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Table of Contents
- What’s Vitamin C?
- About Geek And Gorgeous Brand.
- Geek And Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C Serum.
- My Honest Review On Geek And Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C Serum.
- In Conclusion.
- What I Like About Geek And Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C Serum.
- What I Dislike About Geek And Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C Serum.
- Possible Questions & Answers.
As usual I was scouting the internet, reading reviews of skincare products on Reddit, only to bump into Geek and Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C serum. Honestly this vitamin C serum caught my attention not only because I’m insanely obsessed with vitamin C serums, but for the fact that this vitamin C serum has huge positive reviews on Reddit. For real this really intrigued me to do more research on it, only to discover it contains 15% L-ascorbic acid, oops, that’s a high concentration right there for someone with sensitive skin.
I had little ugly encounter with high concentration of L-ascorbic vitamin C when I tried the Timeless 20% vitamin C serum, honestly I was enjoying this vitamin C serum, infact, it was a liquid gold for my skin, as it helped reduce hyperpigmentation appearance (leftover acne scars) and improve my overall skin complexion. My skin tone looked brighter and glowy. But after some time, I began experiencing a burning and itchy sensation, only to discover that a 20% concentration of L-ascorbic acid (or ascorbic acid) is way too much for my skin.
Then I had to cut down to a 10% L-ascorbic vitamin C serum of the same brand (Timeless skincare brand) and believe me when I say it’s the best approach I took. My skin breathed a relief, and enjoyed vitamin C benefits without the inflammatory-irritation associated with high concentration of vitamin C.
So, on getting to know that Geek and Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C serum contains 15% L-ascorbic vitamin C, I was apprehensive towards purchasing it and giving it a trial, but I had to give it a second thought because it’s 5% lesser than Timeless 20% vitamin C serum (which was too high for my sensitive skin). I thought to myself, since Geek and Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C serum contains 15% concentration of L-ascorbic vitamin C and not 20%, I assume it’s going to be suitable for my sensitive skin, so I purchased it.
For the love of skincare and the nature of what I do (using and sharing honest skincare products reviews), this was the risk I had to take.
So, after using Geek and Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C serum everyday for four (4) weeks, I’ve come to share my personal experience with this serum. But before we go right into it, if you’re new to vitamin C, know that you’re sleeping on a powerful antioxidant ingredient.
What’s Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant vitamin which helps improve skin appearance, potentially reducing pigmentation, dullness, neutralizing free radicals, environmental aggressors, and stimulating collagen production which helps reduce skin aging signs.
A daily application of vitamin C serum helps reverse sun damages, which helps your sunscreen work better, helps tackle minor hyperpigmentation and improve skin texture and complexion.
L-ascorbic acid also known as ascorbic acid is water-soluble and the purest and most potent of all form of vitamin C, the only downside is, it’s highly unstable (can easily breakdown upon exposure to air and heat) and can sensitize the skin due to its acidic-nature. Which may not be suitable with people with sensitive skin.
People with sensitive skin are advised to go for vitamin C derivatives which are mild to the skin or go for a lower concentration of L-ascorbic acid vitamin C serums/products (recommended 10%).
About Geek And Gorgeous Brand.
Geek & Gorgeous was founded and launched in 2015 by Judit Racz, a Hungarian beauty blogger.
Her previous predicament with severe acne problems inspired her enthusiasm for skincare. The search for scientifically proven ingredients and active ingredients to help heal her skin made her gain expertise in skincare, which she thought might be useful to others, which led her to the creation of Kremmiania.hu, a kind of cosmetic ingredients dictionary (just like Beautypedia). It was a real success in Hungary. She also founded another website, Incidecoder.com, (which is a cosmetic ingredients list decoding site) and it’s available in English.
Geek & Gorgeous skincare brand pride themselves as a brand that creates products with clinically proven actives in cosmetically elegant formulas that are fragrance, colorant and drying alcohol-free. They avoid controversial ingredients to give you total peace of mind. And, they are 100% cruelty-free. This skincare brand dwells on minimalist skincare, just like The Ordinary brand (with no exaggerated ingredients list) and at a very pocket-friendly price.
Geek And Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C Serum.
A minimalist, super light-weight 15% vitamin C serum which contains L-ascorbic acid to significantly deliver antioxidant benefits to the skin, brighten skin tone and Improve skin texture by boosting collagen production. This serum pairs L-ascorbic acid vitamin C with ferulic acid and a smaller amount of vitamin E.
Ingredients used in formulating this serum will be briefly explained below.
- L-ascorbic acid: Also known as ascorbic acid is a water-soluble and the purest form of vitamin C which is used in skincare formulations to offer antioxidant protection, anti-aging and skin brightening benefits to the skin.
- Ferulic acid: A plant-based antioxidant which neutralizes free radicals and enhances the antioxidant benefits and stability of vitamins C and E. Ferulic acid as an antioxidant works to boost the effects of other antioxidants. When used in skin care products, it helps to protect overall skin integrity by reducing the development of fine lines, spots,wrinkles and neutralizes free-radical damages from pollution, ultraviolet light, or infrared radiation. So technically aside from delivering antioxidant potentials to your skin, ferulic acid helps enhance the potential-effect and stability of vitamin C, E (and other antioxidants) from quick oxidization. That is to say when used in conjunction with other antioxidants, ferulic acid has the ability to potentiate them and make them more stable.
- Vitamin E: An antioxidant, which helps fight free radical damage and promote skin healing to diminish signs of aging. It also provides moisture and strengthens skin’s protective barrier to prevent moisture loss.
- Dimethyl Isosorbide: A new-generation solvent that aids the proper penetration of Vitamin C, plus solubilizes the high amount of ferulic acid in the formula.
Just like the old-school vitamin C serum packaging, Geek And Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C serum come in a dark-tinted (opaque) glass bottle with a dropper to dispense product.
The Geek And Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C serum has a super light-weight, water-based texture (just like water) and absorbs into the skin quickly, leaving no residue or greasy feeling behind.
The color is clear and colourless.
If it’s slightly yellow then it’s only 80% effective. The more yellow the less effective. Therefore to slow down oxidation, store in a refrigerator
Product pH Level:
pH – 3.2–3.4
According to the brand, they clearly mentioned on the packaging that the formula lasts for 3 months after opening if it’s kept in the fridge (30ml is an average of 3 months of use). And stays fresh upto 5-6 months when stored in the fridge unopened.
Also as stated by the brand, they prepare their vitamin C serum batches according to the orders received. This means that the product you receive is super fresh!.
Geek and Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C serum comes in 30ml size.
Water, (L-)Ascorbic Acid, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Butylene Glycol, Peg/Ppg/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Ferulic Acid, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide.
My Honest Review On Geek And Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C Serum.
Categorically, I’ll classify Geek And Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C serum as one of the best vitamin C serums I’ve used so far. You can imagine waking up with a glamouring skin that leaves you staring continually at the mirror in intense admiration. This vitamin C serum is top-notch and the fact it gave me no sort of irritation makes me even fall deeper in love with it.
Although when applied on my skin, I felt a slight tingling-sensation, but that wasn’t really unpleasant as the feeling disappears in a short while. And with continual-use, my skin has come to acclimatize with the serum, as I don’t experience tingling sensation upon application – that’s good news!.
I think the reason for this was because it’s a high vitamin C concentration (15%), because when I was previously using a 10% L-ascorbic concentration, I felt no tingling-feeling upon application, except I had a micro bruise or existing acne. But it’s a good thing that I don’t experience the tingling feeling anymore.
But bear in mind, If you feel a slight tingling sensation upon application of L-ascorbic vitamin C serum, it’s completely normal, because L-ascorbic acid vitamin C is acidic in nature which sometimes prompt a slight stinging sensation upon application (which will disappear in a short while).
But if the tingling sensation continues, accompanied with skin redness and itchiness, then this is your skin telling you “it can’t take it“, because you are likely using a very high concentration (15% or 20%). It’s best you stop use, and cut down to a lower L-ascorbic acid vitamin C serum, a 10% concentration is best recommended, (I recommend Timeless 10% vitamin C serum). You can as well try vitamin C derivatives which are known to be non-acidic and mild on the skin, but less potent to L-ascorbic acid vitamin C, (I recommend The Ordinary 12% Ascorbyl Glucoside Vitamin C Serum).
But let me keep talking about the wonderful glow I experienced with this serum. It was a dazzling, alluring and luminous-glow to be honest. My skin was the exact meaning of what Rihanna sang in her song “shine bright like a diamond“.
Honestly mere words cannot describe my excitement with this serum after four (4) weeks of consistent use. The result was indeed superb, and that explains why people rave about this vitamin C-glow serum. I had no dark spots while using this serum, but I’m definitely sure if I had, they would have faded to less visibility.
This review is based on my first four (4) weeks of using Geek And Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C serum. However, the serum lasted for two (2) months and some weeks before starting to oxidize (slightly turning yellow), maybe because I didn’t really store it in a refrigerator, (because my refrigerator was faulty and needed some repair which has already been taken care of). But I stored it in a cool place (in my skincare cabinet) away from sunlight and heat.
But I promise to store my next bottle of Geek And Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C serum in the refrigerator (as I always do) to elongate the life span.
Although, keep in mind that Geek & Gorgeous brand prepares their vitamin C serum In batches according to the orders received. This means that the product you receive is super fresh, which is a huge plus. Adding to that, the best way to elongate the life span of your vitamin C serum is to store it in a refrigerator (away from sunlight and heat).
If storing your vitamin C serum in a refrigerator isn’t comfortable to you, Geek & Gorgeous brand made provision of 10ml mini empty bottles, which you can decant or transfer some amount of your vitamin C serum into it (which can be finished-up in 5-10 days), while you store the rest remaining in the 30ml bottle in a room temperature (away from heat and sunlight). This is to further slow down the oxidation rate of L-ascorbic acid vitamin C serum. But for best results to slow down your L-ascorbic acid vitamin C serum from going bad quickly, store in a refrigerator.
Geek And Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C serum has joined the league of my favorite vitamin C serums and has claimed a spot in my skincare cabinet. I will have to keep using it, while I alternate with Timeless 10% vitamin C serum when necessary. But my utmost happiness is, it actually worked and for that, I’ll wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who wants to give it a trial.
You can as well cut down lower to a 10% L-ascorbic acid vitamin C serum (I highly recommend, Timeless 10% vitamin C serum) contains L-ascorbic acid 10% – a lower concentration. You can also as well go for vitamin C derivatives which are more gentle and mild on the skin, I recommend, The Ordinary 12% Ascorbyl Glucoside Vitamin C Serum.
Also don’t forget to always apply your sunscreen daily to protect skin from UV rays exposure. You can read how to correctly apply sunscreen for maximum sun protection.
What I Like About Geek And Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C Serum.
- It is pocket-friendly.
- Well packaged (to protect the liquid from oxidation).
- It’s lightweight and absorbs quickly (doesn’t feel greasy on the skin).
- It is potent and effective.
- It is non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores).
- It contains no toxic ingredients or chemicals
What I Dislike About Geek And Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C Serum.
- I have no dislike for this product, however, I personally prefer an air-tight pump container packaging, (just like the Timeless vitamin C serum) as this won’t only encourage easier usage but also slow down oxidation even more.
Possible Questions & Answers.
Q: How did you apply Geek and Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C serum?
A: I love keeping my skincare routine minimal and simple.
Below is how I apply Geek And Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C serum.
- Step 1: I cleanse with Zapzyt Acne Wash Cleanser (which contains 2% salicylic acid, to help mildly exfoliate the skin and deeply cleanse the pores which enhances a better penetration of vitamin C serum and other additional skincare products to be applied).
- Step 2: I pat (not rub) my face with a clean towel.
- Step 3: I apply a hydrating toner, (sometimes I skip this step, it’s optional).
- Step 4: I apply 3-4 drops of Geek and Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C serum, I massage gently till fully absorbed.
- Step 5: I seal In with a moisture-rich moisturizer (recommended, Simple Hydrating Moisturiser).
Q: Did you encounter breakouts while using Geek and Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C serum?
A: Although I have sensitive skin, but while using Geek and Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C serum I never experienced any breakouts or irritation. But I did experience a mild tingling sensation upon application, which is typical with all higher concentration of L-ascorbic acid vitamin C due to its acidic nature and absolutely normal and has nothing to be concerned about. The mild tingling sensation will stop almost immediately. But if it continues, while skin remains red, please discontinue use and soothe your skin with a moisture-rich moisturizer, while you see your dermatologist.
Remember, as skin type differs, so shall result and experience differ too. So, I strongly advise you to perform a patch test prior to product application.
Disclaimer: This is a personal experience with Geek and Gorgeous C-Glow Vitamin C serum, you may have a whole different experience as skin type differs, so as result differs too.
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