Today I thought I would share with you a serum I’ve been enjoying for the last few weeks, the Sephora C+E Serum. It’s a serum that’s quite cheap, I paid about €20 ($22) for it, but I bet it would be way cheaper in the states. Of course, this is not as cheap as for example the Ordinary or The Inkey List, but almost no brand is. The availability is obvious because you know it’s Sephora. You can buy it in stores and online.
Sephora C+E Serum
The serum comes in a little dropper pipet in a see-through glass bottle. I can immediately say to you that that’s the big downside to this serum. Because it contains vitamin C, it’s way better to have it in a dark glass bottle so it’s protected against UV light. Now it’s less stable and will go off a lot quicker and lose it’s efficacy quicker. Damn you vitamin C instability.
That being said the instability of vitamin C is enhanced by the addition of pH balancers: Sodium Hydroxide and Sugar Maple Extract.
The form of vitamin C in this serum is Ascorbyl Glucoside, which is known to be a very stable version and easy to formulate vitamin C form. It would still be better to not have it in a glass jar.
Ingredients Sephora C+E Serum
By using both vitamin C and vitamin E in this Sephora C+E Serum, they’ve effectively quadrupled the efficacy of vitamin C. If you want to read more about vitamin C in skincare, I wrote a whole post on it!
To be honest, this serum doesn’t have any other super exciting things going for it other than the combination of vitamin C and E. But still, I wanted to highlight some ingredients.
First of all, it contains several solvents that also double as moisturizers and a few emollients. Plus I mentioned the pH balancers in the intro.
It also contains Glycerin, which your skin will love! And some more anti-oxidants, namely Bilberry extract and Capsicum Annuum Fruit Extract.
A more “special” ingredient in this Sephora C+E Serum is Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, which is derived from seaweed and is packed with amino acids and minerals that help protect collagen.
Furthermore, it contains pro-vitamin B5 (Panthenol) which moisturizes skin and helps attract water to the skin and keep it there.
If you don’t like perfume in your facial products, you’ll have to skip this one. To be fair I can’t smell any perfume. But it’s there according to the ingredient list!
Why do I love the Sephora C+E Serum?
Well, to be fair the price point is a big plus for me. And the vitamin C and E combo is a real winner when you look at the science! But what I love most is that I now easily incorporate vitamin C into daily routine, without really thinking about it.
To clarify: I’ve had different vitamin C products over the years and these were usually pretty strong formulated and would stain my bedsheets so badly! Or applying make up after was quite challenging. I would end up keeping an hour between vitamin C and makeup: which is of course not very handy when you are in a hurry. Also, I recently found research stating that more than 20 percent of vitamin C in a product is pretty useless, as your skin can only absorb so much. So if a product claims to have 40% vitamin c, let’s just assume they haven’t done their research.
The spreadability is also just like any other serum, so I wouldn’t say it’s a big pro but still wanted to mention it. It however does glide onto my skin so easily and is quickly absorbed, making my routine a little bit quicker.
The big downside, of course, is the packaging, the clear glass is never a good choice when it comes to vitamin C. I try to combat this by using it daily and not keeping it for months and months to come, because I am pretty sure it will have lost its efficacy by then.
I would however recommend this serum to you, especially if you are not *that* into fancy skincare that costs a fortune. This will do just fine!
That was all I had to say about the Sephora C+E Serum, and I will see you on Wednesday! I think I am doing a post on my most recent empties with some mini-reviews. See you then!
Full ingredients list Sephora C+E serum
Aqua (Water) ● Propanediol ● Pentylene Glycol ● 1,2-Hexanediol ● PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil ● Carbomer ● Glycerin ● Ribose ● Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract ● Sodium Hydroxide ● Glyceryl Caprylate ● Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside ● Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract ● Parfum (Fragrance) ● Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract ● Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract ● Panthenol ● Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract ● Chlorella Vulgaris Extract ● Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil ● Ascorbyl Glucoside ● Tocopherol ● Capsicum Annuum Fruit Extract ● Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.