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Vitamin C for Different Skin Types

TAGS: VITAMIN C SERUM, SKIN DISCOLORATION, EYE SERUM, ANTIOXIDANT SERUM, FACE SERUM

Vitamin C for Different Skin Types

  1. What is an antioxidant?
  2. A closer look at vitamin C
  3. What is ferulic acid?
  4. Normal, dry, and combination skin types
  5. Normal, oily and combination skin types
  6. All skin types

Vitamin C is a key skincare ingredient for all types of skin. An essential step in any morning regimen, vitamin C serum helps protect skin from environmental damage (especially when used in conjunction with sunscreen) and this hard-working product can help improve a variety of skin concerns as well. The best, most effective vitamin C serum can also depend on your skin type—but first, it’s important to understand what an antioxidant is and how vitamin C works.

1. What is an antioxidant?

Before moving forward into the nitty gritty of vitamin c, we must first answer: what are antioxidants? Antioxidants are compounds that neutralize free radicals, which are unstable molecules that are generated by UV rays and pollution, as well as lifestyle factors like cigarette smoking. Free radicals are highly reactive and cause damage to cells in the skin (and the entire body). Without antioxidant protection for the skin, free-radical damage can contribute to visible signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, loss of skin firmness, and potentially skin cancer. Different combinations of antioxidants are often found in skincare products, since these compounds help each other perform better.

2. A closer look at vitamin C

Vitamin C can go by several names when used in skincare products, but the purest, most widely studied, and most effective is L-ascorbic acid. Based on this scientific research, SkinCeuticals only uses L-ascorbic acid in its vitamin C serum offerings, as research has shown it provides the greatest level of protection against free-radical damage caused by environmental assaults like UV rays, infrared radiation (IRA), pollution, and lifestyle factors, while delivering other benefits such as stimulating collagen production plus improvement in visible signs of aging like wrinkles, skin laxity, and skin discoloration as well. All of SkinCeuticals’ topical vitamin C serums feature L-ascorbic acid, but each formula is tailored for specific skin types and concerns with the addition of other antioxidants.

3. What is ferulic acid?

Another key antioxidant, ferulic acid is naturally found in numerous plants, including grains, fruits, and vegetables. Over time, research has proved that this ingredient’s powerful antioxidant capabilities that help neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals in the upper layers of skin, which is why a face serum with ferulic acid can provide significant anti-aging benefits. Studies have also found that ferulic acid enhances the antioxidant benefits of L-ascorbic acid, which is why this ingredient is included in several of SkinCeuticals’ topical antioxidants.

4. Normal, dry, and combination skin types

​C E Ferulic® is recommended for normal and dry skin. This daily vitamin C serum is a valuable addition to any morning skincare regimen. Featuring L-ascorbic acid, ferulic acid, and tocopherol (vitamin E), this topical antioxidant provides superior environmental protection as it offers visible anti-aging benefits, including improvement in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, dullness, and uneven skin tone. Who doesn't want to rid their skin of all these issues? SkinCeuticals tip: For the most extensive environmental protection, it’s best to pair our antioxidant serum C E Ferulic® with sunscreen each and every day, and we offer tinted and sheer fluid formulations that work well for normal, dry, and combination skin.

5. Normal, oily and combination skin types

For those with normal and oily skin, Skinceuticals recommends the face serum Phloretin CF. This daytime vitamin C serum is also formulated with L-ascorbic acid and ferulic acid, but the addition of an antioxidant called phloretin makes it unique. Derived from apples, pears, and other plants, and in addition to neutralizing free radicals generated by UV rays, infrared radiation (IRA) and ozone pollution, phloretin has been shown to enhance the action of other antioxidants, improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, and help minimize the look of sun-induced damage. Fun fact: Once absorbed, vitamin C serums like Phloretin CF and C E Ferulic® remain effective for a minimum of 72 hours.

6. All skin types

For vitamin c serum beginners, Serum 10 AOX+ may be right for you. With lower concentrations of L-ascorbic acid and ferulic acid, this skincare product minimizes the potential for stinging, burning, and skin irritation while providing protection against atmospheric aging and improvement in early signs of aging.

The delicate eye area is often left vulnerable to environmental damage, which is why we formulated a dedicated antioxidant serum for this specific spot. AOX+ Eye Gel is an eye serum that offers advanced environmental protection courtesy of L-ascorbic acid, ferulic acid, and phloretin plus caffeine and ruscus aculeatus extract to help reduce the look of puffiness and dark, under-eye circles, making it a great skincare step before you face the day.

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