In this section you will find comparison tables for:
- Click here for table comparisons of Hyaluronic Acid Serums
- Click here for table comparisons of Vitamin C Serums
- Click here for table comparisons of Glycolic Acid Serums
On this page I explain more about the three different types of serums I review here and why you might chose one serum over another.
Hyaluronic acid with vitamin C serums
Hyaluronic acid serums are the first category that I review. In fact these should really be renamed ‘hyaluronic acid with vitamin C’, because whilst these serums have hyaluronic acid as their first key ingredient, they also have a good punch of vitamin C as well.
The overall purpose of these hyaluronic acid serums, is to give your skin an intense pulse of hydration and to do this – they focus on hyaluronic acid, which is a super hydrator.
Hyaluronic acid is actually a carbohydrate, not an acid, and has been recently called ‘the fountain of youth’. This is due to the fact that it can absorb more than 1000 times its own weight in water and can deliver this moisture deep within your skin.
Consistently applying a serum that is high in hyaluronic acid will give your skin a softer, suppler and more velvety feel, because your skin is being deeply hydrated.
Think of a baby’s skin, how soft and smooth it feels to your fingers, one of the main reasons that a baby’s skin feels like this is because of the high levels of hyaluronic acid in their skin. Over time, our body’s production of hyaluronic acid decreases and our skin becomes drier and tougher. We lose the softness of youth and that beautiful feeling of suppleness and vitality.
So when the main key ingredient is hyaluronic acid, the primary purpose of these serums is to super hydrate your skin. Hyaluronic acid is also vital to the production of collagen in your skin, because collagen needs to be bathed in a bath of nourishing fluid to work properly.
The greater the amount of hyaluronic acid in your skin, the more fluid around the collagen cells and the better they work. So a hyaluronic acid serum can actually stimulate collagen to be produced, as well as re-hydrating your skin.
Usually, hyaluronic acid serums also include other moisturizing ingredients to pump up the moisture content of your skin even more, and of course, they can include lots of antioxidants. As you can see however, the benefits of hyaluronic acid stem from its super hydrating properties, which plumps up your skin and also gives your skin more definition, due to increased collagen production.
The antioxidants in these serums, serve the secondary purpose of reversing the damage to your skin, caused by free radicals and environmental pollution. So for example, vitamin c serum benefits include protecting your skin from sun damage, as well as reducing any sun spots or age spots you might have on your face or neck.
As you can see, a hyaluronic acid and vitamin C serum, gives you the best of both worlds – with benefits from both hyaluronic acid and vitamin c in your serum. First there is an emphasis on hydration and second, an emphasis on reversing the signs of free radical damage.
Take home message: The benefits of a hyaluronic acid serum – If your main issue is with dry and rough textured skin with a loss of definition, then select a hyaluronic acid and vitamin C serum and then look for other luscious ingredients to help attack other problems you may have with your skin.
Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid serums
If your main issue is that you have damage to your skin caused by excessive sun exposure or you have sun spots, age spots, liver spots, skin discolorations and uneven skin tones, then you want serums in the second category –‘vitamin c and hyaluronic acid’ serums.
This is because with vitamin C as the main key ingredient, these serums focus on reversing the signs of aging and improving the tone and brightness of your skin first and moisturizing your skin second. The benefits of a vitamin C serum and the other antioxidants that are included in many of these serums, are in cellular repair, and in healing wounds and scars.
Vitamin C in particular, also helps to promote the production of collagen, which means you have a double boost of collagen stimulating ingredients when you select a vitamin c and hyaluronic acid serum.
Collagen gives your skin its elasticity, so your skin looker younger, with less fine lines and wrinkles, more hydrated and velvety to touch and has a much more even skin tone with any discolorations minimized.
Take home message: The benefits of a vitamin C serum – If your main problem is sun damage, with lots of age spots or sun spots, then select a serum where the first ingredient is vitamin C and then decide on the secondary ingredients based on the other skin problems you want to address.
Glycolic acid serums
If you suffer from dull or tired skin or skin that has lots of blackheads or blocked pores, then a glycolic acid serum is a good addition to your beauty regime. It is also very useful if you suffer from acne or have very dry and flaky skin.
The reason that glycolic acid serums are so good is because they have strong exfoliant properties. This means that they help to remove the dead cells from the top layer of your skin and give you a fresher and brighter complexion.
These exfoliant properties is also why glycolic acid serums are popular with people suffering from acne, because all the debris is cleared out of their pores, greatly reducing their acne and in many instances, clearing it completely. Exfoliation also helps to reduce the appearance of sun spots and age spots.
Low concentrations of glycolic acid (10% or less) have been cleared by the FDA as safe for use in over the counter, skin care products. More moderate amounts of glycolic acid (10% to 50%) should be administered by medical physicians and above 50%, by physicians.
Take home message: The benefits of a glycolic acid serum – If you main concern is acne, blocked pores or dull looking skin, then a glycolic acid serum will really brighten and freshen your complexion.
For more information on alpha hydroxy acid and glycolic acid read my article here.
Many people actually use all three of these serums because they want the super hydration benefits of hyaluronic acid, the potent antioxidant benefits of a vitamin C serum and the fabulous exfoliation from glycolic acid serums.
So as I said, many people, including myself, use the hyaluronic acid with vitamin C serum in the morning and then the vitamin C and hyaluronic acid serum at night. That way, you have the best of both worlds.
If you want to add a glycolic acid serum to your night time beauty regime, you can either alternate with vitamin C or use the glycolic acid first and then finish with the vitamin C serum.
As a final word, these serums are relatively inexpensive compared to prices that you could pay.
I have seen some serums selling for hundreds of dollars, yet they have the same ingredients as these serums here.
Given the price point of these serums I have reviewed and the fact that so many customers rave about these serums, it just makes sense to buy 2 at a time (to reduce shipping costs).
This makes them a very cost affordable solution to keeping your skin, healthy, fresh and youthful, for as long as possible 🙂
I hope you benefit from my reviews and I know that your skin is going to look absolutely fabulous with these serums. I have certainly noticed a big difference in my own skin using the hyaluronic acid and vitamin c serums – my skin feels so much softer and more velvety and my skin tone is much more even and not blotchy any more.
We all deserve to look the best we can, so let this be the day that you treat yourself to a fabulous anti-aging and rejuvenative youth serum and help your skin look more radiant, youthful and vibrant than ever!
Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamin C Serums – Comparison Tables
Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid Serums – Comparison Tables
Glycolic acid serums – Comparison Tables