Vitamin C can be one of the tried and true game changers in skin care, but they can also be one of the most difficult ingredients to incorporate into your existing routine. Depending on the ingredients, the concentration of vitamin C and the format, you’ll experience a full range of experiences. So today, we’re going to be looking at a brand that promises the ideal combination of ingredients to deliver maximum results. The DERMAdoctor Kakadu C is a vitamin C serum that has gone through extensive testing for efficacy as well as allergy and irritant testing. But is it the best option for you? We’re looking into all of the details to help you make that important decision for yourself. So without further adieu, let’s get started!
Who is the DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Serum For?
The DERMAdoctor Kakadu C range was designed to suit all skin types, and make it easy for almost everyone to incorporate a vitamin C product into their existing skincare routine. They offer a variety of formats from eye creams to traditional serums, so you can choose the product that works best for your lifestyle and your skin type. Additionally, all of the DERMAdoctor products are dermatologist and allergy tested, so even the most sensitive skin types can use this serum without worrying about adverse reactions.
Kakadu C Range
DERMAdoctor was created in the hopes of creating non-prescription products that still offered some of the same, effective results. The Kakadu C Range from this brand represents those same goals. Vitamin C is one of the most effective ingredients in skincare, and a close second to retinoids. While many retinol-based products are still prescription only, vitamin C is widely available over the counter. The Kakadu C Range offers customers a wide range of vitamin C products, so that users can customize their experience. The range currently has 5 different products include a daily cleanser, an eye cream, a vitamin C serum, a face cream and a night time oil blend. Each offers a different set of benefits, but all contain the key ingredient Kakadu Plum, for which the range is named for.
The most popular product from this range is currently the DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Serum. This is a more traditional vitamin C serum that offers customers the highest concentration of the active ingredient. The product features a 20% concentration of vitamin C, which is the recommended dose for those looking for the least irritation with the most results. Along with pure vitamin C, the entire range contains Kakadu plum extract, which contains 55 times the amount of vitamin C than an orange, which helps to boost the entire range and make each product more effective and nutrient-dense.
The DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Serum was designed to be the most potent, while also being the least irritating. Because of this, the ingredients behind this vitamin C serum as more unique that you would typically find. Starting off with the base of this formula, the first five ingredients include water, 3-0-ethyl ascorbic acid, ethoxydiglycol, glycerin, and PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil. One of the most important things to look out for when picking out a new vitamin C treatment is the concentration of the active ingredient. This means looking at things like derivatives, percentages, as well as their place in the ingredient list. In the case of the DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Serum, the active ingredient is a vitamin C derivative known as 3-0-ethyl ascorbic acid, the percentage is 20%, and it’s the second ingredient in the formula. But what does this mean?
Vitamin C is one of the more difficult active ingredients to formula. In its most pure form, known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is incredibly unstable and will oxidize due to exposure to air or water. Because of this, the formulations behind these actives needs to help preserve the active for as long as possible. Often times, companies will use vitamin C derivatives that are more stable than pure ascorbic acid. The DERMAdoctor Kakadu C serum utilizes this approach, and uses 3-0-ethyl ascorbic acid. But derivatives can be a bit of a double edged sword. On the one hand, derivatives are much easier to formulate with, last longer and for some, are gentler on the skin. At the same time though, some of these derivatives don’t have enough research behind them for us to know for sure whether they are comparable to pure ascorbic acid in terms of results.
Moving on to the concentration of the active ingredient, vitamin C is at it’s ideal potency is around 20%, but there are additional ways to boost the ingredients efficacy. The DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Serum employs several of these techniques. It’s been recently found that when paired with ferulic acid and vitamin E, the efficacy of the vitamin C serum increases. Additionally, this serum from DERMAdoctor utilizes Kakadu plum extract which contains 50 times more vitamin C than an orange.
How to Use DERMAdoctor’s Vitamin C
Depending on your skin type, you may find that you prefer one method of vitamin C application to others. Some individuals are able to apply vitamin C products and integrate them into their routine with little to no change in their skin. Others however, find that they experience some purging or slight sensitivity. Depending on where you fall, you may want to try a few application techniques. For those who find that vitamin C plays very well with their skin, try applying it every morning before your sun protection. The antioxidant benefits of vitamin C help to boost the efficacy of your sunscreen, as well as free up your evening routine for other actives like retinol or acids. On the other hand, if you find that your skin is more prone to sensitivity, you may want to try incorporating vitamin C every other night, and then following up with a more nourishing moisturizer to counteract any possible irritation.
The entire DERMAdoctor Kakadu C range continues to be well reviewed on Sephora’s website. Looking at their Vitamin C Serum in particular, the product currently has 61 reviews and an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars. Of the reviews available, some of the most common comments praised this product for its ability to fade stubborn acne scars as well as dark spots from sun damage. But we’d love to hear from you! Have you tried incorporating a vitamin C serum into your routine? Let us know your experiences in the comments below!