Consider this your pass to the vibrant world of skincare, where the spotlight shines on Vitamin C serum. It's the skincare superstar promising luminosity, fading dark spots, and that dreamy "I woke up like this" complexion. But before you snag that bottle, let's have an honest heart-to-heart about what you need to know before buying a Vitamin C Serum.
From cracking cryptic ingredient labels to mastering application techniques – whether you're a newbie or a skincare pro, this blog is your ultimate guide. Get ready, because we're about to uncover the secrets behind that radiant, healthy glow your skin's been craving.
Why you need a Vitamin C serum in your skincare routine?
Vitamin C serum is the radiant star of skincare, an antioxidant powerhouse that has a galore of benefits. Its protective quality battles free radicals, born from pollution, UV rays, and stress, slowing down aging and revealing your skin's brightened complextion. It is also a collagen-boosting active that minimises fine lines and gives a youthful skin. Vitamin C's brightening magic evens out your tone, whether it's acne scars or sunburn aftermath.
This serum isn't just a fad; it's a necessity, your skin's best friend. From dullness to wrinkles, Vitamin C serum tackles it all, granting your skin the radiance it deserves. It's time to welcome that long-awaited glow!
5 factors you should consider before buying a Vitamin C serum-
Investing in the right Vitamin C serum is crucial to maximise its effect on the skin.
Here are 5 most important things to look for while purchasing a Vitamin C serum:
1) Concentration: It is recommended to use a Vitamin C serum that has the concentration above 8%. The optimal concentration for it to show results is between 10%-15%. Check the ingredients list if the concentration is not already stated on the product. The first three or four ingredients of a product should include Vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid) to ensure a high and effective concentration.
2) Packaging: Make sure your Vitamin C serum is stored in opaque or dark coloured bottle to keep it protected from direct exposure to sunlight, air or oxygen. As Vitamin C serum is a highly unstable photosensitive molecule it should be protected from these environmental factors.
3) Application: A vitamin C serum should always be used on dry skin, followed by a moisturiser, and always top it off with a sunscreen. If you don’t use sunscreen with a Vitamin C serum, it might oxidise on your face making you look darker. Moreover Vitamin C will synergistically boost your sunscreen’s effectiveness in protecting your skin.
4) Pairing with wrong ingredients: Pairing Vitamin C with wrong ingredients like Retinols, BHA's and AHA's can damage your skin’s barrier. Using all of them together can irritate your skin. If you're using vitamin C with a natural acid, try alternating them to avoid skin irritation.
5) Type of Vitamin C: If you are new to Vitamin C or have sensitive skin, you may find that your skin is reactive when it’s introduced to your routine.
To avoid it follow these steps:
- Start with low concentrations and then gradually move on to the higher ones.
- Look for milder and stable alternatives like tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, and 3-O-ethyl ascorbic acid.
These derivatives are more stable and less likely to cause skin reactions.
So, there you have it – now you're all set to choose the best Vitamin C serum like a pro! Remember, your skin is like a fingerprint – unique and special. Take your time to find what suits you best. Don't forget to read those labels and ingredients. With these five key things in your toolkit, you're ready to make a decision that's right for you. Get out there and rock that radiant look!