Tuesday, April 28, 2015

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum & Hyaluronic Acid Review

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum & Hyaluronic Acid Review

Retail: Vitamin C Serum $22.49

Retail: Hyaluronic Acid $16.45

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum

I have tried several Vitamin C serums over the last year and two companies continue to produce top notch products: Instanatural & OZ Naturals.  

Today I'm going to talk about OZ Naturals and it's new Vitamin C serum with Hyaluronic Acid.  If you had to pick just one skin care active ingredient to apply for anti-aging benefits, make sure it's vitamin C.  The reasons are well established in the scientific literature and are summarized in the following four points:

  1. Vitamin C enables every step of collagen production from stem cell activity to the structural integrity of the skin matrix.
  1. Women experience a loss of collagen integrity and production due to fluctuating estrogen levels (Pugliese 2009).
  1. Skin levels of vitamin C drop 425% by the time a person reaches middle age (Shindo 1994).
  1.  The only way to increase skin levels is to apply vitamin C topically (Levine 2001).

This Vitamin C with Hyaluronic Acid is the perfect formula. This anti aging serum really helps with all skin types and will give your skin that vibrant and youthful glow. This serum will plump the skin while diminishing wrinkles plus it will give you that even skin tone by helping with discoloration. I really like the quality ingredients in this product from OZ Naturals. This serum doesn't have any fragrances, parabens, or alcohol. It's made with a blend of natural and organic ingredients and contains 20% Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate).  

When I read the ingredients on the label, I was a little hesitant because I was looking for Vitamin C (L-ascorbic Acid aka Ascorbic Acid) and what I actually saw was Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate.  I learned that this ingredient is a derivative of Vitamin C and is relatively new.  However, it is considered to be a very stable precursor of Vitamin C that is able to liberate the powerful antioxidant in the skin ( ScienceLab.com).  Although Ascorbic Acid can be an irritant and actually cause acne, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is considered gentle and stable and waits to convert into Ascorbic Acid once it is absorbed. Therefore, it is thought to be a powerful antioxidant that can treat acne on the surface and even stimulate collagen.

OZ Naturals Hyaluronic Acid

You may be asking yourself, what is Hyaluronic Acid and is it something I need?  The short answer is yes.  The long answer takes some understanding of what Hyaluronic Acid is and what are it's benefits.  Here is a brief explanation:

Definition of Hyaluronic Acid:

The unique properties of Hyaluronic Acid make it the ideal anti-aging treatment for a good skincare routine. Hyaluronic Acid plays an important role in tissue hydration, lubrication and cellular function.  Hyaluronic Acid is able to hold more water than any other natural substance - making it one of the world's best moisturizers. Its unmatched hydrating properties result in increased smoothness and softening and a decrease in wrinkles.

I was surprised to find that hyaluronic acid is actually "a naturally occurring carbohydrate in the human body”.   It is found in large amounts in between skin cells, and in the fluids in the eyes and joints. As your body ages, it produces less hyaluronic acid. Using a serum that contains hyaluronic acid is one of the ways to restore a youthful look and feel to your skin.

So basically, hyaluronic acid has moisture retention properties and now that I just turned 41, I can use all the moisture retention properties as I can get!  The 30ml (1.oz) serum comes in a bottle with a syringe dropper.  It is colorless and has just a faint floral smell.  It has a gel like consistency that is lightweight (like Aloe Vera).  I really like how lightweight the formula is and how quickly it dries.  

You may be asking yourself, "why do I need both products if the vitamin C serum contains hyaluronic acid"?  You probably don't need both products unless you have really dry skin and lack moisture.  In my opinion, I like using both products but prefer to have less steps in my skin care routine.  In the future, I will just be using the Vitamin C serum and may add in the hyaluronic acid in the winter months.

Product provided for review.

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