While I don’t really talk about them often, I am a sucker for buying serums. Something about them seems like one of the ultimate pampering treats and feels much more special than just applying my standard moisturiser. I plan on talking about the serum I’ve been using for the day time very soon, but for now, I wanted to discuss with you one of three serums I’ve been switching between for my night time routine. This is the 40 Carrots Carrot + C Vitamin Serum, which I found in TK Maxx for £4.99.
To start off, I want to comment on the fact I’m very happy with the price of this. For £4.99 I paid for just under 30ml of product (29.6ml to be exact, which is a strange number…). Serums on the market typically tend to be much more expensive than moisturisers, so this is a product that is much cheaper than many drugstore/high street moisturisers.
The product itself is sold in an orange themed box – very fitting with the “carrot” theme, which also reflects itself on the label on the bottle and the very light orange colour of the serum itself. Personally, I don’t care much for orange, but like I’ve stated before, I try not to let little design features like this influence my opinion of the products I try out. As far as how I store it, I keep the product in its box on my desk with my other skincare items that I’m currently using. The reason I keep it in the box is so sunlight doesn’t interfere with the serum, and although I’m only guessing here, I hope it helps keep the product cool so it doesn’t go off too quickly.
The bottle itself has a pump dispenser mechanism. I have mixed feelings about it personally. While the pump itself is great because it prevents spilling the serum everywhere, it’s an awkward pump which when you press on the pump, runs the risk of spraying serum at speed and potentially making a mess that way. Through trial and error I figured out to point the opening the pump down towards the palm of my hand, but I still worry it’ll end up all of my clothes or my desk every time I use it. Take of that what you will, but it’s definitely something to bear in mind.
Ingredients-wise, this product does claim to be something of a powerhouse for the skin. On the box it claims: [the serum is] “a carotene powered antioxidant serum to recharge and beautify stressed skin.” It also claims to have both Vitamin A and C, which have individual functions for the skin. Vitamin A as the box describes: “[is] the proven ingredient dermatologists recommend most to de-age, brighten and even out your skin tone, while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles”. Vitamin C is a great ingredient for tackling dull skin as it helps brighten the skin tone.
While my skin isn’t yet at the point where I need to focus on anti-ageing (although it doesn’t hurt to start early apparently), I felt I would benefit from this serum for its brightening properties. I certainly don’t hate my pale skin tone, but it’s very easy for my skin tone to look pasty rather than healthy, and while my diet will be the best and most appropriate way to fix that, I also want to use my nighttime skincare routine to help too, and with ingredients that claim to help with this, I was curious to see if this serum would help.
The serum itself is quite a thick liquid based product, almost like an oil, but not quite. For my oily skin, I’m always concerned that oils like this which I don’t wash off have a high chance of clogging my pores, but I haven’t found this to be the case so far. However, I will remind you again that I do switch between serums depending on what my skin needs at the time, so it’s a bit more difficult to judge. I find it interesting that this product claims to be used under or in place of a moisturiser, which implies that the serum is very hydrating if it can be used in place of your standard moisturiser. Personally, I use this under my nighttime moisturiser, although if I’m desperate to just go to bed, I would consider using this in its place.
Back to the texture though, it is quite thick for my liking, and doesn’t smooth over the skin as easily as I’d like. With a bit of effort it will, but I worry certain areas of my face are neglected because of that. While it does feel very heavy upon application, give it around five to ten minutes, and the serum absorbs into the skin leaving my skin feeling amazingly soft and it still is in the morning if my skin isn’t too oily from the warm nights. It does make applying my moisturiser over the top a little bit more difficult because of how heavy the texture was, but it’s not unbearable.
Overall, I like this product. I don’t think I’ll buy it again, just because the texture is slightly too thick for my liking, and I have a lot of serums stashed away to try, but I can’t say I’m disappointed by it. For £4.99 you get a decent amount of product, and if you only use one or two pumps at a time, you can make it last for quite a while.
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