Last week, I posted to my stories a shot of what appears to be oxidized #cfirma. I had been using it for 3 months, and not only was it always much darker than other #lascorbicacids I've used, but it also became even darker after just 2 months.
Dozens of you, including #drunkelephant, responded to tell me it's a-ok, and that this is C-Firma's normal colour.
Not only that, DE even said, and I quote "L-ascorbic acid naturally darkens over time. If you notice this happening, even if it seems dark from the start, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the serum has oxidized - it’s the normal reaction!" Here's the problem with that response: every single article I've read about #lascorbicacid has pointed to a direct correlation between darkening and loss of efficacy.
DE went on to say, "We recently put C-Firma through a series of assay testing, and have discovered that the color does not determine the efficacy of the product!" What kind of tests are they running that show results that deviate from accepted science? And what prompted them to "recently" run these tests? Was it complaints about DE oxidizing too quickly?
What’s more, many of you have told me that earlier bottles of C-Firma were clear, and only the more recent formulations have been darker. A couple of you even told me that the effects of C-Firma were much more noticeable from the earlier, clearer serums, and the decline in skin brightening effects were immediately noticeable once they darkened.
Does C-Firma work for me? I can’t tell. But, that said, I don’t notice the superficial effects of any #vitc, and I mainly use it for the long-term #antioxidant benefits. I also really like how quickly C-Firma absorbs.
I don't know if it was reformulated to somehow increase the stability of #LAA, or to include ingredients that mask the colour of oxidation, or what else is going on here, but what I do know is that I won't be repurchasing C-Firma any time soon.
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