Vitamin C, a win for brighter skin
Women’s magazines, beauty blogs and estheticians sing the praises of vitamin C-packed serums and moisturizers.
And no wonder. When applied topically and daily, products with vitamin C – also known as ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid -- can brighten, plump, hydrate, promote healthy collagen production and neutralize free radicals lingering on the skin.
In a story for Good Housekeeping, Ellen Marmur, a New York dermatologist and founder of Marmur Metamorphosis Skincare, cautioned that that too much vitamin C can potentially irritate the skin. She suggests using products with between 10 to 15 percent potency for best results.
Vitamin C also can degrade with exposure to oxygen, light, water and high pH. Beauty and skin experts suggest a product with a lower ph, a dark container to protect from light damage and an airtight container. A serum that includes other ingredients like vitamin E and ferulic acid have been shown to improve stability, too.
Many dermatologists agree that a serum is more effective than a toner or cream.
One click will get you plenty of information and suggestions for the best and most popular.
If reviews count for a lot, check out InstaNatural Vitamin C serum. Real Simple says the vitamin serum has more than 3,500-star reviews on Amazon – and that a single bottle of the product sells every four minutes. At $18, it’s worth a try.
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