Want to brighten your skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and reverse sun damage? If the answer is yes, you’ll need to include Vitamin C serums in your daily skincare routine. Studies show that this powerful antioxidant brightens dark spots and promotes collagen production. It also reverses UV light damage. But you’ll still have to wear a daily SPF to protect your skin from the harmful UV light.
Vitamin C serums are some of my favorite skincare products that I own. I’m obsessed with the incredible results of using my Vitamin C serums in just a few weeks. My skin is brighter, tighter, and more hydrated. I’ve also noticed that the brown spots I have on my face are significantly lighter.
It’s important to know that how you use and store your Vitamin C serum affects how much you get out of it. You’ll also have to select the right Vitamin C serum that is best for your skin. I’m sharing my favorite Vitamin C serums and my best tips on how you can get the most out of your serum.
Use your Vitamin C in the morning, before your moisturizer
What time of the day should you use your Vitamin C serum? You’ll get the most benefits when you use it in the morning. Applying your vitamin C serum before you head out protects your skin from free radicals. Free radicals damage our skin’s collagen. This results in dark spots, wrinkles, fine lines, and saggy skin. UV radiation and air pollution are some examples of free radicals that are harmful to your skin.
Remember to make sure your vitamin c serum absorbs into your skin before heading out. Vitamin C is less effective when exposed to light. It’s also best to apply your vitamin C serum to freshly cleansed skin, before you apply your moisturizer.
For my beauty skincare routine, I’ve seen the benefits of using a vitamin C serum in the morning and at night. I love applying my vitamin C serum in the morning because my skin stays moist and bright all-day long. I also love applying it at night before bedtime. I wake up to bright, smooth, and soft skin in the morning.
Store it in a cool and dark place
The key to getting the most out of your Vitamin C serum is to store it correctly. There are two types of Vitamin C serums: water-based and anhydrous (without water). Water-based vitamin C serums are unstable and sensitive to air, heat, and light. Anhydrous vitamin C serums are more stable, even when in the presence of light.
Whether you choose a water-based or anhydrous vitamin C serum, you’ll have to make sure it’s stabilized. Make sure your vitamin c serum container is airtight to prevent it from oxidizing. You’ll also have to store it in a dark and cool place.
I store my vitamin C serums in the beauty fridge. It keeps my serums safe and cool. I love applying my cooled down vitamin C serum after taking it out of my beauty fridge. It feels amazing and soothing!
Last tip for avoiding oxidation with your Vitamin C serum… Steer clear of combining Vitamin C with benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide also makes Vitamin C less potent.
Choose the right concentration
Not all products contain the same concentration of Vitamin C. The concentration of Vitamin C can range anywhere between 5 percent to 30 percent.
If you have sensitive or dry skin, you’ll want to choose a lesser concentration—between 5 and 10 percent. If you have strong pigmentation, you may want to choose a higher concentration.
The best concentration level for most skin types is between 10 and 20 percent. This is where you’ll see the most benefits. You’ll want to avoid going over 20 percent since there is no added benefit after this point. It could also lead to irritation.
Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Vitamin C Day Serum
Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum
Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Serum
Cooluli Beauty Pearl White 12-Liter Skincare Fridge
Which is your favorite vitamin C serum tip from this blog post? What is your favorite vitamin C serum that you can’t live without? Do let me know in the comments below.