cold, you know Vitamin C is critical on the inside for the body’s immune system, but it is also one of the most powerful tools for use on the outside in fighting signs of skin aging.
Vitamins C is an antioxidant, and as such, it can neutralize free radicals in the atmosphere by “stealing” electrons from them, which prevents cell and tissue damage in the skin (otherwise known as those lovely signs of aging).
Vitamin C also helps to boost our own body’s production of collagen (that lack of collagen is the prime culprit in skin that sags and has lost elasticity). While many skin care products today claim the use of collagen in ingredients, collagen actually depends on Vitamin C, so without the inclusion of Vitamin C, collagen on its own is nowhere near as effective.
Not convinced you need a serum containing Vitamin C yet? Well here are a few of its other impressive skills:
- Helps tighten loose, sagging, crepe-like skin – As the Vitamin C increases the production of collagen, it helps combat and supplement the loss of elasticity in the skin.
- Fights fine lines and wrinkles – Vitamin C fights the daily damage caused by time and free radicals
- Evens skin tone and diminishes pore size – As skin loses elasticity, it also loses the ability to effectively shed dead skin cells. The natural acidity in Vitamin C can even this out beautifully, as it is a natural exfoliant.
- Helps reduce sun damage/sun spots/skin pigmentation – Vitamin C is a depigmenting agent, meaning that it can block the formation of melanin in the skin during sun exposure, brightening the look of the skin.
Product and Claims
Now that you can see why Vitamin C is so critical in a skin care regime for aging skin, we can understand why it was used as the cornerstone in this Monica’s Beauty serum. Historically, serums that manage to incorporate a stable formulation of such a powerful antioxidant tend to produce significant results. Let’s take a closer look and see if this one does.
As found on the Monica’s Beauty product page for their Vitamin C Facial Serum with 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid:
The perfect elixir for aging, sun damaged skin. This Vitamin C serum is a concentrated delivery system for the highest form of active, bio-available Vitamin C.
The vitamin C in our formulation is Stay C 50, a stabilized (phosphorylated) sodium salt of L-ascorbic acid. The esterification of ascorbic acid protects vitamin C from destruction by oxidation.
The result is a stable, highly effective Vitamin C – combined with the superior moisturizing power of botanically derived hyaluronic acid and natural jojoba oil, the tightening and moisture retention power of Witch Hazel, along with the collagen production boosting properties of the amino acid Arginine.
This serum works wonders to repair the effects of sun damage, lighten sun and age spots, smooth and brighten for a more beautiful skin. You will love this serum!
We use the highest concentration of natural and active ingredients possible and never compromise on quality and performance. Our goal is to give you beautiful skin in eco-friendly ways.
Ingredients, Application Recommendations, and Money-Back Guarantee
As found on Monica’s Beauty product page:
Ingredients: (98% Naturally Derived /72% Organic), Deionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (plant-derived hyaluronic acid), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Carbomer, Arginine, Ferulic Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola Extract), Organic Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail Plant Extract), Organic Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Extract), Organic Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion Extract), 20% Vitamin C.
- FRAGRANCE FREE
- NO ALCOHOL, PARABENS, or SULFATES
- CRUELTY FREE & ORGANIC
- SAFE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
- MADE IN THE USA
Instructions for use, as found on the Monica’s Beauty product page:
Directions for Use: Apply small amount with fingertips to freshly cleansed and toned face, neck and décolleté areas (avoid direct contact with eyes). Allow time to absorb prior to moisturizer application. Goes on silky smooth and sinks right into skin with no greasy or sticky residue. Can be used under moisturizer and makeup.
USE WITH MOISTURIZER FOR BEST RESULTS – Use this powerful Vitamin C Serum with a high quality moisturizer, like Monica’s Beauty 2.5 Retinol Moisturizer.
Impressively, there is also a 30-Day Return and Refund policy, as found on the Monica’s Beauty product page:
EMPTY BOTTLE MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. We are so confident you will love this product, if you’re not happy for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund, no questions asked and no need to return the bottle.
Despite the fact that Monica’s Beauty is new to the skincare market, we were still able to find several reviews on their Vitamin C Facial Serum with 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid.
The serum scored high with consumers on overall feel, consistency, and absorption, which is key with a truly good quality serum. And the reviews also scored the product very high in effectiveness, citing that skin not only felt softer and smoother, but those nagging signs of aging (fine lines, uneven tone, large pores, and hyperpigmentation) seemed visibly lessened.
The only negative point mentioned was that sensitive skin seemed to become drier and slightly tight feeling…however when that consumer followed the serum with a moisturizer (as is recommended on the product page and product packaging itself), the skin felt much more soothed and full benefits of the product could be seen.
Overall though, we were very pleased to see that 99.9% (and that .01% just needed to follow with moisturizer, as recommended) of reviews we found on Monica’s Beauty Vitamin C Facial Serum with 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid were extremely positive.
We’ve taken a pretty in-depth look at what Monica’s Beauty Vitamin C Facial Serum with 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid is all about…and we gotta admit, we like what we see.
We love the smart combination of Vitamin C, Hydrolyzed Collagen, and Hyaluronic acid, especially when combined with natural ingredients like Marine Kelp, Jojoba Oil, and other soothing organic extracts. Not to mention the fact that this product uses 20% concentration of the most stable and bio-available form of Vitamin C. And add in to that the fact that it’s cruelty free, fragrance free, and free of parabens and sulfates? Pretty darn impressive indeed.
We also like the serum formulation, which tends to be lighter and thinner in consistency than a moisturizer, giving it the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin’s layers. That means your skin will actually get the product where it’s needed.
Unfortunately, since the company brand, Monica’s Beauty, is so new to the market, there isn’t much information to be found on the company as a whole. This is not necessarily a “negative,” but obviously a solid recommendation can’t be made until there is a longer track record established.
That being said, every “gold standard” skin care company has to start somewhere, and the “Empty Bottle Money Back Guarantee” means you can try it out, worry free! So we are hopeful that if Monica’s Beauty keeps manufacturing products with the science and quality ingredients found in their Vitamin C Facial Serum, establishing a long, glowing track record won’t be a problem!
Our Rating: 4.9 (out of 5)