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Disclosure: I did receive these products for free in exchange for an honest review.
Last month I received Nature’s Best Vitamin C Serum from Mystelic Beauty in exchange for an honest review. In addition to the 1 ounce bottle, a dropper in a small sealed baggie was also included. This serum is said to be “the highest form of active, bio-available Vitamin C for beautiful skin”. The intended use is to “plump skin cells and protect and restore”. In essence it’s for younger looking skin. That’s why I wanted to try it. I’ve never had a consistent skincare routine until earlier this year when I started using something around my eyes for dark circles. I thought this might be nice to try as I’d like to keep looking younger than I actually am.
Since I’m not always someone to read directions, I filled the dropper up and then squirted the vitamin c all over my face. It was way too much. I rubbed it in with a cotton round. My skin felt greasy.
This serum is concentrated and gives off a very strong smell. It is like oranges mixed with fried meat. The scent really put me off and made me shy away from using it consistently.
The next day I read the bottle before trying it again. The directions on the back of the bottle say, “Apply small amount with fingertips to freshly cleansed and toned face, neck and decollete areas (avoid direct contact with eyes). Allow time to absorb prior to moisturizer application.”.
So that time and the times that I’ve used it since I have applied a much smaller amount with a cotton round instead. I can’t use my fingers due to the smell. I did follow the directions to use a moisturizer afterward. This really helped combat the smell.
It’s recommended that you use this 1-2 times a day. I ended up averaging about once a day for a couple of weeks. I did not notice any reverse aging effects that it touts. However, as I said, I don’t really look too old to begin with.
I have very sensitive skin and am happy to report that this serum was very gentle. It never agitated my skin. It played nice with moisturizer and sunscreen.
I am still not crazy about the pungent scent. However I do realize that this is because it is so strongly concentrated. I recently purchased facial wipes that contain Vitamin C and they have a similar, yet much lighter smell so it definitely makes sense. The bottle states that this serum is 98% naturally derived and 72% organic. In addition to Vitamin C, other recognizable ingredients include Witch Hazel, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Geranium Extract and Dandelion Extract.
The bottle indicates that this product is good for up to 12 months after opening it. You will also be happy to learn that it’s not tested on animals.
Overall, I’d have to say that it didn’t do anything noticeable for me. My skin is usually pretty good though. I don’t have any real signs of aging yet and I only get breakouts occasionally. If you can afford it and want to try something natural to combat aging you may want to give it a try. I say if you can afford it because it’s almost $20 for one ounce. You aren’t supposed to apply a lot though as it’s very concentrated. Plus due to the naturalness of most of the ingredients, I can understand why it’s not cheap. It has received many favorable reviews from people who do have skin issues that I’m lucky not to have to worry about, such as dark spots.
If you would like to buy Nature’s Best Vitamin C Serum, you can do so here on Amazon. (affiliate link).
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Recently BzzAgent sent me the above products gratis to try out. All of these sunscreens are from Coppertone. I received items from the Clearly Sheer line as well as Continuous Spray products. To be specific, I received a 5 oz bottle of Clearly Sheer Sunscreen Lotion in SPF 30 and three one ounce samples of the same lotion. I also received two 1.6 ounce cans of Sunscreen Continuous Spray in SPF 50. A coupon (not pictured) for $2 off a Coppertone Clearly Sheer product was included as well.
Both the lotion and the spray sunscreen are light, as the name implies. They don’t feel greasy on, like some I’ve used in the past.
The scent of each is surprisingly good. The lotion has a pleasant, fresh soapy smell. The spray is similar but has a slightly different smell. It sort of reminds me of bug spray. I mean that in the best way possible. It’s still not strong for a spray on sunscreen. I had been using a drugstore brand spray on sunscreen before receiving these and that spray definitely had a much stronger scent.
I usually put the spray on outside or in a room with a window open. Yesterday I forgot and sprayed it on while still in my closed up living room (I had the air conditioner on). I was worried that it would smell up the room but when I returned a few minutes later for a forgotten item the smell had lessened already. When I came back inside from my backyard about an hour later there was no smell left at all. Coppertone says that the lotion that I received which has a yellow label and states “For Sunny Days” is intended to have a citrus scent. The blue sprays are supposed to has a tropical fruit and flower fragrance. These are listed as being called “For Beach and Pool”. Mine doesn’t say that but I assume that it’s the same.
Do these work? Do they keep you from getting a sunburn? Yes. I can tell you for sure and that I’m not just lucky in not getting burnt, due to a mistake I made a few days ago. I sprayed some on before I got in my pool but when I got out I was slightly uncomfortable. Why? I’d forgotten to spray my stomach and chest (I was wearing a bikini) and had gotten slightly burnt, but only in those areas. My arms and legs were perfectly fine. So it definitely works, must make sure to cover all areas that you will be exposing to the sun. According to Coppertone, these should be water resistant for up to 80 minutes. So make sure that if you are out longer than that, that you reapply.
According to the ingredients lists’, both types of sunscreen include Vitamin E. This probably contributes to why Coppertone states that they are moisturizing. They are supposed to leave your skin soft, smooth and free of breakouts. They even state that it has been clinically tested on acne-prone skin. I don’t know about the soft part but it definitely didn’t cause me to breakout. I have very sensitive skin and neither irritated it in any way, which is a huge plus.
Another thing that I really dig are the small sizes which make them super convenient for carrying with you or just leaving in a convenient area without taking up too much space. I was worried that they had only made this size for samples but you can buy them. Here’s a lot of 6 that I found for sale on Amazon. They are also available for sale at some Walmarts.
I definitely recommend these for anyone looking to try a new sunscreen, whether you prefer a lotion or a spray. They work, are light and pleasantly scented.
Note: I received these products courtesy of BzzAgent and Coppertone in exchange for an honest review.