I hope you are enjoying the weekend as much as I do despite the bone-chilling cold outside. Grab a cup of tea, your hot water bottle and let’s talk about winter skin.
I’d like to start with saying huge thanks to Super Facialist for sending me a few products of their range. Last week I reviewed the Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream SPF15, this week it’s time to review the Vitamin C Sleep and Reveal Night Cream.
As I mentioned before, Super Facialist is very much in tune what the modern skin needs and has a very smart, carefully curated, well-formulated selection of products. One of the most sought-after ingredients in past few years has been Vitamin C. All big brands have been jumping on the bandwagon recently, while the smart ones like Super Facialist have had it in their range for years. Their Vitamin C oil cleanser has a little bit of a cult following too.
The benefits of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) have been known for a long time, however, it is has had a little bit of a moment in the past few years since people are realizing how effective it is fighting environmental damage. It is great if you get Vitamin C from your food but is a godsend if you include it in your skincare too, preferably in quite a high concentration. I would say, go between 10-20%, if you’d like to see amazing results. Vitamin C now is considered one of the major cornerstones of anti-ageing because it is a perfect all-rounder antioxidant: it fights the free radicals that can damage cells, it brightens, fights pigmentation and inflammation, boosts collagen, firms and promotes elasticity. You can include Vitamin C into your skincare routine at any age, the earlier the better.
Vitamin C has many incarnations in skin care, the most known are: L-ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate and retinyl ascorbate (this one is the most researched), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (this is the most stable and preferred vitamin C compounds), disodium isostearyl 2-0, L-ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbic acid sulphate and tetraisopalmitoyl ascorbic acid. Super Facialist’s Sleep & Reveal Night Cream (a Notebook Beauty Awards 2017 winner) uses a relatively new derivative called Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate which a stable, water-soluble form of Vitamin C that is effective when it comes to brightening and evening out the skin tone. Some research shows that it can even be effective in fighting breakouts too.
I have been using this since November three times a week, which I think a sufficient time to get to know a product so here are the details:
Packaging: glass pot with a plastic lid, quite heavy, but there is a travel-size version in a tube available on the website if you want to spare your luggage some extra pounds.
What it is: anti-oxidant rich night cream with a citrus scent
Who it is for: suitable for all skin types and ages if you want to achieve radiant, glowing skin.
The claim: “This delicately textured Sleep & Reveal Night Cream, with a soft citrus scent, helps provide moisture and vitality to your skin. The antioxidant power of Vitamin C, together with Tomato and Licorice extracts, works hard to help your skin recover from the daytime ageing effects of the sun and the environment. With regular use, skin feels rejuvenated and smoother, radiating with a healthy glow.”
How to use it: this should be part of your PM routine, gently massage it onto clean face and neck after cleansing, you can mix-and-match with other collections within the brand.
How it worked for me: I use the cream at least 3 times a week after cleansing, an HA serum and a Ferulic Acid serum (the effects of Vitamin C can be boosted by ingredients such as ferulic acid and vitamin E). Its texture is soft and quite light but it feels really nourishing and hydrating at the same time. The delicate, uplifting citrus scent is very pleasant, it doesn’t feel overwhelming at all. As you know I use glycolic acid and retinol regularly too but I do it on alternate nights, I handle Vitamin C as a compltely stand-alone treatment. After weeks and weeks of use, I already noticed my skin is a bit brighter, more even and refreshed than before so I will definitely keep using it, I am intrigued to see further improvment.
Value for money: Excellent as always, you get 50 ml for £16.99
This formula is cruelty-free, paraben-free, oil-free, Phthalate-free, alcohol-free, it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It is available in Boots in the UK.