Splurge VS Steal: Vitamin C Serums // Antioxidant Edition
Let’s face the facts: we all get sun exposure and with that exposure we need to protect our skin. Yes even going to the mailbox or walking from the parking lot to the store is still exposes you to the sun and its harmful rays. Cue in the hero, the protector, the main star to a skin care regiment: antioxidants aka vitamin c serum!
What is an antioxidant and how will it help?
Antioxidants are nutrients — including vitamins like E and C — that prevent or slow oxidative damage throughout the body. Pretty much a bounty hunter for free radicals that damage your skin cells causing aging, skin cancer, and other conditions. Think of an apple; when you cut the apple in half, you notice the apple starts turning a brownish color because of the oxidation. The free radicals in the air (toxics, pollution, smoke, etc) have attacked the apple causing it to become dingy; the same thing happens to your skin with the crude of life.
Skinceuticals CE Ferulic $163 (Favorite Vitamin C Serum)
A daytime vitamin C serum that delivers advanced environmental protection and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, and brightens skin’s complexion. This serum is suitable for the normal to dry, aging, discolored skin type, or even sensitive skin. The L-ascorbic acid (a highly effective form of vitamin C) is not only great for brightening, it also “contains powerful antioxidants that fight and reverse damage from free radicals that wreck your skin cells.” And this baby is a Beauty Award Winner 24 times!
Glytone Age-Defying Vitamin C&E Serum $130
This formula is formulated to protect skin cells from free-radical attack, preventing premature skin aging. Features an advanced delivery system of time-released vitamins C and E with red tea flavanoids to enhance penetration and improve skin tone
Skinmedica Vitamin C + E Complex $102
The SkinMedica Vitamin C + E Complex improve the appearance of your skins tone, texture and firmness while supplying all-day protection from free radicals and premature aging. Vitamins C and E release gradually throughout the day, to promote collagen production and a brighter, smoother and more luminous complexion.
Obagi Professional-C Serum 15% $93
This vitamin C serum provides effective antioxidant protection from UV damage as it brightens away hyper pigmentation and encourages the growth of collagen and elastin fibers. Hyaluronic acid binds moisture to your skin to prevent dryness.
As you can see; splurge or steal they are still pricey but when it comes to protecting your skin… do you really want to go cheap? Especially when it comes to protecting your skin from potential risks of cancerous cells. My favorite antioxidant (Skinceuticals) has been proven to protect your skin 5x better, stays in your system for up to 72 hours, brightens the skin AND fight off little pesky ninja free radicals wanting to cause harm. What are you waiting for? Get that vit c on your face and you can thank me later for the healthy happy skin!