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Friday, July 31, 2015

Maritime Naturals Vitamin C Serum

Maritime Naturals Vitamin C Serum  (2) ::: press sample / affiliate links :::

Who is ready for the weekend? I must say, I'm very much ready for a day or two away from blog-land. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do, but sometimes a day without scheduling, emails, photo sessions, editing, swatching, emails, emails (did I mention emails?) is kind of nice. Also in the kind of nice category, is a serum I've been using for the past few weeks. You know I love serum, and I know a lot of you love serum, so let's take a moment to discuss the niceness that is Maritime Naturals Vitamin C Serum.

I have to take a moment before we get to the goods, to mention that Maritime Naturals is an all Canadian brand, made with love in Nova Scotia. Their Vitamin C Serum looks to be the only products currently available, but it's fragrance free, certified organic, and cruelty free (with Leaping Bunny certification.)

The Vitamin C Serum combines vitamin C and E and hyaluronic acid as the main ingredients, but is also home to a host of other good for skin ingredients, including aloe, witch hazel, jojba oil, horsetail extract, and geranium extract. This serum has the same liquid texture as most vitamin c serums do, but I quite like that this is housed in an amber bottle with a pump. Vitamin C is a rather unstable element that is susceptible to degradation when exposed to light and oxygen. For this reason, most formulas are in tinted bottles. The pump also means you're not exposing the product to air each time it's used which means it will not only last longer, but you'll also get the maximum potency from the formula. All good things here packaging wise. The pump on this bottle doesn't release too much product, which is great as the liquid is runny and too much is tricky to apply. I find 2-3 pumps is enough for my face, neck, and decolletage with full absorption only taking a few moments.

Vitamin C is a great anti-aging ingredient as it can stimulate collagen production, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also acts to repair and protect UV damage, and as it's most know can brighten skin tone, reduce dark spots and give an overall radiance. I tend to get dull skin, and do have some light discolouration (scarring and freckles.) While I didn't really notice big changes to my discolouration just yet, I have found my skin is brighter overall and looks more radiant and awake. My skin feels super smooth, and even, and my neck (which is almost always dry) has an improved texture as well. The addition of hyaluronic acid is also a plus, as we know it holds 1000 x it's weight in water, thus amplifying anything you apply over it. I've been using the super lightweight THEFACESHOP Chia Seed Moisturizing Lotion in combination with this and have not had any incidences of dryness nor any negative reactions (aka breakouts) from the vitamin C serum.

Overall, I really happy with how this serum performs. The ingredients are simple enough to understand and are effective- who doesn't like visible results? I especially love that this is made by a Canadian brand and that the price is so reasonable for such a massive bottle. Are you a serum lover? What ingredients do you tend to look for? Tried this?

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