Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum Review

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

A skin serum is one of the new must have products in any skincare regime. Serums are light products which absorb very quickly into the skin. They are often used alone but they can also be used alongside lotions and moisturizers.

The biggest difference between a serum and a face cream is that serums don’t contain ingredients like mineral oil, or nut or seed oils; most of them are water-based, which makes them a lot better for use on oily or acne prone skin.

What’s in a Serum?

What’s in a Serum

Serums are packed with potent doses of active ingredients, including antioxidants, peptides, and skin brighteners. Because serums contain these active ingredients, they tend to cost more than other products in skincare ranges. But they last a long time because a little really does go a long way. You’ll notice that many serum bottles come with a dropper applicator because a tiny drop is usually all you need.
Serums consist of very small molecules that absorb very quickly into the skin. The ingredients in thicker, richer face creams are great for locking in moisture, but they also prevent other active ingredients from being absorbed.

Skincare experts say that serums are excellent for people with oily skin because they aren’t greasy and they don’t leave behind any residue which can clog pores.

Serums aren’t a perfect match for everyone though. Their light texture doesn’t work well for people who have conditions like eczema, which damages the skin barrier. If the skin is thinner, the serum will absorb too quickly and may cause irritation. Also, very dry or mature skin needs a richer cream, and a serum alone just won’t cut it. If you have these skin types, use the serum before your moisturizer.

How to apply a serum

After cleansing, pat a pea-sized amount of serum over your face.
If your skin is sensitive, apply the serum 10 minutes after cleansing, because applying a water-based serum to damp skin is more likely to irritate it.

Use serum before moisturizer so its active ingredients get the chance to penetrate the skin.

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

A good serum can really give your skincare regime a boost if you can find the right one to suit you. You need one with amazing active ingredients and the right pH for your best skin ever, and guess what, we found a good one!

Here’s our review of Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum:

The Scent

The serum has a subtle floral scent, with a touch of sweetness. The scent is gentle and quite soothing.

The Ingredients

All of the serum’s ingredients have been rated as being very low in toxicity. But even though the ingredients are safe and pretty much all natural, not every formula will work for everyone because everyone is different. The best way to treat your skin is to use products with the least amount of ingredients possible, especially if you have dry, sensitive, or acne prone skin. The more ingredients a product has, especially synthetic ones, the more potential there is for irritation and skin breakouts.

Here are some of the most beneficial ingredients that are included in the serum:

10% Vitamin C, in the Form of Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate

This is the most usable form of vitamin C. It’s very effective, and it safe. It has a fairly long shelf life too, so no wonder manufacturers of beauty products favor it over other forms of the vitamin.

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate has been widely researched. Clinical trials found that it fights acne better than other forms of vitamin C. Not only that, but it prevents the oxidation of the skin’s oils which can clog pores and cause acne. Some studies found that it was more effective than a 5% benzoyl peroxide formulation, and a 1% clindamycin topical antibiotic.

It also has no side effects. You can introduce it into your skin regime gently and use it twice per day to get brighter skin, clear acne, and improve skin tone.

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate vs Ascorbic Acid

The manufacturers of the serum say they use Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate because it’s twice as effective as Ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid is the form of vitamin C that is most often used in skincare, but the skin doesn’t generally deal too well with it. When Ascorbic acid is applied to the skin, it often remains on the surface and isn’t fully absorbed, which can cause irritation.

The product is made with a 10% concentration of Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, and the difference between this form of vitamin C and Ascorbic acid is that it has a salt attached to it, which makes it easier for this form to penetrate the skin.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that works really well in combination with Vitamin C. It protects the skin from the sun’s harmful rays, helps wounds to heal and is very effective for reducing the signs of aging.

Ferulic Acid

This is an effective antioxidant that works well with vitamins C and E. It protects the body from free radical damage and absorbs the sun’s harmful rays, so they don’t cause excessive damage to the skin.

Hyaluronic Acid

This acid is a natural substance and it locks moisture into the skin by drawing moisture in from the surrounding environment. It has a plumping effect on the skin, so you’ll find it in a lot of anti-aging products. It also speeds up the healing of skin wounds.

Organic Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has been used as a treatment for many skin concerns for thousands of years. It’s best known for being an ingredient in aftersun lotions because it’s great for healing sunburn. Aloe Vera is also packed with antioxidants, and it has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, hydrating, and healing properties. Studies have shown that it’s effective for treating conditions like psoriasis.


This is a little like hyaluronic acid in that it hydrates the skin by taking water in from the environment.

Konjac Root Powder

This powder is extracted from a plant which is native to southeast Asia and China, and it’s so full of nutrients that it has long been used as a medicine. It contains vitamins A, E, C, D, B, as well as copper, magnesium, iron, niacin, zinc, and folic acid etc. The Japanese have used it for healing purposes for over 100 years.

It’s used in cosmetics for its light, gel-like feel that forms a barrier on the skin and gives products some staying power.


Grapefruit is a potent antioxidant, antifungal, and preservative. It is also a gentle natural exfoliant.

Chamomile Extract

This herb contains antioxidants and it’s very good for sensitive skin. It’s soothing, calming, has anti-inflammatory properties, reduces free radical damage and boosts blood flow to the skin’s surface.

Clary Sage

This has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, and it is what makes the scent of the serum so pleasant. Clary Sage is also said to help to balance the skin’s oil production.

How does it feel?

The serum is a little runny, but this actually makes it easier to apply and you actually end up using less of it. It sinks in well, though be prepared for it to feel a little sticky after you’ve applied it. It’s definitely non-drying, and the hyaluronic acid and glycerin make sure that the formula locks moisture into the skin. It mixes well with other serums, moisturizers, and acne treatments.

How to Use the Serum

How to Use the Serum

Use the serum twice per day. Apply a few drops on the palms of your hands and apply it evenly over your face. The most confusing thing about a serum is where to fit it into your skincare regime. Here’s an example of where it needs to go for best results. Obviously, you may or may not use some or all of these, so change the steps according to your personal regime.

Gentle Cleanser

  • Toner
  • Salicylic Acid (if you have acne prone skin)
  • AHA creams
  • Vitamin C serum
  • Retinoids like Tretinoin or Retinol
  • Acne treatments like Benzoyl Peroxide or Azelaic Acid
  • Moisturiser

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum: a Summary

  • Ingredients

Rating: Excellent

Non-toxic, incredibly effective natural ingredients that won’t produce side effects.

  • Benefits

Rating: Excellent

The serum fights acne, reduces pigmentation, protects against the sun’s harmful rays, and yet it is incredibly gentle on the skin.

  • Ease of application

Rating: Very good

Spreads easily over the skin, though it does leave the skin feeling slightly sticky for a while. But the gorgeous scent makes up for it.

  • Packaging

Rating: Excellent

The bottle and box are lovely to look at, and the dropper dispenser will ensure that you dispense just the amount you need, and you don’t waste any product.

Rating: Very good

It’s a very effective serum, but like many similar products, it is quite expensive.

Vitamin C Serums: The lowdown

Face serums are one of the most coveted anti aging products. They can boost hydration, nourish the skin, and protect it, all while providing anti aging benefits. Vitamin C serums do all of this and more.

Vitamin C serums are most often used on the face and the delicate skin of the chest area and they contain a concentrated form of vitamin C. They are most often used by women with mature skin, but a vitamin C serum is a good addition to a skincare regime at any age, and it will really boost the health, the feel, and the appearance of your skin. They’re a great choice if you would rather use natural skincare, because vitamin C is naturally-derived and produces no side effects, like the synthetic and preservative-laden products on the market today.

The Benefits of Vitamin C Serum

The Benefits of Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C is a bit of a Rockstar ingredient where skincare is concerned. Vitamin C is important for maintaining skin health. It promotes the growth of new collagen, reduces the signs of skin aging, and protects the skin from environmental damage. The skin does not naturally produce vitamin C as it does vitamin D, so think of vitamin C serum as a supplement for your skin. Here are just some of the benefits that vitamin C serum provides;

Vitamin C Serum Helps Protect the Skin from Sun Damage

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, and it helps to protect the skin from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. A good quality vitamin C serum can also help to strengthen the skin, meaning that it’s better able to defend itself against harmful things in the environment that might agitate it. Vitamin C serum won’t replace sunscreen, however, so to make sure your skin is fully protected, combine the serum with a good sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.

Vitamin C Serum Promotes Skin Healing

A good vitamin C serum can help to promote and hasten the skin’s ability to heal itself. This makes it a perfect choice for people who have acne scarring and sunburn. The serum can provide relief from itching and stinging, and it can reduce redness and irritation.

Vitamin C Serum Stimulates Collagen Production

One of the main reasons that vitamin C serums are one of the most commonly purchased antiageing products is that they can promote collagen production. Collage is a tough protein in the skin that begins to decline as you get older, so the skin becomes less firm and less elastic. With regular use of a vitamin C serum, you can increase your skin’s collagen production, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and give your skin an overall more youthful and healthy appearance.

Vitamin C Serum Reduces Skin Pigmentation

Many products that reduce dark spots and pigmentation contain vitamin C because it’s great for helping to reduce pigmentation of almost any kind. The high concentration of vitamin C in serums can help to reduce the appearance of pigmentation, redness, under eye circles, and age spots.

Vitamin C Serum Brightens the Skin

As well as reducing pigmentation, vitamin C serums help to even and brighten the skin tone. This results in skin that looks more radiant and healthy. Healthy skin is skin that glows with health, and vitamin C can help you to achieve it.

The Different Types of Vitamin C

The Different Types of Vitamin C

There are 3 main types of vitamin C:

L ascorbic acid: This is a pure form of vitamin C and the form that’s most commonly used in beauty products. It’s very potent and is most effective in concentrations of 15-20%.

Ascorbyl Palmitate (also known as vitamin C ester): This is thought to be less potentially irritating than L ascorbic acid, but clinical studies show that it contains less antioxidants. Because of this, it’s less potent than L ascorbic acid.

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate: This is a newer form of Vitamin C. It’s full of antioxidants and less potentially irritating than the other forms of vitamin C. More studies are needed into exactly how effective it is, but existing research does look promising.

How to Choose a Vitamin C Serum

How to Choose a Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C serums are becoming increasingly popular, and there are many products now available across many skincare brands on the market. If you’re new to the world of serums, it can be confusing to know where to start and to know what to look for in a serum. Above all, you want it to be safe and effective because serums tend to come with a hefty price tag.

The sure sign that a vitamin C serum is going to be effective is that it will contain a vitamin C concentration of around 15-20%. The higher the concentration of vitamin C, the more benefits you can expect to get from it. Be aware that higher concentrations of vitamin C carry a higher risk of skin irritation, especially if the serum contains L-ascorbic acid. Serums will also contain other ingredients that work with the vitamin C which will vary depending on the brand you buy from and the product you choose. Choosing a vitamin C serum that also contains vitamin E is a good move because vitamin E is also an antioxidant that is very important for healthy skin.

How to Use a Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin c serums provide you with many benefits and though they can be pricey, they are pretty easy to include in your everyday skincare regime. Ensure you always follow the instructions on how to use your chosen serum, though most of them will work in the same way to benefit the skin.

They are expensive compared to some other products, but the good news is that a little goes a long way. Most serums are sold in a dropper bottle which makes it simpler to dispense the exact amount you need without wasting any product. Apply a few drops of the serum to the skin after cleansing and toning, and allow the serum to absorb completely before applying other products. Apply the serum once or twice per day, and see how your skin reacts to it. Keep the bottle tightly sealed too, because even though vitamin C lasts for a while, other ingredients might degrade when exposed to the air which will affect how well the serum works on your skin.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.