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We All Know The Dry Skin Feeling
Everyone has dry or sensitive skin at some point in their life. You know, when your face feels like sandpaper because you were just too busy to apply your moisturiser for a couple of days in a row?
Or maybe, like me, you have squeezed the last drop out of the tube and continue to forget to buy more. Only remembering when, mid morning you feel your face tighten up with dryness and kick yourself for not replacing your moisturiser. Or am I the only one who does that??
Vitamin C, The Miracle Worker
Vitamin C has super powers when it comes to your skin!
Vitamin C is vital for Collagen production and as we age we start to see fine lines and wrinkles appear, seemingly from nowhere…. but these fine lines and wrinkles are caused by the natural breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin.
Vitamin C is Vital for Collagen production because collagen production is what will help soften these fine lines and wrinkles and help prevent more appearing in the future, helping to protect against aging. And that’s a good thing right?!
Benefits of using Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a potent antioxident that can neutralize free radicals in the skin.
- The antioxident properties in Vitamin C are called ascorbic acid it’s role in collagen synthesis make Vitamin C a vital molecule for your skins health.
- High antioxident levels can help to protect your skin from free radical damage caused by UV rays and help to heal sun damage.
- L-ascorbic acid is considered to be the most favourable and has the most scientific research behind it.
- When applied topically, Vitamin C makes the skin look firmer and more luminous.
- Vitamin C helps to fade pigmentation, stop inflammation and repairs tired looking skin.
- Vitamin C is easily absorbed into the skin and is shown to decrease water loss through the skin.
- Perfect for using on dry or sensitive skin.
How to use Vitamin C
To get the best of benefits from using Vitamin C it’s best to use it in the morning to protect your face from UV damage and environmental aggressors that we come into contact with during the day.
The body can’t create or store Vitamin C on it’s own so the best way to help our skin is to apply it topically. The best and easiest way to do this is with a cream or lotion applied to your skin.
When buying creams or lotions always check the amount of Vitamin C in the product. Potency, as a rule, should be between 3% and 20% to be the most effective. Anything above 20% may prove to be redundant as 20% is the skins maxamim absorption rate.
Vitamin C… Cream V Serum
There are different ways to apply Vitamin C topically. You can choose to use a cream or a serum, or even both. Which application you use usually comes down to personal preference as both the cream and the serum have different ways of delivering the same effect on the skin.
Vitamin C Cream
- The cream has a lower concentration of L-ascorbate which makes it more chemically stable.
- There is less chance of skin irritation due to the lower concentration of L-ascorbate.
- A cream has longer shelf life and is a more stable product due to containing other ingredients like Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Vitamin E and Vitamin B3.
- These other ingredients make a cream more gentle on the skin.
- Creams are more moisturising for the skin.
- Creams are less expensive to buy.
- Creams can cause some tingling sensations on your skin. sometimes it can cause itchiness or redness. Applying the cream less often can usualy stop this happening.
- Using a cream will take longer to see the desired effects and results as it doesn’t penetrate the skin as well as a serum does.
Vitamin C Serum
- A serum will penetrate the skin on a deep level which makes it more effective for anti-aging.
- Leaves the skin radiant after just a few applications.
- Delivers the desired effects faster than using a cream.
- A serum is less chemically stable then a cream which can cause irritation due it’s high concentration.
- A serum has a shorter shelf life because of it’s highly concentrated ingredients which allows it to oxidize faster.
Share the Benefits
Do you already use Vitamin C cream or serum for brighter younger skin?
Or, like me, have you just started using Vitamin C?
If your not sure which one to choose, here are some popular choices available from Amazon…
What are your favourite Vitamin C creams and serums that you use?