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Feb 27, 2015

Must-Have In Your Skincare Regimen: Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C is a very popular ingredient in skin care products because it is a free-radical fighter and helps produce collagen naturally.
This is because the serum from vitamin C has a higher concentration of L-ascorbic acid. When starting out with a vitamin C cream, it’s a good idea to gradually increase usage by starting off with the cream that has a lower L-ascorbic acid concentration. You can start with a vitamin c serum that has a 10% concentration, and as your skin gets used to it, you can increase to a serum that has a concentration in the 15-20% range.

Benefits of Vitamin C Serum for Skin care
  • Vitamin C acts as an Antioxidant – The process of oxidation damages the skin cells. Vitamin C serums are rich in anti-oxidants that repair and renew the cells and give the skin a healthier look.
  • Helps produce Collagen – Collagen binds the cells of our body. Vitamin C serum stimulates the synthesis of collagen in the skin which will give you a tighter, firmer and less sagged feel. It is a good first-step solution to treat the onset of wrinkles.
  • Restores and Regenerates – Vitamin C attacks the free radicals in your body and does some hardcore damage management. If you have any acne scars left from your previous breakout, you’ll find them fading with regular application.

  • Repairs Sun Damaged Skin – Getting overexposed to the sun can cause hyper-pigmentation and sun spotting. A vitamin C serum will counteract any harmful effect of the sun and also decrease the chances of skin cancer by thickening the dermis layer. But it is important to note that a vitamin c serum cannot replace your sunscreen. A sunscreen provides the much needed SPF protection by shielding the outer layer of the skin while the vitamin c serum acts as a sun barrier from within the skin. You should apply the sunscreen as well as the vitamin C serum before going outside for prolonged periods of time.
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How to Apply Vitamin C Serum
After you’ve chosen a vitamin C serum ( i love this Insta Natural Vit C Serum BUY HERE or this Azure Naturals Ultimate Vitamin C serum BUY HERE,) it is important that you use it right. Correct method of application will definitely increase the effectiveness of the cream.

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  • Dampen your face with water and start by applying the serum to your face and neck.
  • Let it dry for some time and then apply a moisturizer, if possible use one with a sunscreen in it. It is important that you use the serum before moisturizing and not after. This is because the serum is easily absorbed into the skin, while moisturizers work on the surface. If you use the moisturizer first, your skin will not be able to absorb the vitamin c serum.
  • Some Vitamin C serums are oil free preparations that are perfect for balancing oily skin by exfoliating naturally. Because of its exfoliating properties, it is a good idea to follow up a vitamin c serum application with a moisturizer, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Lastly, after purchasing the serum, it’s a good idea to keep it refrigerated. This will keep the serum from oxidizing too quickly, and will give you a better result for the price.
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Taking vitamin C through a supplement like this HERE or through food is also beneficial for your skin, but to specifically target signs of aging on your face, topical vitamin C is best. In fact, applying vitamin C to the skin can be 20 times more effective than taking it orally. Topical vitamin C is sold in a wide range of products from serum to lotions. Look for products that contain between 15% and 20% of vitamin C and include the active ingredient ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid. Pay extra attention to the packaging – all antioxidants, including vitamin C, are vulnerable to deterioration in the presence of air and light. Unless the product is in an airtight and opaque package, don’t buy it!

The length of time from when you start using vitamin C until you see results varies with each person. While some people see changes as soon as 2-4 weeks, it may take others 6-8 weeks to see a difference. After around 6 months, you’ll reach the maximum benefits.

Do you know you can DIY your vitamin c serum? Homemade Vitamin C serum can be super effective because you make them fresh. A post on DIY recipe for vitamin C serum is coming soon so be on the look out.

Do you use Vitamin C serum in your skin care regimen?

Until next post...remain beautiful,


1 comment:

  1. I make my own Vitamin C from drying organic orange skins and grinding in a coffee grinder. It make My skin feel so better :)



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