Brightening Treatment Drops Triple Vitamin C Serum
Tula’s Brightening Treatment Drops Triple Vitamin C Serum is a good vitamin C offering for all skin types, with just a couple of iffy ingredients we wish the brand had left out.
Packaged in an opaque, protective bottle with a dropper dispenser, this serum’s lightweight texture sinks into skin immediately. We found it works well both over and under other skin care products.
As advertised, this contains a 10% blend of three kinds of vitamin C: 3-o-ethyl ascorbic acid, ascorbyl glucoside, and a dash of ascorbic acid. Vitamin C in this amount is a proven skin brightener, and of course has potent antioxidant and wrinkle-diminishing benefits as well. Tula’s claim that the 3-o-ethyl ascorbic acid is a special “re-charger” of vitamin C is likely true given the stability of this ingredient; however, it’s a somewhat dated claim given it’s been established for years that antioxidants like vitamin E can do the same thing.
Speaking of antioxidants, this has a number of non-fragrant antioxidant ingredients to help protect skin from environmental aggressors, among them chinaberry, turmeric, lingonberry, sea buckthorn, and lychee extracts. As with all Tula products, this has probiotic and prebiotic ingredients to help skin maintain a healthy microbiome as well.
The reason this doesn’t achieve our highest rating is that it contains two ingredients that put skin at risk for irritation: mandarin orange peel extract (listed in the ingredients at Citrus unshiu peel extract) and gold. Neither has significant skin benefits, so there’s no reason for them to be present at all. It’s also worth mentioning that gold can be a skin allergen, so keep that in mind as you’re deciding whether to purchase this product.
That said, this still has value as a skin brightening treatment that has the goods to do what it says, which is always a plus!
- Light serum texture absorbs quickly and is suitable for all skin types.
- Contains an effective combined 10% concentration of vitamin C for skin brightening.
- Includes numerous non-fragrant antioxidant plant extracts.
- Contains pro- and pre-biotic ingredients to maintain the health of skin’s microbiome.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive antioxidant ingredients.
- Includes fragrant mandarin peel extract and gold, which put skin at risk for irritation.
A potent brightening serum treatment with 10% Triple Vitamin C Complex. Two types of Vitamin C treat dull skin & help reduce the look of dark spots, while the third—a special ‘recharger’—reactivates the others throughout the day to defend against elements that cause dullness. Probiotics, prebiotics, lychee & mango extracts even the appearance of skin tone & restore overall radiance—without sticky residue.
Tula Skincare is a brand focused on an emerging group of skincare ingredients: probiotics. While it’s long been known that probiotics (such as those found in yogurt) were beneficial for health when consumed via certain foods and supplements, new research shows they’re also beneficial applied directly to skin. Internally, probiotics (which are live microorganisms that live in and on the body) can regulate digestive health; externally they play a role in managing a key component of skin’s surface known as its microbiome.
Tula was founded by Dr. Roshini Raj, a still-practicing gastroenterologist who says she noticed that many of her patients who had consumed probiotics showed signs of improvement in their skin. This concept of balancing skin became the core foundation of Tula, a word which means “balance” in Sanskrit.
To that end, all Tula products contain probiotics (in the non-living form of lysates, which retain many of the same topical benefits as live probiotics), along with some pre- and postbiotics as well. Postbiotics are exciting because these by-products from the breakdown of probiotics give each person’s microbiome key substances skin needs to be strong and healthy.
There are a couple of standout options, but unfortunately, Tula includes fragrance in the majority of their offerings, and fragrance – whether synthetic or from natural sources (essential oils and extracts) such as Tula uses, puts skin at risk for irritation. Irritation can disrupt skin in a way that counteracts the anti-inflammatory benefits of probiotic ingredients, so these formulas would be better minus the fragrance.
As far as packaging goes, with a few rare exceptions (such a couple of products in jars), Tula does a good job keeping its skin care in opaque containers that protect its best-yet-most-delicate ingredients from losing their potency in the presence of light and air. Overall, it’s a hit-or-miss brand – with some top-notch options, some that are good (except for the fragrance), and others to skip altogether.
To find out more about Tula, visit https://www.tula.com/.
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