As I continue to refine my anti-aging skincare regimen, I am finding there are certain ingredients I can't live without. Both vitamin C and hyaluronic acid have made it to my "must" list and so I was extremely pleased to find a product containing both at a good price-point. The Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum will continue to be an important part of my arsenal for years to come.
Let's talk about what's inside.
First and most importantly, Vitamin C which should be a part of everyone's daily regime. Vitamin C is clinically proven to help with collagen production, reduce brown spots, and provide mild protection from the damaging effects of the sun. Mad Hippie's formulation uses a form of vitamin C called Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate. I've researched this and found differing views on which form of vitamin C is most effective. L-Ascorbic Acid has the most research behind it but can also irritate sensitive skin. I can say from first-hand experience using PCA's C&E Strength (which contains 15% L-Ascorbic Acid) that this most common form of Vitamin C can cause a mild stinging sensation when first applied. When I started using the Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum I immediately noticed the lack of sting due to its use of Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate instead. At first I was concerned that the lack of pain would be correlated with a lack of effectiveness but based on the reading I've done, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate should work in the same way as L-Ascorbic Acid. The only thing to keep in mind is that there is less research behind the effectiveness of Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate since it is a newer ingredient. For now, I am confidently using products that contain it and continuing to keep an eye on the research!
Second, hyaluronic acid, which is a lifesaver for smoothing and plumping fine lines. Think of it as a mega-sponge that can hold many times its weight in water. When hyaluronic acid penetrates the skin, it's able to use this property to increase overall hydration, which is especially important as skin starts to age. It's a perfect ingredient for a "base-layer" serum if you like using face oils like I do.
The formula contains some other nice ingredients like ferulic acid and vitamin E for antioxidant protection and konjac root for it's nutritional properties. I love that it's free of parabens and fragrance and that it comes in a dark glass bottle to protect the good ingredients inside.
Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum retails for $33 (but I've seen it as cheap as $25 online) and I'd say that's a steal for what you're getting. With green beauty often being such a splurge, I feel like this handy serum is a no-brainer.
Tell me, have you tried this or another green Vitamin C treatment? What were your thoughts?