Vitamin C is one of the best nutrients for your body as well as your skin. While you should also include it in your diet for good health, in your skincare routine, it can work wonders for your skin’s appearance. Since it’s great for skin hydration, brightening, and promoting collagen production to fight sagging skin, you’ll want to start using it right away.
However, to get the most out of vitamin C serums in your skincare routine, you should make sure you’re using a high quality product that combines Vitamin C with additional antioxidants and humectants. While you don’t need to buy the most expensive serum on the shelf, anything that is priced super-low is probably cutting corners in some way.
Additionally, you’ll want to follow these 4 tips for getting the most from your vitamin C serum.
1. Choose a vitamin C serum with the right packaging
While vitamin C is quite the potent antioxidant, serums that use this ingredient need to protect its potency. It needs to be protected from light and exposure to air, two things that can drastically reduce its effectiveness. The best vitamin C serums will come in dark or opaque bottles to protect this ingredient from degrading with exposure to UV light. They will also have airtight pumps to keep air from withering the effectiveness away. The Fiéra Vitamin C Citrus Stem Cell Serum has all these qualities and is definitely a top pick for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, boosting collagen production, and providing antioxidant protection.
2. Apply it to damp skin
Your vitamin C serum can do its best work when you apply it right after you cleanse your face. For it to effectively soak in where it’s most needed, your skin should be damp. Much like a sponge, your skin will draw in this serum more effectively if it is slightly damp. If it is dry, the vitamin C serum will only sit on top and can’t give you its full benefits.
3. Seal it in with moisturizer
When it comes to skincare, products should be applied from thinnest to thickest. Serum should always go on before your moisturizer. However, serum is not a substitute for the moisturizing step. You want to lock this wonderful ingredient deep into your skin. Immediately after applying that vitamin C serum, smooth on your moisturizer. Vitamin C plays well with most other skincare ingredients though niacinamide may make it less effective, so do watch out for that. We recommend our Apple Stem Cell Cream, which pairs extremely well with our Citrus Stem Cell Serum and enhances results.
4. Use it consistently
If you want to see what vitamin C can do for your skin, you need to use it every day. Don’t hold onto it for a rainy day…even in the proper packaging, it will lose its effectiveness over time which is why you’ll want to promptly use it and make use of it religiously on your face, neck, and chest in your skincare routine.
One Last Thing About Vitamin C Serum…
You’ll also want to use your serum by the use-by date listed on the bottle. If you notice an odd smell or the product has changed color from when you purchased it, it has oxidized and won’t be as beneficial as before.
Now that you know how to make the most of your vitamin C serum, start using it to reap the benefits for your skin!