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Vita Skin Vitamin C Serum – look at the label

Vita Skin Vitamin C Serum is a beauty best seller on Amazon. Let’s look at the label…

This product makes the most important claim of any cosmetic:

“Does Not Stink or Become Black”

Can you ask for anything more from your personal care products?

But seriously, this product does appear to be the real deal when it comes to Vitamin C. Why? Because it’s the most effective form (ascorbic acid), delivered via encapsulation, and protected from oxygen in a brown glass bottle with a dropper.

Vita Skin Vitamin C Serum Ingredients

Micro-encapsulated Vitamin C 20% (with Vitamin A and E), Polysilicone 15, C24-28 Alkyl Dimethicone, Squalene, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Cyclomethicone, Natural Essential Oils, Benzylalcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid.

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  • AMy April 26, 2014, 8:23 am

    Searched Amazon for “Vita Skin” but couldn’t find it. Does it have a different name on Amazon?

  • Amy April 26, 2014, 8:26 am

    Found it by doing a Google search, oddly enough. Here is the link for others interested: http://www.amazon.com/Vitamin-Serum-Anti-oxidant-Moisturizer-No-questions/dp/B00FYUZKW4/ref=cm_wl_huc_item

    • admin April 26, 2014, 10:04 am


  • Laurie Brown April 26, 2014, 12:48 pm

    Well, one must admit that turning black and stinky *are* important traits in, well, anything.

    How effective is ascorbyl palmitate vs. ascorbic acid?

    • Randy Schueller April 26, 2014, 2:02 pm

      AP (ascorbyl palmitate) has similar stability issues to AA (ascorbic acid.) Furthermore, the data on skin absorption, conversion to AA, photo-protection, collagen synthesis is not as robust for AP as it is for AA. Finally, there is no data that AP is effective at treating age spots.

  • Natarsha April 28, 2014, 3:54 pm

    How does Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate compare? I use a vitamin c serum that contains this form. The company’s claim for this being the better form of vitamin c to use states “formulated with 25% lipohilic vitamin C to help prevent and repair signs of aging without causing irritation.”

    Full Ingredients:
    botanical squalane, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, retinyl palmitate, chlorecalciferol, carthamius tinctorius, omega-6 ceramides, oleic/stearic/myristic/lauric triglycerides, palm alcohol, lecithin, vegetable stearyl esthers

    • Randy Schueller April 29, 2014, 8:50 am

      Natasha and Alejandra: Stay tuned! We’re preparing an entire podcast on Vitamin C.

  • Alejandra April 28, 2014, 7:14 pm

    Can ascorbic acid work properly in a formula without water, what about pH. Besides itdoesnt seem like a trustable ingredients list.

  • gingerbread October 13, 2014, 3:08 pm

    What exactly is “Micro-encapsulated Vitamin C 20% (with Vitamin A and E)”? Typing “Micro-encapsulated Vitamin C ” gives me e.g. a link to some encapsulated ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate called Tagravit. Also I’ve found something with similar name and ingredients, but labelled more properly.

    Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Polysilicone-15, C24-28 Alkyl Dimethicone, Salicylic Acid (BHA), Glycolic Acid (AHA), Cyclomethicone, Natural Essential Oils, Benzylalcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, MATRIXYL® Synthe’6®: Glycerin (and) Water [Aqua] (and) Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin (and) Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38.

    In this link above provided by Amy, in comment section there is a picture of ingredient list which shows the product is also formulated with Ascorbyl Palminate.

    What’s more there are several products with similar ingredients under different names and from different brands. Some of them even use stability diagram of Tagravit as a proof of their product’s stability!
    So I guess it is rather not a real deal.

  • Lili March 4, 2015, 11:39 am

    It seems that it is no longer be available through Amazon. Any other leads as to where I can purchase this product?

    • Randy Schueller March 4, 2015, 12:38 pm

      Sorry, no. I don’t know where else to purchase this.

  • FrenchBeautista November 25, 2016, 12:30 pm

    Hi Randy!
    Thanks for this review!
    As far as I know, vitamin C is highly unstable, right? So, what ingredient in Vita skin serum stabilizes vitamin C? Is it vitamin E?

    • Randy Schueller November 27, 2016, 8:52 am

      My guess is that they’re relying on the microencapsulation to protect the Vitamin C. That could shield it from oxidation.