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I am a strong advocate of using vitamin C topically on the skin.
In fact, if I could only choose one powerful multitasking product for my skin, it would most definitely be vitamin C.
Vitamin C is so incredibly important for good skincare because it repairs damaged skin and also prevents any further damage.
Applying vitamin C topically to the skin allows this powerful antioxidant to perform its skin-brightening, hyperpigmentation-correcting and skin tone-evening benefits. It also reminds your skin to produce collagen; therefore, it’s very beneficial when it comes to elasticity and firmness. Additionally, it fights free-radicals which can do a lot of damage to the skin. Vitamin C literally stops free-radicals in their tracks by repelling them from the skin before they can do any harm. And using vitamin C under a sunscreen during the day is like getting double-protection.
About Vitamin C
Vitamin C is the most powerful antioxidant you can use on your skin. However, it is also very fragile. Therefore, you have to make sure the vitamin C product you’re purchasing is stabilized. Vitamin C is also sensitive to light, so be sure the product is not packaged in a clear glass container. For stability and shelf-life, it should be packaged in either a tinted glass container (amber brown or dark blue), or in a totally opaque container. Also, be sure the vitamin C you’re purchasing is in a pump container so that it’s not continually exposed to air. Both these things are very important.
Typically, the most concentrated amount of vitamin C comes in the form of a serum or an oil.
I’ve used both.
Listed below are three of my favorite serums, and one oil.
Now I won’t lie to you, a high-quality, stabilized vitamin C is not cheap. However, as I shared before, if I had to choose only one multitasking skincare product to invest my money in, it would be a vitamin C serum/oil.
First up is C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum from Sunday Riley. I am a HUGE, HUGE fan of Sunday Riley products in general, but her vitamin C serum and oil are the BOMB! I admire Sunday Riley because she is a bio-chemist who also believes in the power of nature. So she blends science with nature, achieving the best of both worlds.
C.E.O. Brightening Serum is powered by 15% advanced Vitamin C, is targeted to quickly fight the look of dullness, dark spots, and discolorations at the source, while minimizing the signs of aging. Skin looks and feels firmer and plumper, as youthful skin bounce and even-tone are restored.
*smells like a freshly peeled orange.
Next up is C.E.O. Glow – Vitamin C and Turmeric Face Oil (also from Sunday Riley)
C.E.O. Glow is a Vitamin C + Turmeric glow-giving face oil that recharges the radiance of your skin. Infused with advanced vitamin C and golden turmeric for instant vibrance and antioxidant defense. C.E.O. Glow delivers cold-pressed, nutrient-rich extracts into your skin, leaving your complexion looking brighter and nurtured.
*note: turmeric has antibacterial properties, so it’s excellent for acne and other skin conditions.
*smells like a freshly peeled orange, but also has an earthy aroma from the turmeric.
Another one of my favorite Vitamin C serums is OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum
OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum is like a daily multivitamin for the skin and our #1 age-defying & vitamin C serum. Ole was an early adopter of vitamin C in skincare, believing that its antioxidant properties and role in promoting collagen make it a crucial ingredient. This potent True-C Complex(TM) and collagen serum helps brighten and firm the skin as it delivers all-day hydration.
*smells like a freshly peeled orange.
And lastly, Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Serum
Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Serum is packed with a jaw-dropping concentration of 20% THD Ascorbate, the serum’s performance is amplified by the addition of two ultra-powerful antioxidants (3% Vitamin E and 2% Ferulic Acid), delivering a complete and advanced formula for firming and brightening concerns. This rich moisturizing serum is a must to help improve the look of fine lines, firmness, uneven skin tone, texture and brightness.
*note: Several reviews online stated that this product has a very odd aroma. Personally, I love the smell. It’s a combination of nutmeg and cinnamon. And the aroma dissipates very quickly after the application.
So, if you haven’t ever used vitamin C on your skin, or you’re looking to try a different vitamin C product, I can highly recommend these because I’ve used them.