16 May 2013

Product Review: SkinMedica Vitamin C+E Complex

As I think I may have mentioned once or twice before, I am sadly at the age where I feel it is necessary to us anti-ageing products to try to minimise the signs of ageing I already have, and hopefully try to delay the occurrence of new ones. Here are my thoughts of the *SkinMedica Vitamin C+E Complex;

What They Say:

"A silky, fragrance-free formula with 15% stabilized Vitamin C and E provides extraordinary antioxidant protection, helping to improve the appearance of skin tone and texture".

RRP: $134 (28.3g) - Available from select Beauty Salons

What I Say:

I always excited when I come across a new brand, and get to try some of their products. And I have to be honest and admit that I’d never heard of SkinMedica before!

SkinMedica was founded by renowned American dermatologist Dr. Richard Fitzpatrick, has been a pioneer and an innovator in the use of lasers in skin rejuvenation and a leader in dermatology for over 30 years. About a decade ago, he decided to develop his own skincare line of clinically proven products based on the results he achieved in his clinical practice.

The SkinMedica Vitamin C+E Complex claims to work synergistically to fight free radicals, prevent oxidation and delivers vitamins C and E to skin throughout the day, while promoting cell renewal.

I have combination skin, prone to breakouts, and consequently I am always nervous when trying new skincare products, and even more so when it is concentrated anti-ageing products as they are often too concentrated and heavy for my skin. But I’m happy to say that after using the Vitamin C+E Complex for about 6 weeks, I have not noticed an increase in breakouts or felt that my skin has gotten more congested.

Since moving to Australia over a decade ago, sadly my Scandinavian skin has seen an increase in pigmentation – which I have to say that apart from beginning lines, is my main skincare concern. As well as ‘blotches’ on my skin, it simply looks tired and dull. And to add to that, being 35 weeks pregnant hasn’t helped one bit either.

The Vitamin C+E Complex comes in a luxe looking grey pump bottle with a shiny silver base and lid. And as always, I love the fact that it comes with a pump, as it makes it not only easy to dispense just the amount of complex needed without wastage,  but it also makes it so much more hygienic than having to constantly dip your fingers into a jar.

On the other hand, products in pump bottles can be difficult to completely empty, but only time will tell how this one will fare. Another issue is that the bottle is solid grey/silver so you cannot see exactly how much product you have left in the bottle, so you do run the risk of suddenly running out. But then again, I do also understand also understand that clear product bottles may cause ingredients in the products to deteriorate faster.  

On first use I had to pump the bottle countless of times – actually so many times that I was starting to think that it was a faulty pump – until eventually the complex started coming out.

The Vitamin C+E Complex has the consistency of a light gel, similar to most other serums – and it which quickly absorbs into the skin, leaving it silky soft with a powdery feel, and without leaving behind a greasy residue. And my skin is instantly ready for my daily moisturiser, and here after makeup.

The complex is very concentrated, and just one pump is more than sufficient to cover my full face, neck and décolleté. Although it is fragrance free, the complex a faint powdery scent, which quickly fades once absorbed into the skin.

The Vitamin C+E Complex has a very small ingredient list, in fact there are only 9 ingredients on the list!! Yep, just nine. I don’t recall ever seeing an ingredients list for an anti-ageing product with so few ingredients. And many of the ingredients are derivatives of Vitamin C and E.

At $135 for a small bottle, it is in the expensive end of serums, but considering it is so concentrated, and I still have well over half a bottle left after six week of use, does mean that it will last you quite a while.

So how did the Vitamin C+E Complex perform after using it for approx. 6 weeks every morning as recommended?

The serum works perfectly under makeup, and in fact, works as a primer too, as it not only makes my makeup slide on easier, it also makes it stay put for longer, and stops it from falling into lines and creases.

In terms of the effects on my skin, it feels soft and moisturised, and I really like how it makes my skin feel so velvety soft and smooth straight after I’ve applied it. I obviously cannot comment on effective it is on fighting the free radicals, but on the whole my skin does look more glowing, and feels very hydrated and plump, although I still need to follow with my usual moisturiser (with SPF, as the complex doesn’t contain any).

As for evening out the skintone, I am not convinced that I have seen any major improvements – but being pregnant, and clearly experiencing an increasing amount of pigmentation, it complex is also fighting an up-hill battle that I’m not sure it would be able to win. On the positive, I have not noticed any increase in the pigmentation in the period I’ve been using the complex, so clearly it does have some significant effect after all. And as I believe that the effects are cumulative and will continue to improve with long-term use, so I will continue to use it, and hopefully avoid any major flare-up of pigmentation in my last weeks of my pregnancy.
*This product was kindly provided for consideration, and it has been reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

Have you ever heard of SkinMedica before? Do you use serums? Which one is your favourite? And how much money would you be happy to spend on a serum?



  1. I've never heard of this range before, but this sounds great. I love serums and are always buying new ones. They make such a difference to your skin.

    1. I agree, I love serums too - just a few years ago a moisturiser was sufficient, but now I cant live without a serum either!


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