Review of Valentia Even Glow Skin Serum With 20% Topical Vitamin C

By on November 22, 2014

This is a review a topical Vitamin C skin care product called  Valentia Even Glow Skin Care Serum, of which the company generously provided me with a bottle to try. Unfortunately, the trial was only for one month, and I think that it’s difficult to see in one month if a skin product shows much benefit. However, I can at least tell you what I noted about this Vitamin C Skin Product in the month long trial.

Valentia even glow skin serum with Topical Vitamin C 20%

Ingredients in the Topical Vitamin C Skin Product

First of all are the ingredients, which show that a lot of good research has gone into this product. Topical Vitamin C skin products have been shown to reduce wrinkles, reduce aging, and even act as a mild sunscreen, preventing damage from UV light. Some studies used concentrations of topical Vitamin C as low as 5% with positive effects, as outlined in this research study entitled Topical ascorbic acid on photoaged skin. Clinical, topographical and ultrastructural evaluation: double-blind study vs. placebo. This product’s 20% Vitamin C is 4 times that amount, I like that commitment to adding higher amounts than the lowest amounts studies showed was beneficial. It would have been easy to just use the 5% solution and make the same claims, but adding the 20% to get the most benefits from the topical vitamin C is a great move on their part.

The other active ingredients: green tea, hyaluronic acid, and plant stem cell extracts are all equally as well studied to show beneficial effects on the skin from sunlight damage and aging. It also contains Vitamin E, which is synergistic with Vitamin C to provide protection from UV damage as shown in this study entitled UV photoprotection by combination topical antioxidants vitamin C and vitamin E. And it doesn’t contain a bunch of chemicals binding everything, either. Seems that they took good care to have all natural ingredients without a bunch of junk. That definitely wins me over.

 

“Topical application of 5% vitamin C cream was an effective and well-tolerated treatment. It led to a clinically apparent improvement of the photodamaged skin and induced modifications of skin relief and ultrastructure, suggesting a positive influence of topical vitamin C on parameters characteristic for sun-induced skin ageing.”
From Topical ascorbic acid on photoaged skin. Clinical, topographical and
ultrastructural evaluation: double-blind study vs. placebo

The smell is nice, not overpowering or perfumy. In fact, the scent was barely noticeable unless I wet my hands and touched my face during the day. It’s a light, pleasant, rose scent that I found enjoyable, but again, virtually unnoticeable, which I find great. I don’t want my facial products to have an overpowering or strong smell. So, my first impression of the skin serum was that each dose was going to use so much serum that the bottle would not last a month. It was quite thick and it seemed like it required a lot of serum to cover the face. The instructions say to wash face then towel dry before application, but I found that leaving he hands and face just very slightly damp before application allowed me to use a lot less of the serum per application, and for it to spread much easier. Sure enough, with this technique, the bottle lasted the entire month of generous applications, even with a few twice daily applications.

Decrease in Oil Production

I did notice that my skin is dryer than it was at the beginning of the trial, and considering that I live in the Pacific Northwest, and the trial occurred at the beginning of the rainy season, this was not an effect due to weather. For me, however, this is a plus. I tend to have very oily skin, and despite being over 40, I still tend to fight issues of oily skin, including breakouts. This was the first product I’ve ever tried that seemed to diminish my perpetually oily skin, and so for me, this is a big benefit.

The lessening of my oily skin is a significant enough benefit of this topical Vitamin C skin product that I will likely continue with the product indefinitely to continue this effect. Others may find it a bit drying, and for them, they may need to use a moisturizer once a day. Considering the product infuses large amounts of the antioxidant, Vitamin C, into the skin in a significant dose, which should improve the skin over the long term, I don’t think that this diminishing of oil should dissuade anyone from using this product when a moisturizer can easily counterbalance it. My skin hydration was fine, and possibly even increased (which is one of their claims), I just seemed to have less oil production.

Does it Live up to the Claims?

Valentia Even Glow Skin Serum Ingredients topical vitamin C 20%Valentia claims that the Even Glow Skin Serum with 20% Vitamin C:

  • Evens skin tone
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Increases glow and radiance
  • Boosts collagen production
  • All day hydration
  • Leaves skin smooth and brighter

As for Valentia’s claims, I did not notice and improvement in smoothness to my skin during the month, so maybe this feature would be better observed over a longer period of time. It’s possible that the drying of the oil made me actually feel my skin rather than the oil layer, making it more difficult to assess whether my skin actually became smoother or not.

One benefit that I noted from this topical Vitamin C skin product was that I do tend to have large pores, and it seems like my pores have become less prominent, maybe by the astringent and antibacterial activity of the Vitamin C, so that’s also a plus. As for the diminishing of wrinkles and boosting of collagen production, this is a difficult task to achieve in a month and I did not notice any dramatic wrinkle reduction, but my skin did stay plump and hydrated, despite the surface drying, The laugh lines around my eyes possibly appear to have diminished, but they were not very prominent and it’s hard to tell. I can say, for sure, that the drying effect did not in any way worsen the wrinkles, so the drying effect appears to possibly be just a decrease in oil production from the pores, rather than drying out of the subcutaneous layer where it would increase wrinkles.

My Conclusions

Overall, I’m happy to have tried this product and I feel that I did get a benefit of smaller pores and decreased oil production. Something no product prior to this has ever been able to do. I will reserve judgment on the smoothing, wrinkle reduction, and brightening effects, as I don’t think that the 30 day trial was sufficient to notice a difference such that I can state unequivocally that it did actually provide these benefits. Studies using the ingredients contained in the Even Glow Skin Serum used 12 weeks of study while I only had 4 weeks.

From the quality of the ingredients, the amount of topical vitamin C and the benefits that it gave me, I definitely feel good about recommending this product, especially for those with oily skin, despite the fact that only 4 weeks was not a lot of time to see if the product holds up to its claims of reducing lines and boosting collagen production, even though, in theory, the ingredients support these claims. It also has a money back guarantee, so it’s hard to go wrong with that! I want to thank Valentia for giving me the opportunity to review their Even Glow Skin Care Serum with 20% Vitamin C.

 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

About Kerri Knox, RN

The author is a Registered Nurse and Functional Medicine Practitioner. With 20 years of experience in health care, she has the unique perspective of being solidly grounded in both Conventional Medicine and Alternative Medicine. She can help you to to find and repair the underlying causes of chronic illness, while empowering you to take charge of your own health. She is the owner and author of this blog and website.

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