My favourite Vitamin C Serums: Whenever you talk about anti -aging, Antioxidants, brightening the skin, I think Vitamin C serum first. Sometimes overrated, other times, underrated.
Vitamin C Serums have been raved about by Dermatologists, Skincare enthusiasts and bloggers. Have you wondered why?
Sufficient to say that Vitamin C serum, when used daily, keeps wrinkles and fine lines at bay.
Topical Vitamin C Serums are rich antioxidants which stimulates collagen production. This helps slow down the signs of aging and damages caused by sun and free radicals. It also protect the skin from further damage and Vitamin C Serums are oil-and-water-based ingredients that lands concentrated vitamin C into the skin.There is no substitute for Sunscreens though. You must use this everyday.
Why You Should Invest In Good Vitamin C Serums (either from a drugstore or a high end luxury brand) vs Moisturisers
- Quick absorption rate
- Deeper penetration rate. Serums penetrates deeper. Moisturisers are humectants and barrier keepers; locking in moisture and keeping the barriers hydrated. No penetration is done at this phase.
- While Moisturisers are important because they act as Occulusive, Hydrating & Emollient Products, Vitamin C Serums are used to treat a skin concern and it carry small molecules that are easily absorbed into the skin.
- Vitamin C Serums help protect the skin from environmental pollutants like smoke, sunlight, cancer causing radicals and radiation.
- It accelerates the healing process of the skin.
With this simple explanation, it’s enough to say that it has the ability to produce results effectively. It can potentially make the skin look young, brighter and firmer skin, with less wrinkles and fine lines, great complexion and even skin tone.
It is essential to include Vitamin C in skincare routines. Applying it consistently, everyday, will produce visible results. “There is some good evidence that long-term use of vitamin C topically, even more so that taking it orally, is associated with improved skin texture and quality,” Arielle Nagler, MD, dermatologist at NYU Langone Medical Center said.
She recommends applying it daily. Luckily for all, a few drops is required for each application.
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With a lot of Serums on the market, you are spoilt for choice. Each comes with different variants and concentrations of Vitamin C. Ironically, this can make it difficult to pick.
For me, it’s about finding the best ones, the ones that will not irritate my skin. I tend to choose the ones that have a high level of Vitamin to boost collagen production.
This is the reason I go straight for 20% Vitamin concentration.
The star ingredient for every Vitamin C serum should be Ascorbic Acid or L’Ascorbic Acid. Ascorbic Acid or L’Ascorbic Acid are the best form and only soluble Vitamin C for the skin although they are not stable. A combination of Hyaluronic Acid is great for hydration and luminous skin while a combination with Ferulic Acid will help extend the shelf life and make it more effective although it is recommended to store in a cool dry place, away from sunlight and air.
Note: There are all kinds of Vitamin C such as Ascorbic Acid (pure and potent), Ascorbyl Palmitate (less irritable on the skin), and Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (the most stable vitamin c)
Make sure you don’t waste your resources. The active ingredient must be Ascorbic acid also known as L-Ascorbic Acid.
Vitamin C Serum has its disadvantage which is in it’s instability. Air and light can make Vitamin C ineffective and oxidise quickly. This might also be seen in a colour change, depending on the brand.
Dr. Oz recommends using topical Vitamin C serums that are stored/ packaged in opaque and airtight bottles for this reason.
All my preferences are lightweight, skin-perfecting serums that are recommended based on their efficacy, strengths, packaging, concentration, benefits, inability to oxidise (except Timeless Vitamin C Serum) quickly due to its ingredient combination. These faves have either AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid and/or Vitamin E.
Again, my selection was designed to encourage better glowing, radiant and youthful-looking complexion. They all are all infused with Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) as the active ingredient to 20% required to retexturize, rejuvenate the skin and reduce visible signs of aging.
Note– I exposed the Vitamin C to air and light for a quick picture. Please don’t do the same as it might render your product ineffective. Always reduce air and light and water exposure.
My favourites are:
1. Obagi Vitamin C Serum 20%
2. Oz Naturals Vitamin C Serum + AHA (V 20)
3. Amara Organics Vitamin C Serum 20% + Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid
4. Timeless Vitamin C Serum with Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid
Obagi Vitamin C Serum was my first ever Vitamin C serum and the results are tremendous. Everyone asked what I used on my face. If you’re in Nigeria, it might be difficult to purchase this product as they only sell through their distributors. You might want to check with Medplus.
Its colour is champagne to beige and oxidizes quickly to an orange colour and then a brown final colour from your trash consumption (gross, once it changes to Yellow, chuck in the bin please. It is for your own good). Do not use if colour is not light yellow.
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