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You’ve probably heard that everyone and their mother is adding a serum formulated with vitamin C to their skin care routine, but why? Well, vitamin C is an ingredient with lots to offer, and one of the reasons for its frequent praise is what it can contribute to your sun protection routine. Here’s everything you need to know about adding a skin care product with vitamin C to your beauty routine.
Whether it’s summer or winter, having a sun protection routine is extremely important if you want to keep your skin looking young and healthy. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, free radicals are produced by melanin and other skin tissues exposed to light. These free radicals are unstable, highly reactive oxidized molecules that can cause tissue damage. Antioxidants can help neutralize the negative effects of damaging free radicals and are sometimes added to sunscreen formulas as well as other skin care products. One benefit of products formulated with vitamin C is that they can be layered under sunscreen as another step to stay sun safe. This vital antioxidant is naturally found in skin and is proven to boost radiance and neutralize free radicals that can lead to skin aging.
A vitamin C serum, or vitamin C concentrate, is one way to introduce vitamin C and its antioxidant benefits to your skin care routine. Serums offer potent formulas, making them a prime pick when it comes to improving the appearance of your skin. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum Concentrate is one such serum. The lightweight, yet high potency 10% pure vitamin C concentrate restores radiance. The formula, which doesn’t contain water, effortlessly glides onto skin, leaving it velvety soft. Packaged in an air-tight metal tube, the serum will stay stable and potent until you’re ready to use it. Equally as amazing—the formula is safe for sensitive skin as it is paraben-free, fragrance-free, contains no synthetic dyes, and no mineral oils.
Adding a serum with vitamin C to your skin care routine is not only super beneficial—it’s also super easy! Here’s a step-by-step guide:
As with most skin care routines, this one should begin with a facial cleanser. Use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Brighten & Detox Cleanser to get rid of any impurities and leave you with radiant, clear skin. Squeeze the cleanser into your hand and add water to transform the formula from a clay to a mousse consistency. Gently massage the mousse onto your face in circular motions, rinse thoroughly, then pat dry.
Take your serum with vitamin C and apply a dime-size amount onto your fingertips before applying it to your face and neck. Smooth it onto your skin, avoiding your eye area.
To complete your skin care routine and give your skin the added sun protection it needs, use a facial moisturizer with SPF. Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30, which also just so happens to be formulated with vitamin C. Smooth it onto your skin, then toss it into your bag—you’ll need to reapply throughout the day.
Now that you know the benefits of serums with vitamin C and how you can incorporate one into your skin care and sun protection routine, you’re probably wondering what other skin care products formulated with vitamin C are available for you to get your hands on. Here is another one of our favorite skin care products formulated with the antioxidant:
L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer: The formula of this overnight facial moisturizer contains 4% glycolic acid, vitamin C, and Pro-Retinol to help the appearance of an uneven skin tone and wrinkles. This moisturizer will give you brighter, more youthful looking skin in a week of use. The formula is dual-action, providing anti-wrinkle benefits as well as a brightening night treatment.
Want to know more about vitamin C? Check out our article, What Can Vitamin C Do for the Skin?