This Brightening $36 Vitamin C Serum Should Cost So Much More Than It Does

by 24USATVApril 3, 2024, 10:01 a.m. 23
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In a world where skincare ingredient lists are murky, sometimes indecipherable, Ghost Democracy — a brand that lists exact percentages of key actives, smack dab on all its packaging — is refreshing. Equally refreshing is its $40-and-under price point — which, I can attest, is hardly reflective of product quality. The Lightbulb Vitamin C Serum, for instance, rivals much pricier serums I’ve tried. Unsurprisingly, it’s become a best-seller for the four-year-old skincare brand, and has sold out entirely in the past. Even my boyfriend, who had previously concluded that vitamin C is simply too sticky to bother with, has finally settled on this serum, which absorbs at quickly and brightens almost as quickly.

The Ghost Democracy Lightbulb Vitamin C Serum is an ultra-lightweight, fast-absorbing solution that treats dullness, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone. Furthermore, it protects against environmental skin agers, in turn, slowing the likes of dark spots and laxity. Its ingredients, clearly labeled, are among skincare’s most potent anti-agers, balanced thoughtfully at optimal percentages.

For one, the formula contains a notably healthy helping of vitamin C at 18 percent. Perhaps even more noteworthy is the specific type of vitamin C contained in the formula, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate. Also known as THD, it’s “a highly stable form” of the notoriously unstable antioxidant, Dr. Adrienne O'Connell, Medical Director of Laguna Beach Aesthetics, previously told InStyle. Better yet, you can expect “a brighter, more hydrated glow” from THD-spiked products than those containing other forms of vitamin C, Dr. O’Connell added.

In addition to its hero ingredient, the serum contains vitamin E, a skin-softening antioxidant that happens to complement vitamin C particularly well. Bakuchiol, a plant-based retinol alternative, is also present, at a fairly low percentage of 0.5. The ingredient has been shown to smooth fine lines, firm lax skin, and improve overall texture — sans irritation, making it a win for anyone who’s experienced retinol-induced sensitivity. Finally, the formula features vitamin B5, also known as panthenol, which imparts suppleness in seconds.

The serum absorbs entirely in mere minutes — a win for anyone with a multi-layer skincare routine — without pilling or interfering with ensuing foundation. A little bit of formula goes a long way: I typically use two small drops, which covers my face and neck entirely.

My boyfriend and I are hardly alone in our love for this non-sticky, ultra-potent brightening elixir. As one shopper says, they’re “enchanted” by how rapidly it absorbs. Another fan says the serum, despite its high concentration of vitamin C, does not trigger their rosacea flare-ups. Finally, another reviewer swears it’s “solving life-long skin issues” and “repairing damage.”

For brighter, firmer skin, sans irritation, shop the Ghost Democracy Lightbulb Vitamin C Serum for $36. Hurry — it has a history of selling out, after all.

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