BeautyStat Universal C Skin Refiner
Vitamin C… If I had to list ingredients that have caused me the most hardships in my life, vitamin C would be at the top of my list. The several serums I have tried (I am not going to call out brands here) have left my skin overly sensitized and caused breakouts of acne and perioral dermatitis. While the adverse reactions made me scared to include the anti-aging life savor into my routine, I could not avoid it for long. As a beauty editor and blogger, I have to test products out constantly. My skincare routine doesn't change, but I knew that, if I wanted healthy skin, I needed to find a serum that worked for me.
My love for SkinCeuticals' CE Ferulic ($166), runs deep, like bone-deep. I was turned to it after reading countless amounts of reviews and testimonials of its life-changing capabilities. That being said, when I heard about a less expensive alternative that was even more potent and offered a more stable delivery, I had to get my hands on it.
Welcome to the Deep Dive on BeautyStat's Universal C Skin Refiner.
Let's start at the very beginning, as it tends to be the best place to start. Cosmetic chemist Ron Robinson created BeautyStat after having fifteen years in the beauty industry. His roster is quite impressive, placing the Head of Product Development for brands like Clinique, Estee Lauder, and L'Oreal on his resume. Following his experience in the industry, Ron created an influencer network and pivoted back to his love, skincare. He started creating BeautyStat's high-quality formula and launched in summer 2018.
The cosmetics portion of the BeautyStat brand has only two products in its line. This is quite refreshing considering so many brands launch with a multitude of SKUs. Before doing my research on the brand, I knew that this meant the formulation was done strategically and comprehensively.
The Universal C Skin Refiner is a 20% L-Ascorbic acid serum that does not come in a normal serum formula, rather a thin cream. This means that the formula is encapsulated within the serum to deliver the L-Ascorbic acid when applied topically. This keeps the serum's shelf life much higher than your typical vitamin C. In fact, the brand has 3 patents on the formula to make sure that you can trust the product. Degradation of vitamin C is so rapid since the ingredient itself is so unstable. This is often why you see your serums start to turn a deep shade of amber after about a month.
You also have to look at the packaging of the serum. It is in an opaque, plastic tube with a pump that sometimes does get stuck. I have always had a mild disdain for serums that come in glass bottles, even if they have a tint. They are not travel-friendly nor do they help protect the formulation from light exposure (which tends to increase the degradation of the product).
If we do a product breakdown of ingredients, which is quite minimal, we see that the first ingredient is a silicone called Cyclopentasiloxane. The second ingredient is Ascorbic Acid (antioxidant). I am so happy to see that the main ingredient is so high on the ingredient list. This is a sign that the 20% L-Ascorbic Acid claim is viable. There is also Squalane (skin conditioner), Tartaric Acid (antioxidant) which is another form of vitamin C. All are ingredients that have been proven to enhance and benefit the skin.
The ingredients that had me a bit hesitant with the formula is Isocetyl Stearate (skin conditioning). It is a known trigger for fungal acne, but so far, I have not had any incidences of it.
The question worth asking is, how do we know it works? Well, aside from the clinical tests that the brand had run on the serum and moisturizer (which I am not reviewing), I can speak to its effects. I have been using the serum for about 21 days at the time of writing this post and started noticing results.
This serum scared the hell out of me. 20% is a lot more than my skin is use to and my history with the ingredient is less than pleasant. When something causes severe sensitivity, acne, and exasperates perioral dermatitis, you are bound to be fearful. That being said, I was not able to use the serum day and night. It is incredibly powerful and I did notice sensitivity. I decided to go with 3 times a week at night following cleansing, and this is what worked for my skin.
I could not use the serum and the moisturizer at the same time. My skin became incredibly red and aggravated when paired together the 7 times I tried. I was able to use the moisturizer on the days when I could not use the serum, and it was pretty standard. The serum fits well into my minimalist skincare routine and the results shocked me.
My skin started to feel illuminated, hydrated, and my PIE (the red pigmentation after acne, not the dark) actually started to get lighter. I am a recovering skin picker and nothing has diminished them as much. I am shocked. I am at a loss for words. I am enthralled. I think if you are in the market for a vitamin C that is effective, clinically tested, and stable, I suggest checking out BeautyStat's Universal C Skin Refiner asap!
* The Universal C Skin Refiner was sent to me for press purposes *
* All Opinions Are My Own *