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All time favorite!
-12/23/2014 4:08:59 AM
i am a 39 y\o women from israel.
i have semi-oily skin.
i have tried all vit-c serums. i tried skinceuticals,skinmedica,obagi (also the Rx line),IS Cinical,PTR, Etc..
you name it,i tried it!
The Only one i miss and go back to is thIs serum by Cellex-c!
i just Love It! - i try others, but then always come back to this one because of the super glowing radiant skin it gives me.
listin.....dont expect "Miricales".
a good vit-c serum is only ONE "superstar" ingredient in the battle against aging skin.
it is only one of a few crucial "bombs" that fight against aging.
but it is an important one and NOT all vit-c serum are equals (and no...percentage of L-ascorbic is NOT what makes a vit-c serum more powerfull).
in order for a vit-c serum to do work its magic.....
it needs to have (first and foremost) a SUPERB "delivery mechanism".
that delivery system will take the l-ascorbic acid Deep into the skin....
and that is exactly why i think CELLEX-C is Superior to all others.
they are a Pioneer in Vit-C Skin Care and i Can definitely feel the deference!
you see ,in the past, the Cellex-C formulations were concidered superior antioxidant serums compared with those of Skinceuticals (for example) because they contained more diverse antioxidant combinations, however both companys now feature "broad-spectrum" antioxidants.
Skinceuticals claim their most photoprotective antioxidants are "CE Ferulic" and Phloretin CF (i tried the CE Ferulic,it was nice,but not "Great").
Cellex-C claims that their superior antioxidant is this Advanced-C Serum.
Further complicating matters, IS Clinical claims that their "Super Serum Advance+" is superior, and Obagi says that even one of their 10% Vitamin C serums(tried it...really nice and better then skinceuticals) readily outperforms Skinceuticals 20% vit-c serum.
Cellex-C uses tyrosine, zinc and bioflavonoids in their Vitamin C Serums whereas no Skinceuticals Serums contain tyrosine and only some contain zinc.
(BTW: The use of tyrosine is protected by a Cellex-C patent).
Medical literature states that when tyrosine is combined with ascorbic acid (vit-c) it helps to promote regeneration of new connective tissue through the stimulation of fibroblasts enabling them to create more collagen.
while a A study that was co-authored by Skinceuticals cheif medical director Dr. Sheldon Pinnell (Rest his soul in peace) holds that zinc is an important and neglected antioxidant for skin.
Zinc has been shown to help support increased collagen turnover stimulated by ascorbic acid it is an essential component of collagenase, which is required to dismantle old, defective and stiffened collagen in order for new collagen to be constructed.
so If more types of antioxidants are better than less, it could be that Cellex-C Advanced C Serum is the most optimal antioxidant (because it contains five diverse antioxidants (l-ascorbic acid, zinc, resveratrol, pycnogenol and L-ergothioneine) and also contains tyrosine, as opposed to Skinceuticals "CE Ferulic" which contains three antioxidants (ascorbic acid, ferulic acid and Vitamin E) without tyrosine or zinc.
however Skinceuticals "CE Ferulic" has been shown to provide a remarkable 8x endogenous photoprotection (no studies into the photoprotection offered by Cellex-C Vitamin C Serums have been published).
There are many grounds on which to consider whos "the best" and I do not believe you will ever find a brand which is "best" on all fields.
just do your own comparative study by using Cellex-C Advanced-C Serum for at least 4 months and then switching to Skinceuticals CE Ferulic for another 4 months.
from My personal impression?
the "CE Ferulic" was a whole lot less firming and powerfull compared to the Cellex-C "Advanced-C Serum".
i truly believe that as a vit-c serum....the cellex-c is Far Superior to all others (i have tried).
but like i said....its Only One superstar of a few that combat aging and wrinkiled skin.
remember to use it in conjunction with a few other superpowers:
1- Retinoids! (Rx Tretinoin or over the counter retinol based creams).
2- L-ascorbic acid serum (vit-c serums of your choice).
3- Glycolic acid products (Chemical Exfoliating products from the AHA groups).
4- and try to use one Top notch ultra advanced New-Age product which contains lots of peptides and grouth factors.
5- **Sunscreen** (most important **Prevention** step).
use all five crucial superstars and you are fighting aging (topically) in the best way you can (in this current day and age).
i did them ALL...i did the Whooole trip from high-end ultra "lux" brands (such as La-prairie,La-mer,Natura Bisse,Revive,cle de peau) and all the way "down" to the "Physician Strength" brands (Skinmedica,Skinceuticals,Obagi-Nu Derm program,IS Clinical,MD Forte,Vivite...Gosh im sure i forgot some! lol).
today.....i stay away from "lux" brands (except for makeup and stuff).
cleanse with Obagi "gentle cleanser" and wipe face dry.
PTR "un-wrinkle peel pads" (wipe on dry face,leave on 2-3 min,rinse with water).
La prairie facial mineral exfoliator (on damp skin right after washing of the PTR).
Tone with Obagi toner
then i use in this order (but wait 2-3 min after each product to let sink in).
Cellex-c advance C serum (4-5 drops).
Skinmedica TNS Essential Serum (A-M-A-Z-I-N-G).
Md Forte Eye cream (sometimes i layer the skinceuticals "eye balm" on top if i feel dry).
Obagi Exfoderm forte
Zo skin oclipse sunscreen (the Best and most AMAZING sunscreen in the world).
cleanse with Obagi "gentle cleanser".
Tone with obagi
Skinmedica TNS Essential Serum (also under eyes)
Tretinoin cream 0.5
Skinceuticals "eye balm"
and if you want some moisturizer ( i dont) then i suggest you use skinmedica "replenish hydrating cream" or their "dermal repair" or even a good basic moisturizng cream like the Cerave "pm moisturizer".
*i also Love the Dermalogica "multivitam power recovery masque" for twice a week "pampering" treatment.
im not into facial "masks" normally (i find them kindda useless) but i love this mask and i use at as a "pick me up" mask on long night or when i fly and my skin dosent look its best.
its a beauty mask for me and its the ONLY one i ever will use and repurchase.
Sarai from israel :-)
-12/21/2014 2:34:10 PM
This product is amazing , make a huge different on my face . I have malasma and cannot believed the difference it make . I now purchase my second tube.
Nia 24 is one of the best skin care line i ever use, and I tried lots of skincare . My doctor complaints me all the time about my skin.
One of two best products EVER (and I try a lot)
-12/21/2014 2:15:47 PM
There are two beauty products that I have ever tried that have transformed my appearance (I have had professional treatments that have, but that's another story).
The first is a tourmaline-infused straightening iron- goodbye frizzies, hello sleek, beautiful hair!
The second is this product. (Actually, the Clarisonic Mia also rocks-need the one with the sensitive brushhead, but it cleans pores like nobody's business).
So, I have a milestone birthday coming up and I mega-splurged and bought this product.
I had been using the Mia for about 2 weeks, and it lessened sebaceous hyperplasia, but certainly didn't make it go away.
All derms and estheticians will tell you that ONLY a dermatologist can get rid of sebaceous hyperplasia, so this is really, really amazing!
The first time, yes the FIRST time, that I used the TNS the sebaceous hyperplasia dissapeared. I was SHOCKED and do NOT think others should use this with the same expectations.
(But remember, I had already diminished the hyperplasia with the Mia).
Been using for about a week since that time.
Already, my skin is noticeably more even, I had a few milia and it is making them go away and it is even helping with wrinkling just under my chin that resulted from Ultherapy (super expensive, super painful medical procedure that did nothing but cause this neck problem).
The one thing I do not like about this product is, possibly because it has alcohol in it (fairly high up in ingredient list- why, SkinMedica, why?)
I can't use the 1% retinol product that I was using.
I do have sensitive skin (and the Mia makes it more sensitive), but I think this would be an issue for most people.
I decided that for now I'd rather use this, but I may at some time go to a lower strength retinol and alternate use of it and the TNS.
Also, I have oily skin, so it's no problem for me that it's slightly drying (very slightly), but someone with dry skin would definitely have to use a good moisturizer over it.
I am only using it once a day because I tried it in the day and it IS kind of sticky. Funny, but don't notice that at night.
Overall, I am honestly blown away by what a product that you can purchase on the internet can deliver.
One last thing, you can actually get it for like $100 less, but I don't trust that you are getting the real deal (there are reviews to that effect to). For this kind of money, you need to know that you are getting what you pay for.
Loved this product
-12/21/2014 6:48:16 AM
From the moment I put it on my skin felt it looked plumb and radiant. And felt so nice, I felt my dry skin just go away instantly and woke up looking stil plump and lines barely visible.
Fine lines seems to disappear within 2 hours... Definitely going to be my daily use product!
I highly recommend this to everybody
a long time user
-12/19/2014 4:03:12 PM
Strivectin was introduced to me so many years ago I can hardly remember exactly when it was. I have used it consistently except for the rare occasions when I would try something else in its place only to go to back to Strivectin.
The lotion is mild and goes on easily. It has a nice consistency and pleasant order.
Love Skin Medica products
-12/16/2014 1:35:05 AM
The best skin care line. And I've tried almost all
Was happy at first but not so much now
-12/4/2014 5:05:12 PM
I have very, very sensitive skin that usually cannot tolerate strong AHAs. At first I loved this gel. It worked right away with exfoliation, and gave my skin a warm glow. But after a while my skin became bumpy and it no longer gave me positive results. It will probably work great for people with normal skin.
Vitamin C Crystals of the GODS
-12/1/2014 1:13:22 PM
My "flawless" skin as people have referred to it, has been one of my physical characteristics I've always been proud of. Well... until pre-menopause turned my hormones on their head and I have had eczema, breakouts, you name it. Until my best friend and derm doc convinced me to pop for the CosMedix line.
All I can say is within 3 days my skin has never looked better or brighter and I have NO trace of skin irritations. I will be forever addicted to this brand of skincare!
UNSCENTED/Truly does not clog pores
-11/30/2014 11:10:59 AM
This is a great first or only layer. It's the only product I use... I don't even use sunscreen and I think my skin is holding up very well despite poor genetics.
Best thing is it DOES NOT SMELL and it DOES NOT clog pores.
One of the best
-11/27/2014 8:14:42 AM
I've tried a few Vitamin C serums. This one is nearly perfect, except for a couple of flaws. First, the smell is terrible. I understand this is possibly because of the ferulic acid. It smells like cured meat, but ithat smell doesn't seem to last very long. The other issue is that I would appreciate a little more viscocity. However, it is far from the runny mess at least one other other serum in this category is. It is a good product, with good ingredients.