🌞AM or🌛PM? When is the Best Time to Apply Your Vitamin C Serum?
By now, you’ve probably heard of the holy grail beauty product, vitamin C. Great for brightening skin, healing damages caused by external factors, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, and stimulating collagen production, what can’t it do? We are now taking a deep dive into all its amazing benefits and answering the burning question, “When is the best time to apply it?”.
You may have thought you knew everything you needed to know about vitamin C, but we’re here to tell you to forget all that! Well, except for all its skin boosting benefits like repairing signs of aging, promoting collagen production, and brightening dull skin. The rule where vitamin C must be applied in the mornings? Yeah, forget that one. Along with when to apply this beneficial ingredient, where also sharing why you should start incorporating it into your skincare routine ASAP.
Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C, otherwise known as ascorbic acid, is a key component of collagen that is found in many foods and supplements as well as skin care products. When applied topically, it functions as a powerhouse antioxidant and collagen producer. Its antioxidant properties encourage the protection of your skin from damaging free radicals that cause wrinkles, fine lines, and sunspots. As a collagen producer, vitamin C boosts elastin production, ensuring an even skin tone and smooth texture while working to minimize and diminish the signs of aging. Vitamin C has also been shown to reduce inflammation, fade hyperpigmentation and prevent UV damage. Honestly, what can’t this miracle ingredient do?
When Is the Best Time—Morning or Night?
Drum roll, please...for the best possible results, we recommend applying your favorite vitamin C serum at night! Why? While many dermatologists and skin care experts sing the praises of applying vitamin C in the morning to prevent damage during the day, new research has since come out proving otherwise. In this study, researchers found that UV damage may continue hours after being exposed to the sun. Douglas E. Brash, a senior research scientist at Yale School of Medicine and a lead scientist on this study stated, “When you go to the beach and sunlight hits your arm, it makes the kind of DNA damage that causes melanoma mutations within a second,” further saying, "This is so fast that about all you can do is prevent it with sunscreen or a hat, or hope that your body repairs the damage afterward. We discovered that in addition to this instantaneous damage, the cells continue to make DNA damage for hours afterward.” By incorporating vitamin C into our nighttime routine, our skin should be able to fight the post sun effects as well as protect our skin from sun damage into the next day.
How to Use Vitamin C
When choosing the correct form of vitamin C for your skincare routine, our experts prefer a serum to get the most bang for your buck. Because of their thinner consistency, vitamin C serums are able to penetrate deep below the surface of your skin. After cleansing at night and before moisturizing, apply only a drop or two of product. A little bit of serum goes a long way, as your skin can only absorb a certain amount of vitamin C a day. Follow with your favorite moisturizer to lock in all the skin boosting benefits. Avoid using vitamin C with products that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or retinol to avoid redness and sensitivity.
Our Favorite Vitamin C Products
Here’s the lowdown on our most favorite vitamin C serums:
Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum
Made with a potent, 20% concentration of vitamin C, this serum is a favorite among many in the beauty community for obvious reasons. This oil- and fragrance-free serum promises users instant and long-term results such as boosting collagen production, evening skin tone and brightening dark spots.
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil
SUNDAY RILEYC.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil
This face oil packs a punch! Combining an advanced form of vitamin C with turmeric and evening primrose oil, Sunday Riley’s C.E.O. Glow Face Oil promises to brighten dark spots, improve dullness and uneven texture and hydrate dryness to leave your skin glowing.
Korres Wild Rose 15% Vitamin C Spotless Serum
If you’re looking to brighten and improve the overall appearance of your skin, you’ve come to the right place in choosing Korres powerful serum. This facial oil is light and smells amazing while working hard to tone and smooth out any imperfections for a glowy, luminous complexion.
Whether you choose to pack on the vitamin C in the AM or PM, it’s important to keep in mind the concentration you’re using on your skin. For higher concentrations, once per day application is all you will need. If the product has a lower concentration of vitamin C, try incorporating it into your morning and nighttime skin routine. Have you ever used a vitamin C based product? When did you see the best results—morning or night?
pre + post Halloween-Makeup skincare routine
Hi!! With halloween around the corner and face paints and heavy makeup inevitable, I wanted to share some products that I think would be helpful to making sure your skin stays safe and protected under makeup, and things to do post makeup to minimize irritation and acne. Besides your normal routine, here are some things you can add! Obviously I don’t suggest adding all these things in one day, but if you have some of these and you know they work for you, try it out! My skin type: sensitive, acne-prone, rosacea, combo My skin concern: redness, hyperpigmentation Pre Halloween Skincare: + FARMACY - Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask this is one of my favorite hydrating masks; it has a warming effect and it’s very healing. The antioxidants can protect from free radicals and provide a quick moisture barrier recovery. Use it very lightly and it washes off SO well. Smells a bit like honey. + FARMACY - Deep Sweep this toner is absolutely heavenly, it’s great for preparing your skin for incoming acne and clearing up oily skin and extra sebum. Not a lot of fragrance, which is great. This is perfect for halloween because salicylic acid is a bit photosensitive, but at night time there and under masks there is very little that could go wrong in that sense. + romer - romer Treat this product is fairly new to me, but I am very excited about it. It’s a moisturizer/treatment combo, so you can leave it on or wash it off as a mask. I prefer to leave it on; it’s very soothing and rich, so it hydrates my skin so well. Smells very fresh and also a bit like fruit! It’s made with niacinamide and prickly pear, so it’s nourishing as well as a little clarifying. Post Halloween Skincare: + PLANT APOTHECARY - Not A Spot Acne Treatment Mask you know how you can FEEL acne coming after a long day of wearing makeup or sweating or whatever? This mask is perfect for it! I usually use this as a spot treatment unless my skin is really bad - it can be drying on normal or dry skin. If you’re oily or combo, just use sparingly. It’s a powder so you have to follow the directions and mix it with water (or your favorite serum or essence or toner), I usually just do water, and then it’s like a paste! Not much of a smell, but I do like the gentleness of it. + SNP - Cicaronic Sheet Mask after acne masks or clay masks, I like to follow up with a hydrating sheet mask to soothe and calm my skin. This one is perfect - made with centella asiatica aka cica - and the sheet mask actually fits my face for the first time ever! This will add some hydration back into your skin post acne/clay mask and prep for the rest of your routine. Smells like fresh cut grass!
My hydration boosters
Emergency beauty treatments ✅ Hydrating ✅ Nourishing ✅ Soothing ✅ Replenishing These masks rescue our fatigued and sensitised skin by stress and external stressors LANEIGE - Water Sleeping Mask ￼￼￼light weight 💦- it’s GLORIOUS ( I use this under my make up as moisturiser during winter months). It spreads and absorbs beautifully on skin ￼￼￼lovely smell (‼️ fragrance in skincare can be irritating to some of you sweeties should you have eczema or history of allergic reactions to perfumes/deodorants) 💡 I use this mask twice every week as the last step after moisturiser during winter. In a warm weather, I apply this once weekly as mask or sometimes as my primary moisturiser. I refrigerate it as well - upon application, it bursts into a refreshing surge of cooling soothing hydration Kiehl's - Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask ￼￼￼heavier and slightly sticky texture, compared to the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, but still lightweight. It has a translucent yellowish gel like consistency ￼￼￼delicate fresh herbal smell 💡I use this mask not as often I do Laneige, mostly after exfoliating or waxing my skin, or when my skin just feels blahhh 🙄 and dull. I keep this lovely sweetie in the fridge as well. Kiehl's - Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Mask ￼￼￼smooth creamy pistachio-coloured paste, a tad heaiver than a typical facial cream texture ￼￼￼delightful smell - minty orange scent 💡I use this mask every two weeks or so, as an overnight mask, to renew my unhealthy looking skin due to environmental aggressors. In a typical routine when I include this mask, I skip my mmoisturiser, and active serum; and apply this mask after toner. I use this mask more often during summer, to regulate my oily T-zone.
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flamingo - flamingo Daily Moisturizing Lotion flamingo - flamingo Deep Nourishing Cream flamingo - Light Hydrating Spray & BEYOND GLOW, AQUA BOOST CREAM the biggest thank you to @cheriefor this AMAZING cherie creator happy hour swag box!! the box also came with a personalised note, the cutest crew neck, a face mask and stickers! I can’t wait to be repping cherie 🥰 with the winter months fast approaching all 4 of these products will be amazing for my skin to keep it hydrated and glowing ! keep an eye out for reviews on all of these products soon loves!
A quick Cheat guide to choosing the right Acid ✨
I find this Flowchart to be a cheat guide to start with your Chemical exfoliation routin. 😊✨ Exfoliation is one of the steps in your skin care routine that can elevate your current routine from good to great. So often I find my skin starting to feel a little bit dull, and I realize that I have been leaving out exfoliation. When I wake up after a night that I have applied a chemical exfoliant, (I really like The Ordinary’s 7% Glycolic Acid, Sunday Riley's Good Genes) The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes All in One Lactic Acid Treatment I notice my skin has a much more rested and fresh look. Also, my skin has that 'Glass skin' look and feel. My textural irregularities get even and my skin tone is evened out! Some of the skin concerns that exfoliation is great for targeting include: 🌻Enlarged pores 🌻Uneven skin tone/Hyperpigmentation 🌻Rough skin texture 🌻Fine lines So… back to the big question: ✨What does exfoliate mean? Skin is consistently renewing its cells, by shedding its surface layer. When dead skin cells are flushed away and a fresh layer of cells comes to the surface, the new layer is younger and smoother in appearance. This process is frequent in younger skin, however slows with age. The process of exfoliating is advancing the process of removing dead skin cells and revealing the fresh new layer of healthy skin either physically or chemically. Physical exfoliators are granular, using natural beads or crystals that are rubbed on the skin, sloughing away the dead cells on the top layer of skin. Chemical exfoliants work by targeting the bonds between cells, breaking these bonds, allowing the dead skin cells to break away. Chemical exfoliation is able to penetrate deeper into the skin, targeting congestion that is associated with clogged pores leading to acne. In short exfoliation simply means to shed away dead skin cells with the help of a product. Want to know which exfoliating acids are best for your skin? Follow through the flowchart in Image above to figure out which is best for you! Here are some options/products I love and you can choose from: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes All in One Lactic Acid Treatment The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA NATURIUM - BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2% The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Masque THE inkey LIST - Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gentle Exfoliating Toner TULA SKINCARE - Pro-Glycolic 10% Resurfacing Toner Allies of Skin - Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum
Ingredients Breakdown: Lancôme Best Seller💕
Heyyy guys! Today I want to share my favorite toner with you:💕 Lancôme Confort Tonique!! 💕 Here's the information I got from my dermatologist. Ingredients: 💕 Butylene Glycol: Butylene Glycol used in many self-care products, like shampoo, lotion, masks, cosmetics, etc. It is included in formulas for these types of products because it adds moisture and conditions hair and skin. Here are three major uses of butylene glycol. 🐝 Firstly, butylene glycol is a viscosity-decreasing agent. It makes other ingredients less likely to stick together, giving makeup and self-care products a fluid and even consistency. 🐝 Secondly, butylene glycol is a conditioning agent. Conditioning agents are ingredients that add a layer of softness or improved texture to your hair or skin. 🐝 Thirdly, solvents are ingredients that maintain a liquid consistency in a chemical compound. They help active ingredients that could become gritty or clumpy stay dissolved. 🐝 Butylene glycol benefits for acne： Butylene glycol is in made for people who have acne. It isn’t the active ingredient that treats acne in these products. The moisturizing and solvent properties in butylene glycol could make these products right for you. 💕 Sweet Almond Protein: Hydrolyzed sweet almond protein is a protein extracted from almonds that has been liquefied. It acts as a protective and moisturizing agent. In cleansing products, it reduces skin irritation and improves skin tolerability. 💕 Honey: Honey speeds up your skin cells’ healing processes. If you have blemishes or an eczema outbreak, honey that’s unpasteurized could speed healing and reduce inflammation. Manuka honey is so effective at healing wounds quickly that it’s now used by doctors in clinical settings 💕 Sodium Hyaluronate: Sodium hyaluronate has moisturizing benefits when applied topically to skin tissue. No injections are required. In addition, it mimics hyaluronic acid produced naturally by the body. It's non-irritating to skin and is usually well tolerated even by people with sensitive skin. It also has the ability to penetrate into deeper layers of the skin, and also attracts and binds water. This effect can plump the skin, thus reducing the look of wrinkles and making skin younger-looking ✨ Overall, I highly recommend this product to you, especially if you have dry skin!! ✨
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