The Secret To Glowing Skin | Vitamin C Serum
If you want healthy, glowing skin, you should probably be using a vitamin C serum. Yes, the antioxidant is that universal and that important when it comes to your complexion.
Vitamin C helps produce collagen which keeps skin firm and reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles and protects skin from sun damage and dark spots.
On top of that, vitamin C has a brightening effect, which leaves your complexion looking radiant. Like all antioxidants, vitamin C works by neutralizing free radicals (a type of molecule in your body) that cause damage to your cells—but unlike other antioxidants, vitamin C is very well studied and, in general, well tolerated at high potencies, allowing for max impact.
The vitamin C in your body is largely stored in your skin — specifically in your epidermis and dermis. However, as you get older, the amount of vitamin C in your skin decreases gradually. Exposure to excessive amounts of UV light, cigarette smoke and other pollutants can also reduce the amount of vitamin C in your skin.
Vitamin C serum benefits include:
- Brightens & lightens the skin and adds a glow.
- Neutralizes the negative effects of UV radiation and pollution, thanks to its role as an antioxidant
- Prevents dry skin
- Protects against the effects of UV-related aging, like spider veins, coarse skin and wrinkles
- Reduces dark spots, hyper pigmentation and acne marks. Also helps reduce under eye dark circles.
- Protects against UV-related cancers
- Promotes the synthesis of collagen
Topical vitamin C can also help decrease melanin formation, making it a much safer and healthier antipigmentation agent than commercial serums and creams that are used to lighten skin.
Vitamin C serum comes in different forms, including:
Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate or sodium ascorbyl phosphate
Other derivatives such as tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
Antioxidants are unstable ingredients that break down when exposed to light and air, and vitamin C is no exception. Manufacturers use different forms of this antioxidant to try and increase its shelf life.
All of the forms on the market have been tested and proven to be effective, and the one you choose will depend mostly on your skin type. Vitamin C works well on all skin types, but different problem-types may do better with certain derivatives.
How do I Use a Vitamin C Serum
To reap all the benefits of your vitamin C serum, it is essential to use it the right way. Apply a few drops of the serum after you tone your face, remembering a little goes a long way. Use it in the morning as your first layer of sun protection and to fight free radicals you encounter throughout the day. After letting it soak in, apply your moisturizer and sunscreen. When layering products, a good rule of thumb is to apply them thinnest to thickest. Because of its watery consistency, generally, a vitamin C serum will be applied after toner & before moisturizer. You can also apply vitamin C at night to help skin repair itself while other restorative functions take place as you sleep.