I always reach for a high dose of Vitamin C if I’m feeling under the weather and it is certainly well documented that it is a great supplement to consume for immunity and health. But does that translate into being good for your skin? I was very skeptical when I first started exploring it, but the research convinced me that this vitamin really is a wonder ingredient in skincare. According to New York dermatologist Dr Patrica Wexler, putting Vitamin C on your skin (“applying topically”) is 20 times more potent than taking it orally (as quoted on CNN.com), so what does it actually do?
Here’s what it does:
What to look for:
Many skincare products will use L-Ascorbic Acid which is a good Vitamin C and has the benefits described above. However, it is water soluble and very unstable – oxidizes very quickly. In Bella Virtu Organics Vitamin C Serum we use Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate. This is an oil-based form of vitamin C which is much more stable and more importantly is able to go deeper into the layers of the skin. It is converted by the body into L-Ascorbic Acid right where it needs to do its job.
How to use a Vitamin C Serum:
Use after cleansing (and toning if you use toner) but before moisturizing or applying sunscreen. As a rule of thumb always use the thinner (runnier) products before thicker (more viscous) products. The oil will absorb deep into the skin, and then if you feel you still need a moisturizer then that will seal the skin and hold in the hydration.
I hope this has helped you understand the benefits of Vitamin C for your skin, and that you enjoy using Bella Virtu Vitamin C Serum. Let me know!
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