We come face to face with our face all throughout the day, whether it’s examining the lines that crumpled sheets left on our cheeks, or staring at ourselves on the computer screen during a virtual meeting. We try to blame what we don’t like on the camera, or a particular angle (we don’t really have that many chins, do we?). However, there comes a time when we have to face the facts. This is indeed the skin we’re in and we need to make the best of it. The fact is you are beautiful, but there are things you can do to get even more gorgeous. Using a Vitamin C Serum with hyaluronic acid is one of those things.
Most everyone has heard of Vitamin C, but perhaps not as it relates to our skin. Just like a jug of orange juice, our skin has a high concentration of Vitamin C. The way Vitamin C works in our skin is to both stimulate collagen synthesis and aid in the protection against ultraviolet (UV) photodamage, since it has antioxidant properties. Collagen is the major protein making up the matrix that provides strength and elasticity in the skin. So Vitamin C aids in the skin’s regeneration process by helping to protect and strengthen cells.
Hyaluronic acid may be even less familiar to folks, so let’s take a moment to go over some basics. It is a glycosaminoglycan or, to use a word we can more easily digest, a sugar. And yes, as always, pun intended. Hyaluronic acid is produced naturally in the human body and is a humectant, which means it binds to water molecules to help retain moisture in the skin. Like collagen, you can find it doing its thing in the connective tissue of our bodies.
Over time, we start to produce less collagen and elastin, and because the metabolic power of our cells declines as well, this affects the synthesis of hyaluronic acid. All of these things lead to skin that sags, or at least isn’t as firm as before. Since we lose some elasticity as we age, we may want to look for various options to help slow down this process. Here are seven ways to use Vitamin C serum and hyaluronic acid to improve your skin:
1. Order up!
Order is of utmost importance when it comes to skincare. You want to be sure you’re following a beauty routine that yields the best results, and knowing when to include a serum is an important part of that plan. Generally we follow the cleanse, tone, and moisturize series of steps. When we add in a serum, it should come after a toner and before the moisturizer in order to optimize absorption. A toner prepares the pores for the following step, and we want serums to penetrate deep into the skin.
If you are applying a Vitamin C serum and hyaluronic acid (HA) separately, it’s suggested that you apply the Vitamin C first, and then add the HA afterward in order to help fortify the skin’s barrier and lock in the moisture. Many Vitamin C serums already include that beneficial boost of hyaluronic acid, so you don’t have to add it in as a separate step.
After applying a serum (or serums), wait a few moments for it to absorb, and then gently smooth on your regular moisturizer.
2. AM or PM and maybe both
As with any new ingredient you apply to your skin, you should be sure you don’t have any allergic or otherwise negative reactions. So if you are just starting to incorporate a serum in your skincare routine, we suggest you select either morning or evening and insert it in those cleansing, toning, and moisturizing steps. Quick reminder in case you missed the advice in #1 above: the serum goes between toning and moisturizing.
Once you are sure your skin is good with the serum you’re using, you can up your usage to twice a day, working it into both your morning and evening routines. You’re sure to see even more remarkable results, but don’t get greedy or be too tempted to add another application in there – once or twice a day should do the trick. Any more than that and you may risk some skin irritation.
3. Less is More
Some of us get so excited about a new skincare product that we spread it on like an extra helping of butter on a baked potato. But wait, do we really need that much? I’ll let you be the one to decide about that additional bit of butter, but as far as serums go, a little goes a long way. They come in concentrated formulas that pack a punch. Usually you’ll use a pea-sized amount, or perhaps a bit more, but simply follow the instructions. The goal is to use enough to cover the area without having to waste any excess.
The good news is you’ll help lengthen the life of your serum, which is a bonus because they sometimes don’t come cheap. However, once you see the results of using serum regularly, you’ll probably appreciate the investment.
Here’s a whole host of helpful HOW TOs when it comes to serums, if you want to travel further down the rabbit hole of hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C serums.
4. Banish breakouts
Who knew the same face could be blessed with both blemishes and wrinkles? If you thought the days of breakouts would be long gone by now, but are still dealing with the same T-zone troubles that plagued you your freshman year of high school, there’s some good news for you. If this is something you deal with on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, then a Vitamin C serum with hyaluronic acid may just have some hidden benefits to fight those blemishes.
Since Vitamin C is an antioxidant, it helps fight free radicals that wreak havoc on cells, which means it works against pesky triggers for inflammation. So, the redness and inflammation related to acne should subside when coming into contact with Vitamin C.
Then how does hyaluronic acid figure in, you ask? Excellent question. Hyaluronic acid, as discussed above, is all about hydration. Clogged pores that contribute to acne breakouts are often a result of the buildup of dead skin cells. And without proper hydration it’s hard to have a smooth process of skin cell regeneration. Hyaluronic acid can boost the moisture barrier of your skin, thus shutting out some bacteria. So banish those breakouts and send them back to the past for good.
5. Throw a wrench into wrinkles
Now that we’ve gone over some of the benefits that Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid have on acne, let’s remember why they work wonders on wrinkles. Vitamin C can help repair damage done by oxidative stress brought on by sun exposure and other harmful elements in the environment. Also, since the presence of Vitamin C spurs on the production of collagen, it lessens the look of those fine lines we’d like to forget.
Hyaluronic acid basically fills in the lines by going deep into the dermis and doing its thing, which is to help plump up the skin by drawing in moisture. It’s key to keeping skin soft and supple. It’s just as important to reintroduce it to your skin through well-formulated products as it is to ingest it and boost your levels by eating foods rich in amino acids. So tell those beans and bone broth to get it in your belly already!
6. Get over those under-eye circles and deal with discoloration
It’s not just genetics that determine whether or not you happen to have dark circles under your eyes. Though that definitely plays a part, there are a few things that are actually under your control. First off, you should make sure you’re getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water and eating well. As usual, it’s always easier said than done, but do the best you can. Secondly, consider the contents of serums and creams you use.
A serum that boasts Vitamin C brightens the skin by speeding up skin cell turnover. It’s like shining a light on the shadow under your eyes. There is some evidence to suggest that it may improve the look of the under-eye area by slightly thickening the dermis and concealing the darker coloration. In addition, there may be some subtle stimulation of collagen production, as previously mentioned, which aids in a more youthful and refreshed look.
It’s for these same reasons that a Vitamin C cream or serum can help combat inconsistencies with coloration and be your best bud when it comes to brightening.
7. Incorporate a serum in a whole-self beauty challenge
Get ready for your close-up and take an inventory before you embark on a unique beauty challenge. Since we know our skin is affected by what we put in and on our bodies, try some new habits for six weeks and see what a difference it can make for you. Be sure to take some before and after pics to see if you notice an improvement.
When it comes to eating, what goes in should be good for the skin. Start thinking of staples that you’ll include regularly during this time like leafy greens, beans, gelatin, and an almost obnoxious amount of fruits, nuts, and veggies. The amino acids in beans aid in collagen synthesis. The zinc and copper found in cashews can also do the same. Bell peppers, certain fruits, and other foods that are high in vitamin C, can also assist when it comes to collagen, as well as supporting other important facets of overall health. If this sounds like utter torture, and you know you won’t follow through, then maybe you can try something like a collagen supplement. Even making a few changes can make a difference.
Drink water like your life depends on it, and then remember that it indeed does. Consume a healthy amount of water, green tea, coconut water and the like. That usually means about 10 to 12 cups a day for most women and around 15 for men. Yes, you’re allowed some other beverages, but go easy on the alcohol, and perhaps reduce coffee intake by a cup a day to make room for more water. Again, these are just some goals, but adjust as needed so you can stick with your plan.
Most of us need to increase sleep, and reduce stress, and while that may seem both obvious and impossible at the same time, we can at least take steps in the right direction. See if you can move bedtime 15-20 minutes earlier, or make a promise to yourself or your partner that you’ll put down the phones and turn off the screen. Again, set your own specific goals for this challenge. As for reducing stress, while we can’t remove the weight of the world from your shoulders, we can give you some tips on massaging them. In fact, since we’re focusing on the face, here’s a tutorial on self cranial massage you can do at home:
And last but not least, during this month and a half make-over, don’t forget what goes on your face! Make sure you are using your serum as part of your skincare routine. If you find it’s all working for you, then consider keeping it up.
Harnessing the power of Vitamin C and adding back some of that hyaluronic acid are both ways we can win a few battles in the war against time, though – spoiler alert – time will eventually have the last laugh. Unless, that is, you live long enough to be uploaded to the cloud or something space age-y like that. But as long as we’re lucky enough to be here on earth, we might as well do what we can to look our best.
If you don’t already use any kind of serum, I’d suggest one like Viviane Woodard’s Best Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer: Vitamin C Restoring Serum, which boasts collagen boosting ingredients and a whole host of skin-healing herbs. In addition to Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, it contains extracts of Rose Hips, Green Tea, Arnica, and the always awesome Aloe Vera. Specially formulated to plump and hydrate, this serum will leave your skin supple and soft to the touch as it reduces the appearance of fine lines. It improves circulation and gives your skin new life, so you look in the mirror and love what you see.
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