The Truth about Vitamin C Serums


The Truth about Vitamin C Serums

Okay so Vitamin C is kind of a big deal in skin care products and can enhance skin collagen production, prevent and soften wrinkles and smooth out fine lines. It also helps to brighten up the skin, fights brown spots and those nasty free radicals in the skin.

It seems like the end-all-and-be-all answer to beauty products right?

Not necessarily. Vitamin C might be a super powerhouse for the skin BUT the truth is that most vitamin C serums contain either way too little of the active ingredient, or the active ingredient oxidizes and loses its potency. It’s a HUGE marketing gimmick!

Here are 3 epic things you probably didn’t know about Vitamin C serums:

  1. Not all forms of Vitamin C are the same. Ascorbic Acid is one of the purest forms of vitamin C and is the best acne treatment, but when used incorrectly can actually be the CAUSE of acne and irritations on the skin. For topical uses, a choice such as Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is much better because it is gentle and a stable form of vitamin C which is absorbed into the skin and penetrates deeply to stimulate collagen production.
  2. Vitamin C serums that are scented DON’T work. Natural vitamin C is odorless and fragrances are synthetic and mess with the natural properties of vitamin C. They lead to breakouts and irritations on the skin.
  3. Colored vitamin C serums DON’T work. Natural vitamin C is colorless. Color in the serum means the formula has either oxidized, making it ineffective or it means the formula has color additives, which leads to clogged pores and breakouts on the skin.


We’ve drawn together the most concise and frankly terrifying information that beauty companies AREN’T telling you about Vitamin C serums, and what you can do about it.

The beauty department in stores seems to be filled with masses of anti-aging products, all claiming to be the cream of the crop. They all have ingredients ranging from A through Z of the alphabet and while their big names might seem impressive, most of them have some form of vitamin C incorporated into the mix.   

The Power of C

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Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant and it’s crucial to the formation of collagen, which is essential for healthy joints and skin. Wound healing is also dependent on vitamin C. Did you know that there’s really no good evidence that people who are healthy will benefit in any way from taking either a vitamin C supplement, or applying it as a topical cream to the skin? If you follow a healthy, balanced diet, you naturally take in all the vitamin C your body needs. The recommended daily intake of vitamin C is 200mg. One serving of beef and broccoli stir-fry comes in at 248mg of vitamin C. That’s all the nutritional power you need from vitamin C, in just one meal!

Read more about the O2 Hydraulics Advanced Vitamin C Serum.

How does Vitamin C help for Healthier Skin?

When you use a vitamin C serum in your daily beauty routine it can help to:

  • Reduce the appearance of brown spots caused by sun damage
  • It helps to boost healthy collagen production, part of acne scar treatment
  • It reduces inflammation and irritation of the skin
  • It improves the skin’s natural healing responses
  • It boosts your skin’s defense against UV exposure

What should I know about Ascorbic Acid?

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Roaming in as the royalty of vitamin c, ascorbic acid is the powder form of vitamin c. You’ll also notice that mot skin care products use this form of vitamin c in their serums and creams. It can help to create a younger looking, firmer skin and help smooth out the skin tone.

What other forms of Vitamin C are there?

Essentially, there isn’t really one “best” form of vitamin C. You can also get your dose of vitamin C in the form of:

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate

Ascorbyl Palmitate

Retinyl Ascorbate

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate

They all help to repair and protect against free-radical damage, if and when they are used in conjunction with other antioxidants.

What’s the catch, is it the best acne treatment?

Vitamin C serums are bound to lose their potency as soon as the airtight seal of the container is broken, because light and water exposure to the active ingredient causes oxidation, resulting in the product being virtually useless.

So how can I get vitamin C to my skin?

It’s actually very easy. You can buy or make your OWN and save a lot of money in the process. Try buying some vitamin C tablets from your local drug store (you can also use ascorbic acid – which is vitamin C in powder form) and then mix it with a carrier oil such as coconut or fish oil. You can use this home-made serum as an exfoliator or a mask. 

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Vitamin C is a long-established skincare superstar that really holds some amazing benefits for your skin. Younger looking, healthier and more radiant skin is the name of the game when it comes to vitamin C. But just like maintaining a healthy body, you can’t just rely on one single product to do all the work, it’s just a part of a greater beauty regime.

Vitamin C is best absorbed in lower concentrations, so those beauty companies claiming they give you the highest dose of vitamin C are selling you a bunch of air!

For best results, you should make your own vitamin C serum and use it strategically as part of your beauty routine. Be sure to use sunscreen every day.

With the help of this article it’s clear to see that Vitamin C serums are nothing but a money making, beauty industry fad, which you will hopefully be dodging from now on.

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