Product: Serious Skin Care C Extreme Results Advanced Vitamin C Skin Resurfacer. This used to be known as Serious Skin Care C Extreme Results Peel. (Photos of both products are shown below.) This is a two-step fragrance-free exfoliating product.
Overall Rating: = 3.5 Stars – Very Good.
Cost: $48.50 for 4 oz. total (2 products, 2 oz. each) ($12.13 per ounce) Price Category: Mid-range
Container: Two tubes with screw-off caps
Description: I first became familiar with this line of products while channel surfing in the middle of the night. Jennifer Flavin-Stallone and Cecilia Lewis were on HSN and I stopped to listen as they touted the benefits of this line. I ordered a kit with many different products, most I didn’t care for due to fragrances, but this one was interesting.
Here is the description from the Serious Skin Care website:
“Doesn’t your skin deserve a very special beauty treatment? “C” a wonderful difference in the way your skin looks and feels with C-Extreme Results from Serious Skincare. This at-home skin resurfacing kit is a 2-part beauty treatment that helps rapidly exfoliate your skin while delivering Vitamin C.”
“What It Does: Helps skin feel incredibly soft and silky. Helps improve the appearance of mature, over-40 skin.”
The funny thing about this line of products is that when I first tried them about a decade ago the packaging looked like someone was making this stuff in their garage. The jars and bottles were the generic plastic kind you would buy if you were making your own cosmetics and the paper labels looked like they were printed with a home computer. Since I don’t like fancy containers anyway, this was both amusing and appealing to me. Also, their website is a no-fuss site without a lot of information. Recently, they have gone to fancier, more expensive packaging and they are giving you less product as a result. Such is progress, right?
Warning: Please do not use this product, or any physically abrasive product, if you have Rosacea without consulting your dermatologist first.
Morning Review: This is not intended to be a daily cleanser. This is an exfoliating product designed to be used 2-3 times per week after cleansing. Highly sensitive skin may want to begin with once per week. Both products are fragrance free and the scent occurs from the ingredients. Step 1 has a light generic chemical scent and step 2 has a light citrus scent. Neither scent is offensive to me nor makes my nose run.
This product reminds me of chemistry class. Remember when you poured vinegar or a soft drink (acids) onto a pile of baking soda (an alkali) and watched it bubble? Such is the effect of this two-step chemical activation product. Step 1 is gritty feeling from the baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) which is the second ingredient. You squeeze out the off-white paste from the tube and put that all over your face. It takes about a teaspoon of product. You then squirt out the clear lactic acid liquid from step 2 and rub it on top of step 1. Squirt it into the palm of your hand or it will go all over the place. Also, you’ll need about a teaspoon of the liquid. (For some reason I always run out of the paste before the liquid even though I try to use equal amounts.) This product used to come with step 1 in a jar and step 2 in a squirt bottle. That packaging made a lot more sense than this current configuration. It is difficult to get all of the paste out of the tube and the liquid runs out too fast.
As you might expect, when these two compounds combine, they bubble up on your face and this chemical reaction exfoliates your skin. Some people report a gentle warming sensation, others do not. I do feel the warming sensation when I use these two products together. The current formula is not as dramatic as when I first used the product years ago. After gently massaging the products, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. As with any exfoliating product, avoid the eye area. My skin feels baby soft after using this combo and my makeup goes on flawlessly.
Morning Rating = 4 Stars for the Product, 3 Stars for the Packaging = 3.5 Stars
Evening Review: After several hours my skin stayed smooth and I did not have any allergic reactions. I have used this many times without any negative side effects.
Overall Review: I prefer chemical exfoliants to physical exfoliants, and this product is unusual as it is both a chemical and physical exfoliant. Using this product 1-2 times per week should be fine for most people. I would say that every other day would be too frequent. Sensitive skin should begin with once per week. This is not a good product to use in conjunction with a cleansing brush. The combination would prove too severe. As with any physical exfoliant, the key is to be gentle, and don’t rub vigorously, or you will irritate your skin.
Those of you who follow me know that I am a huge fan of exfoliating and discuss the topic frequently. Serious Skin Care C Extreme Results Advanced Vitamin C Skin Resurfacer is a very good exfoliant at a mid-range price. It definitely removes dead skin and leaves my face feeling smoother. The scent is not offensive. The products do not dry out my skin and my sensitive skin tolerates it well.
This product is appropriate for use by men as well as women.
This exfoliant is suitable for the following skin types: (Not for those with Rosacea)
- All ethnicities;
- All ages;
- All sexes;
- Sensitive (but not Rosacea);
Morning Rating = 3.5 Stars;
Evening Rating = 3.5 Stars;
Average from Other Testers = 4 Stars;
Value Rating = 3 Stars;
Overall Rating = 3.5 Stars – Very Good. (Please review the About 365 Cosmetic Reviews page for the rating info.)
Ingredients (Step 1) C-Resurface: PEG-6, Sodium Bicarbonate, Oleth-20, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Dimethicone, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl, Butylparaben, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Yellow 5, Yellow 6.
Ingredients (Step 2) C-Potion: Water, Lactic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Polyquaternium-10, Propylene Glycol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil, Beta Carotene, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben.
Important: Please read our full Disclaimer before using this or any product.