Every now and then a treatment comes along that immediately gains gold star status. Recently for me, that is the Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum. This clear watery serum has changed my feeling towards Vitamin C serums – I’ve used many, but never found the one – It is both powerful yet so calming and gentle. I can’t even explain it. Like, Tatcha… what kind of sorcery is this? When I decided to start ‘real’ blogging again my thoughts drifted to what might I want to review first? What has impressed me the most recently? Safe bet to make, that the Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum was one of the first to spring to mind. Vitamin C is everywhere these days and really should be apart of a balanced skincare routine – you just need to find the right one!
What is the Tatcha Violet C Brightening Serum?
Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum is a thin watery serum that combines both Vitamin C and AHA in a gentle soothing formula which contains no fragrance, oils, silicones or drying alcohols. The 20% vitamin C inclusions are derivatives – which are known to be more gentle than L-AA (Bis-Glyceryl Ascorbate & Tetraisopalmitate) with the addition of Japanese Beauty Berry which is said to boost the vitamin C effectiveness and also help to stabilise the formula. Violet-C Brightening Serum also has the additional benefits of a 10% blend of lactic and mild fruit acids to help with cell turnover and exfoliation. There’s also Japanese Angelica Root which works for brightening and fading of pigmentation and scarring.
The aim of the Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum is
- soften, smooth and brighten skin for more radiant even-toned skin
- aid in reducing/fading dark spots
- improvement in fines lines and overall skin texture
- antioxidant protection
How am I supposed to use the Tatcha Violet C Serum?
Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum is designed to be used nightly. Always use a SPF in the morning during use of the serum. Editors note – Always use your SPF every morning regardless of your night routine.
We have become conditioned over time to use a vitamin C in the morning as a protective and antioxidant layer and an AHA in the evening due to the acids causing skin to be more sensitive to sunlight resulting in sun damage and possible sun burns. In all honesty, if you are using these products day or night regularly the effects are still present no matter the time of day. Use your SPF daily to protect your results and cause no further harm.
My Experience with Tatcha Violet C Brightening Serum
If you hadn’t guessed from the first paragraph, I adore this serum. After cleansing and doing either a hydrating mist or essence, I pump 1-2 pumps into my hands and apply to my face and décolletage using a patting and pressing motion. The texture is kind of like a thickened watery liquid and really benefits from being pressed into the skin. I have found no issues with layering other skincare over top. I usually follow up with eye cream, a peptide/hydrating serum type product, moisturiser and/or oil.
I don’t use this nightly. If you, like me, choose to incorporate other actives (retinol for example) it would be wise to alternate nights at least at first. Once your skin is conditioned to the product you may choose to use daily if it works for you. Personally, I prefer the alternate deal in my own routines and I don’t regularly throw too many actives at my face in one go (not to say I haven’t though hehe).
What’s the deal? Final thoughts?
I have experienced fantastic results using this serum. Not only have I felt that my skins texture and appearance looks smoother and brighter this serum does it in a way that absolutely does not irritate my skin, the way that some C/AHA products in the past have. Not only does it not iritiate – it actually has a calming effect and I feel works to reduce inflammation. There’s a number of good hydrating ingredients there too so I always feel my skin looks plumped and less dehydrated.
I truly do not have a negative word to say about this serum. It is all my favourite benefits with no drawbacks. I love the fact the formulation contains no fragrance, silicones or alcohols – it also doesn’t contain oils – but that’s not a personal concern of mine, but it could be if you prefer them not included in your serums. I love the effects both immediate and mid-term – I can’t properly speak to long term effects just yet.
Do I recommend the Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum? Without doubt, 100%. If you can manage to grab a sample to try first, then do! I hope this review has help you make the decision whether or not you think it may be for you.
For Australians looking to purchase the Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum it is stocked exclusively at MECCA.
Have you tried the Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum? Is it on your radar?
*PR gift via Mecca Cosmetica Australia. All thoughts and reviews are not subject to bias.