It was bound to happen: you look in the mirror one day, and you just start to see things that…well…unnerve you. Your skin just doesn’t look like it should. Suddenly, it seems blotchy, uneven, rough. Maybe you’re seeing bits of sagging, crepe-like creases, and (GASP!) wrinkles.
In this day and age, your options for combatting the effects of time are certainly not limited (except perhaps by your wallet). So where do you turn?
If you’re just starting to notice ol’ Father Time’s footprints on your face, or even if you’ve been in the trenches for some time now waging war against him, one of your best options is closer than you think.
Vitamin C has long been one of the most effective ingredients in acclaimed treatments, and now that its benefits are being rediscovered and amplified in serum form, Vitamin C is here to help say the results of this war in your favor!
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What Is It?
While Vitamin C is critical to the body’s immune system, we humans are actually one of very few species whose bodies cannot produce it naturally, so supplements are needed. Vitamin C helps fight free radicals, and boosts the immune system to help our cells fight off infection. Not only that, but it supports the cardiovascular and nervous systems, strengthens connective tissue, aids in fat metabolism, and helps keep teeth, bones, and skin healthy, from the inside out.
Along with its ability to fight free-radicals, Vitamin C also helps to boost our own body’s production of collagen, a combo effect explaining why it was initially employed in skin care. Lack of collagen is the prime culprit in skin that sags and has lost elasticity. While many skin care products today claim the use of collagen in ingredients, collagen actually depends on vitamin C, so without the inclusion of Vitamin C, collagen on its own is nowhere near as effective.
Here’s where Vitamin C can really show its stuff! If your skin is suffering from any of these, a Vitamin C serum is for you:
- Loose, sagging, crepe-like skin – As the Vitamin C increases the production of collagen, it helps combat and supplement the loss of elasticity in the skin.
- Fine lines and wrinkles – Vitamin C fights the daily damage caused by time and free radicals
- Uneven skin tone/pore size – As skin loses elasticity, it also loses the ability to effectively shed dead skin cells. The natural acidity in Vitamin C can even this out beautifully, as it is a natural exfoliant.
- Sun damage/sun spots/skin pigmentation – Vitamin C is a depigmenting agent, meaning that it can block the formation of melanin in the skin during sun exposure, brightening the look of the skin.
- Acne – Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory properties and also helps to increase the speed of wound healing, which makes it perfect for not only acne, but redness, oiliness, and blackheads.
Why a serum rather than a cream or moisturizer?
When it was clear that Vitamin C had tremendous possibilities for skin care, scientists set to work trying to develop an effective means of delivery, since all vitamins are subject to oxidation (extreme loss of potency) when used topically.
So, to ensure the ultimate efficacy, Vitamin C is incorporated into skin care products through its derivatives: L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate.
A serum is usually lighter and thinner in consistency than a moisturizer. And, unlike moisturizers which can only address superficial skin tissue, serums can penetrate deep into the skin’s layers. Therefore, a Vitamin C serum will be able to deliver its collagen-producing and free-radical protection deep down where your skin really fights the war against time.
- Dampen your face with water
- Apply serum to your face and neck, massaging into the skin gently
- After the serum dries, apply a moisturizer suitable for your skin type
- Even though Vitamin C can protect the layers of your skin from the damaging effects of the sun, as a facial serum, not only is it subject to oxidation, it can make exposed skin more sensitive to sunburn. If you don’t want a moisturizer with SPF, a separate SPF lotion needs to be applied daily. While the Vitamin C serum is being absorbed into the skin’s epidermis layers, the moisturizer and SPF are hard at work on the surface. If you use the moisturizer first, it will prevent the serum from penetrating and being absorbed by the skin.
(Note – After purchasing, it is advisable to keep the serum refrigerated and away from sunlight, as to prevent it from oxidizing too quickly).
So why is it worth every penny?
- A little goes a long way – The formulation of serums allow for the liquid to glide easily over skin. A couple of drops should provide enough coverage.
- Potent and effective – Thanks to years of scientific formulations and improvements, the potency and effectiveness of Vitamin C serums today is better than ever and can absorb more deeply into the skin… where your skin really needs it.
- Natural – Yes, though we as humans can’t produce it naturally, Vitamin C (and all its derivatives) are natural, which is a big bonus for your skin.
- Affordable – When compared to most of the high-end skin care products on the market, with all their fancy-sounding new ingredients (“dragon’s blood”?), or compared to high-priced invasive medical treatments, Vitamin C serum is not only widely available, but relatively inexpensive…and provides very comparable (or better) results.
- A little anti-aging something is better than nothing – Let’s face it…none of us are getting any younger. So the sooner you start an anti-aging regime, the better it will be for not only the look of your skin, but for its texture and overall health.
Keep in mind that “skin care” will probably never boil down to just one miracle product, no more than any one food will be the one to keep you healthy. But without a doubt, Vitamin C serum is one of the most powerful tools you can add to your reinforced skin care regime. Look out, Father Time…we’re comin’ for you!