Sure you’ve heard of an apple a day keeping the doctor away, but don’t ignore the oranges! Specifically, the dose of Vitamin C that oranges give us have so many benefits. Vitamin C also known as Ascorbic Acid is a potent antioxidant and is most known for its immune system boosting properties. However, it’s also been known to have wonderful benefits for the skin and is also renowned as an anti-aging gem. Vitamin C synthesizes collagen, helps repair skin cells and neutralizes free radicals. Its physical benefits include reduction of wrinkles and age spots. It also fights against acne and acne scars.
You can get your daily dose of Vitamin C through fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, and strawberries. But for some time now dermatologists and researchers have also encouraged topical application of Vitamin C serum to help enrich your skin further. Serums are lighter than lotions and are as oil-free as an added benefit for those with more oil-prone skin. The hard part comes in choosing which among the Vitamin C serums available in the market is best for you.
It’s important to choose a serum from a quality manufacturer as this product can degrade easily when exposed to air or light. Once the serum oxidizes, infectivity becomes the least of your problems. Oxidized Vitamin C can actually be very damaging to the skin as it can form free radicals. Watch out for a yellow tinge to the product – that’s a sign of oxidation. The product should have an expiration date on the bottle or packaging. More reputable companies make Vitamin serums that have stabilized formulations. The additives will prevent or delay oxidation. Others will package these serums in a tiny one-use capsules so that freshness is ensured.
Your Vitamin C facial serum should clearly state the strength or percentage on the package because it must contain the proper dose for it to actually have the effect you’re looking for. Serums can contain anywhere from 5% to 25% Vitamin C. Many of the cheap products floating around in the market are actually pretty useless. For the serum to actually take effect, it has to have a concentration over 10%.
If you’re just starting out, you can start with a 10% serum and if that prove
s well, you should move up to a 20% Vitamin C serum. This is because 20% is considered to be the optimal concentration – any less and it won’t be as effective, any more and it won’t be absorbed by the skin.
Vitamin C serum is applied on skin like any other serums or lotions. You can apply in the morning or in the evening and increase its effectiveness with exfoliation. Removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin will allow the Vitamin C serum to get to work on the healthy cells. Although take note that Vitamin C is an acid so some products would actually already work as an exfoliant so be careful when exfoliating. When applying, pay special attention to areas that are prone to wrinkling such as your forehead and the area around your mouth. Be careful with the area around the eyes – the skin here is more sensitive so a stronger concentration may irritate or damage the skin.