Statia’s C+C Serum is a straightforward, no-frills – yet still effective – way to incorporate vitamin C into your skin care routine.
Things start off great with this product’s packaging: it comes in an opaque bottle with a pump dispenser that protects its delicate ingredients inside from light and air. This serum’s silky, gel-lotion texture glides across skin and leaves it feeling satiny-smooth (thanks to its silicone-based formula). Its texture works well for all skin types, and once set it leaves no stickiness or shine.
The star of the show here is a 10% concentration of l-ascorbic acid, an ingredient with abundant research showing its ability to improve signs of aging and brighten uneven skin tone. It’s backed by ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, another form of vitamin C that boosts those benefits. The silicone-based formula also contains squalane and vitamin E, along with ubiquinone (also known as coenzyme Q10, or coQ10), all of which also have antioxidant properties.
While it has a relatively short ingredient list, this fragrance-free treatment has the ability to improve the look of skin – even fading dark spots – in a formula that’s easy to incorporate into the rest of your skin care routine. It’s another great addition from Stratia!
- Silky-smooth lotion-gel works well for all skin types.
- Contains 10% l-ascorbic acid + ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate to improve signs of aging and uneven skin tone.
- Includes antioxidant squalane, vitamin E, and coQ10.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
Brighten, smooth, and firm your skin with a daily antioxidant boost. This powerful serum features 10% ascorbic acid (the pure form of vitamin C) plus ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate (an oil-soluble vitamin C derivative). We added some CoQ10 for good measure and put it all in a water-free formula to protect those potent but fragile antioxidants.
With a tagline of Skincare That Works, Stratia (pronounced strah-TEE-uh in reference to the layers of the skin) is a no-frills, boutique-style take on skincare backed by scientific research. The brainchild of blogger and self-professed chemistry nerd and skincare addict Allie Reed from Los Angeles.
The line got its start in 2016 and so far is small, consisting of a handful of formulas. Overall, these formulas are effective and get it right, as they are mostly gentle, effective, and fragrance-free. We say mostly because there is one product containing a potentially-sensitizing plant oil, and another that doesnt contain the most effective form of its key ingredient thats available.
Otherwise, this has some strong offerings, and is at a mid-range price that means its good skincare thats attainable for many (though at this point, you can only buy Stratia products online).
For more information on Stratia, visit https://www.stratiaskin.com/.
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