Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that works by neutralizing the production of highly reactive molecules called free radicals. This in turn prevents or reduces damage to our cells. To put it another way, antioxidants help to keep our body and skin cells healthy.
There are several different types of vitamin C in skincare products. Ascorbic Acid is the most well known—it absorbs the fastest and has the highest potency when applied topically. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) is another water-soluble derivative of vitamin C that can be effective in lower concentrations. Ester-C, is a trademarked form of vitamin C that is paired with Calcium Ascorbate. In terms of skin care, your best bet is a product containing Ascorbic Acid since it is the most stable and effective form.
I’m sure, by now, you already know that Vitamin C is good for you when taken orally as a supplement to boost your immune system, but it also has a TON of benefits for your skin!
Here is a laundry list of reasons to add a Vitamin C Serum to your regular skincare routine:
Vitamin C serums typically come in different concentrations ranging from 5% - 20%. It is recommended to start with a low concentration if you have sensitive skin or allergies.
It is best to add a Vitamin C serum to your morning skincare routine. Just like most serums, you will want to use a few drops and lightly pat into your skin, after cleansing, but before applying moisturizer. It can take a few weeks to see results, so be patient!
Quick tip - look for a Vitamin C serum that also contains Vitamin E, as this will boost the effectiveness of protecting the skin against free radicals.
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