Friday, November 18, 2016

Essa Skin Care Vita-C-Whip Review

I use a lot of serums and moisturizers as I am in my early thirties and Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid have both been in my daily routine. I have used a variety of serums that have these 2 ingredients and frequently the serums are very similar. Sometimes I have noticed that the Vitamin C serums I have been sent for review are almost identical (with just different branding and labeling).

I reviewed the InstaNatural Vitamin C serum earlier this week and although it was a positive review, I did mention that it felt a bit sticky and soapy on my fingers and when applied to my face. I often have this problem with serums that contain grapefruit oils / peel extract. I was sent a lotion type serum from Essa Skincare this month and while I am not as pleased with the ingredients (several chemical sounding), I do like the way it is not sticky. I do not have to wash my hands immediately after application (which is nice since I use this at my variety in my bedroom prior to doing my makeup). I like the lotion consistency and find that this absorbs quickly without any heaviness.

The fragrance has a hint of citrus and dissipates quickly. The bottle is a frosted glass and feels quality. I always prefer serums and skincare to be housed in glass instead of plastic. The pump works well and I did not have any issues. The ingredients, as I mentioned above, are not as simple or natural as I would prefer, but I do like that there are no sulfates, phthalates, or parabens. I have not had any irritation when using this product, and it does not cause my makeup to apply cakey or pill up.


Purified Water, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP, Copolymer, PEG -12 Glyceryl Dimyristate, PEG-23 Glyceryl Distearate, Disodium EDTA, Citrus Nobilis, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol ● This proprietary blend has NO Sulfates, NO Pthalates, NO Parabens, NO Formaldehyde. ●

While I do like the Green Tea, Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid and Grapeseed, I am not fond of some of the other ingredients.  Please note that this does have dimethicone (a silicone).  I do not have a problem with using this on my skin as it does smooth my pores and blurs them temporarily which makes my foundation look nicer.  I do stay away from silicones in my shampoos since I am sulfate free and silicones can build up on my hair (and are harder to remove with sulfate free shampoos).  Since my pores on my cheeks, nose and chin are quite large, I generally use dimethicone to soften their appearance.  

This serum was sent to me for honest review.  Check out Essa Skincare on Facebook.  I like this serum and use it at night after using a liquid Vitamin C serum and also on days that I have used my facial 1.0 mm derma roller.  I try to use my roller between 1-3 times a month, and do not have any issues using this serum afterward.  I do want to mention, that this is a good stand alone product, and does not need to be layered over a liquid Vitamin C serum.  I find this more convenient than a liquid (easier to travel with) as well as it can be double duty as a moisturizing primer for my makeup foundation.  I like the smoothing effect it has over my pores.

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