In this post, I’ll attempt to break down any related chemistry jargons and hopefully highlight the benefits of vitamin C for your skin. This post will be a combination of what I’ve learned in school and information sourced from notes from Oregon State University. I’ll also highlight what you should know before adding it to your skincare and then briefly share my own experience since I added it to my skincare routine. Permit me if I ramble on this one, okay? (This post contains some affiliate links)
Last week I posted a picture on Instagram captioned “Vitamin C or Vitamin-oops-C?“. I thought it was funny that I was reacting to Vitamin C serum until I started reading up on it. If you’re new to my blog, my skin is fairly stubborn. Finding products that work for my skin is a hurdle and that’s how I became a skincare junkie and developed a passion for everything skincare; hence this blog 🙂
Anyways, lets cut to the chase…..
I talked about Serums and the benefits in THIS POST when I first included it in my routine sometime in May. If you read it, you know that Vitamin C serums are meant to deliver a high concentration of vitamin C to your skin.
There are lots of electrons constantly in motion in our body. They love to move in pairs. Things happen that leave these electrons single. Since they are fond of moving in pairs, the single electrons are not happy; they become very reactive and aggressive. (Nobody really likes the single life, huh?). These single unpaired electrons are called Free radicals- the one you hear about a lot. An “antioxidant” is generous and donates an electron to a free radical to prevent it from being too reactive.
The skin has three layers; Vitamin C is normally found in high levels in the top two layers of the skin (dermis and epidermis).
To prevent these negative reactions, it is important to start out with lower concentrations. If you haven’t used vitamin C previous, start out with products containing lower concentrations and build your way up. Use vitamin C for some weeks before going up in the concentration level. Also, do not use it every day as this may be too much for your skin to handle if you are just starting out.
I was reading about ingredients to hydrate my skin because I felt my skin has been mad thirsty lately. I ended up wanting to try out serums starting with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C as these two seemed like the perfect pair. The problem was that I assumed both would work great for my skin especially since I was purchasing all natural kinds. I bought these two and started using them simultaneously (BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER).
I should’ve known better. Anyways, within a few weeks, I had rashes all over my face. It was awful! My skin’s texture was very rough. I knew the rashes were from overdosing on the vitamin C serums because: 1) I had never used them before. 2) I jumped right into using more than one in high concentrations from the get to.
I had to completely stop using both products to let my skin recover from the
trauma reaction. And it has; the texture of my skin is pretty much back to where it was prior to using the product. So, I am reintroducing it slowly, few times per week just to ease my skin back to it.
To wrap this up, the vitamin C serum that I Love and have heard a lot about is the Vitamin C Serum from Mad Hippie. ($33 on Mad Hippe and $31 on Amazon ). If you search for it on google, you’d find it about $4 bucks cheaper on a couple of natural and wellness stores.
This serum uses a form of Vitamin C called Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate. it is one of the most stable forms of the vitamin (so there’s less oxidation and irritation). It also includes Ferulic Acid, Konjac Root Powder, Grapefruit, Chamomile and Clay Sage.
I’d love to know what your experiences are with serums in general. Leave me a comment! Don’t forget to share and spread the love 🙂