Three months ago I started using the Eliza Jones Brightening Super Booster serum, and I’ve gone through one container of it now. So, I thought it was time to tell you guys about this product as well, since it’s such a staple in my skincare routine. I used this product once a day for three months, so what exactly did it do for my skin? And since this also has vitamin C in it, is it a good, low-budget vitamin C serum? If you want answers to these questions, don’t be afraid to keep reading!
Let’s talk about the packaging first, because I am in love with this packaging. It looks so clean and professional and it tells you exactly what’s going on. On the box you can read that this serum will minimize skin discoloration and will reduce wrinkles and fine lines. According to the box this serum is also vegan, which is amazing, and it comes in UV protective packaging. Now, this is something that’s quite important. Why? Because there’s vitamin C derivatives in this serum. Vitamin C tends to break down easily when exposed to air or uv rays, which will make the serum turn bad and become unusable. So it’s great that this serum comes in a UV protective bottle, so it won’t go bad quickly. If you want to know if a serum has gone bad, you can just look at the colour. If the vitamin C is no longer good, the serum will turn a bit yellow. This is something you need to still look out for, since this serum does not come in an airtight bottle. So the serum is exposed to air but not to light, so it may still go bad, but not as quickly as when it’s exposed to light. It’s just something that you have to keep in mind.
As I said, the serum doesn’t come in an airtight bottle, but it comes in a bottle with a dropper. I always find droppers easy to use, but for a vitamin C serum a pump system would’ve been a tiny bit better. However, after three months of using this serum, it hadn’t turned yellow yet, so I’m assuming there’s nothing wrong there.
This bottle holds 30 mL serum, which I used over a period of three months. However, I used this serum once a day while you should actually be using it twice a day. I just felt like I got enough out of it with a once-a-day use. So that’s just an indication on how long you can go with one bottle. I’m thinking you can go about two months if you use it twice a day (I did use it twice a day in the first weeks).
Now let’s take a deep look at the ingredients, because of course that’s the most important part of this product, and not how pretty the bottle looks (even though that is a great plus). I will make any important products that I’ll talk about bold or italic.
INGREDIENTS: AQUA, OCTYLDODECANOL, GLYCERIN, PROPYLHEPTYL CAPRYLATE, SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, SORBITOL, LECITHIN, XANTHAN GUM, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DISODIUM EDTA, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, ISOHEXADECANE, POLYSORBATE 60, HYDROXYPROPYL, CYCLODEXTRIN, PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-38, TOCOPHEROL, GLYCINE SOJA OIL, PHENOXYETHANOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, PANTHENOL, CITRIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, PARFUM, PEG-8, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, ASCORBIC ACID, HEXYL CINNAMAL, LINALOOL
There are three vitamin C derivatives in this serum: sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate and ascorbic acid. As you can see in the list above, sodium ascorbyl phosphate is the most abundant of the three, but together they make up 5% of the serum. Such a percentage is a pretty good amount of vitamin C to start with. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and it will protect your skincells against free radicals in the environment. It will also slightly block melanin production, and therefore it prevents discoloration of the skin. The best amount lays between 5% and 20%, however 20% can be way too much for people with sensitive skin. So if you’re not sure how you’ll react to vitamin C serums, a serum of about 5% will still be effective and won’t be as harsh on your skin.
Palmitoyl tripeptide-38 is the molecular name of Matrixyl, which you can find written on the box as well. Matrixyl is manufactured by the brand Sederma, and the only proof that this product really helps against wrinkles is from researches the brand itself did. Their research showed a decrease of between 31% and 100% in wrinkles and fine lines when 2% Matrixyl was used. This product also uses 2% Matrixyl Synthe’6, so it should be helping with your fine lines.
Another interesting ingredient is isohexadecane. This is a big molecule which prevents the rest of the molecules from penetrating the skin too deep, so it helps to keep the other ingredients more on top of the skin surface. This is very helpful for molecules like vitamin C, which is an antioxidant and works better when it’s near the skin surface. There is also vitamin E in this serum in the form of tocopherol, which is also an antioxidant and works best in amounts of 0.5-2%. Since it’s below Matrixyl on the ingredient list, you can tell that it does not go above 2% in this serum. Higher than 2% can be bad for the skin, so this is a good indication that there isn’t too much tocopherol in this product.
The last products I want to talk about are parfum, hexyl cinnamal, and linalool. The last two are different fragrances, so they are similar to parfum. Parfum is not good for the skin. It irritates the skin, even if it doesn’t really show it immediately. It can slowly irritate the skin over a long period of time and turn your skin allergic to fragrances. So you really have to look out for skincare which has a lot of parfum in it. Hexyl cinnamal and linalool are the last two products on the ingredient list and parfum is also very low on the list, so this shows there isn’t much of these ingredients in the serum. It is something you should look out for however, especially if you have sensitive skin. Never use a skincare product which has parfum high on the list!
Most of the other ingredients are there for consistency and such, so they don’t really have an effect on your skin. I could not find any ingredients that are bad for your skin, except for the small amounts of perfume.
After deeply discussing what these ingredients are supposed to do for your skin, let’s see what they actually did for my skin. Let me first of all mention that this serum is very pleasant to use. It isn’t too runny, but it is very easy to spread across the face and it gets sucked into the skin very quickly. It has only a very light scent, which is very pleasant and smells quite fresh. After applying my skin feels very refreshed and like it is extra sturdy and bouncy.
I don’t know if there are many visible changes to my skin. Yes, my skin looks a lot more calm, but I have also gotten a lot more freckles since the first pictures. So there isn’t really a visible change that jumps out to me, except that my skin looks more calm and less red. I was a bit afraid that something that would go against skin discoloration, would also work against my freckles, while I actually love my freckles a lot and don’t want to get rid of them. But as you can see, that’s not the case. I have even more freckles than before. I also don’t really have any wrinkles or fine lines yet, so this serum couldn’t really get rid of those. So I don’t know what its effect on fine lines actually is, sadly. I do think that my skin has gotten a lot more sturdy. It feels a lot more full and like it can take on more, so I think that would also be the wanted effect for wrinkles. It just feels really nice, and because this serum is so affordable, I am definitely going to keep using it for that feel. I don’t see immediate result from the vitamin C, but it’s always good to add antioxidants to your skincare routine in whatever way, so that’s also a great addition to this product.
I am not sure this serum is 100% effective in what it promises to do, but I do enjoy what it does for my skin. It also doesn’t make my skin oily or make me break out, but it does make my skin feel more sturdy and healthy. I think it’s a nice addition to my skincare routine, especially for this price. So yes, I have already gotten my replacement. If you’re actually looking for a serum that will reduce your wrinkles and discolorations, maybe you should be looking for something with a bit more quality in a tad bit higher price range. But you could always give this budget beauty a try, right? It’s not the best vitamin C serum, but I do really like what it does for me, so I definitely approve of this serum. I think I’d give it about a 7/10. What is your favourite budget vitamin C serum? I want to thank you for reading and I’ll see you next time!
The Eliza Jones Super Booster Brightening Serum is available at Action stores for €2.79