For a while I was using a vitamin c serum from a brand from California called Timeless. This serum is purported to be a very close duplicate of Skinceuticals Vitamin C+Ferulic Serum but about one eighth the price. I liked it; it gave me a glow but eventually the glow was replaced by dryness which I suspect came from the alcohol in the formula. Like Skinceutical’s serum, Timeless also contained some alcohol supposedly meant to aid the vitamin c in penetrating the skin.
I had used a powdered form of vitamin c from a Spa brand called Biophora that I was introduced to during my medical esthetics training. I loved that stuff! I could mix it into my fave moisturizer or serum and customize how gentle or how intense I wanted the punch of vitamin c to be.
I might purchase Biophora Pure C in the future but in the interim I thought I’d finally try a product I’d had my eye on for a while, namely Philosophy’s Turbo Booster C Powder. At half the price of the Biophora vitamin C powder I figured I would try it first. I use this booster with different products depending on what my skin’s needs are. Typically I use any water-based moisturizer and mix about one scoop of the booster with one or two pumps of moisturizer. My skin loves this stuff; it revives it and restores the glow that I feared was gone. I haven’t noticed any dryness at all, probably because I mix it with emollient-rich moisturizer and there is no alcohol in the formula.
- Contains other skin-loving ingredients such as amino acids
- Customizable to suit individual skin types
- 98.8% pure vitamin C
- Has that tell-tale metallic smell that many vitamin c products have
At $45.00 Philosophy’s Turbo Booster C Powder isn’t super cheap but compared to a lot of vitamin c products out there it’s relatively affordable. Plus, a little of the booster goes a long way; the little scoop spoon included measures out just enough. The brand suggests using 1/2 to 1 full scoop.
Ascorbic Acid, Panthenol, Zinc Pca, Copper Pca, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Juice, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate, Arginine, Cysteine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.