All About Vitamin C Serums

Welcome back! I'm starting a series of blog posts talking all about skincare ingredients, and we're going to start with Vitamin C. 

We all have heard "take vitamin C" when you're getting sick to help with symptoms, but why the heck are we putting it on our faces?

What does vitamin C do for skin?

If there's just one thing you need to add to your skincare routine, it's a vitamin C serum. Vitamin C is best known for having antioxidant properties. This means it defends against free radicals, which if left alone, would then go on to attack collagen and elastin. Vitamin C is great for dark spots/hyperpigmentation and just giving you that all around glowy look. A study published in 2015 (linked here) even found that using a vitamin C serums can help increase collagen production

Who should use it?

The study linked above found that all age groups noticed benefits from using vitamin C - but especially look at adding this to your skincare routine if you have any dark spots or hyperpigmentation that you'd like to target.

Because of its anti-aging properties, this is something that everyone can benefit - the best way to combat signs of aging is to begin before they start, right?

When should I use it?

Vitamin C should be applied in the morning, after you wash your face and use a toner, but before your moisturizer

Where can I get it?

My favorite is this one right here (and full disclosure, this is an affiliate link. If you shop, I earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Check out my disclosures page for more info.) This is an ultra stable 10% blend of 5% Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (antioxidant) and 5% Bis-Glyceryl Ascorbate (moisturizes, also has antioxidant properties, and helps with signs of aging such as fine lines/wrinkles.)

It has turmeric, which gives it a beautiful yellow color and helps even skin tone and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The formula also has camu camu fruit extract, which I had never heard of prior to using this serum, but it helps reduce the appearance of dark spots while brightening to visually improve signs of skin fatigue.

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