If you’re in the market for a new vitamin C serum, you might be overwhelmed by all the possibilities. From percentages to texture, there can be a lot to consider. Here, we’re breaking down how three different formulas compare to make the decision a little easier.
Vitamin C is a staple skin care ingredient for a myriad of reasons. Because it’s an antioxidant, it works overtime to protect your skin from free radicals and potential skin damage. With prolonged and consistent use, it can brighten and even your complexion, fade hyperpigmentation and dark spots, increase collagen production, and strengthen the skin’s barrier.
Despite its many pros, the ingredient can be a tricky one for newbies, however. Not only does it not play well with other strong ingredients like acids, but it can be irritating on sensitive skin, and depending on the formulation, needs to be stored in a very particular way.
Don’t get intimidated, though. To answer your questions about using vitamin C, we created this handy guide.
Once you’re versed in vitamin C 101 it’s time to choose the right formulation for you. Read on below to find out.
Liquid vitamin C formulas are best stored in dark, cool, and dry areas. This is because of oxidization, a natural chemical reaction that takes place over time. Once the formula has oxidized, it looses efficacy. If you’ve been turned off by vitamin C serums in the past for this reason, then a powder form of the ingredient could be for you.
Meet the Neogen Real Vita C Powder Lemon. The powdered formula, designed to be mixed into your favorite toner or essence, won’t oxidize no matter where you store it and contains 17% ascorbic acid (pure vitamin C), so it’s highly effective.
Another pro of the powder formula is that its vitamin C concentration is less harsh on skin than it would be in liquid form.
Bottom line, we’d recommend this formula to those with sensitive skin, people who live in humid environments, want to travel with their vitamin C, and those looking for an intermediate-level vitamin C product.
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With 17% ascorbic acid, we called the Neogen powder an intermediate vitamin C product. With 20.5% ascorbic acid, the COSRX Triple C Lightning Liquid is more advanced. If you’re no stranger to vitamin C or if you suspect that it’s time to move up to a higher concentration, then this is the product for you.
The serum’s high chemical concentration means that you’ll get faster and more dramatic results than you would with other products. It’s perfect for the seasonsed skin care user looking to target hyperpigmentation, sun spots, or melasma quickly and effectively.
The Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum contains 5% vitamin C. Not only does that mean it’s a gentler option for beginners, but for sensitive skin types.
Though it has a lower concentration of vitamin C than the products listed above, it still offers plenty of benefits. Try this formula if you are looking to brighten and even your overall complexion, as well as prevent signs of aging from forming. It features other superstar ingredients like centella asiatica and yuja extract, both of which will help increase the brightening effects and fight acne and inflammation.
If you’re wondering about the long-term effects of this particular serum, check out how one reader faded her melasma in under a year here.
Adding a vitamin C product to your routine doesn’t have to be complicated. When choosing the right product, consider your skin type, concerns, and your lifestyle.