On the advice of my dermatologist, I added a Vitamin C serum to my morning skincare routine. I’m not using oils and cream moisturizers anymore, opting for gel and watery versions of skincare products instead. According to her, these textures are better to prevent acne and clogged pores. So I’m using a Vitamin C serum that’s on the watery side rather than a facial oil.
After washing my face and spraying on a hydrosol, I’ll apply one pump of product on my face. Topical application of Vitamin C can reduce wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, protect and repairÂ skin cells, stimulate collagen, and prevent photoaging (aging caused by UV rays) and structural aging. It makes your skin brighter and increases the effectiveness of your sunscreen (just don’t skip the sunscreen). That’s all pretty impressive for one product.
Acsorbic Acid is Vitamin C in its natural form. However, it is unstable unless it is dry. When in contact with the air and other oxidizing agents, it can be ineffective. If the formula has been poorly prepared, or if the product is old and stored improperly, it might already be ineffective. Only high concentrations of 10% or more can be effective. However, the high potency can be irritating for the skin. Those with rosacea and sensitive skin should avoid L-Acsorbic Acid (AA) based serums.
Instead, find a derivative of AA.Â As always, I look for all-natural skincare products, and I really like 100% Pure’s Vitamin C Serum and All Natural Advice’s Anti-Aging Vitamin C Serum. They both use water-soluble derivatives of Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate) that many believe to be the best form for topical use. Stick with these ingredients if you have sensitive skin. Choose a water-based formula, as oil soluble Vitamin C derivatives are not as effective.
Both the 100% Pure and All Natural Advice formulas are colourless/white, which is the best indicator that the products have not oxidized. They’re both in amber bottles, not transparent, which keeps them fresher. Avoid Vitamin C serums in transparent bottles. Blue bottles are okay.
Neither formulas are greasy or have offensive smells. The 100% Pure’s formula is more gel-like, while the All-Natural Advice is on the watery side. The latter contains Vitamin E and tells you the percentage of Vitamin C (20%). 100% Pure doesn’t tell you the percentage of Vitamin C, the bottle only saying it is stable and potent.
I like both formulas, and they spread easily on the skin. Skincare products are a matter of trial and error. If you’re curious about trying Vitamin C serums, check out the ingredients, pick one, and start with a small amount each day to see how well your skin reacts to it.