It’s Official - I’ve Found The Holy Grail Vitamin C Serum For Those With Sensitive Skin (And Without!)
Bright, glowy skin with a formula that genuinely won’t upset your skin? Yep, it exists - and it's all thanks to TEMPLESPA...
There’s no denying that vitamin C is the wonder ingredient if you want a glowy complexion. It is known far and wide for its brightening and anti-aging benefits, and there isn’t a week that goes by where I haven’t heard about a vitamin C-packed serum that celebrities swear by. However, the second I head to the reviews section, I find my people: the 1 star reviewers who talk honestly about the sting, redness, and flushing brought on by the potent ingredient that for many is too much to bear. The truth of the matter is that vitamin C, unless stabilised correctly, can prove too harsh for a lot of skin types who aren’t used to it, leaving many of us with barely-touched bottles in the cabinet and no end in sight for our duller skin.
So, you can imagine my delight when I finally found a product that actually works without the dodgy side effects: TEMPLESPA’s LET’S CONCENTRATE. I was already a big fan of the spa brand's ridiculously decadent Body Truffle Moisturiser, and with summer events lined up and warm weather setting in, I’d been feeling the itch to attempt a vitamin C serum again. So, when this zesty bottle turned up on my desk offering “a freshly squeezed orange juice health boost for the skin” with powerhouse ingredients that are suited to all skin types including sensitive, I was ready to put it to the test. So that I did. Just a couple of weeks ago, I started using it both morning and night after cleansing and before my moisturiser or oil. The gel texture sunk into my skin instantly, feeling light and non-sticky - I even trialied it under make-up and experience no piling - a great sign of a luxury product. And even though it's only been a short time, I can already see a visible improvement in the appearance of my skin.
But what really makes LET’S CONCENTRATE different from everything else I’ve tried in my time?
The potent gel-like formula is made up of powerhouse antioxidants: Ascorbyl Glucoside – a new, more stable form of vitamin C with longer-lasting benefits and Alpha Arbutin – working in conjunction with Vitamin C to enhance its ability to reduce the appearances of age spots, redness, pigmentation and sun damage. There’s also Sodium Hyaluronate - the salt of hyaluronic acid that has a lower molecular that delivers hydration to the deeper levels on the skin – resulting in softer, supple skin that feels nourished, not stripped.
If you’ve ever experienced redness and irritation with Vitamin C products in the past, you’ll be gagged to hear that this formula contains Zinc, Magnesium, Manganese and Potassium – key players when it comes to balancing the skin. I’ve always found Zinc to be a standout for reducing the chance of blemishes and breakouts, while it also works in unison with the rest to remedy fine lines and wrinkles.
Beyond trying it yourself, it’s always hard to gauge just how well a product might work. That’s why TEMPLESPA worked in collaboration with one of the world’s leading Professors in Biomolecular Dermatology, Professor Mark Birch-Machin and his team of esteemed scientists at the University of Newcastle to truly test the key ingredients from the formulation on human skin. How did they do it? By growing human skin in the laboratory – I kid you not. Before it reached the user trials, the experts used this laboratory-made skin to measure the effect the topical application can have on humans. This enabled them to literally see and measure the positive results of the ingredient choices – something backed up by their real test subjects who demonstrated instant results on application with 80% agreeing that their skin feels instantly smoother, 79% agreeing that their skin looks instantly brighter and 77% agreeing that their skin had an instant glow – with results shooting up to the 90s after 4 weeks of continued use.
A quick pre-gym selfie to show off the glow
The first application I can’t say I saw a huge difference beyond looking hydrated – but this was coming off the back of a wedding weekend where there was likely no hope for my washed-out look. Fast forward 3 days however and I was already WhatsApping my girls chat with a selfie. Glowy but not shiny, like I’d perhaps been eating really well, with what can only be described as clarity. The bottle told me to concentrate on areas with blemishes or scars, and these patches were already looking calmer.
Oh, and that fresh orange juice smell? Don’t worry about it, it’s all natural! You don't have to worry about oxidation with the vitamin C – or the strange smell that comes with it - in this formula since it's highly stable and comes in an air-tight pump that means you’ll never lose potency. The orange aroma that you sniff on opening comes naturally courtesy of Orange Essential Oil and Lemon Fruit Water, which also happen to have exfoliating and smoothing benefits. Just another reason to love it in my opinion, and a citrussy reminder of the brighter days ahead – for you and your skin. This is like summer in a bottle, and there's no question that I'll be keeping it in my routine all year round.
You can't glow if your pores are holding you back - so get out the gunk with a nourishing deep pore cleanser. This one leaves you with a dewy complexion, the perfect base for radiant skin,
Sorry, but acid cleansers don't always get down deep and dirty like you need them too. This gentle scrub is just the ticket for buffing away dead skin cells and kickstarting your renewal process.
This iconic Oxygen Peel facial has garnered a cult status, loved by beauty editors everywhere and anyone who is constantly on the quest for fresh, baby-smooth skin that looks like a filter. Resurfaced, brighter skin is yours thanks to this state-of-the-art oxygenating bubble peel, powered by vitamin C and a cocktail of glycolic, malic, lactic, citric and hydroxy acids - the perfect booster to use in conjunction with the new LET'S CONCENTRATE serum.
Don't skip your toner if you want to glow. Extracts of grape, apple, lemon and orange combine with glycolic, mandelic and lactic acids to provide a refreshing formulation that gently lifts away dead skin cells and impurities.
When you're hitting your skin with acids that may leave it more sentitive, SPF is absolutely essential (as it is regardless). This feather-light daily moisturising cream boasts a broad-spectrum SPF 30 and blue light protection to help protect against the environment, sun, wind, pollution, aircon, heating & digital screens.
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