What is it? Antioxidant serum.
What does/should it do? Brighten and even skin tone.
Repurchase? It’s good, but no.
To be fair, I was already on the hunt to replace my Vitamin C and repurchase my Vitamin B. Summer Fridays came along at precisely the right moment. The CC Serum piqued my interest (not just because of Mrs Hirons), but because of the bonus Niacinamide in this ostensibly Vitamin C serum. I’m keen to kill two skincare steps with one serum if it works, with the bonus of being cheaper than buying (my preferred) products separately.
Antioxidants (including Vitamin C) are an absolute must in my routine. I want them to brighten my skin tone, help even my skin tone (especially pigmented areas), and give me a glow that looks like I’ve been off the booze/sugar/caffeine for a good six months. I’ve been through many Vitamin Cs and I’m still looking for my one true love. I want niacinamide to keep my hormonal spots at bay, reduce redness in my skin, and general help fortify my skin barrier.
CC Me is effective at both, and it’s showing on my face. Not super-glowy, but to be fair I’ve only found that in an oil-based serum so far and it’ll be the oil making me radiant there.
Instead of oil, CC Me is a squalane-based serum, meaning it can be the first serum in my routine, rather than the last. Both squalane and glycerine here are hydrating. My caffeine habit combined with continuing to get older means I am taking hydration at every step of my routine, if I can.
There are two forms of Vitamin C (hence the pun in the name, I guess). The Niacinamide is the second ingredient on the ingredient list, which is what actually sold me on trying it out; there is nothing more infuriating than marketing hyping up an ingredient that’s included in minimal amounts. Interestingly, Summer Fridays don’t mention the niacinamide at all in their ingredients marketing.
Instead, they talk up the included peptides. Peptides are great for helping supporting collagen, which is what I’m always looking for. I miss bouncy-trampoline skin. Peptides need antioxidant friends to live their best life in your skin, however, which makes them perfect in this Vitamin C serum.
CC Me plays nicely with other serums, both over and under, and is just as nice on its own. It’s a great one-step serum packing a three-serum punch. I am really enjoying it. Would I buy it again? No, I still want to play the antioxidant field, but if you’re happy to commit to just one, CC Me is a smart choice.