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Vitamin C Serum

Genuinely impressed with the portland based natural indie beauty brand Mad Hippie + their powerful vitamin c serum. I first learned of the benefit of Vitamin C a few years ago when researching serums to add to my k-pop 10 step routine. Grab the write up below. There’s a reason why it was voted best beauty product of 2017 by Better Nutrition, the “glow getter” by Instyle, a "miracle worker" by Allure, + has a solid cult-beauty following.

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Literature Review

I enjoy working with brands that support self-care and mental health wellness. Mad Hippie is a company that is passionate about skincare + the ingredients they bottle, to get you to the beauty every time. Even the production of their skincare products have a major impact on the environment, in a positive way, through: using only BPA-free, fully recyclable airless pumps on the market + printing solely with soy inks in their Portland facility. Additionally, they give $1 of every web-sale to the conservation of African elephants. This is definitely a brand you can get behind on a social level (which I love). Their philosophy is: more actives, more results- and they live up to this statement as the Vitamin C serum boasts a whopping 8!

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Progress Notes

Key Ingredients: 

  1. Vitamin E - Protective antioxidant that has been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles & discoloration.
  2. Hyaluronic Acid –  Works to plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  3. Konjac Root Powder – Exotic flower from Asia, helps to soften & smooth the skin while forming a thin protective barrier.  
  4. Grapefruit – Rich in antioxidants & citric acid, grapefruit helps to remove dead skin cells, acting as a natural exfoliant.
  5. Clary Sage - Balances the production of sebum, and helps eliminate overly-dry or overly-oily skin.

Vitamin C helps boost collagen production, filling in fine lines and wrinkles + refine your face texture. The serum allows its antioxidant properties to counteract the free radicals that age + blemish your skin. I like it in comparison to a Retin A, because vitamin C works within the layers of your skin to inhibit the free radicals rather than exfoliating the top layers causing damage. #themoreoyouknow

I tend to break out most when I am stressed and have little to no sleep. A weakened immune system forces your body into overdrive combating a potential cold + then toxins + free radicals lead to a breakout. Insert: topical Vitamin C. It both repairs + prevents damage to your skin, allowing for a smoother and supple look. 

Treating my combination skin is also difficult because you’re treating two types of skin. I embrace the oily parts as they slow down the aging process, but sometimes it can be annoying- especially in the summer. I work hard to reduce the excess of oil on my skin but carefully, as I don’t want it fully removed or worse: over produced.

Different forms of Vitamin C require a different pH for stability and absorption. Mad Hippie uses sodium ascorbyl phosphate (SAP). It is a form of Vitamin C that has a salt molecule attached to it, allowing it to easily penetrate the skin's lipid barrier. 

The serum doesn’t burn or sting + I am thoroughly enjoying the results thus far. I only use vitamin C in the night time due to the oxidation process + darkening products on the skin. Also- the scent is worth noting: it’s not medicinal or strong which I think a lot of topical Vitamin C products are guilty of. It's very faint + close to nothing: win. This formula is smooth + seeps in quickly. It’s not sticky + I will be purchasing a new bottle when I run out of this one. I believe after use, you’ll find this to be a new HG product for you.

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Unboxing Experience: You know that this is a huge deal for me. The dark glass vial is easy to port around + the cap is tight and secure so there isn’t any worry in spillage. The box and label are brightly pattered, which stand out on my evening table. When your skincare routine is effective, you’ll be more inclined to continue the process. I have been really impressed with Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C serum + its effect on acne scars + dark spots; I look forward to using it at night. What's even better is that you can find them in Whole Foods, Earth Fare, + my absolute favorite: The Vitamin Shoppe. Overall I will continue this in my evening rotation, especially during the summer for repair from those UV rays. 100% natural, vegan + cruelty free- this product lives up to the hype. Check them out + read more about their Vitamin C serum so you too can radiate. 

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+Many thanks to Mad Hippie for their support in this blog. This is not a sponsored post + products were provided for editorial consideration. All opinions and thoughts about the businesses featured are my own. I stay true to your weekly followup + my aesthetic.