Poor preparation can lead to unexpected results. It was a week before I was due to go on holiday and I was extremely busy with the lead-up to it. I had finally got round to selecting the skincare I was going to take with me. The only serum I had readily available was a new bottle of the Timeless Vitamin C, E and Ferulic Acid Serum.
Given that I was going away for two weeks and going to several hot countries – a serum with L-ascorbic acid probably was not going to cut it. What I mean by this is that the serum could oxidise while I was abroad. Ascorbic acid is known to be unstable, especially in hot weather.
Rapidly running out of options, I turned to my old friend Amazon. Anyone used to shopping on there will realise how baffling it can be to find decent skincare; filtering by 4-5 star ratings is no help either. After a short while, I stumbled across the Eclat Vitamin C Serum, which piqued my interest. I’ll be honest it was the frosted bottle and next day delivery that swung it for me. (This is not the best shopping strategy).
The Eclat Vitamin C serum had a stabilised form of vitamin c I had not tried. The reviews that appeared most useful described the texture and consistency in a way that made me want to try. Let’s be honest; I was rapidly running out of options!
Eclat Vitamin C Serum product claims and ingredients
Eclat Skincare is not a brand I had heard of before purchasing this serum. While I was researching this product, they have several claims for the company, these claims include:
- They are using a high level of purity of their key ingredients – which should lead to high potency formulas.
- A third party tests its products.
- Their products are not tested on animals.
- Environmentally friendly and biodegradable.
- Eclat uses renewable ingredients.
- The ingredients are natural and organic.
- None of the ingredients used in their formulas are artificial.
These all sound like claims that would push their initial research and development costs, so I was surprised that the Eclat Vitamin C Serum was so wallet-friendly!
The product being a vitamin c serum, the standard claims would be quite well-trodden. However, with the addition of retinol (something that I have not personally seen before), this could be a game-changer. The stated claims of the serum are:
- Erase fine lines and smooth out wrinkles
- Lighten hyperpigmentation and even out skin tone
- Reverse sun damage
- Hydrate and repair cells
- Firm and tighten collagen.
In the formula they have included the following main ingredients:
- 20% Sodium Ascorbic Phosphate (Vitamin C) – this is a derivative of vitamin c, which acts as an antioxidant and help with skin tone and pigmentation.
- Retinol – helps with cell turnover and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Ferulic and Hyaluronic acids both help support and boost the potency of the SAP. Ferulic acid is also an antioxidant (is sometimes used in ascorbic acid formulas to help stabilise the vitamin c) and hyaluronic acid is a humectant.
- Vitamin E, organic aloe and jojoba oils – to help soothe the skin. Vitamin E is commonly good friends with vitamin c and is also an antioxidant.
How I used the Eclat Vitamin C Serum
I used this serum in the morning after cleansing. The consistency of the product meant I only need 3-4 drops which I pressed in with my fingertips. Once absorbed, I would carry on with a moisturiser and sunscreen.
How the product fitted into my routine
My final thoughts
To the left of the picture is the Eclat Vitamin C Serum straight from the bottle. On the right, the serum has been completed rubbed in.
As this was hardly a considered purchase, I honestly thought I would dislike this product. It turns out it has a few good properties which I enjoyed with the Eclat Vitamin C Serum.
First of the texture and consistency had just the right amount of viscosity to apply the serum economically. What I mean by this; if the serum is too thin, you end up using a lot and too thick, it is likely to sit on top of the skin. Eclat Vitamin C Serum has a perfect balance which makes it cosmetically elegant in my opinion. The serum is clear and remains that way, over time, using the product. My guess is oxidation probably isn’t a problem.
Once the serum has absorbed into the skin, you have a subtle glow when topped with a moisturisers leaves a healthy visage. Not the sort of glow where you look oily!
Only writing this article, I realised this product had retinol in the formula. Usually, I would steer clear of retinol in the daytime. However, I didn’t notice any ill effect. Given that I was using this as I would any other vitamin c serum, I was also using retinol at night. However, Eclat state on their website that this serum can be used in the morning or at night – I can only assume it’s a stabilised form of retinol.
After using the Eclat Vitamin C Serum for about three months, I can honestly say my skin was particularly well behaved. No breakouts or odd spots to speak of during this time! My complexion was visibly brightened and smooth. So either the SAP and/or the retinol in this formula agreed with my finicky skin.
With an ascorbic acid variety of vitamin c, the result on hyperpigmentation is quicker, and there is better fading. The SAP variety (in comparison) really had a muted impact. So this would be more of a maintenance serum in my opinion.
I can’t speak for the anti-ageing claims, but with the combination of products, I used I had perfectly plump and nourished skin.
At the time of writing, you could buy a 30ml bottle of the Eclat Vitamin Serum for £5.87 from Amazon.
I liked the Eclat Vitamin C Serum, but probably once I have faded my hyperpigmentation somewhat. In that respect, a well-formulated ascorbic acid serum beats this derivative of vitamin c hands down. As I said, earlier, this is more for maintenance than directly addressing some of my skin complaints.
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