Vitamin C is good for our health. We all know that getting fruits and vegetables packed with vitamin C helps fight off the flu and keeps our bodies functioning normally. What has only relatively recently hit the skincare market, is the importance of boosting vitamin C on our skin. Just like it nourishes our body, when applied onto the skin, it nourishes it! It can boost your skin health and leave you with a glowing and vibrant complexion.
Why is vitamin C important in skincare?
Vitamin C is a chemical named ascorbic acid that naturally occurs in the skin. It plays a role in collagen production and helps heal acne, keep the skin hydrated, and protect it from UV radiation. It can however be difficult to deliver vitamin C to your skin.
There are so many options for Vitamin C serums, that it can be hard to distinguish what the best one for your needs is. Check some of these out.
What to look for in your Vitamin C serum
- Ask for Ascorbic Acid
While there are many Vitamin C derivatives ascorbic acid is the best option. It is proven to be the best in supporting collagen production, maintaining the physical barrier, and protecting it from free radicals.
- Keep an eye out on the concentration
The maximum skin absorption occurs at 20% concentration of Ascorbic Acid. Counter intuitively, higher concentrations have less absorption and can be more irritating. If you experience irritation, consider opting for lower concentrations at around 10%.
- How much water?
Ascorbic Acid will begin to oxide in contact with water. For this reason, it is a good idea to choose a product where water is not one of the first ingredients. This will ensure that the product will really work. Choose serums rather than cream-based products. There are still good products which include water; however, those require stabilizing agents to ensure the vitamin C will reach your skin.
- Look for a low pH
Ascorbic Acid is unstable once above a 3.5pH. This is why a product low in pH is the best option. Low pH also means there is a smaller amount of water in the formula, giving your skin the best treatment.
- What is the packaging?
Vitamin C will lose its potency when exposed to light and aid. For this reason, opt for sealed packaging such as a pump bottle. Preferably with a dark class to create a barrier against the light.
If you are unsure, check out these high quality vitamin C serums that will help elevate your skin health.
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