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– OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum –

faster vitamin C effect with added peeling function. Combines 20% L-absorbic acid with natural antioxidants to help prevent premature signs of aging. Protects, softens and moisturizes skin

The OST Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum is a vitamin C concentrated facial serum created by the Korean brand Wishtrend. It’s an award winning product suited for all skin types and ages.

It comes in a small opaque brown bottle with a dropper that also functions as a cap. The tinted glass prevents the vitamin C from oxidizing, which prevents it from losing its efficacy. The brand chose to place the product in a 30ml container to insure that the serum is being used up just in time for them to release a fresher batch, as they keep updating their page as soon as a new batch is released.

This serum contains a highly concentrated amount of vitamin C, which gives it it’s fresh citrus-like smell. Although I am not a fan of fruit scents, this doesn’t bother me at all.

My experience with it has been a good one from what I can see; I’ve only been using it for about three weeks now. The shipping was quick and I was eager to try the serum as soon as possible. I can say that I’ve noticed a slight difference in the brightness of my skin and the tightness as well. On the downside, it does not really hydrate my skin.

Despite the fact that it causes a strong tingly sensation upon application, it soon goes away and I don’t experience any irritation at all. As soon as the liquid dries, it leaves a white residue on the face but it’s just because of the high concentration of vitamin C, so it’s nothing to worry about at all.

How to use:
Wishtrend suggest to apply the serum by mixing a little bit of toner with it after your usual cleansing routine. They also recommend applying moisturizer for added hydrating effect. Try to avoid using any additional product with high levels of BHA, AHA, Retinal and even Vitamin C

Good for:
combination/ oily skin, sagging skin

rejuvenates, brightens, tightens skin and pores, slightly moisturizes, clears scars and pimples

Side effects:
creates a tingling/ burning sensation, stickiness, oxidizes if not placed in a dry and cool climate, leaves orangish residue on areas other than face (such as neck and fingernails), stains fabric

water, Ascorbic Acid, Ethanol, Sodium Lactate, Butylene Glycol, Glucose, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rosa Davurica Bud Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, BIS-PEG-18 Methyl Esther Dimethyl Silane, Diethoxyethyl Succinate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan, PEG-180, Gluconolactone, Beta-Glucan, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Zinc PCA, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Tocopherylacetate, Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ubiquinone, Diisopropyladipate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben

Would I recommend it? Yes, most definitely. Save the money and start out with a cheaper product that is just as effective as the expensive serums. There is nothing to lose if this one doesn’t work for you.

I would also strongly recommend not to go out in the sun wearing the serum on your face without protection. The vitamin C might interact with the UV light causing Hyperpigmentation on the skin – which is the opposite of what you want, really. Make sure you apply a thick coat of moisturizer and sunscreen.

My one worry about having to use this product is the fact that it contains so many ingredients, which might not be the right choice for my skin. For example, alcohol is a drying agent and is just one of the many factors that may lead to dry skin. I’m not so sure about the effects of the other substances, as they just seem to be plain fillers. It does seem to work for those with oily/ combination skin

Purchased from Wishtrend

On a side note: I will soon be trying out their upgraded product the C21.5 Advanced Serum. It contains far less ingredients for a more beneficial and hydrating effect for my dry skin. For more on how to deal with dry and sensitive skin, read my post here.

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