It’s no secret that I love makeup, but I must confess that skincare really excites me. I mean, like REALLY. Rodial is a brand that I’m slowly becoming more acquainted with, and I literally jumped at the chance to test out their Vitamin C Collection. Also, how uplifting is the orange colour of this range? And that’s just for starters …
Vitamin C Brightening Cleanser (CAN $65.00) | Both cleansers were launched last year, and I’ve been loving them equally. Housed in a plastic bottle with a pump dispenser, this cleansing gel is formulated with Vitamin C for brightening, Fruit AHA‘s for their exfoliating properties, Glycolic and Lactic Acids to help tighten pores while firming & toning the skin, Pomegranate Extract for its powerful antioxidant properties, and Blood Orange Water to help stimulate the skin with a cocktail of nutritive components. Meant to be applied to dampened skin, the texture of this cleanser is very lightweight and rinses off easily, leaving no tight-skin effect behind. Personally, I find this one of the easiest cleansers I’ve ever used and even though I have no clinical evidence, I feel like it works so well with the rest of the range that I layer on top and something tells me that it’ll play well with other brands as well (note to self to test this theory out).
Vitamin C Brightening Cleansing Pads (CAN $56.00) | Housed in a jar that closes air-tight, this version is obviously the easiest cleansing option of the two, containing pads that are saturated with a complex blend of Fruit, Lactic, and Glycolic Acids to help smooth and retexturize the skin, Salicylic Acid to help tighten pores and tone the skin (also effective for those with blemish prone skin, but I recommend doing a patch test first to make sure your skin can handle it), and pure Vitamin C for its brightening properties.
As stated above, I love both cleansers, but I’ll only use the two together every second day. These are excellent in picking up anything the gel cleanser didn’t, and the surface of each pad also ensures I give my skin an added boost of exfoliation. The benefit of the Salicylic Acid means it makes short work of any would-be blemishes (they don’t dare) and helps keep my skin in optimum condition.
Vitamin C Glow Tonic (CAN $55.00) | Brand new for 2019, this toner is meant to be used after cleansing and serves to prep your skin for other products to follow. Formulated with 0.5% Vitamin C, 2% Glycolic Acid and 0.5% Salicylic Acid — the latter ingredient helps with sloughing off dead skin cells — the directions state to use this product 2-3 times per week, but my skin is able to tolerate using it twice daily and I’m absolutely loving the results. That said, my daughter on the other hand, experienced major sensitivity with just one use, so it pays to A) know your skin and B) always do a patch test first. Another perk is the bottle; the flip-top cap reveals a wide push-down dispenser, making it super easy to release the toner onto a cotton pad placed on top (and absolutely zero spillage, thank you).
Vitamin C Drops (CAN $89.00) | Ok, So now that you’ve cleansed & toned your skin, it’s time to pamper — and that’s where this face oil comes in. Another new release for 2019, this is formulated with a stabilized concentration of 6% Vitamin C in a selection of carrier oils (Babassu, Almond, Castor, Sunflower, and Carrot) and is not only meant to boost the other products you layer on top, but also helps to hydrate and brighten the skin. Other benefits include the ability to neutralize visible free-radical damage, increase skin’s radiance and luminosity, and helps to support the visible reduction of age spots and pigmentation. You can use this oil both morning and night: I administer between 4-5 drops (the instructions say 2-3, but again, judge according to your preferences) that I warm up between my fingers before patting it along my face & neck, then I massage that thoroughly in. The lightweight texture of this oil helps it absorb quickly into the skin, without leaving any greasy residue behind. For the record, this product is one I fully intend using until the last drop … and I’ll definitely be picking up more after that.
Vitamin C Brightening Mask (CAN $110.00) | You had me at mask. This lightweight gel is infused with 5% pure Vitamin C along with a blend of 10% exfoliating Fruit Acids and AHA‘s to really help even out tone and with resurfacing the complexion. The unique push-down dispenser system ensures the integrity of the contents by not allowing any oxygenation, and one pump is all you need for the entire face and neck. An excellent mask to reach for whenever you feel your skin looks dull or lacklustre, it can be applied 1-2 times a week; the directions say to let it work between 15-20 minutes then you can tissue off any excess, but I guess I’ve been needing it all, since I don’t have any excess leftover. My skin does feel a bit tacky after the 20 minutes are up, but it doesn’t bother me since I jump right in with the rest of the products, and this seems to be working great. One important thing I’ve noticed is that when I use this mask (which I prefer to do so in the evenings, before going to sleep so I can allow it to work overnight), is that I wake up to truly radiant skin — and this is 100% true. Unbelievable, but still.
Vitamin C Face Soufflé (CAN $110.00) | Both this moisturizer and the eye treatment are new for 2019, and what makes them stand out is their lightweight and almost “whipped” texture. The formula contains 2% encapsulated Vitamin C to help deliver a gradual vitamin release, to go with an excellent hydration factor. Other benefits include helping to provide brightness and an evenness of tone, as well as improving skin’s elasticity and the promotion of collagen synthesis — the latter is something that I really look for in a moisturizer as I’ve gotten older and started noticing some slackness (don’t even get me started). Bearing a delicate citrus fragrance, it dissipates fairly quickly after application. The wonderful part about this texture is that is absorbs relatively quickly, but it’s the after feel that has me excited: what I’m left with, is touchable & velvety-soft skin.
Vitamin C Eye Soufflé (CAN $99.00) | Enriched with 2% encaspulated Vitamin C, this eye cream not only offers hydrating properties, but helps to visibly brighten the delicate skin around the eyes to “transform the look of eye fatigue“. The texture of the cream is interesting, being at once dense yet airy, and even has a slight cooling feel upon initial application. Absorption into the skin is relatively easy as well, while a small amount really does go a long way; if you find you’ve applied more than needed, do what I do: rub any excess around the lip contours and/or nail cuticles. Multi-tasking at its finest, I tell you.
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to navigate the world of skincare, but one thing’s for sure: everyone can use some Vitamin C — whether that’s topically, or ingested. What makes Vitamin C in skincare so important for your body’s largest organ (the skin), is that it not only helps to protect against free radical damage, but it can significantly fade the look of age spots and pigmentation, provide a visible overall brightness AND help increase collagen synthesis. As to my experience with this range, I am absolutely thrilled with the results and definitely recommend it, but a word to the wise: make sure to do a patch test first before diving headlong, and be consistent — you won’t regret the effort.
Available at Murale & online
Kindly provided by Rodial for my unbiased consideration