I have decided to review this product because it is closely related to sunscreen. While Vitamin C serums aren’t sunscreens themselves, they also aid in repairing sun damage as well as being (in my opinion) one of the best over the counter products for anti-aging aside from sunscreen. Vitamin C serums work by helping to naturally produce collagen and prevent free radical damage. Long term use has actually shown to improve the appearance of fine lines and dark under eye circles. However, it is still very important to wear sunscreen because a serum alone won’t protect you.
According to Paula’s Choice, the different types of vitamin C that you can find in various serums are l-ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbic phosphate, ascorbic palmitate, retinol ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. L-ascorbic is the most powerful of all of them, but the most unstable. However, this MooGoo serum uses Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (or Ascorbyl palmitate). It is a moisturising form of Vitamin C and tolerated very well by those with sensitive skin. Another bonus to this ingredient is that it is much more stable than l-ascorbic, so the serum can last quite a while (unlike others which may oxidise in a couple of months). If you’re looking for something more powerful, then perhaps looking for a serum that utilises l-ascorbic. This isn’t to say there is a ‘best’ type of vitamin C. There is more than one great type.
While this is labeled as an eye serum, MooGoo has assured me that it is perfectly fine to use on your entire face. How it feels:
Because this is an oil based serum, it is indeed very…oily. But because I have dry skin, it is perfect to apply at night before I go to sleep as I wake up with really beautiful and plump skin. You need to apply it onto clean skin (no moisturiser or anything applied) and wait for it to sink in. Generally I wait around 15 minutes to apply a moisturiser, but you can probably wait a little bit shorter.
While this hasn’t done a whole lot to fade the freckles under my eyes, it has significantly helped with dark under eye circles. These two photographs were taken 2 months apart and I am not wearing makeup in either of them. I use the serum twice a day, morning and night. I can’t say that it has made much of a difference to the rest of my face in terms of skin tone. But my eyes alone is the reason I keep using it and am a big fan of it. I think if you are looking to hugely lighten pigmentation or freckles, then it might be best to look for an l-ascorbic based vitamin c serum. However, if you’re looking to lighten under eye circles or just want to add a great anti-aging product with antioxidants into your routine, then I think this is fantastic. As always, make sure you patch test before using it and introduce it slowly, because some people may not be able to tolerate it as well.
Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, natural vitamin E, olive squalane