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At first glance, Lumene Vitamin C+Age Defying Radiant Beauty Drops ($14.95) seem to have it all: approximately 10-15% vitamin C as L-ascorbic acid; very stable, air-tight, light-free packaging; and enough silicones to keep fine lines 20-30% reduced all day long. When you further consider vitamin C has been proven to do everything from stimulate collagen production to brighten skin to lighten sunspots, you’d think I would love Lumene Vitamin C+Age Defying Radiant Beauty Drops.
When you look closer, that’s when you see the problem. The capsules need to be reformulated. Those with acne-prone or sensitive skin may very well have problems with the citral, geraniol, and limonene. All of these ingredients have been documented to cause allergic contact dermatitis (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 1989, amongst many others). Being of the citrus family, citral, geraniol, and limonene are included to increase the capsules’ content of vitamin C. However, the skin is only capable of absorbing a maximum concentration of 15% L-ascorbic acid (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2003). Considering the relatively high concentration of vitamin C in Lumene Vitamin C+Age Defying Radiant Beauty Drops, the citral, geraniol, and limonene really do not need to be included to have an effective composition.
If you have normal-to-oily, non-sensitive skin and are willing to take a chance, you will find the texture of Lumene Vitamin C+Age Defying Radiant Beauty Drops to resemble that of a primer. The very high concentration of three silicone derivatives – cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone crosspolymer, and dimethicone – glide easily, absorb quickly, and leave skin feeling surprisingly soft and smooth. They are excellent for filling in fine lines and wrinkles, and wear well under sunscreen-based moisturizers and make-up products.
I like Lumene Vitamin C+Age Defying Radiant Beauty Drops, but not for those with acne-prone or sensitive skin. The first line of defense is to take the product to your dermatologist to see if they are suitable for your skin. Second-best? Do a patch test on a very small portion of your skin to determine if you will break out from them or not. I personally have an allergy to limonene, so I wouldn’t touch these with a ten-foot pole. If you’re out there from Lumene and listening, please, reformulate these without the citral, geraniol, and limonene! Product Rating: 8/10 (High or optimized concentration of proven ingredients: 1.5/3. Unique formulation or new technology: 3/3. Value for the money: 3/3. Sunscreen or sunscreen protection-boosting: 1/1).
Ingredients in Lumene Vitamin C+Age Defying Radiant Beauty Drops
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Ascorbic Acid, Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Oil, BHT, Solanum Lycoperssicum (Tomato) fruit lipids, Butylphenyl methylpropional, citral, citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexane Carboxadehyde, Limonene, Linalool, Parfum