As people age, their skin tends to start looking a bit dull and sag. It may also exhibit signs of sun damage. A number of companies have developed anti-aging products to help combat these symptoms, many of which contain vitamin C. Understanding how these facial products work will help you determine whether or not they are right for you.
Vitamin C acts like an antioxidant, helping to prevent cell damage from compounds called free radicals. It may also help limit damage from the sun, including discoloration and fine lines or wrinkles, and help the body produce more of the collagen that’s necessary to keep the facial skin looking tight and firm.
Choosing a Serum
Not all serums are created equal. It’s best to look for vitamin C serums that contain at least 10 percent vitamin C if you’re just getting started using this type of serum or with a higher concentration of up to 20 percent after your skin has gotten used to the effects of the serum. Those who have dry skin may want to opt for a serum that contains another compound, called hyaluronic acid, as well because this compound helps draw water into the skin.
While it may sound like a simple thing to apply a serum, there are actually some tips on using facial serums that can help make them even more effective. For example, the main thing that makes a difference is the order in which creams and serums are applied. Because serums are meant to go deep down into the skin, they should be applied after the face has been washed and allowed to dry, but before any moisturizer or makeup is applied. This is because otherwise the moisturizer or makeup will interfere with the absorption of the serum due to the coating effect they have.
Improving the Results
Those who have particularly dry skin may want to use a serum with hyaluronic acid for the daytime and one with vitamin C for the nighttime, but either way, be sure to follow up with a moisturizer as otherwise, the vitamin C’s exfoliating effect may dry out the skin a bit. You’ll get even more beneficial effects from these serums if you use a moisturizer that contains at least some sunscreen. The vitamin C serum can help make this sunscreen even more effective, making skin damage from the sun even less likely.