Don’t you ever wish that you can have the face you had 15 years ago? You know, the one without lines and still has authority over the power of gravity. Of course we all know real beauty is on the inside, but that is not to say we need to neglect our outward appearance. Many times taking care of our appearance is actually a reflection of what we feel on the inside. If we are happy with ourselves and value ourselves, we take care of everything about us, and that includes our skin.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and it is the one most visible. It is not surprising then that it is also quite easy for the skin to be the recipient of many harmful factors that will age it prematurely. Protection as well as maintenance for your skin is an investment that you cannot afford to miss out on if you want to look and be healthy in the years to come.
Now, there are many skin care products out in the market today. You only need to go to the drugstore and you will find rows upon rows of beauty “must-haves” that cosmetic industries create for those who want to have beautiful skin. The problem is that not only are many of these items not effective, some of them might even be detrimental to your skin. Too many harsh chemicals and additives are put in the products and they may seem to work for a while, but in the end they will do more damage to your skin that may not be reversed.
Your best bet is to invest in organic products that are rich in vitamins and nourishing amino acids for the skin. Our body has natural proteins and amino acids that make our bodies look and feel healthy. In the course of time (read: as we grow old), these natural sources within our bodies get depleted, thus showing wear and tear in how we look. When we take supplements that trigger the production of our body’s vitamins and proteins, then our skin gets rejuvenated in a healthy and safer way.
One of the best vitamins that you can give your skin is vitamin C. Vitamin C is not just an antioxidant good for curing cough and cold, it also gives loads of benefits to our skin. For one thing, vitamin C is an integral part of collagen production, which in turn is the protein responsible for cell renewal. Consequently, the skin will be more supple, and look fresh, as well as help accelerate the healing of wounds and scars.
Aside from collagen synthesis, vitamin C is helpful in correcting hyperpigmentation to the skin. The dark spots, usually caused by the sun, make uneven blotches in our skin. When a concentrated form of vitamin C is applied to the skin, the skin becomes clearer and more even toned. And the good thing about this is that it doesn’t make you pale. It only evens out the problem areas so you don’t have to worry about making the spots stand out more because of the whitened effects of vitamin C on your skin.
So we know that vitamin C is beneficial to our skin, but it doesn’t mean that all vitamin C tonics are effective. The best vitamin c serum for your face should be something that combines vitamin C with other amino acids that are complementary to its function, and one of the most effective ones right now is hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is a compound that looks like goo, but has infinitely more benefits that goo. Around half of hyaluronic acid in our body is found in our skin. The main job of hyaluronic acid is to deeply moisturize our skin, and this is what keeps it young looking. Like most other nuts and bolts in our body, hyaluronic acid also gets depleted as we grow older so replenishing this will be very helpful in keeping the skin soft, hydrated and moisturized.
A facial serum that has 20% (anything less will not be absorbed into the skin well enough to make a significant difference) of concentrated vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid is what you need to look for. Vitamin C is also known to be extremely challenging to keep stable so if you see any vitamin C serum that has turned bright yellow, throw it out right away. This means that the vitamin C has been compromised and will be toxic to the skin.
Applying the serum is easy. Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face. Pat your face dry and begin to apply the tonic all over your face. Let it sit for 5 minutes, 10 minutes if you have time, so the nutrients are absorbed. Proceed with your sunscreen and make-up after.