More and more people are adding a topical Vitamin C to their skin care regimen because they can’t get enough of the gorgeous glow it offers. What many Vitamin-C lovers don’t know is that the glow is just an added plus – Vitamin C, or L-ascorbic acid, is a powerful anti-ager for skin of all ages, since it works to prevent aging perpetuated by external factors such as UV exposure, pollution, and smoking. Vitamin C can even play a role in reversing intrinsic factors, also known as the natural aging process, since its ability to repair collagen can effectively help slow and reverse the appearance of aging.
When shopping for vitamin C, make sure to read the label. Normally, an effective Vitamin C serum will contain around 10 – 20% of L-ascorbic acid. Many products on the market, such as Vitamin C cream, won’t deliver the same results as pure Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid).
Most Vitamin C serums are suitable for all skin types, but there are formulations that are specifically devised to suit individual needs, such as pigmentation or acne. With serums for every skin condition, finding the right one can be a challenge. Here is a round-up of what works best for each skin type:
If you’re suffering from severely dehydrated or dry skin, try a formulation with peptides, like Rejudicare’s 2CRM+. Safe for damaged, mature or fragile skin, peptides combats the appearance of wrinkles by re-energizing and hydrating the skin, all while increasing firmness.
Oily/combination skin types might prefer the consistency of a lighter formulation, like Rejudicare’s 2CRM.
Some of the latest Vitamin C formulations now have added actives that effectively combat sagginess and wrinkles. iS Clinical’s Super Serum + contains Copper Tripeptide Growth Factors which work to stimulate biochemical pathways that promote skin tissue repair and regeneration. Because it acts as a powerful age reversal, you won’t have to worry about layering an anti-aging serum on top of it. Just hydrate with a moisturizer, apply a physical sunscreen, and you’re done. For eyes, try Rejudicare’s recently launched C eye serum advance +.
For an all-organic, less aggressive approach, try Luzern’s Absolut V12. It contains niacinamide which functions like Epidermal Growth Factors to decrease wrinkles, skin discolouration and improve elasticity.
If your main concern is to protect your skin from developing brown spots and pigmentation, try a C E and E formulation such as Skin Management System’s C E and Ferulic Acid Concentrate, or Rejudicare’s 2CRM or 2 CRM+. The addition of ferulic acid to pure vitamin C and E doubles the photoprotective power to eight times the skin's natural protection, enhancing protection against damaging UV photo-damage.
Anyone with current concerns of browns spots or age spots will want to find a formulation that corrects current pigmentation, all while continuing to prevent against future damage. We recommend Skin Management System’s Intensive C + AHA Concentrate; this formulation contains a 10% blend of hydroxy acids that work to slough away dead skin to reveal a layer of brighter, healthier-looking skin.
Acne sufferers can be extremely cautious about introducing any new product or ingredient to their current regimen, in order to protect their overactive skin from further breakouts. Rejudicare’s recently launched 2CRM SAL was specifically formulated for acne prone skin types who still want the glow, as well as the free-radical and UV photo-protection offered in a Vitamin C serum.
If you have no specific skincare concerns to treat, but are looking to amplify your current regimen with a topical Vitamin C serum you have several options. Many clients start with a lower dosage of Vitamin C, working their way up to a higher one. Babor’s latest launch is a serum made up of 20% pure vitamin C, and works great for all skin types. We love it, not only for its effectiveness, but for its fantastic refreshing scent!