Vitamin C: What is all the hullabaloo about?
Vitamin C has the power to do many things, but not all Vitamin C serums are created equal. Some are sold in bigger quantities but oxidize fast so it seems to be a waste. Some don't absorb well. Some smell so bad you don't want to use it. It all seems like such a hassle! I am going to explain what is needed for a vitamin C serum to be effective, and will explain the benefits of using Vitamin C.
What makes a good vitamin C
15-20% Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid seems to be the favourite form for topical application)
combined with vitamin E to work most effectively. * If you have acne, you should choose a serum without vitamin E.
Contains hyaluronic acid, ferulic acid and/or peptides to help drive the vitamin deep into the skin.
The packaging should be protective (dark in colour) to delay the oxidization process.
What are the benefits to using vitamin C?
reduces inflammation that causes damage
protects against hyperpigmentation
promotes collagen synthesis
safe for most skin types
Vitamin C is an antioxidant. Which means, when harmful free radicals are bouncing around inside the skin (UV rays, pollutants, inflammation), they slam into the healthy cells and cause damage. Vitamin C comes along lends electrons to the free radical and holds it in place until it is neutralized. By doing this vitamin C has the power to:
reduce the damage that UV light causes
reduce cellular death
There are many different mixtures, brands and trends out there, a person can easily waste time and money on a vitamin C that is not right for them. It is not unheard of that a vitamin C can initially cause irritation, itching, tingling or redness. If this has happened to you, don't let that dissuade you from using it.
I am happy to help you choose the serum that is best for your skin and lifestyle.
You just need to reach out.