HOW MUCH PERCENTAGE OF VITAMIN C DOES THIS PRODUCT HAVE?
Shiny Leaf Vitamin C Serum contains 2% Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, the most stable version of vitamin C. This concentration makes this serum less irritating compared to other serums and suitable for dry and sensitive skin.
How often should I use Retinol?
Retinol can be used as often as twice daily. If it is your first time to use it, you should start small with a drop or two, 2-3 nights a week. If everything goes well after about two weeks, and you do not experience any redness, dryness, or flaking, you can gradually increase the frequency to everyday. The key is to integrate retinol slowly and gently to give the skin time to adjust to the product.
At what age should I start using retinol?
Thirties is the age when early signs of aging such as sun spots or fine lines start to appear. Your skin will thank you later if you start early. You may begin to incorporate retinol into your regimen in your mid 20s or early 30s.
CAN RETINOL BE USED AS A MOISTURIZER?
No. Do not use retinol as a substitute for a moisturizer. In fact, using a moisturizer with retinol is advisable because without an added layer of hydration, risk of sensitivity is higher. A moisturizer will also help lock it in and helps with the skin tolerate the product. We recommend to use the Shiny Leaf Hyaluronic Acid Serum on top of the Retinol Serum.
HOW MUCH PERCENTAGE OF HYALURONIC ACID DOES THIS PRODUCT HAVE?
Shiny Leaf Hyaluronic Acid Supplement contains 1.6% hyaluronic acid complex. Our Advanced Formula utilized the powerful Actique™ Hyal Matrix Complex, a combination of 7 moisturizing ingredients in one.
CAN HYALURONIC ACID SERUM BE USED AS A MOISTURIZER?
Yes. Hyaluronic Acid Serum is essentially a humectant, which means it draws moisture to your skin to help hydrate the surface of the skin to prevent drying and cracking. Your skin stays soft and smooth throughout the day.
DO THESE SERUMS CONTAIN PHENOXYETHANOL?
No. Our Serums Trio Set do not contain Phenoxyethanol. This makes the serum more natural and safer for your skin.
DO THESE SERUMS CONTAIN FRAGRANCE?
No. All three serums do not contain synthetic fragrances and other harmful chemicals.
Can I use these serums even if I have oily skin?
Yes. Shiny Leaf Vitamin C Serum contains Green Tea Extract and Salicylic Acid which help regulate oil production to reduce oiliness. Retinol also keeps your skin healthy by helping with acne treatment and cell regeneration.
Can I use the Vitamin C Serum with Retinol at the same time?
Using Vitamin C Serum together with Retinol or product that have both is not encouraged. Using these products at the same time will make it less effective and may cause irritation. We recommend to use the Vitamin C Serum in the morning and the Retinol Serum together with the Hyaluronic Acid Serum at night.
What are the different types of vitamin C? How do they compare?
The 7 main types of vitamin C are Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Ascorbate, Calcium Ascorbate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, and Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate. The main differences are as follows: Ascorbic Acid – very unstable and sensitive to light; Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate – more stable and less irritating so it’s suitable even for sensitive skin; Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate – very stable, hydrating, and effective in soothing skin irritation; Sodium Ascorbate – a mineral salt of ascorbic acid, but less irritating and more stable; Calcium Ascorbate – also a mineral salt of ascorbic acid, important in collagen synthesis; Ascorbyl Palmitate – fat-soluble derivative if vitamin C, non-irritating and more stable; Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate – stable oil-soluble form of vitamin C that penetrates the skin deeper than ascorbic acid.
Is this type of Vitamin C sensitive to light?
Generally, vitamin C derivatives are sensitive to light, that’s why you need to give it time to absorb in your skin before going into the light. If you often go out under the sun, avoid using L-Ascorbic Acid because it’s very unstable and exposure to light will make it useless. Choose vitamin C derivatives like magnesium ascorbyl phosphate or sodium ascorbyl phosphate found in the Shiny Leaf Vitamin C Serum. It is less sensitive to light compared to other types of vitamin C.
CAN THIS LIGHTEN DARK UNDER EYE BAGS?
Shiny Leaf Vitamin C Serum improves the firmness of skin around the eye area. It helps tighten and brighten skin around the eyes to reduce the appearance of dark undereye bags. Use the serum regularly for best results.
CAN THIS REDUCE HYPERPIGMENTATION?
Yes. Shiny Leaf Vitamin C Serum prevents photo damage which is triggered by UV exposure. It contains antioxidants that protect your skin. Vitamin C is also effective for inhibiting the production of melanin on your skin. This reduces hyperpigmentation and helps give your skin bright and even skin tone.
WILL THIS PREVENT WRINKLES?
Yes. The three serums work together to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Vitamin C Serum improves collagen and elastin production of your skin to keep it plump and supple. The Hyaluronic Acid Serum fills in fine lines and wrinkles for smoother look and feel. The Retinol Serum encourages new cells for younger-looking skin. When used regularly, they erase blemishes and hyperpigmentation for flawless complexion.
I have pimple-prone skin. Will this product help with pimples and acne?
Yes. One of the amazing benefits of retinol is its ability to control oil and reduce acne with regular use. It also helps shed off damaged cells caused by acne or pimples to bring out a healthier complexion.
CAN I STILL USE OTHER SKIN CARE PRODUCTS AFTER APPLYING THESE SERUMS ON MY FACE?
Yes. You can apply the Shiny Leaf Skin Pro Serums before putting on creams, sunscreen, moisturizers, eye serum, makeup, and other skin care products on your face.
CAN I APPLY THE VITAMIN C SERUM BEFORE I GO OUT?
Yes. Vitamin C Serum does not increase your skin's sensitivity. In fact, the serum is rich in antioxidants that help fortify your skin's natural barrier. It shields your skin from damage caused by prolonged sun exposure. Let the serum sit on skin for a few minutes before you apply a moisturizer or sunscreen and you are ready to go!
CAN IT BE USED UNDER MAKEUP?
Yes. You can apply the serums before putting on makeup and other skincare products.
HOW SHOULD I STORE THIS PRODUCT?
Store the serums in a cool and dry place and away from direct sunlight. Keep away from children and pets.
SHOULD I USE COTTON PADS TO APPLY IT?
No need to use cotton pads when applying these serums. Just use the pump to take 2-3 drops of the product and apply directly to your clean face. Massage gently to spread on your face, neck, and upper chest area.
Is Benzyl Alcohol considered as an alcohol?
Benzyl alcohol is an aromatic alcohol. This colorless liquid is often used as a fragrance or solvent. It is naturally produced by many plants and is often found in fruits, teas and some varieties of essential oils. Although the term “alcohol” is used in the name, it does not contain any harmful alcohol like “ethanol”, and may be present in products that are considered as “alcohol-free”.
After 2 weeks of use, I started to notice a change in the texture of my skin. It feels smoother and my pimple scars are becoming lighter. Will definitely continue to use and purchase again.- Amy V. (Serums Trio Set User)