Over the past year or so, I’ve become increasingly interested in one of the most popular and effective skincare ingredients: vitamin C. I’ve tried a variety of vitamin C serums and tentatively settled on Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum as my favorite for its efficacy as well as its consistency and texture. However, when I was presented with the opportunity to try out Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil, I was more than willing to give a new formulation a try.Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil is marketed as “a powerful brightening oil infused with real rose petals and boosted with Super Vitamin C, 1000% more stable than pure ascorbic acid, for glowing, radiant skin” (korres.com). It is said to soften and brighten skin, improve skin texture and elasticity, and address signs of aging.
An aspect of this serum that is different from other vitamin C serums I’ve tried is the inclusion of rose as an ingredient. After looking through some of FutureDerm’s previous posts, I discovered that rose is a decent source of ingredients like vitamin C, geraniol, and quercetin, all of which together have some mild anti-inflammatory, soothing, antioxidant, antibacterial, and even mild photoprotective properties (Cosmeceuticals and Cosmetic Ingredients, International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2003). When topically applied, rose was found to have preventative effects against oxidative DNA damage (Cosmeceuticals and Cosmetic Ingredients).
Personal Use and Opinions
When using Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil, the first thing I noticed was that the consistency was not ideal for my skin type. It has a very oily, greasy feel to it and doesn’t quickly drink into the skin. This consistency may be desirable for those with dry skin, but, having very oily skin, I need a serum that is non-greasy.
On the plus side, this product did deliver the results I look for in a vitamin C serum. It continued to brighten my skin, even out its texture, and reduce the appearance of my acne scars. Although, I will say it did not do any of these things better than my trusty Drunk Elephant serum does.
Overall, I think Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil would be an effective serum for those with normal to dry skin. Those with oily skin, on the other hand, should look elsewhere.