Vitamin C serums and products are popping up all over, but what’s the actual unfiltered scoop? It’s easy to get caught up in the marketing ploy benefit touts like reducing hyperpigmentation and brighter skin, but it may or may not be a solution for you depending on your current skincare routines. The following 4 points will help steer you in the right direction for your skin!
Why Vitamin C Serums Can Help Your Skin
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect your skin from damaging free radicals caused from UV exposure. It also inhibits melanin production, which helps reduce the visibility of dark spots. It’s also commonly used to promote collagen synthesis. In real-life terms, it means it helps support the production of it in your body by interacting with amino acids. How does this shake out on the results side? While it won’t do the heavy lifting on wrinkles like retinol, it’s a great way to prevent future damage/wrinkles if used correctly, since it promotes collagen production. Some of the results include a brighter and more even complexion. It’s a must for fighting hyperpigmentation and promoting even skin tone!
When To Use A Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C serums or other products containing it should ideally be used at night when your body is going through the recovery process, especially with serums of higher concentrations. It’s almost like taking a muscle recovery drink before bed! It can also help protect your skin from free radicals outdoors like sun exposure, pollution, smoke, etc if used during the day. That said, it’s also safe for morning use (twice a day). Morning use has its benefits too since it protects the skin against free radicals. These free radicals can cause aging. If you are going to use it during the day, make sure your skin is acclimated to it. Always use it sparingly, as a little goes a long way. A half dime-size drop is sufficient for your face, as with most serums. Just like vitamins, taking more won’t do anything, as it will be removed from your body as waste.
Why It Needs To Be Kept In The Fridge
I love having cold sheet masks and rollers, but they are not the reason I got a skin fridge a few years ago. I got it to protect certain serums and products I use more sparingly. Sure, vitamin C has antioxidant properties, but only when you eat food that contains it. On the skin, it’s the opposite, meaning that it will oxidize and spoil if not cared for. This is why it needs to be kept in a cooler environment, and why I screw on my caps so tight for these types of serums. It’s also best to apply it immediately and let it seep in as quickly as possible to avoid this. You’ve likely seen the oxidation process on older serums that turn brown. Throw it away at that point, as it won’t be as effective, and could cause irritation depending on the formula. I learned this from one of my estheticians back home in California!
Who It’s Not For
Anyone under the age of 25, in my opinion. Why? Our bodies start decreasing collagen production after that age. Using it too early means it may not be as effective later in life. Additionally, one of the more negative effects of using a serum with vitamins is that your body may not need it just yet. Think of it like actual vitamins! You wouldn’t take the same vitamins as your parents, right? Taking vitamins you don’t need means your body will dispose of it as waste. The same goes for vitamin C serums. If you are not deficient in vitamin C, you won’t reap the collagen-boosting benefits. That said if you are deficient it could eventually desensitize your body from producing collagen if used daily, as I touched on earlier. AKA: you’ll age faster. I highly suggest talking to your doctor or esthetician to see if you really need it before adding it to your routine.
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