Vitamin C is one of those powerhouse ingredients that tackles quite a few anti-aging issues. It evens and lightens the skin tone for a more even complexion. It’s also an antioxidant that fends off free radical damage. It’s no wonder you see some form of it in every morning skincare routine. Did you know that vitamin C also increases collagen production? Especially when used at night. I’ve been wanting to try the DCL C Scape High Potency Night Booster 30 for probably a year. I finally caved and grabbed it. DCL stands for Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories. Details per DCL:
An age-preventing, collagen-boosting dynamo formulated with a 30% concentration of L-ascorbic acid, plus a ground breaking Vitamin C that are gently released into skin both immediately and over time for maximum efficacy and absorption. Advanced technology strengthens skin’s other structural components to improve elasticity and help fend off lines and wrinkles. Intense hydrators deeply moisturize, as antioxidants valiantly safeguard skin from environmental assailants. Meanwhile, focused brighteners even out skin tone creating a healthier, more radiant and beautifully uniform complexion. Superb for all skin types, except for the most sensitive.
• A 30% concentration of L Ascorbic Acid works over time to even out skin tone creating a more uniform and radiant complexion.
• Advanced Vitamin C Complex enhances collagen production to help firm skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
• Active antioxidants fend off free radical damage.
• Essential Fatty Acids help strengthen skin’s crucial protective moisture barrier and provide strong antioxidant protection with Coenzyme Q10.
• Essential Oils calm and quiet irritation.
Directions Apply before bedtime to clean, dry skin on the face, neck and décolletage and let the night’s restorative powers, the healing beauty of sleep and our effective concentrations of L-Ascorbic Acid/vitamin C work their rejuvenating magic while you dream.
This product comes packaged in a plastic pump & has a slight citrus scent. The texture is different. It’s a thick slightly oily cream (only a hint of oil) that has a gritty feel. It’s not exfoliating beads or anything, the grit is the L-Ascorbic Acid crystals breaking on the skin with application. They are time released so they work all night.
This product contains 30% L-Ascorbic Acid and is the strongest on the market right now. I noticed a difference in a few uses. It’s quite potent stuff. I tried this in multiple ways with my night routines. It’s so potent I really can only use it once or twice a week when I want a radiance boost. Do not use this on broken, inflamed or open skin. It will burn. And sting. Bad. I tried it without thinking about it, bad idea. If your skin is irritated that day then it’s probably not the day to use it because this is so strong.
I don’t combine this with acid toners, serums or treatments due to the strength of the vitamin C. It would be too much for the skin. I found this was OK with retinol but those who are more sensitive may consider skipping retinol that night too. I liked this best as a weekly overnight radiance mask. I’m sure you can use it more often and build up a tolerance to it, but this way seems to work for me.
I use this after my serums but before oils and creams. It works best in a minimal routine. There are some products that this one does not play well with and causes pilling (a few that comes to mind is Jane Scrivner Bioluronic Buzz 2000 & YOU Skincare Radiance Serum). The pump can get a little clogged as the product is so thick. It probably needs a larger pump size. I had to bang it hard on my hand or the counter a few times here or there. I haven’t had any issues with oxidation of the formula so far. It’s still as white as the day I got it. Because of the texture I’ve never tried it as a day treatment, only at night.
It’s a little pricey but if you’re not using it everyday (you don’t need to) it should last quite a while. This is best as a radiance booster not as a daily treatment. In addition to L-Ascorbic Acid this also contains Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate a more stable form of oil soluble vitamin C. It also contains vitamin E which boosts its antioxidant properties as well as stabilize the L-Ascorbic Acid. CoQ10 is also a potent antioxidant. This should be OK for most skin types (unless you do poorly with L-Ascorbic Acid), you may want to patch test first. I would start slow and sensitive skin types might try to get a sample first. I would repurchase. I do hope the pump size or issue gets fixed one day. That’s really the only drawback.
Isohexadecane, Ascorbic Acid, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citrus Paradisi Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara Peel Oil, Squalane, Ubiquinone, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol, BHT