One of the things I love about the Skin Organics line from Ann Webb is that it’s completely up front about the ingredients AND the pH, which is a rarity in the cosmetics world. It’s all printed right on the website and on the container so that speaks volumes for this company.
The claims: “A potent antioxidant blend combining the most absorbable, oil-soluble form of Vitamin C with Idebenone to add protection to your daily moisturizer and help repair damaged skin.” It also claims to be natural, paraben free, cruelty free, gluten free and vegan. [I’m not sure why I’d care about the last two since I don’t plan to spread it on toast, but I'm sure it matters to someone out there so kudos to Skin Organics.]
The good: This should really be called “the GREAT”! The first two ingredients are variations of silicone and they give it the silky texture. The rest of the ingredients are all highly effective antioxidants and right at the top of the list, which is exciting to see. The pH is in the acidic range (good for antioxidants) and even more importantly it’s in an opaque pump container to limit exposure to air and light (bad for antioxidants).
The questionable: Hydroxydecyl Ubiquinone = Idebenone which is an antioxidant, and can be an irritant for some (but what can’t). The grapefruit oil is also a potential irritant, but luckily it’s last on the very short (but effective) list. And I shouldn’t like this, but it makes the product smell delicious and fresh.
The verdict: I love this product! The potential irritants don’t seem affect my skin negatively, and the plethora of antioxidants do wonders for my skin. When first applied it may look oily (that’s the silicone), but it absorbs very quickly. I wear it under my moisturizer (with sunscreen!) in the morning and I swear it makes my skin look brighter. I went without for a couple of months due to budgetary limitations but I won’t let that happen again, I’ll sell a kidney on the black market first!