The basic elements of this serum is rosewater, seaweed and vitamin C. The vitamin C is what you can see snaking its way through the clear serum in a new bottle. The one shown above is the Vital Essence with addition of Arbutin, which has a slightly different bottle. The serum also contains ingredients that draw moisture to the skin, that brighten, improve skin tone and elasticity and lessen fine lines. Perhaps my favorite addition is Aloe Vera, which heals and reduces inflammation. For those who don't know, I have very sensitive skin that is prone to redness and a burning sensation if it touches something it doesn't like.
The version containing Arbutin is supposed to, according to Cari, my Chantecaille artist, protect hyperpigmentation areas and keep them from becoming darker in the sun. I have tried both versions and, I must say, that I do not think the Arbutin version is worth the extra $8. I didn't notice much of a difference. Although, I probably wouldn't really notice if my hyperpigmentation (in the form of acne scarring) was not getting darker. I just notice it is still present.
Overall, I would highly recommend this to anyone really (except anyone who must avoid soy or estrogen because it does contain soy and estrogen derivatives). At $106, which is an $8 price increase from when I first purchased it, is quite pricey, but I still think it is worth every penny.
This product can be purchased at Neiman Marcus
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