We have learned since childhood that our bodies require daily amounts of vitamins and minerals. We eat our veggies, take our Flinstone's vitamins and have a glass of orange juice as part of a balanced breakfast. #justsaynotoscurvy
So, is it a surprise to know that these same vitamins are also great for our skin? There's Retinol or Vitamin A. Retinol helps everything from acne to wrinkles. We all know Vitamin D helps heal scars and builds strength in hair and nails. And then there is Vitamin C.
Vitamin C helps rebuild collagen and it's antioxidant properties protect your skin from free radicals. This is especially important when the Utah air gets a little on the chunky side. There are even studies that suggest Vitamin C helps to repair sun (UV) damage.
Vitamin C also leaves your skin looking and feeling beautiful. Almost immediately you will feel and see a difference. Your skin will feel softer, look clearer and more bright. If healthy, glowing skin is what you are after—and aren't we all?—then Vitamin C needs to be in your life.
Because you are going for concentration of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), I would suggest either a serum or a Vitamin C treatment. Cleansers and moisturizers may not have the concentration to give you those immediate and, over time, most effective results. And, not to sound macabre, but your treatment should have a little "bite" to it; it will sting.
If you have sensitive skin, I would suggest you talk to a dermatologist before using. I don't have sensitive skin at all and I still only use my Vitamin C treatment a couple of times a week. But it is still active enough for me to see amazing results.
Good Vitamin C treatments are going to be a little spendy but you're only using a little at a time a few times a week. It's worth the splurge. Here are a couple recommendations, but don't be afraid to experiment and see what works for you.
Lumene Vitamin C+ Age Defying Radiant Beauty Drops (Walgreens, Ulta $19.99)
Ole Henricksen Truth Serum (Sephora $15-$72.00)
Trish McEvoy Vitamin C Cream (Nordstrom or trishmcevoy.com $75.50)