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The Vitamin C Serum Guide for Brighter Skin

Posted by Kelsea Bell - Student 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:

Meditree Younger Skin Kakadu Plum Face Serum

The Meditree face serum is packed with Kakadu plum extract, which is naturally extremely high in Vitamin C. This Australian made serum also contains other wonderful skin care ingredients. Bearberry for its brightening effects, macadamia for its moisturising effects and the soothing affects of Aloe vera and chamomile. These ingredients work together to help protect the skin, even out skin tone and maintain collagen production.

Eco Modern Essentials Face Serum Vitamin C

A daily Vitamin C serum formulated to target the signs of aging. A healthy dose of Vitamin C combined with Rosehip oil, Milk thistle and Sea Buckthorn. These ingredients help brighten complexion, reduce pigmentation and redness whilst increasing hydration, boosting elasticity for a beautiful, youthful glow. Simply apply to a clean face and neck and apply before moisturising.

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