As most women know, Retinol is a wonder drug, proven to diminish wrinkles and improve the skin. Originally used for acne, dermatologists discovered it had the side benefit of leaving their patients with smoother skin.

But not as many know how important Vitamin C is for our skin. Ascorbic acid provides a wide range of benefits, from visibly brightening skin to helping even out skin tone and improving the texture of your skin.

Leading skincare line Kate Somerville has conveniently packed the two superstar ingredients in one high-performance serum — the +Retinol Vita C Power Serum.($98.)

We tested it and this is what we found:

Within two days our complexion was glowy; a friend called us ‘radiant.’ In a week, our fine lines seemed smoother and less noticeable and sun spots on our face faded. ( Who knew about sunscreen when we were kids?)

Moving forward, it will defend your skin against free radicals. Take that, radicals!

And a note about Vit C creams and serums; since it’s not a stable ingredient — it oxidizes once exposed the air and loses its’ potency — it’s important that it come in a pump, as this Somerville one does.

Kate Somerville.

What’s in it:

  • Retinol: helps diminish the look of fine lines, wrinkles and improve the appearance of skin texture, firmness and elasticity
  • 100% stabilized l-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C): helps visibly brighten and even skin tone
  • Physalis Angulata extract: an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals that can cause premature aging

It’s a keeper. Just remember to wear a good sunscreen during the day.


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Evan Hosie has worked as a Women's Lifestyle editor/writer (expert in the beauty and fashion vertical); created the Pop Culture section for; never met a gadget she didn't want, and spends waaaaay too much time on Social Media.

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