Is this £14.50 vitamin C face serum all you need for bright and healthy skin?
At Jersey Beauty we don’t really use the term ‘anti-ageing’. That’s because we are very much NOT against the natural ageing process. We know that your skin can be remarkable and amazing at every age - provided you know how best to treat your skin and its unique concerns. That’s why we love products like Viola Anti-Ageing Vitamin C Serum - because it is an affordable, targeted treatment for ageing skin that helps your skin to be healthy as you age.
In fact, we love this product so much we wanted to put a spotlight on it for you. We are going to take a look at SEVEN amazing benefits your skin can get from using the Viola Vitamin C Face Serum.
Before we get started…
A lot of us get confused when we talk about serums - they aren’t moisturisers or a replacement for a great moisturiser. Serums are a simple way to get a boost of concentrated active ingredients, before you put on your regular moisturiser. Their formula means they are easily absorbed, can penetrate deep into the skin and can give a boost of goodness to the skin.
Seven Benefits of Viola Anti-Ageing Vitamin C Serum
1. It tones and heals post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
First up, this serum is great for dealing with uneven skin tone and specifically hyperpigmentation that is a result of inflammation, such as breakouts. So if you have uneven skin tone, whether from breakouts, sun damage or natural ‘age spots’ this is a great choice. Why?
It has hamamelis virginiana leaf/stem extract - this may not be an active ingredient that rolls off the tongue (!) but Hamamelis Virginiana does contain tannin - in fact, tannin makes up about 8% of its leaves and about 3% of its bark. Why is that good news for your skin? It has two purposes - it works as an astringent to heal and tone the skin after inflammation. This reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation and also soothes the skin as it heals.
2. It restores dry and damaged skin
Dry skin occurs when your skin isn’t producing enough oil, which often happens as your skin ages. This can lead to an impaired skin barrier which lets in irritants and can cause damage to the deeper layers of skin.
How does this serum help to treat dry and damaged skin?
It has aloe barbadensis leaf extract - this is part of the aloe vera family. Aloe vera offers lots of benefits for all skin types, but especially dry, damaged and broken skin.That's because it has natural anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties so can tackle irritation. It is also a humectant so is able to soothe the skin and is especially good for itchy dry patches. In this serum, the aloe barbadensis leaf extract is concentrated for maximum benefit and to penetrate deep into the skin.
It also has simmondsia chinensis - this is a unique liquid wax that is made in a process of cold pressing seeds from a sub-tropical shrub. Simmondsia chinensis is similar in its makeup to the skin’s natural oils - making it able to mimic them, so is an excellent skin moisturiser.
3. It protects your skin against pollutants
Everyday your skin is exposed to daily pollutants that can cause a chemical reaction, creating free radicals in your skin. These molecules are unstable, missing an electron, and try ti borrow one from your healthy skin cells. The result is damage to your skin cells, often in the deeper layers. This process is stopped by antioxidants.
Why is this serum good for fighting free radical damage?
It has Vitamin C - which is a natural antioxidant. Antioxidants work by stabilising the free radicals and stopping further damage.
It also has tocopheryl acetate - this is a form of vitamin E, which is another powerful antioxidant. It is also a natural skin-conditioning agent so is great for healing damaged skin.
4. It brightens your skin
We are all after that radiant skin glow that comes from having bright, healthy skin. One ingredient that is brilliant for skin brightening is Vitamin C, which makes this serum great for brighter skin. Not all Vitamin C is equal however, so what kind of Vitamin C is in this serum?
It has sodium ascorbyl phosphate - as we’ve already said, a serum is a great way to get a higher concentration of a potent active ingredient - this serum has 20% of this Vitamin C ingredient. This specific type of Vitamin C has been shown to have links to brighter skin and also to treating breakouts.
It also has dimethyl sulfone (MSM) - there is growing evidence to suggest that this ingredient, commonly known as MSM, can help with rosacea and to improve skin tone. This ingredient also helps other ingredients to penetrate into the skin more easily. So Vitamin C and MSM can get into the deeper layers of skin to encourage a brighter and healthier glow.
5. It plumps and hydrates your skin
One of the best things about using a serum is the potential for it to hydrate and plump your skin. This is because its formula allows the absorption of hydration and moisture to the deeper layers of the skin. So how does Viola Anti-Ageing Vitamin C Serum hydrate?
It has sodium hyaluronate - this is a form of hyaluronic acid, which is a super charged ingredient for hydration, able to hold up to a thousand times it weight in water. Its small molecules mean it can penetrate into the deeper layers of skin to rebuild moisture.
It also has glycerin - this is what is called a humectant- it moisturises your skin by drawing water from the air into your skin's outer layers. It can also help to prevent water loss from the skin by creating a protective layer.
6. It helps to prevent wrinkles
Now we’ve said this before at Jersey Beauty but it’s worth saying again! Wrinkles are a natural part of the ageing process. As your skin ages lines and wrinkles appear as the skin loses its elasticity and can no longer bounce back as easily. However, deepening lines and wrinkles can also be a sign that your skin isn’t as healthy as it could be. Also ageing skin often needs a helping hand to rebuild and renew its collagen and elastin supplies, which can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles as the skin is tighter and firmer and plumper. So what does this serum do to help prevent wrinkles?
It has proline - this is one of twenty non-essential amino acids - this means that proline can be created and used in the body. Proline plays a major part in the production of collagen which is a protein. Proteins are made of amino acids as building blocks - proline makes up about a sixth of collagen. So when this proline is absorbed by the skin, through the serum, it can be used to help to repair and rebuild collagen levels in the skin, which is what gives your skin a plump and full appearance. This can have a direct impact on how deep and prominent wrinkles and lines are on the skin.
It also has arginine - this is an active ingredient you may find in weight loss and muscle building shakes - that’s because it is a building block for protein. It helps to rebuild skin collagen and elastin so that your skin can become firmer and tighter.
7. It’s free from nasties!
Finally the other great thing about Viola Anti-Ageing Vitamin C Serum is that it is:
It is also made in a FDA Certified Facility
The upshot of all of the above is that you know you are getting a serum that is safe, effective and also free from those nasties you may be trying to avoid!
Put simply, Viola Anti-Ageing Vitamin C Serum is an absolute bargain at £14.50 when you see how many benefits you can get from this serum! Let’s face it, you get A LOT of active ingredients… so why is it just £14.50?
When you compare it to other higher end serums, it’s not as concentrated. What does that actually mean? Well, you can use it, notice brightening results and be extremely satisfied with your healthy skin, but if you are hoping for miracles - this does not promise to take 10 years off! It simply works hard with a good set of ingredients giving you bright skin results. But it won’t have the concentration of active ingredients, in the same formulas, as some of the other more expensive serums.
Does it work? Thousands of reviewers who have reviewed this product since its launch would say so! Why not try it for yourself? At under £15 it’s worth seeing the difference it could make to your ageing skin: