When I decided to delve into the world of Hylamide, it was because of the SubQ Anti-Age serum that was so highly raved. Personally though, I didn’t notice significant enough results to join in the raves, even though I do think that it’s a decent product.
When I made my order though, I wanted to get something else – since I was shipping the serum all the way from Canada, I might as well ship something else along with it! And that something was the Hylamide C25 Booster Stabilized Vitamin C Booster serum.
I didn’t come across many reviews for it at the time. Perhaps it was new (about 6 months back or so) but I was curious, as I’d just been told by a friend about how effective using vitamin c had been for brightening and clarifying her complexion. The thing about Vitamin C though, is that it is quite unstable, so oxidises quite quickly, nullifying it’s antioxidant properties.
This Hylamide C25 Booster however, claimed to be a stabilized version of a vitamin C, which allows them to package it into a clear bottle (most products that contain vitamin c come in brown/dark bottles), and to not oxidise, therefore keeping it effective. The key ingredient here is 25% Etyhyl Ascorbic Acid that’s stabilized, and the ingredient list that you’ll see below is impressively short!
Above all, I think this an excellent product, and in the big scheme of serums, it’s not wallet-bustingly expensive! 🙂
Why would you want to use a Vitamin C serum?
Well, aside from its antioxidant properties, it also protects skin from free radicals that causes skin aging – dull skin, sagging, uneven skin tone, fine lines. It helps boost collagen production and it protects the skin. It’s very good – except that it’s hard to keep stable, so it’s not easy to find a good serum that actually works. Well, this one does!
The product comes in a little glass bottle with a dropper. It is surprising to see a Vitamin C serum housed in a clear glass bottle, but it’s interesting to see also that it doesn’t yellow (a sure sign of product oxidization). If it wasn’t a stable product, you would also see oxidization and crusts forming around the opening of the bottle, where you unscrew daily. I’ve been using this for a few months, and I’ve not seen this happening. There is a bit of a chemical-type scent, but thankfully, no citrus scents that are usually found in products touting vitamin C. I know oranges have loads of Vitamin C – I don’t need to actually SMELL it to know it’s there 😛
Texture-wise, it is very liquid, with a slight oily feel. I use about 3 drops each time, after a bit of trial and error. There are no directions on how much to use, you see. So, I started out ambitiously with 1 pump, before realising it was just far far too much product. 3-4 drops is about right, and it would have been nice for them to mention it on the box.
Although I mention a slight oily feel, it’s not oily in a true sense. It absorbs quickly into the skin, so I usually drop 3 drops in my palm, quickly rub my palms together and apply/press to my skin.
Ah, but the effects!
I wasn’t expecting anything, if I’m to be honest. I was just hoping I wouldn’t break out, as SubQ Anti-Age sometimes made me break out if I used too much of it. I started out using it day and night for about 1.5 months, and then dialed back to just in the day.
What I noticed after almost 3 months, was that my skin was looking noticeably clearer and brighter. I mean this texturally and skintone-wise. Here’s where wearing makeup is actually a GOOD thing, because you pay attention to your skin. What I was noticing was that I was using lighter and sheerer base (foundation) makeup, because I did not feel much of a need to correct my skin tone. I wanted to show you a before-after, but I couldn’t take one that would actually show a difference – but there was a big difference in person, and that was more important.
I am terrified of whitening skincare products, because they dry me out to a husk, so I stay away from them except for rare exceptions, so I knew it wasn’t another product doing this. It was purely the job of Hylamide C25 Booster, and I loved it! My pigmentation is still there though. I may have noticed SOME lightening, but nothing too significant. Over time, maybe they’ll fade but I’m not holding out that much hope. They’re too stubborn! But the other parts of my skin had definitely brightened, with the edge of dullness taken away, and it does not dry out my skin. That’s so important when you are already battling drier skin to start!
The effects are more significant if you use it twice a day, of course. But I sometimes use other types of serums in the evening so I didn’t want to mix them around too much. Besides, I’d also read that Vitamin C can actually boost your skin’s protection against the sun, so it works WITH sunscreen to make it more effective and protect your skin better. Another feather in its cap!
All in all, I’d say that I’m well and truly impressed by this Vitamin C serum and if you’re in the market for one, or for something to brighten your skin and improve its texture, take a look at this one. It’s good stuff! 😀
IN A NUTSHELL
The Hylamide C25 Booster Stablized Vitamin C serum contains 25% Ethyl Ascorbic Acid which is stabilized Vitamin C. This means that it is stable and will not oxidise, so it remains effective for longer. It has a light, liquid texture with a slight oily feel that absorbs quickly into the skin. Only 3-4 drops are needed, and you can use this day and night for best results. I found that it noticeably brightened my skin tone and refined my skin texture over time, and fades marks more quickly. My pigmentation hasn’t lightened much, but it’s stubborn. I’m still using it but in the day. It’s good stuff and I won’t be without it!
PROS: Lightweight texture, Absorbs quickly into the skin, Effective at brightening and clarifying skin tone and lightening marks on skin, Protects skin against free radicals, Antioxidant properties, A little goes a long way
CONS: No clear directions on how much to use
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants brighter, clearer skintone, Anyone who wants a good, stable Vitamin C serum which can help refine skin texture and lighten marks on skin or light pigmentation/freckles
PRICE: US$49 | AU$49.99 | £30 for 30ml
AVAILABILITY: Hylamide website (ships worldwide for free), Boots in the UK, Priceline in Australia
I promised you a short ingredient list, and here it is! Just 4 ingredients!
The great thing is that the Deciem website has voucher codes every now and then, so I picked mine up at 20% off! There’s an offer going on till 31 May 2016 if you’re keen. Use the code: LOVEYOU2016 for 20% off everything under the Deciem umbrella (I’m unaffiliated). I picked up a couple of items – Of course I had to! 20% off, who wouldn’t?! LOL! 😀 I was going to repurchase this serum, but there’s a lot more to go so I’ll wait till the next high discount code comes along.
For those of us in Malaysia, from my past experience with packages from Deciem, it comes by normal Pos Malaysia and takes 2 weeks or so. I haven’t had any hassles, but caveat emptor! 😉
Have you tried this serum? Are you using any skincare products with Vitamin C?
I know of people who DIY their Vitamin C serums, but I’d rather not because there is every risk of getting it wrong and hurting your skin. It’s a chemical after all, and I’d much rather just leave it to the experts. After all, this one isn’t terribly expensive, and it lasts a while, so why go through all that hassle?! 😀