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What to look for in a Vitamin C serum

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Vitamin C has long been regarded as the gold standard for topical vitamin serums. They do not come cheaply, so it’s important to know what to look for in a serum so that you are getting your money’s worth!

But first, what are the benefits of Vitamin C?

Thanks to extensive research, we know that topical Vitamin C works as an anti-inflammatory that can reverse sun damage. It’s a powerful antioxidant that also can increase collagen production. These two properties create a one-two punch that can knock aging off track.

When buying Vitamin C products, you want to look and make sure it’s in the form that is easily utilized by the skin. That form is Ascorbic Acid. This form is the strongest and most effective, but can cause irritation to those with sensitive skin. Other forms, including ascorbic esters and ascorblyl palmitate are much weaker and aren’t nearly as useful to the skin.

The chemical make-up of ascorbic acid that makes it so effective is also what makes it unstable. That’s why it is necessary that the packaging be dark, so as to filter UV rays. And it should be in a small mouthed container or air-tight pump. This is because ascorbic acid oxidizes very quickly.

Our favorite Vitamin C product is the 15% Vitamin C Serum from Glo Therapeutics. It has all of the above properties and without being highly irritating. Regular use will result in more youthful, brighter skin.

Stop by The Gilded Girl to find out how you can incorporate Vitamin C into your regimen!

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  • Elizabeth Quesnelle
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