Now that more and more of us have been ordered to stay indoors, the time is now to consider adding a potent new product into your skincare regime (plus, a little distraction never hurt anyone). Enter: Saint Jane's new The C-Drops. The CBD skincare brand launched last year with is powerhouse Luxury Beauty Serum, which offered a whopping 500mg of CBD in face oil form, complete with 20 other brightening, skin-loving ingredients like pomegranate seed extract, grape seed oil, and frankincense extract; it quickly reached cult status. This new launch takes things a step further and combines the skin-soothing benefits of CBD with everyone's skincare bestie and favorite free radical fighter, vitamin C. "I’ve had a love affair with Vitamin C for years, but my holy grail blend didn’t exist," says Casey Georgeson, CEO & Founder of Saint Jane. "I wanted an intensely potent level of vitamin C with calming properties, a meticulously clean formula, and instant, glowy results." And thus, the idea for a product that combined the skin-soothing, anti-inflammatory effects of CBD with the brightening benefits of vitamin C was born.
Georgeson says she's always developed redness and sensitivity when using potent vitamin C products, which is why this serum is a game-changer since the CBD in the serum simultaneously soothes irritation. "I passionately believe in high concentrations of CBD—our Luxury Beauty Serum is one of the highest on the market—so I approached The C- Drops the same way, pairing 20% Vitamin C with 500mg of Full Spectrum CBD," she says.
We got ahold of the serum before launch and found it to be light enough to easily layer underneath your favorite moisturizer or face oil; unlike the brand's Luxury Beauty Serum (which is really a face oil viscosity), it feels lighter, more serum-like, and easily incorporated into your skincare routine in the morning and night. The price tag isn't cheap—$90 is enough to make anyone think twice—but Georgeson says the serum is different from other vitamin C serums on the market for a good number of reasons. Firstly, the product, which Georgeson calls “fresh-squeezed skincare, bottled," uses glycerin-encapsulated vitamin C to enable the nutrients to go deeper into the lower layers of the skin. "By encapsulating the active C in glycerin, it more seamlessly communicates with your skin’s own lipid structure," Georgeson explains. "This form of vitamin C, plus Ferulic Acid, allows for fuller absorption of the nutrients. The glycerin also effectively reduces oxidation, which allows the vitamin to retain its nutrients longer."
But wait—there's more. According to Dr. June Chin, integrative cannabis physician and Chief Medical Advisor for Saint Jane, it's really about the combination of CBD and vitamin C that makes it such a special product. She cites a recently published study on CBD, which shows that CBD can be an even more effective antioxidant than vitamin C when exposed to UV. This is some pretty major news, since vitamin C has always been celebrated as the best antioxidant to use during the daytime to combat free radical damage. "UV exposure plays a major role in why we need antioxidants on the skin," she goes on to explain. "It's our exposure to harmful UV that creates Redox (ROX) imbalance." [You can read more about Redox imbalance here.] According to her, te Saint Jane The C-Drops counters Redox imbalance because the ingredients in the serum create one of the most powerful combinations of antioxidants available today: CBD, vitamin C and citrus essential oils with AHA and other fatty acids.
Even if you're a CBD skincare skeptic, you can't deny the powers of vitamin C, AHAs, and ferulic acid—all ingredients that have been proven to benefit the skin. And since CBD has been proven to have anti-inflammatory effects, it makes sense to think that this serum could be a new holy-grail for anyone who wants the benefits of vitamin c, but might have experienced sensitivity to it in the past.
Either way, we're predicting it won't take long for this fresh-pressed serum to reach cult status too.