VALENTIA: EVEN GLOW VITAMIN C SERUM

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It doesn’t matter if you have great skin right now or not, because it’s never too early to start protecting it! Great skin doesn’t just happen on its own; you need to actively take care of it, and that involves daily doses of sunscreen, moisturizer, cleansers, makeup with safe and natural ingredients, and even skincare creams and serums.

Thanks to the fabulous team at Valentia Skin Care, I was gifted with this bottle of vitamin C antioxidant serum. Every day, our skin comes into contact with so much free radicals from environmental pollutants, oxidative stress, and chemical-laden cosmetic products that an effective skin serum which helps combats those negative exposures essentially begs to be a girl’s best friend (guys can use it too, no shame!). A Vitamin C serum is especially important because it helps reduce inflammation and promotes cell renewal, which are two major factors in maintaining young-looking skin. I know that there are many choices out there for skin serums, but I’d like to direct your attention to Valentia’s Even Glow Serum, because not only is it effective and affordable, it’s also unbelievably fragrant, delightfully easy to use, and just amazing all around.

Too often, I try out a new product and immediately cringe in slight revulsion at the scent, because most of the time, I’m given a bottle with a label that boasts a great fragrance but in actuality just smells like something from a chemistry lab, but I was glad to see that this serum offers none of that. I don’t know about you, but when I think of Vitamin C, my mind brings up images of oranges, and so it was a natural, pleasant surprise to me that the serum presented itself with a great citrus scent (don’t be alarmed by the orange color of the serum; the concoction is made with Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil, which is a nutrient-rich ingredient that turns most formulations orange). It also conveniently absorbs into the skin rapidly. It’s suggested that you can use this daily – once in the morning and/or once at night, depending on your skincare habits – and I must say that when I wake up in the morning, my skin feels extremely soft from the serum, and even though it’s still a little too early to see obvious results, I know that I’m on my way to a more even and radiant skin tone. In addition, the following can be expected from regular use of the serum: 1) boosted collagen production; 2) reduction of wrinkles and fine lines; 3) fewer occasions of dry, peeling, or cracked skin, even in extreme weather. Of course, there’s no such thing as a cure-all magic beauty bottle, so one still must see this serum as a supplement to other necessary methods of promoting healthy skin, such as drinking plenty of water, getting ample rest each night, avoiding drinking/smoking/drug habits, and protection from UV rays (please avoid skipping over sunscreen!).

Now, just to break it down for those of you who are keen on scrutinizing ingredients (and yes, I’ve researched a bit on the web and have discovered that these claims hold true!):

Organic Rosehip Seed Oil & Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil: These oils promote skin hydration and lock in moisture to protect your skin from signs of aging and improve its beauty and youthfulness. Rosehip Oil has specifically been used in medical communities around the world for those with serious skin aliments and only recently has North America learned to embrace natural alternatives from our ancestors. These 2 organic oils are full of antioxidants, therefore, acting as the perfect supporting cast for our best friend – Vitamin C.
Resistem (Plant Stem Cells): This provides the perfect mix of protection from stress-related aging and promotes skin detoxification. Resistem will help your skin regenerate faster while protecting it from environmental stressors.
Hyaluronic Acid (Botanical): Holding up to 1000 times its weight in water and drawing moisture out of the environment and onto the surface of your skin, there is not a more effective moisturizing agent on the market today. It
penetrates deeply and activates collagen production for a fresher, younger, firmer, and brighter complexion.
Green Tea Extract: The catechins in green tea are a potent antioxidant which also contribute to the overall anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant benefits of this ancient health and beauty secret.

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I also want to take a minute to point out the packaging and appearance of the bottle, simply because I believe in the power of aesthetics. If someone was presented with two identical products with the singular difference that one was packaged more beautifully and luxuriously than the other, which product do you think that person will choose? Valentia is one of those companies that take aesthetics importantly. The product may not be as prominent and expensive as La Mer or Kiehl’s, but the beautiful white box with the gold trimmings and eye-friendly text makes up for its new stature in the industry and looks professional and reliable, and the glass bottle itself doesn’t disappoint either!

After all that talk, I don’t want to give off the impression that I’m hyping this product up because I’m obligated to. I’m only sharing what I’ve discovered and thoroughly enjoy using. I’ve been using this every day ever since I received it, and I do love Valentia’s Even Glow Serum because it really is different from other serums I’ve used (that citrus scent trumps everything else!) and already shows great potential in giving my skin a softer and more radiant look, and like I said earlier, it’s never too early to start protecting your skin from unavoidable harmful exposure and the inevitable aging process.

And finally, as a special treat, I’d like to pass on an effective and easy skincare recipe that Valentia has shared with me: the De-Puffing Coffee Mask (perfect for anytime you feel bloated for any reason!).

Ingredients
• 3 tbsp. Plain yogurt
• 2 tbsp. Pure cocoa powder
• 1 tbsp. Honey
• 2 tbsp. Fresh ground coffee

To Use:
1. Combine all ingredients together in a bowl until blended.
2. Gently apply the mixture to face and neck and let it sit for 10 minutes.
3. Rinse mask off with warm water, gently massaging skin as you do so to exfoliate it.
4. Use any leftover mixture on arms, legs or feet.

Thanks so much for reading!

Valentia Even Glow Serum bottle – courtesy of Valentia
Amazon Product Link (free shipping; Prime eligible!)

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