TruSkin Vitamin C Serum + Review

TruSkin Vitamin C Serum + Review

Vitamin C is one ingredient that is said to have skin benefits. This is why you will find it in many popular products.

I have been using vitamin C serums for quite a while now, with the one from TruSkin being the most recent one. For this post I wanted to talk about it and give my review.

Why vitamin C for our skin?

Vitamin C is not only said to help the immune system but may have antioxidant activity as well. Because of this, it is used in skincare where it is found to do the following things:

  1. Treat signs of aging- fine lines and wrinkles
  2. Fade dark marks from hyperpigmentation
  3. Even out the skin tone
  4. Brighten up the skin tone

There are a different forms of vitamin C, with l-ascorbic being the most powerful for the skin. In addition to it being found in skincare products, you can also buy the vitamin C powder and make your own product (here is a good recipe

The TruSkin vitamin C serum

TruSkin offers a variety of products- serums, cleansers, moisturizers and toners. They are formulated to treat skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, dullness, oiliness and acne.

Their vitamin C serum is one of their best selling products. It is sold in a 1 oz dropper bottle and costs around $20.

As with any vitamin C serum, it is supposed to be used only in the mornings. It is also recommended to be put on your neck because that is an area that can get an aged appearance to it.

The type of vitamin C that is in the serum is sodium ascorbyl phosphate. This is considered to be less effective for our skin than the other forms of vitamin C.

Some of the ingredients in this serum besides vitamin C include vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, aloe, witch hazel, Gotu Kola and more. There is no fragrance added to it.

My thoughts on TruSkin vitamin C serum

I have actually used this serum off and on for the past couple years. In these past five or so months, I have been using it every morning.

Despite my faithful use of it, I have not seen any results.

I guess what has attracted me to it has been the cost and the fact that vitamin C is supposed to be beneficial. I was thinking that I was doing something good for my skin and that maybe it would eventually work. Ha!

Now that I see that the vitamin C that it contains is not very potent, I am thinking that that is the reason as to why it has not done anything for my skin. It is not strong enough for me.

I do like that this product does not have added fragrance to it. Also, it has not caused breakouts.

I can’t say that this product is bad and that I do not recommend it. My skin has some severe problems and I need products that are a lot more powerful than this vitamin C serum is. It has great reviews so it obviously works for other people-but unfortunately not me.

Go ahead and give it a try

I think if you are reading this and interested in trying TruSkin Vitamin C Serum, go for it! Do not let my experience with it deter you. My skin problems are probably more severe than most.

If you have tried it before or are currently using it, let me know your thoughts on it!

Thanks for reading!

#truskin #skincare #vitamincserum #vitaminc #hyperpigmentation #melasma #amazon

20 Things That May Treat Hyperpigmentation and Melasma

20 Things That May Treat Hyperpigmentation and Melasma

Hyperpigmentation and melasma are unwanted dark marks on the skin. They can range in severity but are almost always hard to get rid of.

There are things that may help lighten them that are found in some skincare products and/or sold by itself. This post is a roundup of all the possible treatments for these skin concerns.

Causes of hyperpigmentation and melasma

Both hyperpigmentation and melasma show up as dark marks on our skin. There is a difference between the conditions though. The following is a description of the two of them:

Hyperpigmentation- This is an excess production of melanin due to reasons such as sunspots, acne, wounds, cuts and from picking at the skin. These dark marks are common in people with darker skin tones.

Melasma- This is a condition that is mainly hormonal in nature. The dark marks are usually from some types of birth control or pregnancy.

When it comes to preventing dark spots, there are some things one can do. These include wearing sun protection when outside, getting acne under control and trying not to pick at your skin (if that is a problem).

Things that can treat hyperpigmentation and melasma

Without further ado, here are the options for the fading of dark marks:

  • Hydroquinone- This is a high-powered skin lightening agent. It is in a few different OTC creams at up to 2% strength. Anything over that percentage is prescription only. It may cause irritation and/or the skin to get even darker unfortunately. If one is going to use it, it should not be used for long periods of time.
  • Alpha arbutin-This comes from a plant called, bearberry. It is found in a few skincare products and can be bought in powder form. It may lighten dark spots and even out skin tones in a gentle way.
  • Aloe vera gel- This comes from the aloe vera plant. It is nontoxic, soothing and full of antioxidants. It may fade dark spots and treat acne.
  • Niacinamide- This is a form of vitamin B3. In addition to it being able to tackle dark spots, it can also improve texture and balance oil. It is found in powders, skincare products and capsules.
  • Licorice extract- This is from the licorice plant. It may also treat acne and reduce signs of aging in addition to the dark spot fading effects. It is found in skincare products, powders, capsules and liquid drops.
  • Mulberry extract- This is taken from the leaves of mulberry fruits. The extract is sold in skincare products, powders, capsules and liquid drops.
  • Korean red ginseng- This is an herb from Korea. It has compounds in it that may decrease pigmentation. It is sold in powder, energy drinks, tea, liquid drops, gummy and capsule form.
  • Ginkgo-This is a kind of tree. Extract from the leaves is used for its alleged body and mind benefits. The antioxidants it contains may also help with hyperpigmentation. It is sold in some skincare products as well as teas, oils, capsules and liquid drop form.
  • Resveratrol- This is an extract that can be taken from things like grapes, wine, blueberries and chocolate. Its antioxidant activity may provide anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and skin lightening effects. It is sold in some skincare products, powders and capsules.
  • Kojic acid- This is a chemical that comes from different types of fungi. You can find it in powder form, chemical peels, serums and many soaps.
  • Papaya- This contains alpha-hydroxy acids that lighten dark spots. You can puree the fruit and use it as a mask or get it in powdered extract, serum, juice, tablet, capsule, gummy and oil form.
  • Turmeric- This is made from the root of the curcuma longa plant which is in the same family as ginger. It has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. It may help with acne and dark spots. You can make face masks with the powder and there are also soaps made with it.
  • Hesperidin- This is a flavonoid that comes from citrus fruits. It may help with wound healing, acne and dark spots. You can find it sold in powder and capsule form.
  • Rosehip oil- This comes from rosehips which are fruits from rose plants. They are full of vitamin C and A. Those two vitamins may help with fading dark spots, brightening the skin and fighting acne.
  • Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA)- These acids are great for the exfoliation of our skin. The ones that are best for dark marks include lactic (from sour milk), glycolic (from sugar) and mandelic (from almonds) acid. Of those three acids, glycolic is the strongest. These acids are found in serums, lotions and chemical peels.
  • Beta hydroxy acids  (BHA)- These acids are a lot like alpha hydroxy acids. The difference is that beta hydroxy acids go deeper into the skin. They are best for acne and oily skin conditions but may also treat hyperpigmentation. These can be found in serums, lotions and chemical peels.
  • Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)-This acid is related to acetic acid which is found in vinegar. It is used to make very strong peels that aid in anti-aging, fading dark marks, fixing textural issues and reading the appearance of scars. This acid may do more harm than good for people of darker skin tones.
  • Phytic acid- This is found in rice, legumes and seeds. It provides exfoliation and brightening benefits. The acid is not as well-known as other ones, but it is in a few serums and chemical peels on the market.
  • Retinol and Retin-A- Both of these come from vitamin A. Retinol is the pure form and Retin-A is the synthetic form of the vitamin. The latter is stronger which may lead to better results. They both may help with acne, anti-aging, dark spots and uneven skin tone.
  • Differin- This is a prescription strength retinoid that is available OTC. It is gentler than Retin-A and is FDA approved to treat acne (might be better for that purpose). Differin may also help with dark marks if they are from acne.
  • Sunscreen- This is really important as UV rays can do a lot of damage over time. Putting it on throughout the day can make sure that dark marks do not get any worse than how they already are. An SPF of at least 30 is recommended.

Other possible things that people say have helped them include cinnamon, honey and pumpkin puree. DIY face masks are usually created with these three ingredients and applied once or twice a week.

My take on all these possible treatments

My hyperpigmentation comes from skin picking, acne, cuts and scratches. The dark marks are extremely stubborn and do not seem to go away or get lighter.

I have tried a lot of things on this list over the years and it is frustrating that nothing has really worked. My plan is to make my own skincare product that uses some of these ingredients as well as DMAE for more anti-aging benefits.

Currently I am using vitamin C serum from Makeup Artist’s Choice, aloe vera gel, almond oil, sunscreen, chemical peels every week and a LED light massage wand (red and green settings).

In conclusion

There are many options available that may help fade dark marks on your skin. Only using one of them may not yield the results you want so it would be good to look for products that contain multiple lightening agents.

Have any of you suffered from hyperpigmentation and/or melasma? What have you used to treat it?

Thanks for reading!

#hyperpigmentation #melasma #skincare #acne #hormones #pcos #beauty

Another Celebrity with PCOS: Keke Palmer

Another Celebrity with PCOS: Keke Palmer

PCOS may cause skin problems but see above^

I did a post a while back talking about the actress, Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars) who has PCOS. Yesterday I ended up coming across an article that profiled another actress named, Keke Palmer and the effects of her PCOS diagnosis on her skin.

I was excited to showcase the article and discuss it in a post for you all!

Who is Keke Palmer

Keke is a 27 year old actress and singer from Illinois. She is best known for her roles in Akeelah and the Bee (a movie), Barbarshop 2: Back in Business (a movie), True Jackson,VP (a sitcom) and Madea’s Family Reunion (a movie).

Her music career includes one studio album, a stint on a Broadway musical and a couple of concert tours.

Keke’s People Magazine article

This article focuses on Keke’s struggles with acne and how it eventually led to her PCOS diagnosis. She also talks a little about how Tyler Perry (creator of the Madea character) helped pay for dermatologist treatments when she was a teenager.

Keke makes sure to mention how lucky she is to have access to treatments and that she knows many other women are not able to afford them.

There are pictures of her acne and hyperpigmentation in the article as well so that people know what she has been dealing with. She mentions her makeup routine for covering the marks and that it can be found on her Instagram in order to help other women with the same issues.

My thoughts on the article

All of my thoughts on Keke’s article are positive. Here they are:

  1. I thought it was wonderful that an actress came forward to talk about having PCOS. The diagnosis is becoming increasingly common among women so there is bound to be several famous women with it. This humanizes them a little more.
  2. The fact that she is black and showcasing PCOS really makes me happy. The article may help other black women who are dealing with hormonal issues realize they are not alone and seek treatment.
  3. I loved that she showed the severity of her skin problems. My hyperpigmentation is really bad as well and sometimes I feel like no one else has it as bad as I do. This article jolted me back to the reality of the fact that I am not alone in my struggles.
  4. I love that she mentioned how annoying it is when people say that those of us with skin issues need to eat better or drink more water. This annoys me too because those two things do not always make much of a difference. Some of us need heavy-duty treatments that go along with them.

In conclusion

I really enjoyed seeing this article on a personal level. It is also great on a larger level in that it gets PCOS out there. Many women are suffering and do not know that there is a name for what is happening to them.

You can find the People article here:

Thanks for reading!

#kekepalmer #acne #skincare #hyperpigmentation #celebrities #famous #pcos #womenshealth #hormones

CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum + Review

CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum + Review


As you know if you read my other posts, I deal with horrible hyperpigmentation (dark spots). I try not to let it get me down too much but I definitely do want them to fade.

I have tried many products over the years to get them to fade with little to no results. This CeraVe serum product is something I have been using for a few weeks now. If you want to know if it is working for me, read on!

The CeraVe company

This company makes many products for different concerns and skin types. Everything is developed with help from dermatologists. The company offers cleansers (face and body), moisturizers (face and body), serums, sunscreens and baby products.

All of their products have three ceramides in them which help with the moisturization of the skin. They are also all fragrance free.

The Resurfacing Retinol Serum

This is a creamy serum that was created to help even out skin tones, fade spots and improve the texture of the skin. To do this, it contains the following active ingredients:

  • Licorice root: This contains properties that make it act as an anti-inflammatory and skin lightening agent. You can find it in other skincare products, powder form, liquid form and capsules.
  • Niacinamide: This evens out skin tones, fades hyperpigmentation, improves texture and helps reduce oil production. You can find this in other skincare products, powder form, tablets and capsules.
  • Retinol- This reduces signs of aging, improves texture and evens skin tones. You can find it in many other skincare products.

This serum should be used after cleansing and up to two times a day. Sunscreen is recommended.

It is sold in 1 ounce pump-top bottles for around $17.

What I think about it

Finding an effective hyperpigmentation treatment is very important to me. After I felt I was wasting my time with the retinol lotion from Belei, I decided to try and find another one that might actually work.

I came across this retinol serum by CeraVe and was excited to try it. The following is what made me buy it:

  • It has licorice root in it: I knew from my research a while back that this can really help to fade dark spots. To me, having this included with the retinol meant that it could work better than only have the retinol in there would.
  • It has niacinamide in it: I liked that this was in there because it adds extra hyperpigmentation and texture improvement power to the serum. The texture of my skin needs a lot of help too.
  • It is fragrance-free: I need products to be fragrance-free due to my husband’s allergies so I was glad this one is.

I ended up buying it and have been putting it on every night for about eight weeks now.

Sadly during this eight week time period, I have seen absolutely no difference in my skin. I do not know if it has not been long enough… but how long do I have to wait? Years, for anything to work?

It is so frustrating to me.

During this time I have also had forehead zits which is unusual for my face. That coupled with it not doing anything for my hyperpigmentation means it is not something I will be purchasing again.

Now, just because it did not work for me does not mean it will not work for someone else. It obviously works for a lot of people if you go by the reviews on Amazon.

I really wish it would have worked for me!

I need to find something else now

Right now I do not have a night-time serum with any actives in it to use. I am back to just using organic aloe vera gel after cleansing.

I will keep trying to figure out a product for the evening and not give up hope. There has got to be something out there that will help my situation!

If any of you reading this know of some products I can use to help my bad hyperpigmentation, let me know!

Thanks for reading!

#hyperpigmentation #skincare #africanamerican #melanin #blackwomen #acne #pcos #cerave

Update: Back to The Gua Sha + LED Light Therapy

Update: Back to The Gua Sha + LED Light Therapy

Cat getting a facial massage! Too cute not to put in this post.

Quite a while ago now, I started getting into antiaging facial massage. This was because I wanted to reduce the aging that was happening in my face and I also think it is fun to have a beauty routine.

When looking up massage techniques I came across the Gua Sha facial technique (scraping your skin with a jade stone) and an LED light therapy massager. It all looked really interesting to me so I bought a jade stone and the massager.

I used these two things daily for a couple weeks and eventually stopped for whatever reason (I do not remember why). Recently, I decided to take them up again and I vow to do it every single day for a long time.

In this post, I will be talking more about the Gua Sha facial massage method and LED light therapy.

Gua Sha: When, what and why

The Gua Sha massage technique involves the scraping of the skin. It dates all the way back to the Paleolithic age (2.5 million years ago) where they used lubricated stones or bones to scrape away illnesses.

This massage then moved on to being used in China. It is now considered an ancient East Asian treatment.

The practitioners of Gua Sha may use coins, jade stones or spoons as their tools. The scraping that is done is said to activate blood circulation, move energy around the body, stimulate the immune system and cause an anti-inflammatory response.

Some specific alleged benefits of Gua Sha massages are as follows:

Gua Sha: How

This scraping massage technique requires one to start off with cleansed skin. After the skin is clean, an oil is to be applied. Putting oil on your face is important so that the tool is able to glide across your skin easier.

They type of oil is up to you. Some good options are rosehip, papaya and almond oil.

The following is a great video I found on YouTube that shows you how to do a Gua Sha facial:

This makes for a wonderful part of your beauty/self-care routine!

LED light therapy: When, what and why

The use of light as a type of therapy for ailments dates back to the early 1900s. For a while it was called, “photo therapy.”

At first, red LED light was mainly being used for pain but then it was found that it also helped with skin conditions. The use of LED light has been studied even more with different colors now being used to help with specific issues.

The following are the benefits of the different LED light colors:

  • Red- Pain relief, wounds, wrinkles, sagging skin, fine lines
  • Blue- Skin cancer spots, acne, teeth whitening, depression/anxiety
  • Green- Hyperpigmentation, under eye circles, sun damage, migraines
  • Yellow- Redness reduction, wrinkles, fine lines, hydration
  • Purple- All the things that red and blue do-at the same time.
  • Orange- Adds radiance to dull skin
  • Infrared- Goes deeper into the skin then just red does.
  • White- Depression, anxiety, sleep
  • Pink- Acne, fine lines, inflammation

LED light therapy: How

Light therapy can be done at home with devices that are sold from various places and it is also offered at spas. Here is a little more about each option:


There are many LED light therapy devices you can buy. The types of devices include massage wands, face masks and lamps of varying sizes. Most of these come with different light colors. You can also buy grow lights that are used for plants. The price range for at-home devices ranges from $25-$2000.

At spas

Light therapy is offered at some spas. They usually use a large lamp that hits your whole face or they have ones that hit more/all of your body. Spas will sometimes combine the light therapy with other treatments such as serums. Costs range from $25-$300 per session.

Light therapy sessions lasting from 10-20 minutes is said to be optimal. It may take up to ten sessions for one to see results.

What I have and will continue to do

Light therapy wand.
Jade stone tool.

Like I said, I have been doing Gua Sha massages and using my LED light therapy wand again. Not enough time has passed for any results to show (if they will) but I love doing a little something for myself each day.

I will continue to do Gua Sha massages everyday in the morning before applying my sunscreen. It really does not take much time at all and feels good.

The LED light massage wand that I have has red, green, blue, pink, yellow, orange and purple lights. I will be using the red and green lights three times a week. The light wand shuts off after ten minutes but I think I might just turn it back on so I can have 20 minute sessions instead.

It would be nice if these would help me

I am not going to get my hopes up for these things to fix my skin completely. If they help even just a little bit though, I will be happy.

Have any of you tried facial massage or light therapy?

Thanks for reading!

#beauty #selfcare #massage #skincare #safeathome #guasha #tcm #lighttherapy