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    The Vitamin C Serum Guide for Brighter Skin

    Posted by: Kelsea Bell - Gr8 Health Naturopath

    The Vitamin C Serum Guide for Brighter Skin

    No doubt Vitamin C has been part of your health & wellness journey since childhood. We all know it for its refreshing taste and amazing health benefits it provides our bodies. But did you know your skin feels the exact same way when you apply your juicy Vitamin C face serum?

    Vitamin C is my go-to skin care ingredient because of its powerful anti-aging benefits, including targeting wrinkles and dark spots. Adding a Vitamin C serum into your daily skin care routine is a great way to provide your skin with a boost of skin loving nutrition.

    Vitamin C serum benefits

    In natural skin care, Vitamin C is the anti-aging boss! It has potent antioxidant properties which means it helps neutralise free radicals in the skin. Free radicals are formed when we are exposed to things such as sun damage, pollution, stress, smoking, and damage to the DNA of our cells which can lead to premature aging and skin cancer.

    Vitamin C is a favourite for many throughout winter because of its brightening abilities. It helps to brighten overall complexion and give damaged skin a glowing even tone, whilst targeting age spots, environmental damage, and darkness under the eyes. Vitamin C is also a great way to boost your skins natural collagen, as it is a key ingredient in the formation of collagen. This means your Vitamin C serum can help keep your skin firmer and work on those fine lines and wrinkles.

    What to look for in a vitamin C serum

    There are plenty of Vitamin C serums on the market, but its always best to do your research to find one that will go to work and benefit on your skin.

    Vitamin C can appear on the ingredient label under several different names, but not all of them are equal in terms of stability and absorption rate. L-ascorbic acid  is the one that will get to where it needs to go and do what its supposed to do. Make sure this ingredient is close to the top of the label, preferably as one of the first five ingredients.

    For maximum effectiveness, you should always aim to find a serum with at least 10% L-ascorbic acid and no more than 20% as this can lead to irritation and doesn’t increase the benefit. Also keep a look out for other antioxidants and boosters like Vitamin E and ferulic acid on the ingredient list, as these are Vitamin C’s best friends and work well together.

    When to take Vitamin C

    Vitamin C may be used both morning and night. Many believe it’s best to apply in the morning because of its antioxidant properties which help protect the skin against pollutants and other environmental aggressors.

    Our Top Picks:

    Antipodes Glow Ritual Vitamin C Serum

    Vitamin C-rich Kakadu plum joins Vinanza Grape & Kiwi to address pigmentation, help brighten skin, and protect against oxidative stress. The benefits of Vitamin C for skin are many – Vitamin C can help protect, illuminate, and boost collagen for skin that looks radiant and full of life. Bakuchiol, a gentle and natural retinol alternative, encourages smoother, firmer looking skin while plant-based hyaluronic acid boosts moisture for a plumped visage. Suited to all skin types and great for dull skin. Wear this Vitamin C face gel on its own under your moisturiser for an all-day luminous glow

    ECO BY SONYA DRIVER Serum of Plenty Oil

    A brilliantly formulated, all natural serum to transform the skin to its optimum radiance.  The beauty about this serum is that every ingredient is active.  It contains a phenomenal amount of vitamin C (15%!).

    Serum of Plenty has been powerfully and purposely curated for aging brilliantly.  Your skin will thrive with this potent serum.  It targets pigmentation, fine lines, diminishes redness, brightens the skin and stimulates collagen production.

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