Are serums part of your skincare routine? Today we’re going to talk about how to use vitamin C serum to get the best results for your skin.
Vitamin C has become a cult product when it comes to skincare. You’ll find it added to moisturizers, eye creams, mixed with other serums, etc. It feels like every other skin product has it in its ingredients. Which is great, but I find it’s most powerful in a serum form. Not as much when small amounts are diluted in other skincare products.
What are the benefits?
+ brightens the skin tone;
+ evens out skin texture;
+ reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles;
+ protects the skin from free radicals and UV damage;
What to look for in a Vitamin C Serum?
I’m not an expert but I like to do some research before I jump into any beauty trend. Here are a few things that are important to keep in mind when choosing a vitamin C serum.
+ Concentration: Look for concentration between 10-20%. If you have sensitive skin start with 10% and increase as you get used to that. I’m currently using this 20% vitamin C serum.
+ Packaging: choose a serum in a dark bottle. That is because vitamin C becomes unstable when it’s exposed to light, which makes it ineffective. Also, when vitamin C is stored in a clear bottle, it may change color to yellowish/orangish, and that can actually stain your skin instead of leaving it bright and glowy.
How to use Vitamin C serum to get the best results?
Okay, so you found a serum that you like, and now what? How often should you use it? Is it like any other serum? Well, kind of.
+ Morning or Evening? There’s a lot of opinions on the subject. I prefer to use it both in the morning and evening. However, I don’t apply it on my face on those evenings that I also use retinol. If I do want to apply both (retinol and Vitamin C serum), I will wait at least 30-40min after applying vitamin C serum.
+ Apply before moisturizer. This is true for all serums, you should apply them before moisturizer and after cleansing. (This is the correct order to apply skincare products).
+ Warm up the product slightly between your fingers. This helps prep the serum to get absorbed right into the skin, instead of sitting on top.
+ Only use a few drops. You don’t need a lot of product, but just a few drops. Serums are a lot more concentrated than moisturizers, so less is more.
If including vitamin C serum in your skincare routine seemed confusing, I hope this post cleared a few things. And now you know how to use it to get the best results for your skin.
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