Since March, when stay-at-home orders were put into place across the country, I channeled my nervous, anxious energy into the only tangible thing I could control: my skin-care routine. I sampled, swiped, and slathered products like never before, even emptying (and then restocking) a few favorites along the way. It was during that time that I discovered my love for Mara (Chrissy Teigen and Olivia Munn are fans, too) and its Chia + Moringa Algae Enzyme Cleansing Oil, which I’ve hit “empty” on for a third time now. And as of today, August 20, the clean skin-care brand is giving me one more product to hollow out. Introducing, its newest launch, the Mara Sea Vitamin C Serum.
Sea Vitamin C Serum, an oil-based serum, is formulated with an impressive blend of vitamin C — 15 percent THD ascorbate, along with 14 other fruit- and plant-derived forms of vitamin C (Kakadu plum, papaya, and grapefruit, to name a few) — to illuminate skin.
As you probably know, vitamin C is “a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals,” explains New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Patricia Wexler. “Because of its antioxidant properties, vitamin C aids in your skin’s natural regeneration process, which helps your body repair damaged skin cells.” In simpler terms: Antioxidants protect your skin from UV and pollution damage and make your skin look brighter, firmer, and more even.
For the uninitiated, the particular form of vitamin C in Sea Vitamin C Serum, THD ascorbate, is an extremely stable, oil-soluble form of vitamin C, according to cosmetic chemist Ginger King. “It’s a vitamin C ester that is stable in oils,” King tells Allure. “It is the most stable vitamin C in the industry in the ester form.”