Skincare Series. Step 1: Vitamin C – The Antioxidant

Vitamin C

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been getting more and more into skincare. Amazing makeup is all well and good, but it should enhance the skin and not hide it! Amazing skin is the key to having flawless makeup and I’m always on the hunt for the perfect skincare routine. I’m pretty happy with it currently and have seen a drastic difference in my skin, so I wanted to share it with you all. Here you go… this is step 1, vitamin C!

Apparently:

When added to your daily routine, vitamin C provides a range of benefits, from evening out your skin tone, shielding skin from the visible impacts of pollution, significantly improving hydration, and keeping your skin looking younger, longer!

Oooo yes, just what I need! I have been meaning to get my hands on a decent vitamin C product as I’ve known of the benefits for a while now. There are so many products on the market (most of which are not effective despite whacking “Vitamin C” on the front so I had to do a bit of research beforehand and thought I would share this with you all!) I finally settled on a brand called “Skinceuticals” CE Ferulic Acid.

The Skinceuticals CE Ferulic is said to “enhance protection against environmental damage caused by free radicals that can contribute to atmospheric aging”… translation… I *think* what this means is it protects against things in the environment that can contribute towards aging, such as the sun, pollutants, etc. I actually did use this a lot when I was younger and did see a noticeable difference but then stopped using it.

The name C E Ferulic comes from the 3 major ingredients in this concoction: 15% pure vitamin C (also known as L absorbic acid), 1% vitamin E and 0.5% Ferulic acid.

If you want to get geeky with me I’ll let you know that Skinceuticals actually hold a patent for the PH level in any product of this nature… optimal PH level for a vitamin C to be truly effective is below 3.5 PH and Skinceuticals patent inhibits any other similar formula from having a PH between 2.5 and 3!

Vitamin C increases moisture content, and actually prevents moisture loss – which is one of the key reasons we age!

Vitamin C can also pretty much lose its potency quickly when it is exposed to light and air (oxidises), hence why a lot of moisturisers claiming that they include vitamin C will have little to no benefit and when choosing a vitamin C serum, you’ll want to go for one in an airtight container or one in a dark blue or amber coloured bottle so as to not get spoiled by sunlight and oxygen, some stability tests have shown that CE Ferulic still remains 88% potent even a year after its been opened… good news (cos this stuff is PRICEY!!)

This product is directed to be used in the morning only – that’s because it actually continues to protect the skin for 72 hours after application. So no need to top it up in the evening!

This is now Step 1 in my skincare routine in the mornings. I add about 4 drops to my face (you can also add some to your neck and chest if you wish to!) and let it absorb for as long as possible before adding my next few steps.

Oh by the way, it does smell a bit weird, but that’s with all potent vitamin C serums I’ve found.

Bottom line:

– This vitamin C serum helps neutralize free radicals induced by UVA/UVB, infrared radiation (IRA), and ozone pollution (O3), which may lead to visible signs of accelerated skin aging.
– It increases water content in the skin (something I’m always contending with cos I’m guilty of not drinking enough water!)
– It’ll help with brightening the skins complexion, and minimise wrinkles and loss of firmness by protecting you from all the nasties out there. Yay!

Where to buy it:

Now I did mention that this stuff was pricey!? I bought it for £110 but I notice its a little cheaper on Amazon via this seller. To be honest, for me at my age (34), it’s worth it to look after my skin now for the long term. My skin looks and feels a lot better, meaning makeup applies much more flawlessly and quite frankly I need less cake facing!!

Do you guys use a Vitamin C serum in your skincare routine? If so, which one?

I hope you all enjoyed this little review / info thingy. Writing isn’t something I’m massively accustomed to!

Much love,
Manisha x

This post contains affiliate links. However all opinions are true and my own.

2 Comments

  1. Isha
    June 17, 2019 / 4:33 pm

    I use the Vitmin C frim The Ordinary and it has really helped in brighteneing my skin tone. Highly recommended!!

    • thelondonbeautystylist
      Author
      August 5, 2019 / 2:48 pm

      Its amazing what Vitamin C can do. Totally an underrated product!

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