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As the intricacies of skincare evolves, we’ve seen a growing number of skincare lines pushing vitamin C serums. You’ve most likely stumbled across a skincare product branded with “vitamin C,” but do you know why?
In December of 2019, dermatologist Patricia Wexler described vitamin C to Allure as “a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals” that “aids in your skin’s natural regeneration process.” According to Healthline, vitamin C serums are “safe for most skin types,” aid in hydration in brightening, diminish redness and under-eye circles, fight wrinkles and sagging, protect against sun damage, and more.
It seems like, by all accounts, incorporating a vitamin C serum into your skincare routine is the way to go. You can choose a water-based serum or an oil-based serum. As I recently learned from a webinar held by Eminence Organic Skincare, water-based serums absorb into the top layer of your skin and achieve brightening and hydration, whereas oil-based serums reach deeper and act as an anti-aging and UV protection.
There are lots of vitamin C serums on the market. It’s likely your go-to skincare line already sells one. Brands including La Roche-Posay, The Ordinary, Glossier, L’Oreal, Lancome, and others all sell serums.
When applying your vitamin C serum, it’s best to apply your products in this order after you rinse your facial cleanser: toner, vitamin C serum, then your moisturizer. You can use the serum once or twice a day. Also, you can layer an oil-based serum over a water-based serum...just go lightest to heaviest.
Vitamin C serums are great for protecting your skin against UV damage, but don’t forget to use an SPF if you’re spending time outdoors. You can use a facial moisturizer with built-in SPF, or apply a coat of SPF to your face about 30 minutes before you go outside.