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Vitamin C is added to skincare products because of it’s amazing benefits.  The best form of vitamin C for skin is in a serum format.  There are so many reasons to use a vitamin C serum.  It boosts collagen, prevents sun damage, brightens skin, reduces wrinkles, improves skin texture, evens skin tone, and is full of antioxidants! Vitamin C doesn’t replace sunscreen but when applied together with an SPF your skin has maximum protection from sun damage.  Vitamin C in skincare can last up to 24 hours on your skin so using it once a day is all that’s needed.   It is also very potent which means a very small amount is needed (something to keep in mind when you consider how much some may cost). Something that is important to remember with vitamin C is that it needs to be stored away from direct sunlight.  This is why most vitamin C serums are packaged in dark or opaque containers.  This form of packaging helps keep it stable.  Vitamin C works best when it is combined with other antioxidants such as vitamin E, ferulic acid, hyaluronic acid or vitamin B. These products boost each other for maximum benefits and collagen production.

There are several types of vitamin C used in skincare. The most common form is called Ascorbic Acid (also known at L-Ascorbic).  This type of vitamin C is considered very effective and is excellent for brightening dark spots.  Unfortunately some people with sensitive skin can find Ascorbic Acid irritating. This is why skincare formulators  have created other less irritating forms of vitamin C that are just as effective.  Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is another form of vitamin C that is generally tolerated by all skin types because it is gentler. This form of vitamin C is usually recommended for sensitive skin types or people who are just starting. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a third form of vitamin C that is the least irritating and well tolerated.

As usual I will list options for every budget starting with drugstore.  I’ve mentioned Pixi by Petra before in my previous blogs. Pixi is an affordable brand that is effective and loved by millions! Pixi’s vitamin C serum contains L-Ascrobic acid and is known for it’s anti-aging effects. Users refer to it as ‘magical’ because it helps their skin look radiant and fresh. It is combined with ferulic acid which is fantastic. The only downside is that it is slightly thick so people with oily skin tend to steer away from it.  Pixi fans tend to use the Pixi Glow Tonic along with the Pixi Vitamin C serum for maximum benefits that are affordable yet effective.

Sephora has endless options for Vitamin C serums.  What’s nice about Sephora is that you can get samples to try just about anything in store.  I suggest using one sample at a time.  Get enough to try it for at least a week to see how your skin reacts.  Consistency is key.  Use the same sample daily until it runs out before moving on to the next.  I have 3 personal favorites at Sephora that have given me great results.  Dr Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum has a huge fan club for a reason – it works!  This serum contains Ascorbic Acid, Amino Acids and CoQ10 along with many other beneficial ingredients. Together these ingredients brighten, repair and improve skin. 92% of users noted improvement in how their skin looked and the quality of their skin in as little at 21 days. Another best seller at Sephora is Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum. This serum is potent with a 20% unique blend of vitamin C derivatives and 10% of gentle exfoliating acids. People with sensitive skin may want to start off with using this every other day.  This serum is well known for reducing fine lines and wrinkles and helping skin look smoother and more radiant. It offers great protection from sun damage as well.  Another favorite is Olehenriksen’s Truth Serum. It is often referred to as a ‘daily multivitamin for the skin’. It is an anti-aging serum that is enriched with a vitamin C complex that contains not only vitamin C but also Aloe Juice known for softening the skin. This serum helps brighten skin, improve elasticity and it is full of antioxidants. Olehenriksen has an entire line dedicated to vitamin C worth checking out at Sephora. I used their C-Rush Vitamin C Gel Moisturizer for years and I loved it.

There are many medical grade vitamin C serums on the market backed by research and quality ingredients. Skin Beautiful RX has top quality products. I have used a few of their vitamin C serums with fantastic results. Le Mieux Vita-C Serum contains a gentle, stable, yet effective form of vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) as well as vitamin B & E, amino acids and potent antioxidants.  This serum is perfect for restoring skin, softening skin and balancing skin tone.  A word of advice, don’t assume medical grade isn’t affordable. Some medical grade products are as affordable as Sephora, some even less expensive and definitely worth checking out.  iS Clinical Super Serum is a powerhouse serum formulated with L-Ascorbic Acid, hyaluronic acid, growth factors and several other beneficial ingredients. It is pricey but only a few drops are needed. It lasts long and is extremely effective. This serum promotes collagen production, protects skin from UV damage and helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Skin Beautiful RX also carries Glowbiotics MD, Truth Treatment Systems, Obagi Medical, and Osmosis. All of these brands are also known for their vitamin C products. A nice thing about Skin Beautiful RX is that they offer friendly and knowledgeable customer service which is very useful when you are trying to figure out which vitamin C product is best for your skin type and particular concerns.  Don’t forget to use code BESTFACE20 at checkout for 20% off all of your orders at Skin Beautiful RX!

Bottom line – use a vitamin C serum! You will not be disappointed.  In fact you will be asking yourself why you didn’t start sooner.  It is a game changer that will definitely help you put your best face forward!

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