Today Mary Ann, Annie and I are joining six other bloggers to talk about self-care. For those of you new to this blog Welcome. I will preface this post by saying I am not an expert on anything. I scour the internet for information from people who know much more than I. Then I share what I have learned. I am 65, I have a lot of sun damage, acne scars and wrinkles so I am on a journey to take better care of my skin. If you saw a picture of me in direct sunlight without makeup you would “run for cover”. I have been searching for a good Vitamin C Serum because the one I previously used disappeared. I have not been using it and I can tell the difference. So let’s take a look at Self-care after 50-How to Choose the Best Vitamin C Serum.
How to choose the Vitamin C Serum that is the best for your skin. If your skin is sensitive you would want to start or stick with a lower concentration of Ascorbic Acid as it can be irritating. You might find this article helpful.
If you do your research vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals even out skin tone, rough texture, fine lines, acne scars, and general dullness. You can come up with just about any common complexion problem and there’s a good chance that vitamin C (and it’s skincare products ) is a recommended treatment. In neutralizing these free radicals, vitamin C may also help protect skin from precancerous changes caused by UV exposure. Because it’s highly acidic when used topically “the skin is triggered to heal itself by accelerating the production of collagen and elastin” With continued topical use, vitamin C can help prevent dark spots from forming in the first place.
There are a few things you should know about any Vitamin C Serum before you buy. What are the ingredients?
The active vitamin c ingredients you need to look for are asorbic acid, or l asorbic acid.
It is the most abundant vitamin C in human skin and the most easily absorbed.
The PH needs to roughly be between 2.5 and 3.5 for stability.
You might want to read Dr Leslie Bauman’s Why Your Skin Ph Matters
Look for Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid
There is a great deal of evidence showing that combining vitamin C with vitamin E and ferulic acid makes for a much more potent antioxidant with added benefits. Vitamin E itself acts as an antioxidant and also enhances the function of vitamin C. It also helps to maintain the skin barrier. Ferulic acid enhances both vitamin C and vitamin E.
Make Sure it Comes in a Dark Container and Keep it in a Cool Dark Place
Vitamin C actually breaks down when it’s exposed to light or air, so dark glass bottles help maintain its stability
Look for Airless Packaging
The serum will last longer if not exposed to air
I am not a youtube enthusiast. They take too much time to watch. You guys have introduced me to a few that I have forced myself to watch. One of the best for product recommendations is Angie from Hot and Flashy. I know the name but guess what her father is a chemist and he tests all of the products that she recommends. So if you are going to watch one video on Vitamin C serum. I would watch How to choose the right vitamin c serum
There are different theories and ideas out there about how and when to use a vitamin C serum. Some experts believe that vitamin C should be applied at night in order to help skin repair itself while other sleep-restorative functions are taking place. Some believe that it should be applied during the day in order to help fight off free-radical damage as it accumulates throughout the day. Apply after cleansing and before moisturizing. It isn’t important which time of day you apply it; what matters more is that you remember to use it (note to self).
- Here are some of the favorites with the proper concentrations that might work for you. Almost every expert agrees that the skin ceuticals vitamin c serum is a good one. It should be at $166 a pop. I am not one to just accept a product because it is expensive. Many of these have the same ingredients but are more reasonably priced.
The Timeless (highly recommended by Angie of Hot and Flashy) has a 20% concentration of Vitamin C. The Maelove has 15%. The Drunk Elephant also has 15 % and is entirely cruelty free. The Obagi has 20% but is just as expensive as the Skincueticals. The Paula’s choice has 15% at $40.00. The Skinceuticals (considered the holy grail by many also only has 15%. All of the products are linked below the graphic.
The less expensive drugstore varieties might be a good place to start. The Dr. Brenner’s is $32.00 and has 20%. The Inkey List has a little different preparation with a cream and the serum which might work better it also has a whopping 30% of viamin c. The revitalift has only 10%, and the tru skin has 20% (not sure about the compounds in this one) but very reasonable at $19.99.
It’s best to start out with a low concentration and work your way up as your skin grows more accustomed to it. If your skin is sensitive you may need to stick with a lower concentration. Five percent serums are normally gentle enough for sensitive skin. You can go all the way up to 20 percent, which will work more quickly to brighten and improve skin pigmentation. You must apply vitamin C serums consistently over several months before you see results a it takes time for the skin cells to replenish. You might want to read the articles below before making your decision.
And finally, if you want an alternate opinion, you-tuber Dr. Dray (a board-certified dermatologist) does not believe there is enough science to merit its use. Of all the dermatologists that were quoted, she was the first non-believer. She also is very good about testing products
If you have a Vitamin C Serum that you love please share. This post is a part of my self-care over 50 series that I will be continuing. You might also enjoy reading Self Care Over 50 or How to Keep Your Mind and Body Intact.
Now pop over and visit this great group of bloggers that Annie has assembled. You won’t be disappointed!