Choosing the Best Vitamin C Serum for Your Skin

A Vitamin C serum can be a great addition to a skin care regimen.  Selecting the right serum for you depends on what you are looking to achieve.  They are one of the best skin care products to reduce wrinkles and acne scarring and eliminate brown spots.  It’s also a wonderful age preventative and all around skin care nutrient.

Serums are the best choice for oily and acne prone skin types because of their light consistency.  Dry and aging skin types can typically use them along with their favorite moisturizer.  Serums are usually the strongest of Vitamin C skin care products.

You’ll get the best results from your Vitamin C facial treatments by combining them with exfoliation.  The serum works best when it can easily penetrate the skin.  If you don’t exfoliate properly, you have a layer of dead skin cells and debris that inhibit absorption.  Using a facial scrub, microdermabrasion treatment, or glycolic acid skin care products will ensure that your serum can reach live skin and be the most effective.  If you are trying to remove wrinkles and acne scarring, you’ll need to use stronger methods of exfoliation that will remove the first layer of live skin.  A strong Vitamin C serum shouldn’t be used for a few days to a week after a chemical peel.  Mild products however can help your skin heal faster.

If you want to reduce wrinkles and acne scarring, you should try to use the strongest serum available.  These typically have a concentration of around 20% L ascorbic acid.  This level is very effective at improving collagen production and smoothing the skin matrix.  It also has a peeling and exfoliating effect for most individuals because of its acidity.  Most people will experience irritation if they start off using such a strong product.  You need to work your way up by using a mild product for a few weeks beforehand.  Try a serum that contains 10% or less, or a Vitamin C lotion or cream.

You’ll need to use a form of heavy exfoliation, like a glycolic acid peel or professional dermabrasion treatment to remove the damaged, wrinkled, or scarred skin.  Wait for the skin to heal after the exfoliation before using the strong serum.  It shouldn’t be applied to red or peeling skin.  The stronger formulations are ideal once the skin is healed to allow the freshly exposed skin to look as young and smooth as possible.  Repeating the cycle of heavy exfoliation and renewing with Vitamin C is one of the most effective ways to dramatically reduce and remove wrinkles and acne scars.

The process of exfoliation and renewal is also effective in remove age spots and sun damage.  You may not need to use such strong skin care products to alleviate those skin care concerns. Mid strength serum of 10%-15% may do the trick. This regimen is also a great way to prevent wrinkles and brown spots from occurring in the first place.