“Yep, this is the one…”

By Jennifer Smithmeyer

Have you ever found that special skincare product that works so well? It makes you just think to yourself, “Yep, this is the one! I’m going to need a never-ending supply of this.” That’s how I felt when SkinCeuticals sent us samples of their newest Vitamin C serum, Silymarin CF. It hadn’t even officially hit the market yet, but after doing a little research, I was so eager to try it.

If you have oily skin, or you are blemish-prone like me, you may shy away from Vitamin C serums in fear of breaking out. The unfortunate part is that by skipping a Vitamin C serum in the morning, you’re putting your skin at a major disadvantage. Vitamin C serums are essential for fighting free radical damage, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, addressing loss of firmness, and brightening the skin’s complexion.

Silymarin CF is formulated with the same highly potent Vitamin C found in C E Ferulic and Phloretin CF, known as L-ascorbic Acid. What separates Silymarin CF from its sister products and makes it so effective for oily and/or blemish-prone skin is two main ingredients: silymarin and salicylic acid. Derived from milk thistle, silymarin helps to prevent oil oxidation that can lead to breakouts, while also acting as a powerful antioxidant. Salicylic acid (the ever-popular beta-hydroxy acid) works to exfoliate, refine pores, and reduce the formation of blemishes.

I’ve been using Silymarin CF every morning for the past two weeks now – well past the “please don’t break me out!” phase. I can honestly say that this has been a miracle serum for me. I haven’t had a single breakout, my skin texture has vastly improved, and I see an overall brightness to my skin that it was lacking before.

Don’t just take my word for it – swing by and pick up a sample!


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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.


1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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