Vitamin C is a superstar when it comes to the health of your skin. It brightens, protects, and helps to minimize signs of aging. That said, choosing a good vitamin C serum can be tricky because there are so many out there on the market. Read below to understand what to look for when it comes to choosing an effective vitamin C serum.
1. Form of Vitamin C
There are many different forms of Vitamin C, L-ascorbic acid is the most effective and bioavailable form for the skin. It penetrates the skin easily and promotes collagen synthesis.
2. Concentration of Vitamin C
The concentration of vitamin C is a critical factor when it comes to choosing a good serum. Look for a product that contains a concentration of 10-20%. This concentration is at optimal effectiveness without causing irritation. Concentrations that are higher may be irritating to skin. Note that those with very sensitive skin may need to look for concentrations lower than 10%.
3. Additional antioxidants
Look for a vitamin C serum that is enriched with other antioxidants that enhance the effect of vitamin C. Two in particular include ferulic acid and vitamin E, which work with vitamin C to boost its effectiveness and provide enhanced protection against free radicals and environmental damage.
Vitamin C is highly sensitive to light, air, and heat as these factors can degrade its potency. Look for glass bottles with dark packaging.
Investing in a high quality vitamin C is a must when it comes to taking care of your skin and understanding what to look for is a crucial first step.
Sarah-Kate Rems, NP - Medical Aesthetics