I recently started an anti-aging skin care regimen (should’ve started it sooner!) and I’ve actually started seeing some benefits to having a regimen but I’m still testing out various skin care products to see which ones my skin likes. For an anti-aging regimen it’s all about ingredients. Antioxidants are a major part of any anti-aging regimen because they stop free radical damage and one of the many benefits of stopping free radical damage to healthy cells is that it prevents premature aging.
There are many antioxidiants (vitamin E, green tea, ferulic acid, coenzyme Q10, etc) but the most recommended one is vitamin C. I’ve tried vitamin C serums before including a homemade serum but I never really saw that they made my skin look any better despite the claims so I haven’t use them in years.
But with new my skin care regimen, I wanted to add a vitamin C serum because in addition to preventing premature aging, vitamin C is supposed to help brighten the skin and with my post acne hyperpigmentation, I need all the help I can get.
Anyway, Sephora recently had a limited edition Ole Henriksen set which included a travel size Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster which was actually half the size of the regular size (0.5 fl. oz.) at such an amazing price that I couldn’t pass up. This has really great reviews which is why I jumped at the chance to get the limited edition set but after my experience, I’m glad I didn’t get the full-size.
This high potency serum is formulated with Ole Henriksen’s proprietary 5-source Vitamin C Complex to help brighten, boost collagen, and minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It helps to prevent further damage and reduces the signs of aging by defending skin from environmental aggressors and free radical damage. Enriched with green tea extract and sodium hyaluronate, this weightless, fast-absorbing, oil-free formula penetrates deep within the skin, delivering antioxidant protection and essential hydration. This serum’s iconic and uplifting citrus scent will pamper your skin and your senses.
Water, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Calcium Acerbate, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Euphrasis Offinalis Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Oleth-20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Benzophenone-4, Sodium Hyaluronate, Thioctic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Fragrance, Yellow 6 (CI 15985).
Vitamin E is also one of the top ingredients in this Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster which is another antioxidant.
This Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster comes in a clear bottle which is not the best especially for a vitamin C serum because this antioxidant is not very stable and it deteriorates faster in a clear bottle with exposure to light. Surprised that such a pricey serum does not come in a dark bottle.
This has the light texture like a typical serum. It is a little sticky when applied to the skin but this goes away after a while and it is absorbed into the skin very quickly. This serum does have a slight yellowish color.
This has a very pleasant orange scent. It is quite strong so if you’re not into scented products, this Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster is not for you.
I have oily/combination skin which is also sensitive and acne prone. I applied this serum after cleansing my face once a day. I usually followed with a moisturizer or oil and if I applied in during the day, I also added a sunscreen because vitamin C makes the skin photosensitive but when you add a sunscreen, it also improves the performance of the sunscreen.
I used this Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster for about 3 weeks and got through half the bottle. I will not be touching this again and will probably be throwing it away soon since most vitamin C serums aren’t really potent after about 3 months and must be thrown away.
From the first time that I applied this serum, I would get a tingling, slight irritation on my skin but I continued to use this to give it a fair shot. The first week I actually noticed some brightening but not much so I was hoping that after about a month or so, my post acne dark marks would have significantly diminished.
But after 3 weeks of use, I wasn’t really impressed with the brightening and the tingling/irritation did not seem to go away. In fact, it seemed to get worse. I would feel it on my skin the entire time this serum was on my face. The last day that I used this was the worst as far as the tingling and irritation. I felt this irritation so much that I couldn’t wait to wash my face and vowed not to use this serum again. And the next day my skin started breaking out really badly which I think was from the irritation.
I also didn’t notice much as far as diminishing fine lines although it would probably take more than 3 weeks to see a difference
It also seemed to make my skin really sensitive which I was hoping would go away as my skin got used to it but it seemed to get worse until I couldn’t take it any more.
I don’t know if my skin just hates vitamin C or is allergic to an ingredient in this serum because it does contain a lot of extract which could potentially be irritating but this Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster was just not for me. I had to OD on my oils for the next few days to get my skin to calm down after I stopped using this serum.
I did try another moisturizer which contained vitamin C and I had to stop using it also because of skin irritation but I’m currently testing out Paula’s Choice Skincare Resist C15 Super Booster which thankfully does not cause any tingling or irritation when I put it on, so if you have sensitive skin, you may want to try this. I’m not yet sure whether it benefits my skin though. Only time will tell.
My skin hated this Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster and I wouldn’t recommend it if you’ve sensitive skin. My skin was so irritated with this serum that I couldn’t wait until I could wash it off and my skin became very sensitive. In addition, they need to improve on the packaging for such a pricey serum because putting it in a clear bottle is just lazy.
My search is ongoing to find a vitamin C serum for my sensitive skin because I really want to add a vitamin C serum to my anti-aging skin care routine. But if the Paula’s Choice serum mentioned above doesn’t work, I may just give up on vitamin C for my skin and test out other ingredients instead.
Available at Sephora starting at $48 for 1 fl. oz.