Vitamin C is having a bit of a moment, and I’m not mad about it. Antioxidant protection combined with pigmentation fighting properties is a win in my books.
One I tested recently is the Bioderma Pigmentbio C-Concentrate Brightening Pigmentation Corrector (R400 from Dermastore)
Vitamin C is tricky to stabilize as it’s very sensitive to air and UV light, which is why it is always either encapsulated or in a two-phase system so that you can use the fresh mixture before it becomes unstable.
A potent daily antioxidant, Vitamin C protects the skin from harmful environmental aggressors like UV rays and pollution. With extended use, it helps to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, boosts skin elasticity and regenerates the skin to lessen the depth of fine lines and wrinkles.
Bioderma has included Acorbyl Glucoside in this formula, which is a water-soluble form of Vitamin C, which converts to ascorbic acid once it penetrates the skin, eliminating any oxidation. Decent levels of both AHA and BHAs have also been included to further help gently ‘peel’ and lighten pigmentation marks. Vitamin E is included to soothe and nourish the skin.
You get one month’s supply in the 15ml bottle, which you need to activate before you use. To active, you press the cap down hard to release the powder into the liquid below. Replace the cap with the dropper top and shake to dissolve the powder. Your serum is now active and will start deteriorating, so make sure you use it within a month or two.
I use Vitamin C every day, but have never done a course of it that has to be used at night (this is recommended because of the peeling action). I was very impressed with the results. First of all, I didn’t have any reaction to the formula (Vitamin C is known irritant to the skin) and had no tingling when I applied it, either. If you do feel a tingling, it shouldn’t last too long, and if it does, stop using it, as it may be too strong for your skin.
After a month’s nightly application, my skin is visibly brighter, my stubborn sun spots on the side of my face are lighter and the texture of my skin is much smoother. I would say that it changed the texture of my skin more that it tackled my pigmentation, but this could also be because I testing it during lockdown, and my skin is behaving like a 15 year old’s… (My maskne routine is coming soon).
If you are struggling with uneven texture or want to target some pigmentation, I don’t think you can go wrong with this one. If you want to make a more drastic change to your routine, have a look at the rest of the Pigmentbio range, as there are quite a few products designed to target pigmentation. You can read my post on the range here.
The Bioderma Pigmentbio C Concentrate is available from Dermastore and Dis-Chem and the rest of the range is available from selected Clicks stores nationwide, as well as online from Le Beauty Club and Cosmetiques de France.