About the product

What Is It:

This vitamin C essence practically does it all for a flawless complexion: SanDaWha’s Vitamin C Whitening Essence stand outs from the rest thanks to Ascorbyl Glucoside, a stable form of Vitamin C combined with glucose. Ascorbyl Glucoside is scientifically proven to lighten stubborn dark spots left behind from acne PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation) and sun damage. The Ascorbyl Glucoside Vitamin C has a much greater stability compared with other available Vitamin C options which tend to break down when exposed to heat, light, and oxygen. What does that mean for you? It means SanDaWha Vitamin C Whitening Essence’s effectiveness will last twice as long ensuring that you’ll be getting all the benefits of your serum, making it the best choice when it comes to Vitamin C! Now that’s a bright idea!
SanDaWha doesn’t stop there. They’ve thoughtfully included hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, anti-aging bioflavonoids, and more than 10 botanical extracts! Together they combine their powers to boost the effects of this potent serum to instantly hydrate, protect, and brighten skin. It’s like your very own brightening, lightning, and glowing dream team! Your skin will see dramatic improvement in tone and evenness as well as having a clear brightness usually found in much younger complexions. So let’s get up and get ready for a brighter, glowing future with the SanDaWha Vitamin C Whitening Essence!

Our insight:

Vitamin C is a must in any anti-aging regimen. It’s a science-backed ingredient, shown to reduce skin discoloration, strengthen skin’s natural functions, and smooth fine lines. As a supplement to sunscreen, a powerful antioxidant like vitamin C helps protect skin from damage incurred by everyday exposure to UV rays and pollution. We like to apply a vitamin C serum first, allowing 20 minutes for it to absorb, before moving on to other serums and essences.
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How to use:

Apply a few drops on skin before your moisturizer, avoiding the eye area. Use morning and night.


Water, Pentylene Glycol (EcoCert, Natural Origin), glycerin, Ascorbyl glucoside (2.0%), arginine, Propanediol (EcoCert, Natural Origin), betain, niacinamide, panthenol, cellulose gum, hyaluronic acid, polyglycerly-10 laurate, polyglycerly-10 myristate, sorbitan caprylate, Hordeum vulgare extract, Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, levulinic acid, bisabolol, Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, Hesperidin, Rutin, Naringin, Centella asiatica Extract, Scutellaria baicalensis root extract, Polygonum cuspidatum root extract, tocopherol, Camellia sinensis leaf extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, Chamomilla recutita (matricaria) leaf extract, Jasminum officinale (jasmine) oil, Rose Flower Oil

Brand info:

In its nature-based skincare line, SanDaWha harnesses the purity and power of the camellia flower that thrives in the unique ecosystem of Jeju Island, considered Korea’s Hawaii for its tropical climate and lush greenery. Camellia seed oil is rich in vitamins, omega-3, -6, and -9, and oleic acid; absorbs well without stickiness; and helps to deeply hydrate skin. Using a cold-pressing process to naturally extract unrefined camellia oil, thereby preserving its skin-nourishing properties, SanDaWha emphasizes high quality ingredients over fancy packaging. SanDaWha believes in skincare that is kind to your skin, your health, and the environment, and never uses harmful ingredients.

Reviews & Comments 16


Vitamin C has always been a staple in my daily skincare routine because it is really effective in lightening dark spots caused by breakouts. One thing that I'm constantly annoyed with when it comes to this active ingredient is that it usually turns yellow caused by oxidation in about a month or two - which does not mean that it is already expired. It just means that it loses its potency. And that is exactly why I love this product - because they use a more stable kind of Vitamin C so I won't panic and rush in using up... Read more


I adore this as a maintenance product. While not as potent as a serum, the formula is more effective than many serums and doesn't, thankfully, smell like stale hot dog water. Thank you for mentioning SPF because C can be photosensitizing. Great review.


its a very light product doesn't have any fragrance which I like because the fragrance is not really good for your skin, I'm Hispanic and after a certain age, I've been seeing some dark spot in my skin and I really feel this is working, and very light feeling when your put it on.


I've been using this essence for almost three weeks, and I like it a lot. It's supposed to be a brightener, but I don't see too much of a brightening effect, maybe because I'm already fair. I bought it because I wanted to reduce the freckles I was getting from all the sun, but I don't think I can say much about that yet, since I've only used it for three weeks. What I can say is that strangely, I haven't broken out at all in the entire three weeks I've used this. Normally I get 1-2 pimples a... Read more


"skin that looks like an eggshell" -- that's amazing! Keep me posted on the brightening results. I've found that it takes a few months to start seeing noticeable changes as new skin cells surface.


This feels so nice going on. I can see a difference. I'm going to get my full size right away!


I've used SanDaWha's Vitamin C Brightening Essence for years and can't believe I never reviewed it. The combination of ascorbyl glucoside and niacinamide offers more brightening benefits than either ingredient alone. Ascorbyl glucoside is more stable than ascorbic acid, and SanDaWha's formula is non-stinging and non-sticky. You can use this all over or as a spot treatment when targeting hyperpigmentation. Highly recommended.


Sandawah is an exquisite Korean line, their products natural and effective, and formulated under the high standards of JeJu Island.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect your skin from sun damage and free radicals, and it has the power to even-out dark spots. This essence also contains hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, anti-aging bioflavonoids, and more than 10 botanical extracts to moisturize, prevent aging, and nourish your skin.
Use your hands to press the product into clean skin. Allow time for it to sink and work its magic before applying your next layer.


Vitamin C is soo important for our bodies! This serum is in my favorites because it makes my skin clear and brightens it. Great for soothing your irritated skin. Watery-gel formula that is not sticky.


OKAY so being an esthetician, I've used quite a bit of Vitamin C products and I've gotta say this is by far one of the BEST ones I've tried!! I purchased this the other day and have been using it on my hands. I lived in AZ for many years and did not wear SPF (smh) and I've noticed over the years the brown spots (hyperpigmentation) has been very prominent on my hands. I've only applied it 3 days now and already noticing a difference! I like how it's in a serum form and is very lightweight, doesn't tingle or... Read more


This must definitely be included in your skin care routine! If you don't have this product yet then you're missing out. I'm obsessed with it. This essence truly lighten my dark spots. If you have sensitive skin and easily get spots from the sun or from your acne then use it to help lighten it.


Love this stuff! soothes my skin and brightens! definetly worth it!