Benefits of Vitamin C Serum

 

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that when applied to the skin topically via serums helps:

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  •  Provide UV protection (and makes suncreen more effective)

  •  Produce collagen (firms skin/reduces wrinkles)

  •  Improve texture of the skin

  •  Prevent/fades dark spots

  •  Fight free radical damage (exAmples of free radicals: cigarette smoke, house hold chemicals, environmental toxins)


One main thing I want to stress is that not all Vitamin C serums are created equal and there are A LOT of options out there. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all effective Vitamin C serums but I the ones I do recommend I stand behind because they have been through rigorous research testing and their efficacy has been proven. There are many other brands that sell Vitamin C serums and could possibly be just as effective but have not had the amount of research that the ones I am going to recommend have. So all that to say is I don't want to recommend something to you guys that I can't stand behind because I mean how could I sleep at night?


I take a multivitamin with Vitamin C in it. Is that enough?

Short answer: No. While you can take Vitamin C oral supplement for overall health benefits there is no guarantee it will have a direct impact on your skin because Vitamin C is used throughout the body and not just by the skin. Once metabolized by the GI tract the nutrients go where the body needs them most. However, by applying a Vitamin C topically with a serum your skin can directly utilize it and it is 20 times more effective for your skin than taking it orally. I personally think taking an oral Vitamin C supplement regularly is a great idea, but just know that it does not replace using topical vitamin c on your skin.

USAGE TIPS:

  • If you have sensitive skin or rosacea start with a lower percentage like 10%

  • Dry Skin (listed from most expensive to least expensive):
    Skinceuticals CE Ferulic
    Obagi Professional-C Serum 10%

  • Problematic/Acne Prone:
    Skinceuticals Phloretin CF
    Obagi Professional C 15-20%

  • Currently, I am using the Obagi 20% Vitamin C serum and am LOVING it. I used Phloretin CF for over 2 years and notice a difference in my skin ( in a good way) since starting the 20% in January of 2018.

  • Apply product as directed (usually 4-5 drops) to face (and neck) first thing after you cleanse your face in the morning.

  • Safe during pregnancy

  • Will take 4-6 weeks of usage to start noticing a difference in your skin