vitamin c serums

What’s so Super about Vitamin C Serums?

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When I hear “Vitamin C” I think of citrus fruits and the inspirational “Graduation” song. Who doesn’t just shed a few tears while listening to this ballad? Oh yea, and I also think about skin care. What kind of beauty blogger would I be if I didn’t?

I feel like everyone and their mothers with fabulous skin is toting the benefits of vitamin C serums, and I was dying to learn more. So naturally, I turned to the lovely Celeste of Skin Authority who never steers me wrong.

Are you getting enough C? Vitamin C is one of the most vital nutrients. The benefits include those you are likely to have heard, including boosting immunity and overall health, but you may not know that C is super for skin. In fact, vitamin C serums should be a basic part of any skin care routine.

Many people take vitamin C orally to boost immunity. That is smart, but less than 1% of the vitamins we ingest actually make their way to our skin. The skin needs C as well, so it is very important to apply it topically.

Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for and using a vitamin C Serum:

  1. Look for a vitamin C that is paired with an antioxidant blend. Vitamin C boosts the effectiveness of your sunscreen, and when it is combined with a powerful antioxidant mixture, it is very effective in protecting the skin from free radicals. I urge you to apply C daily underneath your sunscreen moisturizer.
  2. Vitamin C Serums should contain a minimum of 20% L-ascorbic acid. L-ascorbic acid is a co-factor in collagen production; without this element, the body cannot create collagen for firmer and stronger skin. The minimum amount of L-ascorbic acid necessary for collagen production is 20%, so don’t buy a vitamin C serum it if contains less than that amount. My favorite: Skin Authority Super-C Serum.
  3. Vitamin C Serums are very active products and should be used within the recommended amount of time. Just like an apple oxidizes over time as it is exposed to air, vitamin C Serums also oxidize. If your serum turns a dark brown color, it is time to throw it out. The shelf life of a vitamin C Serum is typically about four months after opening, but shorter if left exposed to the air and heat for long periods of time. If you keep the container closed and store in the refrigerator, it can last a bit longer.

And while you’re at it, check out the rest of Celeste’s skin care advice from this year: skin care resolutions, the skin care basics, face oils for acne-prone skin, skin care for eyes, differences between men’s and women’s skin care.

Do you incorporate vitamin C serums into your skin care routine?

About the author: With two decades in the beauty and skin care industries, Celeste Hilling is the Founder, CEO and Product Formulator for Skin Authority. Skin Authority is respected for developing pure and powerful products without the use of parabens, added fragrance, dyes or animal testing. More on www.skinauthority.com, Facebook at Skin Authority, Twitter @SkinAuthority and @MissSkin.

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    This is PERFECT. A break down of VC that even I can understand. Thank you!

  • http://www.confessionsofasarcasticmom.com/ Destany

    I’m really new to serums, so I love learning about all the different kinds!

  • http://loveforlacquer.com/ loveforlacquer

    Amazing post! Vitamin C serums are pretty awesome!

  • http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/ Honeygirlk

    Awesome post. 🙂 I use Vitamin C Serums and love them 😀

  • http://www.cosmetopiadigest.com/ CosmetopiaDigest.com

    Great post! I love vitamin C serums but thanks for sharing exactly why they are so good!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    I’m addicted to my Vitamin C Serums!

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    I love Vitamin C, I actually use the Silk Naturals Vitamin C Peptide Serum, which is pretty awesome.

  • http://tanejasbride.com Shipra Taneja

    Vitamin C is such a great and essential vitamin. Thanks for sharing! <3

  • Lola Seicento

    I’m a huge fan of Vitamin C Serums and creams!

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Can’t be without my vitamin C serums!