Garnier SkinActive Vitamin C 2in1 Brightening Serum Cream


The lightweight creamy texture of the Garnier SkinActive Vitamin C 2in1 Brightening Serum Cream provides perfect application by dispensing a few pumps onto clean skin in the morning while being quite effective for those days when your in a rush because the product acts as a serum and moisturiser with SPF25. Humectant hydrants are welcomed by the glycerin and Sodium Hyaluronate added while the Adenosine is also included because it is a cell-communicating ingredient that helps wound healing, barrier repair, and also is an anti-inflammatory agent. The other key ingredients such as emollients, antioxidants, and the sunscreens are featured below, enjoy the read. 

Brightening With Improved Texture.

Ascorbyl glucoside is one of the best and most promising vitamin C derivatives that provides three anti-aging benefits (antioxidant protection + collagen boosting + fading hyperpigmentation while Hydroxyacetophenone is an antioxidant and has soothing benefits for the skin.

Brightening and improved texture are helped by Capryloyl Salicylic Acid that is a derivative ester of salicylic acid which works as an exfoliant, anti-inflammatory, and has antiseptic properties while being a great ingredient for acne or spot-prone skin. 

The Citrus Limon Fruit Extract/ lemon fruit extract / Citrus Paradisi Fruit Extract / grapefruit fruit extract are chemically complex mixtures with a bunch of other active components such as Vitamin C, flavonoids, phenolics, carbohydrates and essential oil properties. 

Mica, tin oxide, and titanium oxide balance out undesirable tones in the skin, making it a popular choice for brightening products to give the skin a refreshed look.

The Sunscreens

Ethylhexyl Salicylate works as a UVB sunscreen filter and works well in combination with others sunscreen agents to enhance the SPF in a product.

Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid - water soluble chemical sunscreen that provides Protection in the UVB range. 

Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine - broad-spectrum covers the whole UVB and UVA range chemical sunscreen agent

Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane - avobenzone chemical sunscreen agent that provides proper UVA protection.

The Emollients

Dimethicone- emollient to help skin feel silky smooth while also providing a protective barrier on the skin for better hydration.

Octyldodecanol - emollient to help make the skin feel nice and smooth

Isopropyl Isostearate - emollient that feels non-oily on the skin. 

Cetyl Alcohol and Behenyl Alcohol - non drying alcohol

Stearic Acid - fatty acid that acts as an emollient while also helping water and oil ingredients to mix. 

Cetearyl Alcohol - non-drying and non-irritating alcohol

Palmitic Acid - skin-identical fatty acid that acts as an emollient. 

Keeps The Skin Matte

Silica - keep your skin matte as it has great oil-absorbing abilities. It’s also used as a helper ingredient to thicken up products or suspend insoluble particles.

Sodium Polyacrylate Starch -  absorbent, binding, emulsion stabilising, film forming, viscosity controlling.

I didn't experience any flaking off from the product during and after application and the scent which features linalool, geraniol, limonene, and citronellol soon disappears after about 2 minutes. I was worried of seeing the SPF added into the product because these can sometimes make my eyes sting or sore even when avoiding the eye area but to my amazement i had no sensitive or watery eyes! The serum cream is the perfect balance between hydration and nourishment but without any stickiness or greasiness and is lightweight in texture before it absorbs and dries down quickly, you can even add your own SPF50 over the top if you are seeking a more higher protection. A quick and easy product to use that not only performs excellently but saves you time from having to use different products to achieve hydrated and brighter skin, highly recommended! Available here: Garnier SkinActive Vitamin C 2in1 Brightening Serum Cream x Neil.