Vitamin C Serums

DRUNK ELEPHANT C-FIRMA SERUM VS. SUNDAY RILEY CEO SERUM

Vitamin C Serums
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I’ve been avid user of Vitamin C serums for a few years now. Throughout the process I’ve tried various brands. But my favorite has been the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum and I’ve been using it for a little over a year now. Over the summer I was gifted (via Instagram giveaway by the brand) the Sunday Riley CEO Serum. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to test it out and see how the two compare and differ from one another.

WHAT IS VITAMIN C AND WHY IS IT USED?

Vitamin C is often used for its brightening effects and it’s anti-aging properties. Some studies have even noted Vitamin C being able to help and prevent UV photo damage. I’ve been using various vitamin C serums for the past couple of years within my morning skincare routine.

I’ll mostly be discussing the following types of Vitamin C:

L-Ascorbic acid (found in the Drunk Elephant C-Firma)- known to penetrate the skin tissue and is more active in collagen production. It comes from natural sources like oranges. L-Ascorbic acid is the most active, but known to be the most unstable and to oxidize quickly. It usually comes in concentrations between 5-15%. It’s been said that people with both dry and oily skin textures can benefit from the usage, but not great for those with sensitive skin types.

THD ascorbate (vitamin C) (found in the Sunday Riley CEO Serum)- also known as Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is a form of vitamin C which been modified to better penetrate the skin. Known to be one of the more stable types of Vitamin C. It’s said to be great for those who have sensitive skin types as it’s a more gentle formula of Vitamin C.

Other forms of Vitamin C- sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, retinyl ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, and ascorbyl glucoside. 

C-FIRMA VS. CEO

Vitamin C duo Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum
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DRUNK ELEPHANT C-FIRMA SERUM

Size: 1 ounce Price: $80

Scent: Citrus

What is it? 15 percent L-Ascorbic acid, one-half percent ferulic acid (an antioxidant found in the cell walls of plants that enhances the stability and the efficacy of vitamins C) and one percent vitamin E.

Skin types suitable for: All Skin Types

C-Firma™ has a reservoir effect, which means it will stay active on skin for up to 72 hours and cannot be washed or rubbed off. Its pH level is 3.3, which Drunk Elephant believes is the key to a non-irritating formula.

Texture: Serum

Suggested Usage:
-In the morning, apply evenly to clean, dry face, neck, chest, and backs of hands.
-Tip: C-Firma™ contains pure l-ascorbic acid and yields best results when used fresh, so use immediately and don’t stock up.
-After first use, this product may be stored in the refrigerator to help maintain its potent antioxidant activity and effectiveness.

Ingredients: Water, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ascorbic Acid, Laureth-23, Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Phytosterols, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Ferulic Acid, Acetyl Glucosamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Glycine, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sucrose, Maltodextrin, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorphenesin, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin.

 
SUNDAY RILEY CEO RAPID BRIGHTENING SERUM

Size: 1 ounce Price: $85

Scent: Citrus

What is it? 15 percent THD ascorbate which delivers stable advanced vitamin C and is oil oil-soluble.

Skin types suitable for: All Skin Types

Texture: Consistency of a lotion

Suggested Usage:
-Apply one to two pumps to clean skin, morning and night.
-For enhanced visible brightening, follow with Good Genes, CEO Protect + Repair Cream, or Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream.
-Vitamin C pairs excellently with retinol, so this product works very well when applied on top of Luna Sleeping Night Oil.

Ingredients: Water, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Squalane, PEG-8 Beeswax, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Acetamidoethoxyethanol, Jojoba Esters, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycine Soja Sterols, Tocopherol, Glycolic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Phytate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Chlorphenesin, Cera Alba, Glycerin, Isosqualane, C30 Hydrocarbons, Saccharide Isomerate.

 

THIS OR THAT?

SUNDAY RILEY CEO SERUM OR DRUNK ELEPHANT C-FIRMA SERUM?

I’ve been using the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Serum for little over a year now. When the opportunity presented itself to try out the Sunday Riley CEO Serum I thought it would be a good idea to see how similar or different the two are from one another. Both serums contain 15% of vitamin C. But as previously mentioned, the vitamin C are two different types.

It said that that THD, the main vitamin C ingredient in the Sunday Riley CEO Serum, to be more gentle than L-Ascorbic acid (found in C-Firma). I did my due diligence and checked out multiple reviews on the CEO serum. Many of the reviews contained complaints of people breaking out in acne or bumps when using the CEO Serum. I can’t say that one formula is gentler than the other because that truly depends on the skin texture of the individual using it.

The major complaint that I noticed for the C-Firma were of people complaining of the shelf life. Many mentioned that that the serum oxidized on them from a light orange color to dark orange color after 3 months of usage. When vitamin C serum oxidizes it usually an indicator that your vitamin C serum no longer just contains L-ascorbic acid. This makes me wonder how often is the serum being stocked and date checked while on store shelves. After reading about those claims months ago, I actually opened my serum. I didn’t know what it looked like when I initially purchased it, so I took a picture of it and wrote down the serial number on the bottle and reached out to a rep at Drunk Elephant. I was asked when I opened the bottle and was informed that my serum was just fine. I was also informed when to discontinue usage of it as well.

The one major con for me regarding the Sunday Riley CEO Serum is that the full size, 1 ounce, only lasted about 3 months. According to the packaging of the CEO serum, it states that the product has a shelf life of 12 months. Whereas the full size of the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Serum 1 ounce lasted about 6-7 months and it’s shelf life is marketed as 6 months.

DRUM ROLL…THE FINAL DECISION

Both serums were used in the morning along with my other skincare items (cleanser, toner, essence and moisturizer). I did not experience any type of purging, acne or sensitivity to the ingredients in either serum. Both gave me the same results of glowy skin and help to fade minor dark spots on face. I honestly really enjoyed using the CEO Serum, but the fact that it depleted so quickly was a major deal breaker for me.

Both product retails in the $80 range. Drunk Elephant also makes a midi size of the C-Firma mid-size (15 ml) for $44 and a travel size due for $23. These additional size options are great for those that are afraid of taking the plunge right away into the full price. Also the smaller size gives you a better opportunity to finish the entire serum. In my opinion, this makes the Drunk Elephant a better buy for me.

 
JUST A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN USING VITAMIN C….
  • Keep away from sunlight

  • Should be stored in an airtight package

  • Should also be stored in a cool temperature.

  • Don’t forget to wear sunscreen. You wouldn’t want to cause harm to your skin when you’re trying to improve it or protect it, Right?!

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How I Got Rid of My Split Ends

How I got Rid of my Split Ends

How I Got Rid of My Split Ends

There’s so much information about split ends, that you would think no one would have split ends by now. The Split End Mystery would be solved and articles like this one would be irrelevant…

I would have liked to title this article “how to get rid of split ends once and for all”, but who knows if my dance with split ends is over (because I am liable to do something silly to my hair in all of the years to come).

Here’s How I got rid of my split ends, what has worked for my hair, and my suggestions to get rid of split ends. 

1. Stop Putting Heat in your Hair!

I used to be a flat iron advocate. I would flat iron my hair at least every 3 days. You know what I learned when I decided to stop? That I was wasting a ton of time and I was using the wrong products. I wasn’t using products that allowed me to wear my hair naturally. A lot of people think that they have what I call in-between hair. It’s not curly, but it’s not straight. It’s not straight, but it’s wavy. What I want you to do is to picture your hair the last year it was healthy. What were the strands like? That’s how your hair should look.

I still love a good blow dry and flat iron, but let’s save those for special occasions, that is, if you want healthy hair. Now you will not see results right away because of the next thing….

2. Cut your Hair

“OMG NO!!! I’m not going to cut it!!” Why not? If it’s not healthy, it probably looks it which means it doesn’t look good. You don’t have to do the big chop, but a progressive one.

3. Start being Kinder to your Hair

Treatments. You have to do treatments. I have yet to find a drugstore treatment that works. I usually go to the Beauty Supply store and purchase one of those little “Intensive Repair” packets. You can also research natural conditioners. I like the honey ones.

4. Repair the Bond

Someone told me to use Olaplex No. 3 for my hair. This is the best bond-builder I have ever used. It is a bond-builder, not a conditioner. It took about 3 uses for me to see amazing results. It is expensive, but worth it. 

I don’t use it the way that it is suggested. I leave it on for 24 hours, after I shampoo my hair. This works for my hair. I was using once a week. Now I use every 2 weeks. It is a little pricey! 

5. Dusting

Yes dusting actually works after you cut your hair. If you have a lot of split ends, just dusting is not going to get rid of your split ends. Do a trim and then a couple weeks later dust your hair. You can go to a salon or if you are like me, ask a friend.

6. Find the Right Products

It honestly seems like harley anyone actually gets my hair; so, now I am Sherlock Holmes, searching for the right hair product that is affordable. The great thing about 2019, you can take pretty much anything back easily. Let me tell you, I do and this helps when experimenting with hair products.

Learn about hair products and what works with your hair. I am still learning, but now I know which products will make my hair look dried out. Which products to put at the ends vs scalp. I also know when I need to do a clarifying rinse.

7. Stop Bleaching your Hair

Okay this is the hard one… Stop bleaching your hair. Again 2019 is so great because wigs are everywhere. Get a colored wig.

If you are going to bleach your hair, know that it will never look as great as it possibly can. I have bleach in my hair and I have to keep it short for it to look healthy. This is okay for me right now, but if I ever wanted a really nice and thick, shoulder length bob, I would have to stop dying it.

8. Get the right Hair Accessories

The right brush for wet or dry hair. The right hair bands that won’t pull out your hair and a Silk Pillowcase.

This is how I got rid of my split ends.

Now my hair is far from perfect, but it is healthy and the ends look great. It took me about a year and half to get to this point, so patience is key unless you do the big chop.

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The winter weather can be atrocious on our skin. Dry, flakey skin is no one’s friend and can cause patchiness and other skin issues. 

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1. Use a sleeping mask

A sleeping mask is super hydrating and a great way to hydrate your skin as you sleep. Only use 1-2 times a week. 

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Just because it is winter, doesn’t mean your skin has to have a nice glow. A bronzing oil will instantly give you vibrant skin.  

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4. Use a good primer

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5. Make sure your Body Scrub/ Wash is Hydrating

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In February 2018, Forbes reported that plastic surgery and cosmetics spending in the United States alone hit the $15 Billion-mark last year and that the most cost-effective solution to anti-aging was…to start young.

 

Millennials are flocking to the cosmetics industry, and Botox in particular, as part of their anti-aging regimen.

“Getting work done” has become not only socially acceptable at a younger age but it is being highly touted on social media, blogs and in everyday conversation. We see this shift happening also partly because our current society is driven by instantaneous results. In the beauty world this translates to a desire for quick procedures with minimum downtime — Botox and filler are just that. Preventative care is so popular these days amongst younger women that it is seen more as a means of upkeep; such as coloring one’s hair or receiving a facial. Annual statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons confirm this trend. As reported, Botox procedures have increased 28 percent since 2010 amongst 20 to 29-year-olds.

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1. Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner With Honey And Olive Oil

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*Leave in hair 1 -3 hours and then rinse with Cold Water

“This mask was kind of gross. I didn’t want to rinse it out because I didn’t want the yoke to slide down my face.” -Ana

3. Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner With Coconut Oil

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“This was just okay.  Almost to heavy for my fine hair.”- Ana

4. Natural Homemade Hair Conditioner With Baking Soda

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