The Uses and Benefits of Vitamin C Serum

Introduction

For many years, we have been spending money on various skincare products, without even updating ourselves with the benefits of the ingredients that make our skin look flawless and radiant. There are plethoras of anti-ageing products in the market that can easily confuse you. Researchers have proved that using a range of some beneficial ingredients for your skincare can prove to be magical for your skin. Vitamin C is one such ingredient that can treat multiple skincare issues.

Let’s see how incorporating a small dose of this powerhouse antioxidant in your daily skincare routine can prove to be beneficial to your skin and health.


LEARNING THE FUNDAMENTALS OF VITAMIN C SERUM

 

Managing your skin wasn’t an easy task ever. But these days’ beauty products are often publicized as a latest in personal development and it is a dream for every woman and man to have a beautiful glowing skin texture and tone to improve first impressions. There are a countless number of serums in the market today, each one of them targeting a specific area of improvement like hyper pigmentation, redness, oily skin, etc. But you would also find some that are keener on improving the overall structure and health of your skin. Vitamin C serum is the one that can be found under this category.

Let us discuss further on how this magic potion can be used to impress individuals with sensitive and troublesome skin.

Why should you be using a Vitamin C serum on your skin?

We have often seen that many skin care products usually give fifteen minutes fame and then they are locked again somewhere in your drawers. However, Vitamin C serum is definitely not the one you would like to push away. The major reason being that this antioxidant product does wonder to your skin exactly the way you have heard and read. But before you rush to your nearest skin care aisle you need to know what kind of serum is best for your skin.

Let us see some science-related theories of skin rejuvenation and which type of compound or cream is suitable for your skin type.

#1 What is skin Collagen?

Skin Collagen is actually a bed of thick tissues right below few layers of your skin. This dermis gets thinner over a period of time due to exposure to ultra violet rays, increasing blood sugar levels, hormonal changes and, not to forget, the natural ageing process. The more time you spend in the sun, the higher are the chances of your skin getting dry and tanned. This dryness can further break the fiber in your skin and dehydrate. The better the levels of hydrated collagen exist in your body the younger is your skin appearance. The good part is if you start using certain body friendly chemicals they can repair the broken collagen fiber and generate new bed of tissues.

#2 Rejuvenation Process with Vitamin C

Rejuvenation technically means regeneration or revitalization. It actually makes someone look younger and vital of their actual age. The whole process makes you look and feel better. Our society is all about how you present yourself in front of others and, believe it or not, looking good is one big aspect of personality development these days.

Vitamin C is excellent in producing collagen for our body. It forces the damaged tissues to improve, thereby creating a new layer on the skin. Unlike other species, human body is incapable of producing collagen. Though there are sources through which we intake vitamin C, like citrus fruits and other fruits and vegetables, but using some compositions that contain this antioxidant gives an extra boost to our skin texture. You can incorporate a daily dose of Vitamin C in daily skin care regime. Further down let’s gather various reconstruction properties of skin by using this effective composite.

  • It works as sun block for your skin but should not be taken as a replacement for sunscreens
  • This powerhouse antioxidant helps in maintaining tissues and collagen formations
  • Improves old tissue damage through sun and pollution
  • Increases production of new collagen for our body

Many people depend on home remedies as a replacement of chemical applicators, but still they are not very confident of whether it would give same results as these serums.

As mentioned earlier, citrus fruits are a good source of Vitamin C intake. Therefore, a lot of people depend on orange juice or dried orange peels or lemons as skin protectors. But the fact is that it does not work the same way as Vitamin C cosmetics. For any skin care product to penetrate the skin it needs to have oil based structure, which is not the case with orange extracts or lemon extracts. Vitamin C serums are oily in texture, hence are capable of going deep in layers and showing greater results.

Another reason why you cannot substitute citrus fruits with these serums is because the quantity required for the skin to induce collagen is minimum 10% or higher. Orange juice only has 1% concentration of Vitamin C. Therefore, it does not do any improvements to your skin dermis. But be careful while buying any composites for your skin. Make sure you look for the ingredients and percentage of Vitamin C in them.

So the whole point is, regular use of vitamin C products helps in the acceleration of collagen formation and removes skin debris. It also protects from skin ageing due to exposure to the sun or environmental stress. Hence, it is recommended to apply them during day time to expect more outcomes.

 

MAGIC OF VITAMIN C SERUM ON YOUR SKIN

 

No matter how much we cover ourselves while strolling out we cannot escape from environmental factors that have adverse effects on our skin and body. Harsh UV rays and pollution continuously attack our facial skin, thus resulting in early skin ageing. Vitamin C is a good source of reducing and improving skin damage.

Read earlier, vitamin C is an effective antioxidant that works as a barrier for irritating molecules to penetrate in our body. When incorporated in your daily skin care routine, it can give numerous benefits to you and stable your younger look for a longer period of time. Let’s see what this magic potion does:

  • It definitely reduces tanning due to sun contact
  • Makes your skin stiffer and firmer by inducing collagen
  • Keeps your skin hydrated and breathable
  • Diminishes redness and agitation of skin which in turn damages the cellular structure

If you want to know which sort of Vitamin C is more suitable for your skin type, refer to the below-mentioned points that will help you understand better.

Ascorbic Acid: the primary ingredient

This is the most powerful and active ingredient amongst all the other variants. Cosmetic products, containing ascorbic acid, are the most beneficial ones and are the most commonly used form of Vitamin C. But it all depends on how fine the solution is formulated. A well-formulated serum can expand the stability of the product and further helps in strengthening and firming the texture.

However, one should not forget that due to its dominant nature, it can get oxidized easily as well. Maybe that is the reason products listing ascorbic acid are more expensive than the others. In order to prevent it from destabilizing, you should always keep it protected by keeping it in dark and colder places in your home.

Rule of Application: 

Follow these simple steps of application:

  1. Buy a Vitamin C Serum that has a minimum of 10% concentration of L-ascorbic acid.
  1. Clean your face with a wash cloth or a mild cleanser. Keep it damp.
  1. Pat a small amount of the serum on a cotton ball or you can also use your fingertips and rub it gently on the affected area of your skin. Wait for five minutes to let it dry. Using small quantities on a daily basis shows dramatic changes on your face.
  1. Use your regular moisturizer. You can also use a sun block lotion. But it is suggested to apply it before you apply your sunscreen. Researchers have shown - if applied before sunscreen, it can increase the effectiveness of your sun block.

 

FACTS ABOUT VITAMIN C

 

Vitamin C:  Other members of the family

A good to know information is that it is not the only form of Vitamin C that is available in the market. There are other variants as well, such as ascorbyl palmitate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, retinyl ascorbate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate and tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate. All these variants are less aggressive than ascorbic acid. Therefore, the effects of these ingredients are far less than the latter. One thing to remember is that one component is not enough to bring the expected change. It needs to be mixed with other products as well for more positive outcomes. But one thing that is common for all the actives is that, no matter what form you use, the ultimate goal would be to protect and repair the deep-seated damage.

Vitamin C: Doubts

Science has proved various benefits of Vitamin C that leaves you with healthier and radiant skin. However, people are often in a lookout for products that have Vitamin C listed as a single ingredient. Remember, one component can never do wonders. It’s always a team work as other ingredients, matching the composition, are equally important and effective.

Another myth about Vitamin C is, the higher the amount of the ingredient, the better are the results. But the theory of the more the merrier does not apply here. It totally depends on the sensitivity and the capability of your skin to absorb the antioxidant. Believe it not, it is found that low amounts (as low as 0.6%) give younger looking skin. Therefore, everything relies on the needs of your skin. A good strength vitamin C can replenish and refurbish your skin.

Vitamin C: Precautionary measures

All the vitamin C sources are easy to destabilize, hence prevent it from moisture and air exposure. A good sign of contamination is that the texture will turn either yellow or orange. When you notice this change, do not use it further on your skin as it can adversely affect your body. Post corruption, it won’t be effective in producing collagen and does not prevent wrinkle reduction. It’s highly recommended to use packaging that comes with dark glass bottles and airtight tubes. Nowadays, pump tubes are also in fashion, so you can chose to use them as well.

 

CONCLUSION

 

After reading all the information given in the book, one thing that is to be believed is that Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which generates collagen in your body, reduces the signs of ageing, brightens your skin, and repair tissue damage. An excellent way to use it would be to apply it traditionally as it gets absorbed easily and does not sweat off. Oral intake of Vitamin C is also accepted but it is not that efficient on your skin as most of it gets flushed from your body via sweat.

For people who are already using these products would testify the wonders it can do to your skin. The only mantra is to be patient; you can’t expect immediate results. Your body needs time to adjust and get used to it. Usually, it takes four to six month for a skin care product to settle on your skin.

However, these serums can get heavy on your pockets. To solve this, there are homemade recipes available as well so that you can prepare some of these serums yourself. In case you decide to try your hands on these recipes, make sure you make in small quantity so that they are quickly used and do not get oxidized.

The bottom line is it has never been easy to manage your skin. All you need to do is use the product tactically with other range of daily routine cosmetics. You should always use cosmetics that are skin friendly and well communicating to your body.