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  • Writer's pictureCoralee Shaman

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?

  • brightening effect

  • hydration

  • reduces redness

  • 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

  • reduce inflammation

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.


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