About 6 months ago or so, it seemed like so many sites I was reading mentioned adding a serum to one’s skin care regime. I wasn’t really convinced because I prefer to keep my skin care as simple as possible (I’ll save the complex junk for my hair and eye shadow, thanks!). But then I read this article on antioxidant serums and something clicked into place! While I don’t have much sun damage, I do wear sunscreen obsessively and something that could boost my sun protection is definitely a plus. And if it might help my acne scarring, what a bonus, right? After a little research, I decided on Avalon Organics Vitamin C Vitality Serum. I liked that the company is dedicated to using natural, organic products and that it’s a cruelty-free brand.
According to their website… “This concentrated antioxidant facial serum with Vitamin C will energize your complexion with improved circulation, clarity, tone and texture. Scented with the refreshing aroma of organic Sweet Orange essential oil.”
Sounds good, right? And it’s one of the more reasonably prices serums at $23.95 so it was worth a shot.
When I tried it, the first thing I noticed was the scent — it smells very lightly of fresh orange juice. It’s not over-powering or strong but smells really clean and refreshing. I’m often bothered by scents in products but this was light and very pleasant. (It helps that I love citrus scents!) One pump gives you plenty for your face and neck and the product goes on smoothly and sinks in quickly. My skin immediately felt softer and smoother and more nourished. If you have normal-to-oily skin, this could probably work well as a moisturizer for you. However, my skin is very dry so I add my usual moisturizer over the top. My only qualm about the product is that you need to make sure you let it sink in well before applying makeup over the top as it will have a tendency to ball up if you don’t.
After a few weeks of using this 1-2x daily (depending on whether I’d remember to apply it twice), I noticed a very strange thing. I wasn’t taking the time to apply concealer to my acne scars. Usually I’m fairly diligent about it, but often I’d skip that step completely. Why? Well, because my acne scars were simply not as dark and noticeable. In fact, my usual fairly sheer foundation was covering them well enough that I felt I didn’t NEED to add more coverage. Amazing. These are cystic acne scars that remain reddish-purple for months and often never fade very much… and yet, very old scars were fading. I was amazed. I really didn’t expect this stuff to really DO anything other than make my skin feel nice. It didn’t happen overnight and the improvement was subtle but it was definitely there.
I’m still not 100% sold on whether we all need to add an antioxidant serum to our routines, but if you’re looking for one to try, this might work well for you. Avalon Organics is available at many drugstores in the USA as well as drugstore.com and amazon.com.