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Glow Maker Vitamin C Serum

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Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 Stars (14,482 Reviews)
(Based on 14482 reviews)
4.6
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 Stars (14,482 Reviews)
(Based on 14482 reviews)

Winner -- the Strategist Beauty 100 award

Comprehensive protection against signs of aging and free-radical damage using a proven blend of antioxidants for glowing skin.

1.0 fl oz / 30 ml

Key Benefits:
  • Wards off premature aging
  • Brightens skin tone
  • Softens fine lines
Key Ingredients:
  • 15% vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid)
  • Vitamin E
  • Ferulic acid
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Introducing

The Glow Maker

OBSESSIVELY FORMULATED

The Glow Maker uses an expertly stabilized antioxidant blend of 15% L-ascorbic acid (the most effective form of vitamin C), vitamin E, and ferulic acid.

This proven trifecta reduces fine lines, evens out skin tone, and enhances the skin’s radiance by defending against UV and environmental damage.

Formulated with a water-like texture for quick absorption and a soothing blend of hyaluronic acid, aloe, vitis vinifera, and magnolia for extra nourishment. Make Glow Maker part of your daily routine for brighter, youthful skin.

Protects against premature aging and evens out skin tone
  • Formulated with a powerhouse trio of 15% L-ascorbic acid, vitamin E, and ferulic acid
  • Shields against premature aging caused by UV rays and environmental pollutants
  • Diminishes hyperpigmentation, revealing a more even skin tone

Helps stimulate collagen production to help fight wrinkles
  • Scientifically-backed vitamin C stimulates collagen production for firm, resilient skin
  • Clinically-proven antioxidant blend visibly reduces the formation of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Quick-absorbing formula allows for easy application under sunscreen and makeup

Use every morning for optimum protection throughout the day. Can be used twice daily (AM and PM) if desired. After cleansing, apply a thin layer of serum to the face, neck, and chest. Massage product in until it is fully absorbed.

Layer your products from thinnest to thickest in texture, waiting a full minute between each product. Follow with a gentle moisturizer to lock in the serums underneath.

The color, scent, and texture of each production batch can vary slightly depending on the batch of ferulic acid and natural extracts used, due to natural variations in these ingredients.

Once opened, we recommend that the serum be used up within 2-3 months and keep it in a cool, dark place in order to maximize freshness. You can store both open and unopened bottles in the fridge to help further maintain freshness. If you’re purchasing a backup bottle, please store in a refrigerator until you start using. We don't recommend having more than 1 backup bottle of Glow Maker at a time, as vitamin C is very delicate.

Key Ingredients

Vitamin C (15% L-ascorbic acid), Vitamin E, Ferulic Acid

Supporting Ingredients

Hyaluronic acid, Aloe, Vitis Vinifera, Magnolia, and Aurantium Dulcis Extract


Glow Maker is an oil-free formula. All Maelove products are: safe for sensitive skin, made in the US, vegan, cruelty-free, non-comedogenic, gluten-free, and free of parabens, phthalates, dyes, and artificial fragrances. We don't use ingredients that are banned in the EU or in the USA.


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"I keep a really close eye on where the products are sourced and found The Glow Maker has made quite a bit difference on my skin. I love Maelove's serum and it's really good for skin rejuvenation and fine lines"

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"We can personally attest to the glow-giving properties that make this serum so hard to keep in stock. Aside from the brightening powers, The Glow Maker’s formula also helps address fine wrinkles over time. And it also works seamlessly as a makeup primer. Seriously, is there anything this serum doesn't do?"

Product Reviews

4.6
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
Based on 14,482 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 11.8k Total 4 star reviews: 1k Total 3 star reviews: 687 Total 2 star reviews: 487 Total 1 star reviews: 509
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  • BG
    Barbara G.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Fine lines and wrinkles, Dryness
    How old are you? 55+
    What is your skin type? Combination
    Product Standouts Easy To Use, Great Ingredients, Unique, Dramatic Results, Healing
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Yesterday
    Absolutely love this serum!

    This product is amazing! I’ve been using for years and will continue to do so. My skin is radiant and supple thanks to this.

  • K
    Kimberly
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Yesterday
    5 Stars

    I really like this product.

  • YP
    Yvette P.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Acne and blemishes, Redness and sensitivity, Oil control, Fine lines and wrinkles, Sun Damage
    How old are you? 55+
    What is your skin type? Oily
    Product Standouts Great texture, Easy To Use, Gentle, Healing, Great Ingredients
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Yesterday
    Yvette

    Great product at a good price -

    and company responded to my inquiry in a timely fashion - how often does that happen?

    I would highly recommend

  • KK
    Karen K.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Dark spots
    How old are you? 55+
    What is your skin type? Dry
    Product Standouts Easy To Use, Hydrating
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 days ago
    Impressive

    This has seemed to have lighted my brown spots better than my other products have accomplished.

  • KW
    Kristina W.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    What are your skin concerns? Fine lines and wrinkles, Dark spots
    How old are you? 45-54
    What is your skin type? Normal
    Product Standouts Great texture, Easy To Use, Gentle
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 days ago
    Great every day Vit C serum

    Love this serum! It's an essential part of my morning regimen, like a good cup of coffee. Love it!

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For the Curious

L-Ascorbic Acid, also known as Vitamin C, is one of nature’s best antioxidants and indeed, one of the primary defenses against UV damage employed by the skin. Special receptors in the skin pull Vitamin C out of your bloodstream to pack your skin full of this protective antioxidant which is also the most plentiful antioxidant in the skin (Pullar et al. 2017). The number one cause of premature aging of the skin is UV damage from the sun’s rays. When your skin is exposed to UV rays, free radicals are spawned. These free radicals are like ricocheting bullets tearing up collagen and even DNA leading to photoaged skin and skin cancers. Fine lines and wrinkles, sunspots, ruptured blood vessels, enlarged pores, and rough coarse skin are some of the features of photoaged skin.

While Vitamin C in your skin plays a crucial role, unfortunately, like so many processes that occur with general aging, the Vitamin C content in your skin wanes as you age irrespective of diet, as poor blood flow and nutrient delivery start to affect levels. In other words, your natural defenses against UV damage go down with aging. This is where topical supplementation can remedy the situation as the skin absorbs the Vitamin C applied at the skin’s surface (Pullar et al. 2017).

Scientific studies show that the skin will absorb (L-Ascorbic Acid) optimally from a serum when the concentration is between 10-20% Ascorbic Acid. At these concentrations, it reaches saturation after 3 days of consistent daily application (Pinnel et al. 2001). Other derivatives of Vitamin C may be used in Vitamin C serums but in this case, they must be converted into L-Ascorbic Acid inside your skin in order to have positive effects and studies do not necessarily show that this conversion occurs. L-Ascorbic Acid is the form of Vitamin C that has been scientifically studied and clinically proven.

As Vitamin C can be unstable in solution, combining with Vitamin E has been found to extend the stability of Vitamin C, as well as increase its effectiveness by four-fold (Lin et al. 2003). This is because Vitamin E as an antioxidant naturally works with Vitamin C in the skin to protect it. Vitamin C is hydrophilic (water loving) while Vitamin E is lipophilic (oil loving), and together, they can protect the watery and fatty elements in a cell. In fact, Vitamins C and E in isolation are minimally effective. Further, Vitamin C can regenerate oxidized Vitamin E. Ferulic acid is a plant antioxidant that combined with Vitamin E can further extend the effectiveness of Vitamins C by eight-fold (Lin et al. 2005). For these reasons, The Glow Maker is formulated with 15% Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid.

We recommend using both Glow Maker serum and sunscreen. A good broad-spectrum SPF is one of the most important things you can do to prevent photoaged skin. However, even good sunscreens only block about half of the free radicals spawned from UV exposure. Antioxidant Vitamin C serums help neutralize free radicals to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

As Vitamin C in the skin is quickly depleted by fighting UV damage or other free radical generating activities such as smoke and pollution throughout the day, topical Vitamin C application twice a day may be useful to replenish levels when engaged in outdoors activities. Topical Vitamin C and sunscreen work by differing mechanisms to protect your skin so the combination is ideal (Lin et al. 2005, Telang et al. 2013).

Vitamin C is necessary in collagen production and topical Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to boost collagen production in aged skin (Nusgens et al. 2001). The collagen content in skin decreases over time – roughly 1% per year with accelerated loss post-menopause – leading to wrinkles and sagging as we get older. UV damage accelerates this process in photoaged skin.

The ability of topical Vitamin C to boost collagen production has been demonstrated in placebo-controlled trials of aged skin in postmenopausal women (Nusgens et al. 2001) and in those with photoaged skin (Traikovitch 1999). Note that the role of Vitamin C in collagen production is also responsible for its beneficial role in wound healing and for the skin symptoms of scurvy which results from Vitamin C deficiency (Pullar et al. 2017).

Another benefit of Vitamin C is that it can brighten and even out your skin tone by treating hyperpigmentation. This is not only because Vitamin C can fight UV damage which is a main cause of hyperpigmentation, but also because it can inhibit an enzyme (tyrosinase) involved in skin pigment production. A concentration of at least 10% Ascorbic acid is recommended to get maximal benefits against UV induced hyperpigmentation (DeDormeal et al. 2019).

Vitamin C serums must be acidic (pH < 3.5) in order to absorb into the skin and work (Pinnel et al. 2001). This is due to the fact that at a lower pH, Ascorbic Acid remains in its protonated form which is uncharged improving its ability to pass through the lipid-rich skin barrier.

For this reason, Vitamin C serums can be irritating. To help the situation, the Glow Maker is also formulated along with hydrating and skin soothing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and a proprietary botanical blend of Vitis Vinifera, Aloe, Aurantium Dulcis and Magnolia. Further, so that it can be the first serum applied to clean skin to help in the absorption, Glow Maker is formulated to go on the skin thinly and absorb quickly so that it can be layered under other serums, moisturizers, and makeup. If your skin is too sensitive for acidic serums like The Glow Maker, we suggest the NIA 10 10% Niacinamide serum which can help soothe redness and irritation and build up the skin barrier.

Yes. Vitamin C is rated Category A in pregnancy by the FDA which means Vitamin C has been evaluated by clinical trials in pregnant women and deemed safe. The actives including Vitamin E, Ferulic Acid, and Hyaluronic Acid are all considered generally safe to use topically during pregnancy and lactation. However, it is always advisable to check with your doctor regarding skin care products and ingredients.

Due to the nature of vitamin C, it is normal for your serum to change colors over time. The initial color of each production batch can vary slightly depending on the batch of ferulic acid and natural extracts used, due to natural shade variations in these ingredients.

Even if your serum turns yellow, we've infused our serum with ingredients like ferulic and metabisulfite that help stabilize the vitamin C, so you're in good hands. It is time to toss and replace your Glow Maker when it starts to turn a brown color. Most bottles are good for 3-6 months after opening.

One tip to help keep your serum at its freshest is to squeeze and hold the dropper top while you close the bottle to eliminate excess air. Storing the bottle in the fridge also keeps the serum at its freshest.

Pinnell SR, Yang H, Omar M, Monteiro Riviere N, De Buys HV, Walker LC, Yang Y, Levine M (2001). “Topical L-Ascorbic Acid: Percutaneous Absorption Studies.” Dermatol Surg 27:137-142.

Pullar JM, Carr AC, Vissers MCM (2017). “The Roles of Vitamin C in Skin Health.” Nutrients. 9:866. doi:10.3390/nu9080866

Lin JY, Selim MA, Shea CR, Grichnik JM, Omar MM, Monteiro-Riviere NA, Pinnell SR (2003). “UV photoprotection by combination topical antioxidants, vitamin C and vitamin E.” J Amer Acad Dermatol. 48:866-874

Lin FH, Lin JY, Gupta RD, Tournas JA, Burch JA, Selim MA, Monteiro-Riviere NA, Grichik JM, Zielinski J, Pinnell SR (2005). “Ferulic Acid Stabilizes a Solution of Vitamins C and E and Doubles its Photoprotection of Skin.” J Invest Dermatol 125:826-832

Lin FH, Lin JY, Gupta RD, Tournas JA, Burch JA, Selim MA, Monteiro-Riviere NA, Grichik JM, Zielinski J, Pinnell SR (2005). “Ferulic Acid Stabilizes a Solution of Vitamins C and E and Doubles its Photoprotection of Skin.” J Invest Dermatol 125:826-832

Telang PS (2013). “Vitamin C in Dermatology.” Indian Dermatol Online J. 4(2): 143-146.

Nusgens BV, Humbert P, Rougier A, Colige AC, Haftek M, Lambert CA, Richard A, Creidi P, Lapiere CM (2001). “Topically Applied Vitamin C Enhances them RNA Level of Collagens I and III, Their Processing Enzymes and Tissue Inhibitor of Matrix Metalloproteinase 1 in the Human Dermis.” J Investig Dermatol 116(6): 853-859.

Pullar JM, Carr AC, Vissers MCM (2017). “The Roles of Vitamin C in Skin Health.” Nutrients. 9:866. doi:10.3390/nu9080866.

Traikovich SS (1999). “Use of Topical Ascorbic Acid and Its Effects on Photodamaged Skin Topography.” Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 125:1091-1098.

DeDormael R, Bastien P, Sextus P, Gueniche A, Ye D, Tran C, Chevalier V, Gomes C, Souverain L, Tricaud C (2019). “Vitamin C Prevents Ultraviolet-induced Pigmentation in Healthy Volunteers: Bayesian Meta-analysis Results from 31 Randomized Controlled versus Vehicle Clinical Studies.” J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 12(2): E53-E59

Pinnell SR, Yang H, Omar M, Monteiro Riviere N, De Buys HV, Walker LC, Yang Y, Levine M (2001). “Topical L-Ascorbic Acid: Percutaneous Absorption Studies.” Dermatol Surg 27:137-142.

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