Skincare Shopping – Vitamin C

If you’ve recently been shopping for skincare, (or even in the last decade) you will see that there is no shortage of anti-aging ingredients and products on the market.

But how do you know which one to go for?

With various marketing and ‘this month’s best sellers’ it’s hard to know where to even start. Many products claim to give you the results, but do they actually work?

Do you actually ‘see’ or ‘feel’ a difference?

Many of my clients explain how they have bought numerous products and spent uncountable amounts of money, and nothing ever works…. Until now!

Let me introduce to you, Vitamin C!

There are FOUR main skin benefits of Vitamin C:

1. It boosts collagen! Collagen is responsible for how firm and youthful our skin feels and looks, and Vitamin C is needed for its production.

2. It protects the skin from free radical damage! Vitamin C is an amazing antioxidant and an extraordinary detoxifier known to neutralize oxidative stress on your skin.

3. It brightens and evens skin tone! Vitamin C acts as a booster to our body’s most powerful antioxidant- ‘’Glutathione’’ which is responsible for balancing our skin’s pigment levels.

4. It strengthens capillary walls! Vitamin C maintains blood vessel integrity through the production of a compound found in our cells, which is responsible for strong tissue growth.

So, how do you know ‘which’ vitamin c serum to choose?

When chosing a vitamin C product, it is ESSENTIAL to ensure it is a cosmeceutical’’ serum, not a ‘’cosmetic’ serum. A ‘’Cosmeceutical’’ serum has the active ingredients to CHANGE your skin, and these changes will be backed by clinical evidence.

When applied topically, a Cosmeceutical has the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin. It is here that collagen, elastin and cellular activity take place within the skin.

A ‘’cosmetic’’ serum will effectively maintain your skin by providing temporary results on the surface. It may contain active ingredients, and vitamin C, however these ingredients will be at a low concentration (hence the lower price!) Cosmetic products are widely accessible, available from supermarkets, department stores and salons. Often, Cosmeceutical products are restricted to professional skin care suppliers where a consultation can be provided.

Here at Luminiere, we use ‘’SkinCeuticals’’, which is an American Cosmeceutical brand. We have had some amazing visible results and I whole heartily believe in their products.

The number 1 top vitamin C serum that I would recommend, would be the SkinCeuticals ‘’C E Ferulic”. Clients that I have introduced this product to cannot live without it! A definite MUST in everyone’s anti-aging skin care regime!