What makes a good Vitamin C Serum even better? When it comes with eight supporting actives focused on superior skin optimization. Vitamin C gets a helping hand with a combination of natural but powerful ingredients that revitalize skin. Each active in this formulation has a corresponding buddy ingredient. Every active has an improved mechanism because of their buddy. And together, they kick signs of aging to the curb.
Mad Hippie C Serum
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Table of Contents
- Mad Hippie C Overview
- The Details
- 2.1 Ingredient Profile
- 2.2 What We Love
- 2.3 How to Use It
- 2.4 Results
- Buy Mad Hippie C Serum
- Supporting Research
- Readers Questions & Comments
Vitamin C serum is a holy grail product when it comes to tackling whatever skincare problem ails you. It treats sun damage, acne, acne scars, discoloration, age spots, fine lines, skin texture, and enlarged pores all while promoting collagen production. But even Vitamin C needs a little help from its’ friends.
In the case of Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum, those friends come in the form of some skin-friendly actives that are packed with skin-nourishing vitamins, hydration, lipids, fatty acids and other goodies that keep skin acting younger and looking vibrant.
Every active in this formulation has a corresponding buddy ingredient. Each active has an improved mechanism because of their buddy.
When Actives Are BFFs
Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum has active ingredients that work together. Some examples:
Konjac + Hyaluronic Acid
The Hyaluronic Acid and Konjac Acid combination do something special.
Both Hyaluronic Acid and Konjac have high hygroscopic properties. They pull moisture from the air. The low molecular weight hyaluronic acid plus the glucomannan in konjac maximize their combined water absorption capacity. Once they absorb into the skin, they link. They attract water and swell in the skin. I mean, really, really swell with water. All the can get. So much water. It gives the skin a nice plump look while simultaneously treating.
The Three Amigos
Ferulic, C, and E are all anti-aging antioxidants. Awesome individually, but together they are special. According to the Journal of Investigative Dermatology:
“Ferulic acid alone (and vitamins C and E) provide partial protection but vitamins C, E and ferulic acid [altogether] provide virtually complete protection.” 
The Vitamin C is part of a Serum Duo with the Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum but also available as a stand-alone product. The Mad Hippie Serum Duo has an astounding number of actives between them, yet don’t irritate the skin.
Let’s examine these active ingredients in detail.
Active Ingredient Profile
Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate)
A water-soluble C particularly effective on acne treatment and prevention. Sodium ascorbyl phosphate (SAP) is a stable precursor of vitamin C that ensures a constant delivery of vitamin C into the skin.  In layperson terms, it won’t turn brown or go bad. SAP has a strong antimicrobial effect.
This unusual looking specimen seen below is Konjac Root. It contains glucomannan, a moisturizer similar to the natural hyaluronic found in young skin. It makes skin look and act younger. Â It penetrates the upper layer of the epidermis and hydrates the surface.
Konjac root also contains a slew of skin-friendly vitamins such as A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, and E, plus lipids and fatty acids. It smooths fine wrinkles and promotes collagen and elastin production.
Konjac also contains copper, a skincare superstar that builds collagen and the elusive but skin-vital elastin. Elastin is crucial because it reduces sagging and wrinkles and gives skin a springy and healthy look. Copper is rare and pricey skincare, which makes its’ presence in this formula all the more awesome. Copper also plays very well with the other actives in this formula. 
Ferulic acid (4-hydroxy-3-methoxycinnamic acid) is naturally found in plant cell walls. Ferulic acid makes Vitamin C more stable, and is also an anti-oxidant. Ferulic acid is particularly good at protecting against aging caused by free radicals and environmental stress factors.
In addition to the humectant and plumping properties described above, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a microcarrier. Like a friend with VIP access, it helps active molecules penetrate deeper into the skin for better results.
HA assists all the actives and is particularly good at the dermal delivery of sodium ascorbyl phosphate (SAP).
A protective antioxidant that lessens discoloration. E makes damaged skin soft and pliable again while reducing wrinkle and fine line formation.
Clary sage strengthens the skin while balancing excess sebum. It calms and rejuvenates the skin in a manner similar to lavender but without as strong of a scent.
It contains linalyl acetate, an anti-inflammatory that heals skin irritation.
Chamomile Extract is excellent in a formulation with powerful actives because it contains flavones. These flavones inhibit the production of inflammation, even in deeper skin layers. 
Meanwhile, The apigenin in Chamomile protects the skin barrier.  This gentle and hypoallergenic extract soothes skin, heals burns, and is great for helping skin recover and benefit from chemical peels.
Chamomile Extract is an antioxidant that also kills the bacteria that causes acne while soothing skin. 
The chamomile helps enable the daily use of this serum without irritation or skin peeling.
What We Love About It
This is a particularly impressive C serum. As a stable C, it is good to the last drop: no degrading or turning brown.
The ingredient combo is exceptionally effective and hits all the bases. Skin appears refined after use without redness or tightness. There is no peeling skin or dryness. It is powerful but there is no need to skip a day due to irritation.
Unlike many C serums, it is not sticky or tacky on dry down. It doesn’t pill or get crusty under my sunscreen and makeup.âœ½class=”toc_list”
The Vitamin C is part of a Serum Duo with the Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum but also available as a stand-alone product. Read about Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum ingredients and our experience here.
How to Use This Serum
After cleansing, apply just a half a dropper full daily to the face and throat. Follow with a moisturizer so the hyaluronic and Konjac acids can work their moisture-binding, skin-plumping, hygroscopic magic.
Apply twice a day if this is your only serum, or once a day if using the MH Exfoliative Serum or another nighttime favorite.
The impact of Konjac and C together is so impressive: dark spots fade fairly quickly. Paired with the Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum at night, this duo makes for an impressive one-two punch against aging and skin issues like discoloration, acne, fine lines, and skin texture. And it does it with zero irritation.
If skin aging, poor texture, acne or sun damage make you want to apply ALL the things, this C Serum and the serum duo contain many excellent actives in the right combination and proportions to get the job done without causing any irritation.
WHERE TO FIND IT
Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum is available at Mad Hippie as part of a serum combo or separately:
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