If you’ve read my latest entry on Vitamin C in skincare, you may very well consider yourself a beginner's level expert by now. You know what Vitamin C is, what exactly it does for your skin, and even the potential risks of misusing products containing Vitamin C. In this entry today, I will reveal even more shocking truth about Vitamin C that will transform you into an all-knowing expert in one of the trickiest skincare ingredients to use.
The tale of a needy bitch
So the thing about Vitamin C is, the bitch is as needy as she is fragile. Not that there is anything wrong with being needy and wanting attention, cuz I’m all for reaching out for support when you need it. But anyways. In order to travel through the layers of the skin and deliver her goodness to you, Vitamin C needs to have one or a few travel companions. At night, she likes to travel with Vitamin E; and together they repair the skin cells for you while you’re sleeping. In the morning, she likes to invite Sunscreen to the duo, so they can all build a strong barrier for your skin against the sun. Additionally, in order to guarantee smooth sailing for all of them, the pH level of the skin needs to be below 4, and the structure of the vitamin C herself needs to be modified in such a way that limits oxidization while still providing all the intended benefits to the skin. That’s why there are so many different vitamin c products out there with different compositions, with some being more well-formulated than others. And because the structure of our skin varies, which affects the penetration ability of topical skincare, some products may work for one person but not another.
But okay hold your horses before you decide to buy any Vitamin C skincare products
Because chances are that you might not need one after all. Or at least not as much as beauty brands tell you. In line with my motto that beauty comes from within, scientists deem the delivery of Vitamin C through the blood stream much more important than topical application. In fact, oral supplement of Vitamin C has a much better chance at reaching the deepest layers of the skin to give you that no-highlighter glow from within. Studies have shown that the level of vitamin C in one’s skin rises with the introduction of a more Vitamin C supplement to their diet. This suggests that you can get better skin by eating incorporating more food that contains high levels of Vitamin C to your diet. Some of my fav Vitamin C munchies are strawberries, citrussy fruit juice, and dark veggies like broccoli. Once the level of Vitamin C is saturated, applying topical Vitamin C can no longer have an effect on the skin’s Vitamin C content.
Knowing this now, would you rather snack on berries that will 100% do good for your skin, or let your bank account crash over an expensive serum that might potentially irritate the shit out of you?
I hate to say that the answer is not that simple. Considering the rate at which our ozone layer is thinning, thereby increasing our exposure to harmful UV rays, it’s likely that we need to up our Vitamin C game after all. So here’s what we need to do:
- Try to eat less meat
- Bring our own bag when we’re doing groceries
- Shop vintage
Now that we have taken the first steps to reduce our own carbon footprint on the ozone layer, here are a few environmental-friendly Vitamin C products that you might want to try out.
JÁSÖN C-EFFECTS Hyper-C Serum
This was the first time I’d ever used a Vitamin C serum, and I was lucky it turned out surprising satisfying. It came in a pump bottle so it was super hygienic, and I could control the amount I needed every time. And I only needed a little FYI, because it spread and sank in my skin really easily. The concept of acne scars became non existent to me, and my skin started to glow a lot more. Another thing I loved about this product is that JÁSÖN is a cruelty-free brand that says no to animal testing and potentially harmful ingredients.
Innisfree Whitening Pore Synergy Serum
This one that I’m actually using right now is technically not a Vitamin C product, but it does the same tricks, probably even better. It’s also super gentle on the skin, as most Innisfree products are, so perfect for anyone with sensitive skin who is wary of the potency of a Vitamin C serum. This serum is made with Tangerine Peels from the island of Jeju in South Korea, which contributes to the light citrus smell of the product. The texture feels fresh and soothing on the skin, making me reminiscent my peaceful days on Jeju island .
Congratulations! You are now a Vitamin C Master. I hope that with this new knowledge, you will be able to better take care of yourself. For your convenience, I've made a lil' pocket guide on Vitamin C. You're welcome ♥
Stay sweet you sugar baby!
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