Saturday Sponsored Post and Review: Michael Todd 3x 35 Vitamin C Complex Plus Retinol Rejuvenating Serum

Whew. The title of this blog post is a mouthful.

This is a sponsored post and I’m going to put this disclaimer at the top instead of the bottom because I really want to explain why I decided to try this out. I’ve tried several samples of Michael Todd products, but they were all small. Too small to make an informed decision. I jumped at the chance to test this serum. In fact, I wanted to try it so bad that I did not accept payment for this post, just the product. So in short. . . I received this product in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.
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Let’s start with the official information from the Michael Todd product page:

World’s most effective versions of stabilized vitamin C and Retinol work together in this highly concentrated treatment gel to correct uneven skin tone and texture while stimulating collagen production. Potent treatment complex with special non-oxidizing actives for the most effective rejuvenating serum to smooth fine lines, correct dark spots and improve skin’s texture.

Key Ingredients:
Contains 5 of the most effective and stabilized versions of vitamin C available to correct uneven skin tone.
1. 3-0- Ethyl Ascorbic Acid
2. Ascorbyl Glucoside
3. Sodium Ascorbate
4. Textrahexyldecyl Ascorbate
5. Ascorbic Acid

Contains stabilized concentrated versions of vitamin A to optimize product performance
1. Retinol
2. Retinyl Propionate

Directions:
Apply to freshly cleansed skin morning and night. Allow for absorption before applying moisturizer and SPF. Use daily for optimum results.

Full Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, 3-o-ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Sodium Ascorbate, Retinol, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Lactobacillus/radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Nut Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Niacinamide, Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Propionate, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide

And now for my thoughts:

You guys already know I am a huge fan of serums. It is a 100% essential part of my daily skincare routine and my skin has improved dramatically since I added that particular type of product (and switched to a Korean-based routine. . . I credit both equally with my skin success).

I’ve been using this serum twice a day (usually) for three weeks now. I haven’t seen any additional improvement, but my skin as maintained its shine, smoothness, and elasticity. As a regular serum user, I didn’t expect new results so I’m happy with this.

I found the product to have a slight alcohol-like smell at first pump, but this dissipated as soon as I started putting it on my face. There was no lasting smell (I don’t know about you, but I don’t like my face products to be scented. . . especially those that are layered with other products).

It went on smooth and soaked in quickly. Overall, a good serum!

And it is a good price at $37 for 40ml. I think this is a good product to try if you are looking to up your skincare routine from typical drugstore products.

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