Thick and hydrating
Doesn’t leave a greasy and sticky feeling
Skin felt tighter and plumper after use
Very cheap for a serum
Could have more of a luxurious smell
Didn’t help as much with breakouts
In the pursuit of aging gracefully? Use a serum, they say. But serums—those that work, at least—often cost an arm and a leg. Not TruSkin Vitamin C Serum. This product has amassed a cult following and over 5,000 five-star reviews. So does it deliver? I tested this beloved serum and popular gift idea to find out.
Ingredient Quality: Packed with vitamins and hyaluronic acid
The TruSkin serum is formulated with vitamin C and E and hyaluronic acid to address dehydrated skin and common issues like hyperpigmentation, dullness, and signs of aging. Vitamin C, in particular, is an antioxidant that helps skin cells regenerate and that also fights off free radicals (UV damages and air pollution). Because it’s acidic, vitamin C also stimulates collagen production, which in turn can help plump the skin and prevent signs of aging. Finally, vitamin C inhibits the production of melanin, which is what causes hyperpigmentation or dark spots, and, as a result, brightens the skin.
Vitamin E is another superstar antioxidant, protecting your skin against sun exposure and air pollution. It’s also extremely healing, moisturizing and anti-inflammatory, which means it’s very soothing and calming—great for sensitive skin. Paired with each other, vitamin E and vitamin C are even more potent.
Though I like that TruSkin’s serum is odorless, I do think a floral scent of some sort would elevate the experience.
Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in our skin and is a substance that’s known to hold moisture like no other. This was the number one ingredient my facialist recommended for my thin, parched skin. It hydrates and locks the moisture in, preventing water from evaporating into the air. She also mentioned that it’s a cornerstone of anti-aging routines, as it improves the elasticity of the skin.
Though this oil is made without synthetic fragrances and dyes (and, bonus, it’s not tested on animals), TruSkin Naturals still recommends starting with a “patch test” on your neck or arm to ensure you don’t have any reactions. If all is well after a day or two, the brand suggests applying three to five drops daily to clean skin and, when dry, topping with your moisturizer.
About My Skin: Dry skin, prone to breakouts
For context, here’s a bit about my skin. It’s rather thin and dull, and it tends to be dry, which has proven to be a major trigger for acne. I break out pretty frequently, though I don’t get a lot of blemishes at a time—just one to three pimples around the chin or the forehead. Because my skin is thin, it also shows a lot of my expression lines. I don’t have wrinkles or fine lines per se, but if I smile, you will see lines appear around my eyes and my mouth.
Since my second pregnancy, I’ve developed some dark spots on my cheeks. It looks like sunspots, but it’s actually hyperpigmentation that appeared during pregnancy and that, somehow, never faded.
After using it for just two weeks, my skin felt plumper, more hydrated, and energized.
Finally, my skin is pretty sensitive and reactive to harsh(er) products. I was advised by aestheticians to avoid specific chemical peels and treatments like dermabrasion. Though I have used retinol products, I tend to limit myself to a low dosage to avoid irritation.
Some of the products and treatments that were recommended to me? Dermaplaning and lactic acid for exfoliation, as well as products with antioxidants—like vitamin C.
The Feel: Rich and thick for a serum, but not greasy or sticky
This TruSkin serum’s ingredients make it feel thicker than other water-based serums I have tried in the past—more like an oil than a serum. But for my parched skin, it turned out to be a blessing. I used it every day for over a month after washing my face with cleansing oil and before applying a moisturizer. It felt silky while applying it onto my face and left my skin dewy and glowing. It felt extremely moisturizing, though it didn’t leave my skin feel sticky. What’s more, it absorbed very quickly.
I combined this step of my skincare routine with a moisturizer to create a barrier and truly lock all that good hydration right in, something that my facialist recommended I do to help hydrate my dry skin.
This serum felt extremely moisturizing, though it didn’t leave my skin feel sticky.
I was able to apply this serum under makeup without any issue. The makeup adheres to my skin just as well as with any other primers, and there was no residue. However, I generally prefer wearing serums at night, as it feels a bit heavy for daytime wear. This one, in particular, would feel too thick for daytime, in my opinion. A couple of our editors like applying it in the morning, though, so it could come down to personal preference.
I loved the barely-there scent—it was subtle and felt “clean” or “green.” Indeed, this serum is free of synthetic fragrance. So you get to smell a nice combo of aloe vera, witch hazel, and jojoba oil. The serum, which was purchased on Amazon, comes in a glass bottle. I thought that was a nice, co-conscious packaging choice. That said, the bottle came wrapped in plastic, which seems to defeat the purpose. I would have preferred it came in a paperboard box. The pump for the dropper felt a bit soft, which made me wonder if it was going to work well. So far, I haven’t had any issues.
The Results: Skin looks firmer, more even, and hydrated
As mentioned earlier, I used this serum every evening (and occasionally during the day, when I needed a hydrating boost) for over a month. Though it was thicker than other serums, TruSkin penetrated and settled very quickly, allowing me to move to the next step of my skincare routine right away. Right after application, my skin felt instantly tighter and lifted. In the morning, the lift was still there, and my skin felt soft, smooth, and well-nourished.
My pregnancy melasma spots have lightened, and my pores feel and look tighter.
This product delivered on the brand’s promises to improve dehydrated skin, hyperpigmentation, dullness, and signs of aging. After using it for just two weeks, my skin felt plumper, more hydrated, and energized. I am a skincare junky and am very regimented when it comes to my routine. But somehow my skin always felt like it was neglected. Not anymore—The TruSkin seems to have provided it with the nutrients it desperately needed to shine.
What’s more, my pregnancy melasma spots have lightened, and my pores feel and look tighter (granted, I have also used charcoal masks that I swear by for this particular issue). As for my breakouts? They are still happening, though not as frequently. It turns out, now that my skin looks much better overall, I don’t mind the occasional zit as much. Plus, it was gentle on my skin—no irritation, no redness, and no burning sensation after using it (something I get after using some exfoliating or retinol products).
The Value: A bargain product that shines (and gives a shine)
At $20 for a 1-ounce bottle and $35.99 for a 2-ounce bottle, this TruSkin serum beats its competition by a landslide. Seriously, most anti-aging, antioxidant serums are at least three times as much as this one. Considering that it did improve the overall appearance of my skin, I would say it’s worth giving it a try.
If it doesn’t end up working for your skin, you won’t beat yourself up for spending $80 on an “OK” product. Plus, based on reviewers, it sounds like TruSkin has excellent customer service, and the listing says the brand offers unsatisfied users a 90-day money-back refund.
TruSkin Vitamin C Serum vs. True Botanicals Renew Repair Serum
TruSkin felt comparable to another product I’ve tried: True Botanicals Renew Repair Treatment. Both felt silky and more like an oil than a serum—providing instant hydration and lift all at once. I would say that the True Botanicals serum, which has tripeptides, succeeded a bit more at firming and plumping my skin in the long run. But the results that I got from the TruSkin serum weren’t far off. So considering that it costs $20 (as opposed to $140 for the True Botanicals serum), I would say it is worth trying that one first.
I did love how luxurious the True Botanicals serum felt, with a mix of jasmine and rose scents. Though I like that TruSkin’s serum is odorless, I do think a floral scent of some sort would elevate the experience.
Get it! Your skin will thank you.
Overall, the TruSkin Vitamin C Serum delivered on all of its promises: My skin is softer, more even, more hydrated, and energized—alive. If you’re looking for a product that won’t break the bank and that can bring your skin back to life, this might be it.
- Product Name TruSkin Vitamin C Serum
- Product Brand TruSkin Naturals
- Price $19.99
- Size Options 1 fl. oz., 2 fl. oz.
- Warranty 90-day money-back refund
- Ingredients Organic Deionized Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), Botanical Hyaluronic Acid (Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide), Witch Hazel (Hamamelis Virginiana), Vitamin E (d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate), Kosher Vegetable Glycerol, Carbomer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Organic Gotu Kola, Wildcrafted Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Wildcrafted Dandelion, Wildcrafted Organic Geranium, Organic Jojoba Oil (Organic Simmondsia Chinensis), Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerol