Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Vitamin C Diaries #2: First Impressions + Belitae Organics FRESH-C Vitamin C Serum Giveaway! (US only)

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Time for our first check-in of my Vitamin C serum journey!

It's been a month since I first started incorporating Vitamin C into my daily skincare routine (about four weeks), and so far, I haven't had fabulous results, but I do hope we're getting there.

The first two weeks were a bit iffy. I have sensitive and mildly acne-prone skin, but around the time I started using Valentia's Even Glow Serum, I noticed particularly frequent breakouts. I also felt the skin on my face feeling a little rougher, which wasn't a problem I'd had before. At first, I suspected the serum was too strong for my skin, too acidic, so I contacted the folks at Valentia and this is the response I received:
As you know, even some of the most harmless products for your skin can cause minor reactions if combined with other products, and in some isolated ingredients, we have seen this as well.

I'm not going to give you any direct advice, but I will share some information and you can make your decision on how to process from there.

1) Vitamin C serums have been known to create some blemishes when they are first used as it is the product drawing out the toxins from the skin and after repeated use, sometimes for a few weeks, the skin adjusts to the new level of nutrients it is receiving daily and these blemishes (amongst others) disappear.

Again, I'm not saying this is your case exactly but it is one of the scenarios we have experienced with our customers.

2) You may want to start using the serum only in the morning opposed to twice a day, and be sure you are using a high quality skin cleanser in the evenings before bed and in the mornings as well. This will leave your pores cleaner and less likely of being clogged reducing incidents of breakouts. This also helps the serum to absorb better into the skin.

Also, if your situation is number 1) then using so much will give the skin more reason to react as it is a more drastic shift.
So, apparently Vitamin C serums do cause acne—at first use, anyway. But because I was determined to get the full benefits of the serum, I decided to continue using it because a) I wanted to see if the acne eruptions would improve after a few more uses, and b) I wanted to be able to write about my experiences! As instructed, I only used the serum in the mornings.

My acne definitely didn't get worse, but even when using with other companies' serums, I haven't seen an improvement in acne either. I am still using the serums on a rotational basis, and still do wake up some mornings with rougher feeling skin, but it's only been a little over a month, so I'm going to stick it out Americanflag

Until next time!

Switching gears...

So far, my Vitamin C arsenal includes serums by: Valentia, La Beauté Pure, Mystelic, TruSkin Naturals, InstaNatural, Day by Day Beauty, Xfacio, and last but not least, Belitae Organics!

Today's giveaway is sponsored by Belitae Organics, for a full-sized bottle of their Fresh-C Vitamin C Serum!

Here's a little bit of information about it, as well as the product claims the Amazon page lists:

BELITAE VITAMIN C SERUM is specially formulated with STAY-C®50—a breakthrough in Vitamin C skin care. STAY-C®50 is converted to L-Ascorbic Acid by your skin cells going to work when and where it's needed. This form of Vitamin C will never oxidize in the bottle.

VITAMIN C SERUM WORKS! It has been called #1 anti-aging secret that can help drop a decade from your face. Studies has shown that topical vitamin C is 20 times more effective than taking it orally to replenish your skin's vitamin C levels.

ANTI-AGING BENEFITS THAT YOU WILL LOVE: Vitamin C Serum is proven to stimulate collagen and elastin helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It also has unique qualities that helps to fade age spots and discolorations while making your skin feel smooth and soft.

FRAGRANCE-FREE Formula that will help restore skin's natural glow and leave your skin feeling velvety-smooth MADE in the USA, 98% Natural / 72% Organic, Paraben Free, Alcohol Free, Cruelty Free.

Giveaway!


Who wants to win it?? This serum retails at $68, and I'm giving it away for free!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me:
What's YOUR favorite "beauty weapon"—that one item you use every day, you can't leave the house without, or just makes you feel 100% more confident when you're wearing?
Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the seller and review coordinator—a huge thank you to Belitae Organics and Tomoson!
Giveaway ends June 8th at 11.59 PM (your time).

Open to US residents only—sorry everyone else! Check my sidebar for a list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide.
Void where prohibited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for shipping and handling, or for the prizes themselves.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!

FTC Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. However, I was not paid in any way to write a review—positive or otherwise—and all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone. I only recommend products or services I have used personally and believe will be good for my beautiful readers!