When it comes to choosing the right skin care products for your skin care routine, you may be overwhelmed by the wide selection. With so many products out there to address all types of skin care concerns, which ones are truly worthy of including in your skin care routine? You’ve probably heard the hype about serums but are they really deserving? Let’s find out! Today, we’re spilling the truth about serums—vitamin C serums specifically. We’ll even fill you in on the real difference between vitamin C serums and concentrates. Keep scrolling for the scoop on serums.
WHAT IS A SERUM?
Let’s be real: if you’re still wondering, “What is a serum?”, it’ll be hard to know whether one would be a worthwhile addition to your routine. So, first things first, we need to clear up what a serum actually is. The answer is pretty straightforward, serums are lightweight products (with a thinner consistency than your moisturizer) that are formulated with a high concentration of potent ingredients. Based on that description, you can see why serums have become so popular. When you really want to target a specific complexion concern, and your favorite moisturizer and cleanser combo aren’t quite getting the job done, you can use a serum that’s specifically formulated to address your biggest skin issues.
As for what a vitamin C serum is, you’ve probably already put two and two together and realized a vitamin C serum is simply an ultra-light gel or lotion that’s formulated with vitamin C. Vitamin C serums are typically used for their antioxidant and anti-aging properties.
ARE VITAMIN C SERUMS AND CONCENTRATES THE SAME THING?
Onto our next topic: vitamin C serums vs. vitamin C concentrates. Whether you consider yourself well-versed in the world of skin care or are just barely starting to curate a routine, there’s a solid chance you aren’t sure what a concentrate is. It can get slightly confusing because the terms vitamin C serum and vitamin C concentrate are often used interchangeably. It’s similar to how the terms ampoules, essences, and emulsions are sometimes to mean the same thing.
The reason you may see a single product referred to as both a concentrate and a serum is that concentrates are a type of serum. The truth is, there really isn’t much of a difference! It’s up to you (and the marketing teams behind your favorite products) whether you want to refer to your lightweight, highly-concentrated product of choice as a serum or a concentrate. Either way, your skin will be getting a real treat!
OUR FAVORITE VITAMIN C SERUM
Interested in using a vitamin C serum (or concentrate)? The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum is a product you’ll want to add to your daily skin care routine. The derm-validated formula is fragrance-free, paraben-free, mineral oil-free, dye-free, allergy tested, and non-comedogenic allowing it to be super gentle on your skin. The serum contains 10% pure vitamin C, as well as hyaluronic acid—a noteworthy ingredient despite not being the main feature. To keep the vitamin C as pure as possible, this product is made using anhydrous technology—without the use of water—and in controlled conditions giving it a limited exposure to oxygen. The serum is packaged in an air-tight, easy-to-use tube made out of aluminum that will keep it from degrading or becoming damaged by sunlight.
To use, every morning and evening, after cleansing or applying a hyaluronic acid serum—if your routine includes one—smooth a pea-sized amount of the vitamin C serum onto your face. After one week, your skin will be brighter and more radiant. After two weeks, your skin will have visibly reduced fine lines and wrinkles. Additional benefits include reduced hyperpigmentation, improved clarity, and more even skin tone. Yes, please!
HOW TO ADD A VITAMIN C SERUM TO YOUR ROUTINE
As much as we love vitamin C serums, they aren't enough to complete your routine. After cleansing and applying our vitamin C serum, you'll want to moisturize. In the morning, consider using one of the following facial moisturizers:
L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power Intensive Anti-Aging Day Cream Moisturizer: This luxurious lightweight cream, formulated with Pro-Xylane and hyaluronic acid, can help transform the look of aging skin. Immediately, skin is deeply hydrated and looks more radiant, while skin texture appears smoother with continued use over time. This beloved moisturizer is trusted by women all across the United States—as evidenced by the recent #RevitaLiftChallenge where over 10,000 women tried the day cream, saw results in just one week, and when polled afterward, shared they trusted the product and would continue to use it.
L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power Day Lotion Moisturizer SPF 20: The majority of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging—from wrinkles to dark spots—are caused by exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Using a daily moisturizer with SPF can help reduce signs of skin aging and help to protect skin from further UV-induced damage when used as directed with other sun protection measures. This lotion, also formulated with Pro-Xylane, can help aid in transforming the look of aging skin for a more radiant complexion.