My favourite Vitamin C Serums
Whenever you talk about anti -aging, Antioxidants, brightening the skin, I think Vitamin C serum first.
Vitamin C Serums have been raved about by Dermatologists and bloggers. Have you wondered why?
Sufficient to say that Vitamin C serum, 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 goes ahead to 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 and you must use this everyday .
Why should you use a Vitamin C Serum (either from a drugstore or a high end luxury brand) over moisturizers.
1. Quick absorption rate
2. 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.
With this simple explanation, it’s enough to say that it has the ability to produce results, more effectively. The result, is a young looking, brighter and firmer skin, less wrinkles and fine lines, great complexion and even skin tone.
It is essential to include Vitamin C in skincare regimen. 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 Absorbic Acid or L’Absorbic Acid. L’Absorbic Acid/ Absorbic Acid are the best form and only soluble Vitamin C for the skin.
Note: There are all kinds of Vitamin C such as absorbic acid, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, and sodium ascorbyl phosphate or MSM.
Make sure you don’t waste your resources. The active ingredient must be Ascorbic acid also known as L-Absorbic 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 quickly due to its ingredient mix. Some Vitamin C Serums are mixed with Ferulic to boost its effectiveness and preserve it greatly so there wouldn’t be easy oxidation. These faves have either AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), Hyaluronic Acid 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 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. It’s colour is bright yellow and oxidizes quickly to an orange colour and then a brown final colour from your trash consumption. Do not use if colour is not light yellow.
Sorry I could not expose the Obagi. Please understand
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