Ilia C Beyond Triple Serum SPF 40 review

I love testing the latest sunscreen and vitamin C serum launches, so when Ilia came out with their new C Beyond Triple Serum SPF 40 ($ 64) – which combined them both – I had to give it a try. It’s a three-in-one product that effectively replaces your vitamin C serum, moisturizer and sunscreen – pretty much my entire morning skin care routine. It is a serum-sunscreen hybrid with 10 percent encapsulated vitamin C, two percent niacinamide and 10 percent nonnano-zinc oxide mineral sunscreen. Vitamin C and niacinamide can help lighten the skin over time and reduce dark spots, while the sunscreen protects and prevents further damage from the sun. It has allantoin to moisturize the skin and prevent dryness, is formulated with dry oils and is completely anhydrous. The serum sunscreen comes in three translucent tones – perfect for masking white casts and adding a subtle sheen of coverage and is also available at Sephora.

How to use Ilia C Beyond Triple Serum SPF 40

You can use a generous amount of this product on your face – I used about two finger lengths worth. It has a weightless feel that is actually quite moisturizing and leaves a clean wash of coverage that is minimal, with a glowing finish – a bit like a tinted primer. I topped it off with concealer for a natural “my skin but better” look. I used the shade Tone 2 for this, but Tone 3 might suit my skin tone more in the summer when I get brown. If you use Ilia’s bestseller Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 or love the True Skin Serum Foundation, the brand’s website has a chart showing your best match according to your shade preferences for the other two products. Based on the texture and finish of the formula, the product is more suitable for those with normal to dry skin.

Best practices for using Ilia C Beyond Triple Serum SPF 40

At first I had a bit of a hard time integrating C Beyond Triple Serum SPF 40 into my morning routine. All the steps I did beforehand would pile up and I would have to redo my entire routine. However, there are a few tricks to using this innovative product. To prevent accumulation, use a light serum and moisturizer and let them sink completely into the skin, especially if they are both water-based formulas. Give them about 15 minutes to completely absorb, then use C Beyond Triple Serum. You can also treat it like a real serum: Use nothing but a moisturizing, watery toner or serum underneath after cleansing your skin. It is also a pretty decent makeup primer. You can put other skin tones, foundations, concealers and more on top.

When I started using it as a pure serum and using its multifunctional formula, it completely streamlined my morning routine. I cleanse and toner, and then I use C Beyond Triple Serum SPF 40 – that’s it. For a few weeks now it has been the only product I use in the morning and it feels so elegant on my skin. I have also noticed that my skin has become a little more even. Although the price is at the higher end, it is a product that can replace a large number of steps in your morning routine – steps that can match, if not exceed, the price of this one product. It really is a one-stop-shop type of product that can cut down on your routine and make it more efficient and streamlined. In addition, it is the perfect base for a minimal look in the daytime. The serum sunscreen is a useful everyday product for those who have busy mornings or want a versatile product that does it all.


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