Vitamin C is one of my favourite skincare actives. Cosrx has overdelivered with the Triple C Lightning Liquid. I haven’t seen this product being spoken about a ton on Instagram and I honestly wonder why – this is magic in a bottle.
I first got to know about this while browsing through Sokoglam, an online K-beauty distributor that charged heavy fees to ship to Europe (I’m still sour about it). I had recently discovered K-beauty and wanted to dive in to it a lot more. To be honest, the website was quite inviting, too. I ended up placing an order for 75$ but paid 105€ because the taxes and shipping are so high.
I was overall very happy with the products I’d ordered but the one product that stood out was the Cosrx Triple C Lightning Liquid. I decided to re-purchase this product without any qualms for the rest of my life.
Now that you already know that I love this product and of course it’ll receive a 5 star rating at the end, let me explain how it arrived there.
Price: $27 on Sokoglam. Value for money. However, this can get expensive when ordering outside of the US.
Quantity: 30ml, which is pretty standard for serums
Consistency: Clear liquid at first, begins to oxidise and starts looking yellowish over time. Quick tip – keep it in the fridge to delay the oxidisation.
Scent: fragrance-free (yay)
I hadn’t studied it’s ingredients to a large extent, but I knew that it had 20.5% of pure Vitamin C, which was a high concentration. My major skin concerns are – post-acne scarring and hyper-pigmentation. I used to have brown spots and red scars after a pimple would safely leave.
When I say that I woke up everyday with skin brighter than the day before, I’m not joking. My complexion looked more even, my brown spots were fading and I was breaking out less than usual (I didn’t have acne at this point of time).
The product pairs well with other essences and does not pill – huge yes for me. It may sting upon application if you have active breakouts or if you aren’t used to using Vitamin C serums before.
Caution: always use lower concentrations of actives in skincare and build up slowly. Do not purchase this serum if you haven’t used Vitamin C in your skincare before.
Quick tip: apply vitamin C serum to cleansed, dry skin before any other toners or essences.
The ingredient list is short and sweet. Black chokeberry extract is the first ingredient which comprises 72% of the serum. It’s a natural ingredient that stabilises the high concentration of Vitamin C in the product. L-ascorbic acid, the purest form of Vitamin C is the second ingredient and makes up 20.5% of the serum. For some persons, that’s a bit much, but for me, it’s perfect. In case of any doubts, go for products with a lower percentage than a higher one (better safe than sorry).
It also contains licorice root extract which has great brightening properties. It also contains Hyaluronic Acid, which is an excellent humectant, and Cassia obtusifolia seed extract, which is a great emollient for your skin, and Allantoin, a skin-soothing ingredient I love.
Full ingredient list:
Aronia Melanocarpa fruit extract (Black Chokeberry), Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), Butylene glycol, Sodium lactate, Licorice root extract, 1,2- Hexanediol, Pullulan, Sodium hyaluronate, Cassia obtusifolia seed extract, Allantoin.
Like I said, short and sweet.
I am currently on my third bottle of this serum and I have no intentions of not repurchasing it. Admittedly, the fact that I have to pay 47€ every time I want to get my hands on a 27$ serum makes me mad, but even for 47 bucks, it’s a stellar deal.
I have little to no brown spots today. Not claiming that this product was the sole reason for that, but it was a huge help. My main skin concern now is PIE (Post Inflammatory Erythema), which I’ll talk about very soon on my blog. I’m treating PIE with other products now – mostly azelaic acid and niacinamide. But I still consider Vitamin C to be essential to my routine.
Nothing more to add. Like I said before, it’s magic in a bottle.