Vitamin C is one of the best ways to lighten those pesky acne scars and hyper-pigmentation. With my lovely history (can you hear the sarcasm?) with cystic acne, I have my fair share of scarring to get rid of. So, I’ve tried many different products but have found that Vitamin C drops are by far the best way. I have used the CosRX Triple C Lightning Liquid for about a year now, but had always heard about how great the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum is. So, while I was in Korea, I had to pick myself up a bottle. Read on to see how it compared to the CosRX version!
Details and Review:
- Item Claims: By use of Vitamin C, this serum will help fade acne scars/hyper-pigmentation, reduce fine lines, brighten the skin, and even out the skin tone.
- Directions: Apply 2-3 drops after cleansing and toning and before moisturizing. Can be used as a spot treatment, all over, or mixed in with moisturizer (if sensitive to straight Vitamin C).
- Scent: None
- Notable Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid/Vitamin C, Centella Asiatica Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract
- Quantity: 1.18 fl.oz./35 mL
- Price: $23
- Overall Rating: 3/5
- Opinion: So, if the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum was the first Vitamin C serum I had tried, I may have liked it better. But, I was constantly comparing it to the CosRX Triple C Lightning Liquid, so it didn’t score as high. First, the Klairs has only 5% Vitamin C compared to the 20.5% in the CosRX serum. So, the Klairs is definitely better for those with highly sensitive skin. However, you can definitely tell a difference in the effectiveness. With the Klairs Serum, my acne scars are fading much slower and not near as much as they did with the Triple C. Another thing I wasn’t crazy about was the texture of the liquid. The Klairs liquid felt much more oily on my skin and didn’t absorb as well. I had to leave it for quite a while to soak in before applying any moisturizer. While it didn’t give my skin the tingly feeling you sometimes get with high concentrations of Vitamin C, it did feel slightly warm (is this weird? it may be just me) even though I keep the serum in the fridge. I will say though the Klairs serum did leave my skin looking more even in the morning. And, the fine lines on my forehead were a little less noticeable. The other plus to the Klairs is that since it’s only 5%, you can mix it in with your moisturizer in the morning and wear it during the day if you’d like (20.5% is a little too concentrated to wear in daylight). Overall, I’d choose the CosRX over the Klairs, but for those with extra sensitive skin, the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum would be a good choice. And remember to keep it in the fridge, so it doesn’t oxidize!
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