What Are LED Face Masks And Can They Benefit Your Skin?

Tech and skincare, by no means a new concept but certainly one that has been gaining traction over the years. There are an increasing number of gadgets you can purchase for your skin, anywhere from facial steamers to LED face masks. But what are these LED face masks, and how can they benefit your skin?

What are LED Face Masks?

While they look like they’ve come out of the set of Phantom of the Opera, they’re nothing to be scared of. As the name suggests, LED face masks are face masks using LED (light-emitting diode) technology to tackle a range of skin concerns. In the past such treatments were only available under the hands of a qualified dermatologist but these days you can purchase an LED face mask for use at home. Note that these at-home masks are significantly less powerful than those available through a dermatologist or any other qualified professional.

These masks use different intensities and colours of light (namely red and blue) to penetrate the skin and manage skin concerns such as acne, inflammation, and even aging.

What are the benefits of using an LED face mask?

LED face masks come with several benefits, and can often be a godsend for those with extremely sensitive skin that won’t agree with most products. Below are just a few benefits of these masks;

  • Reduces inflammation. LED therapy can help reduce redness and inflammation associated with acne and other skin conditions.
  • Can help acne sufferers. The high-intensity blue light used can help to kill the P.Acnes bacteria responsible for acne formation.
  • Anti-Aging. The high intensity red light used in an LED face mask treatment can penetrate deep into the skin layers to boost collagen production. Boosting collagen production can improve skin elasticity and reduce signs of aging.
  • Promotes blood circulation. The light emitted by an LED face mask can help boost blood circulation to facial skin, which will plump the skin and help to transport toxins away.

Are LED Face Masks Safe To Use?

While they look and sound a little intimidating, LED face masks available for at-home use are perfectly safe and effective provided the proper procedures are followed. Eye protection is critical as the light is often high-intensity and can cause ocular damage if not worn during the treatment.

Sounds good, which mask should I purchase?

If you’re looking to have a go yourself, below are a few products we recommend at different price points.

LUX SKIN™ LED Facial Mask

LUX SKIN™ LED Facial Mask

The LUX SKIN™ LED Facial Mask is designed to give you an easy LED Light Facial treatment in the comfort of your own home!

£19.00, get it here

DermaLight™ - The Original #1 LED Mask - Salon & Spa Deal

DERMALIGHT™ LED Mask

“LED Mask with neck piece. Luminate your nighttime routine with seven different color LED lights built into the mask. “

£88.00, get it here

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare DRx SpectraLite Faceware Pro

“A next-generation, universal-fit full-face model, this innovative device sits comfortably over the entire face while still actively targeting the entire area, using a total of 100 red LED lights (to stimulate the natural production of collagen and elastin to reduce wrinkles, sun spots, sun damage and redness”

£430.00, get it here

To sum it up

LED face masks use different intensities of red and blue lights to tackle skin concerns ranging from acne to skin aging. These masks are perfectly safe for use at home provided the proper procedures are followed which includes adequate eye-protection.

Why Hot Showers Are Damaging Your Skin

It can be tempting to jump into the shower and crank up the water to hot after a long day. After all, a hot shower can provide some much needed relaxation especially during the winter months. Hot showers could be damaging your skin however, here’s why;

Hot showers can cause skin dryness and irritation

Hot water has the potential to strip the skin of it’s natural oils required for effective function; this can compromise the natural skin barrier function. This not only means dry facial skin, but the rest of your body can be dry too. Wondering why you’ve been using all that extra moisturiser as of lately? Could be down to the hot shower.

Dry skin is more prone to cracking, peeling and irritation. Dry skin can also inadvertently cause breakouts. Dryness causes the skin to produce more oil to help hydrate and replenish lost moisture; this excess oil production is the mechanism through which pores could get blocked resulting in acne.

Hot showers can aggravate certain skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis

Hot showers will dry out your skin, by doing so you could be making skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis worse. Best to stick to warm or even cold water if you have either or these skin conditions, cold water is excellent at reducing inflammation and boosting the immune response.

Hot showers can strip essential oils from the scalp

Hydrated, healthy hair is both a function of your hair care regime, as well as your diet and lifestyle choices. By washing your hair with hot water you’re not only rinsing away the hydrating oils on the hair, but also on the scalp. This can lead to scalp dryness, itchiness, dandruff and inflammation. This has a direct impact on the condition of your hair also, as the scalp is responsible for secretion the nourishing oils your hair needs to remain luscious and hydrated.

Hot showers have the potential to worsen acne

Acne is caused by the P.Acnes bacteria as well as dirt, oils and pollutants that clog pores and trigger the inflammatory response. Acne sufferers often find that their skin also has a weaker natural barrier function, meaning increased skin sensitivity and increased probability of infection. Having hot showers over extended periods of time can worsen acne and other skin conditions by compromising the lipid barrier the skin needs to maintain healthy function.

Are there any benefits to having a hot shower?

There certainly are. Both hot showers and cold showers come with their own benefits;

Hot showers are relaxing

Taking a hot shower after a long day has a calming and therapeutic effect. This can help you wind down and relax after a long day, which in turn can reduce overall stress levels. Reducing stress levels can indirectly improve the condition of your skin.

You can cleanse your skin more effectively in a hot shower

The steam and heat in a hot shower helps to soften the debris in your pores allowing for more effecting cleaning and easier extractions. Using a scrub in the shower can really help to clear your skin from those contaminants revealing a cleaner, brighter complexion.

Hot showers promote blood flow to the skin

Hot showers help to promote blood flow to the skin. Improved blood flow means essential nutrients and oxygen can be carried more effectively to the facial skin, which has a nourishing effect. Toxins such as free radicals can also be removed more easily by the body, improving overall skin health. The heat and improved blood flow can also give you a temporary glow.

So, what temperature should you shower at?

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We recommend you shower in warm/lukewarm or even cold temperatures. Any temperature above around 37°C (99F) should generally be a no-go-zone. The occasional hot shower to wind down and relax your muscles is generally considered OK, provided it doesn’t become a recurring activity.

Cold showers are also extremely beneficial in reducing inflammation, improving the immune system response, and maintaining adequate skin hydration. Cold water doesn’t strip the skin of necessary natural secretions and so it may be a better option for those suffering from eczema, psoriasis and acne.

To sum it up

Hot showers could be damaging your skin through several mechanisms; hot showers dry the skin out which can cause cracking, peeling and inflammation; hot showers can lead to a dry scalp and degradation in hair quality; hot showers can worse skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis due to it’s drying effect which can compromise the natural lipid barrier.

That being said, hot showers also come with several benefits; hot showers are relaxing which can reduce overall stress levels, this in turn can improve skin quality; hot showers allow for more effective cleansing of the skin; hot showers promote circulation allowing for better product absorption and a post-shower ‘glow’.

To sum it up, hot showers all the time? Not recommended. The occasional hot shower won’t do much harm but repeated use of hot water can lead damaged skin over-time.

Can Skincare Products Cause Acne And Breakouts?

A question popping up often in the skincare world is whether or not certain products can cause or worsen acne and breakouts. The short answer is yes, certain products can indeed lead to breakouts and clogged pores, here’s why;

Using Comedogenic Serums and Creams Can Cause Acne

A comedogenic product is one with the potential to cause blackheads and breakouts by clogging the pores. While there are many products that are non-comedogenic, there’s an abundance of products that are comedogenic. It’s hard to know exactly which product does or doesn’t have pore blocking potential, especially when there’s an extensive ingredient list.

Common pore blocking culprits include oils such as coconut oil and flax seed oil, as well as cocoa/coconut butter and certain fatty alcohols. To find out which ingredients have pore blocking potential, check out this comedogenic rating table.

Those with oilier skin are more prone to breaking out by using a comedogenic product. Thicker/richer creams are to be avoided at all costs if you suffer from oily skin; try to use lightweight moisturisers and serums instead. Makeup might also be the culprit, makeup coupled with dense lotions are a recipe for disaster.

Using new skincare products can sometimes result in acne, a process known as ‘Purging’

Implementing chemical exfoliants or acids fresh into your skincare regime has the potential to cause breakouts. By using these ingredients you’re promoting cell turnover; they work deep into the pores to clear blockages and regulate sebum production. This has the potential to trigger the body’s natural inflammatory response; a method through which these contaminants and dirt are expelled through the skin. Ingredients that can trigger a purge include but aren’t limited to:

  • AHAs/BHAs (Alpha/Beta-hydroxy acids)
  • Retinoids (Retinol, retinoic acid)
  • Vitamin C and other foodstuff derived acids
  • Other exfoliants, including scrubs and enzymes

It is not uncommon for these products to cause some irritation when first used, and it can take a while for the skin to clear up. If you experience increased acne immediately after implementing these exfoliants into your skincare regime try not to worry. If however a few weeks past and there’s no sign of the acne/breakouts fading, immediately discontinue use of the product. Best to seek professional dermatologist advice if your skin doesn’t clear up soon after.

Using the wrong products for your skin-type can result in breakouts and blackheads

Establishing an effective skincare regime is absolutely essential to achieve good results. We’ve written an article on how to build the perfect skincare routine for each individual skin-type.

Your skincare routine is defined by both the products you use and the steps you take. For example, those with oily/acne prone skin will require more attention on the serum and moisturiser step than those with normal skin. By not following the correct procedure for your skin type, you could be causing spots and blackheads to appear, as well as doing unwanted damage to your complexion.

Using a soap-based cleanser if you have dry or even oily skin can promote breakouts. Soap strips the skin of natural oils it needs to stay hydrated and protected, this can lead to overproduction of sebum (a natural waxy secretion which hydrates the skin.) It’s this overproduction of sebum that will lead to oiliness and therefore clogged pores.

To sum it up

Yes, using certain skincare products can indeed cause acne and breakouts. This is generally the case when you use skincare products that aren’t tailored for your skin, best to do your research prior to purchase and always read the label before use. Implementing a brand new product in your routine can lead to skin purging, you have to ride the wave until your skin clears. Using the incorrect skincare regime for your skin can also clog your pores; it’s best practise to establish a routine that’s tailored for you. Often we find that people use products suggested to them by friends or family without reading the label or doing the research, don’t.

What Is Cellulite? And 4 Quick Tips To Minimise It’s Appearance

Cellulite, a localised skin condition than gives a dimpled appearance in the skin, commonly found on the hips, buttocks, thighs and abdomen. But why does it form? And how can you minimise it’s appearance?

Why Does Cellulite Appear?

First things first, cellulite is a very common, natural occurrence in both men and women. It should generally be no cause for concern. Women however are more likely to have cellulite as the fat distribution is more common in the hips, thighs and buttocks; areas where cellulite is most likely to develop. Below are some of the most common reasons why cellulite may develop;

Genetics

Genes are a contributory factor to cellulite development. Genetics are responsible for metabolism, and distribution of fat around body, and can therefore be directly responsible for the development of cellulite in certain individuals.

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Age

With age, the amount of collagen and elastin in the skin decreases, which means reduced skin firmness and elasticity. This often leads to the development of cellulite.

Hormones

It is thought that several hormones have an impact on cellulite formation, including Estrogen and Insulin. This can become pronounced during pregnancy where hormone levels fluctuate.

Diet

A diet high in fats and carbohydrates will likely lead to cellulite formation. People will higher body fat percentages will have more prominent cellulite. Alcohol and smoking are also contributory factors.

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How can I minimise it’s appearance?

It may not be possible to completely get rid of cellulite, but there are ways to minimise it’s appearance:

1. Reduce your total body fat percentage

The fact of the matter is that cellulite is formed when fatty tissue pushes up against connective tissue. To minimise the appearance of cellulite, you should focus on reducing your body fat; whether this be through exercising or diet changes.

2. Exercise

Weight training and general exercise is excellent in reducing the appearance of cellulite. Such training will tone your muscles and increase the firmness of the skin, while also increasing metabolism and helping you burn through fat.

3. Keep hydrated

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Staying hydrated will ensure your skin stays plump and that toxins can be flushed out of your system. Hydrated skin will reduce the appearance of cellulite.

4. Make lifestyle changes

Reducing your alcohol intake and quitting smoking will have a profound impact on the appearance of cellulite, and it also comes with a range of other health benefits.

Focusing on your diet will help also, consuming healthy foods which are high in nutrients and good fats will help you lean up and improve skin health.

Preventing Hair Loss With Minoxidil (Regaine.)

Hair loss isn’t usually anything to be worried about, we normally shed 50-100 hairs a day without even noticing. Common causes for hair loss have been linked with stress, diet, weight loss and vitamin/mineral deficiencies such as iron. It can however be unsettling, especially if the hair loss is more permanent e.g. male and female pattern balding. Minoxidil can help prevent hair loss, read on to find out how.

MINOXIDIL: How it works

The most popular and effective method of treatment for hair loss for both men and women is with the topical use of Minoxidil 5% and 2% respectively. Minoxidil is an antihypertensive vasodilator, originally used to treat individuals with high blood pressure doctors soon realised a number of patients experiencing hair growth.

In order to understand how Minoxidil works, we must first understand the Hair Growth Cycle and it’s 4 stages

Hair Growth Cycle

1. Anagen

The growth phase of the hair cycle, where healthy hair grows roughly half an inch (1.27cm) per month, this usually lasts between 3-5 years.

2. Catagen

The transition phase of the hair cycle, this is at the tail end of the anagen phase and lasts an average of 10 days. 

3. Telogen

The resting phase of the hair cycle, this is where the follicle remains inactive for up to 3 months as new hairs begin to grow.

4. Exogen

The new hair phase of the hair cycle, this is where the old inactive hairs from the telogen phase fall out as the new hairs continue to grow.

Now for where Minoxidil fits into this cycle, Minoxidil works by widening the blood vessels which allows for more oxygen, blood and nutrients to reach the hair follicles. This, in turn, leads to an early restart in the Anagen phase rather than follicles waiting to proceed through the entire cycle to begin growth.

MINOXIDIL: How long does it take to see results?

chemical formula for minoxidil

It is important to note that minoxidil isn’t a quick fix and will require topical application twice per day to the affected areas for the foreseeable future.

When application of the topical solution is consistent, it can take up to 4 months to start seeing the benefits of minoxidil and sometimes longer depending on the individual. 

What to watch out for when using minoxidil

  • Due to the nature of the topical solution, it can lead to shedding of hair around 2 months of use, whereby hair is pushed from the Telogen phase into the Exogen phase allowing for new healthy hair to grow.
  • It doesn’t work for everyone. The solution will work best for younger individuals who are just starting to experience hair loss and is less likely to work for individuals who are already bald. In some instances it may only stop hair loss rather than promote new hair growth.
  • If you stop the use of minoxidil, hair loss will continue and the hair will begin to thin again.
  • The long lasting reliance on minoxidil will in turn lead to it being a costly solution. 

Article by V, part of the OS team.

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How To Combat Oily Skin During The Summer Months

Oily skin may be less of an issue during the winter months where your skin is drier, but during the summer it can be a real bummer. Summertime is supposed to be a relaxing season, your skin is the last thing you should have to worry about. We’ve compiled a list of ways you can combat oily skin during the summer months.

Why is my skin oilier during the summer?

Your skin becomes oily due to overproduction of sebum by the sebaceous glands. Sebum is a waxy secretion in the pores that helps to moisturise and protect the skin; overproduction of this substance is what causes an oily complexion and clogged pores.

Excess sebum production has several causes which includes genetics, diet choices, hormonal changes, stress, and the environment. During the summer where the temperature is higher and more humid, more sebum is produced; this coupled with sweat is what gives you the characteristic shine. Here are a few tips to keep the oiliness at bay:

1/8: Cleanse Thoroughly

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The last thing you want as a result of your oily skin is clogged pores and breakouts, so ensure you cleanse thoroughly using a mild cleanser twice-a-day to wash away all that unwanted dirt and oil. A gentle cleanser is beneficial as it will cleanse and refresh the skin without altering the pH and stripping away the essential oils your skin needs to function properly.

Over cleansing is definitely a problem and while you think a squeaky clean face is beneficial, it’s probably doing more harm than good. By washing away all the essential oils on your face you’re promoting excess oil production in the sebaceous glands as they will be working over time to combat the dryness. So, use a gentle product but ensure you’re thorough! We recommend Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for this exact purpose.

2/8: Moisturise (And use the right product!)

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Definitely don’t skip out on moisturising, keeping your skin hydrated will help combat oiliness. By moisturising you’re ensuring the sebaceous gland activity remains at a minimum. It’s essential that you use the right product, stay away from thicker oil-based moisturisers. These are usually fine during the winter where your skin is drier, but in the summer these can aggravate the problem.

We recommend Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream, a light- weight non-comedogenic (meaning it doesn’t block pores!) formula that keeps your skin hydrated. It leaves your face feeling lovely and cool after application too.

3/8: Try Oil Blotting sheets

Sometimes no matter what you do the fact is that your skin will get oily at some point during the day. The best way to combat this is to use a simple blotting sheet, which are cheap and easy to carry. Try Clean & Clear Instant Oil-Absorbing Sheets, an inexpensive item which won’t smudge your makeup.

If you’re looking for a quicker, temporary solution a facial tissue works just fine, simply blot the oilier areas using the tip of your finger.

4/8: Exfoliate

Make sure you don’t skip out on exfoliating when your skin is more oil-prone. Oilier skin is more likely to get clogged, leading to acne and blackheads. By exfoliating you’ll be ensuring that all the dirt and oil gets sloughed off, keeping your pores nice and clean.

Exfoliating should however be limited to 2-3 times a week, exfoliating too much can irritate or damage the skin, as well as dry it out.

5/8: Use the right sunscreen

woman in summer

SPF is an essential product in the summer as it prevents harmful UV rays from damaging your skin. You have to make sure you’re using the correct SPF though; it should be oil-free and non-comedogenic.

We recommend Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50. This is an extremely light-weight SPF gel with SPF 50 and pollutant protection. It’s readily absorbed into the skin and works great in humid environments.

6/8: Check Your Diet

A diet high in fats, oils and sugar will have terrible consequences in the summer months. Your skin will already be producing more oil due to the heat, and by consuming unhealthy foods you’ll only be exacerbating the problem.

It may be difficult to stay away from the cocktails, but opt for sugar-free where possible, and don’t skip out on the veggies.

7/8: Stay Hydrated

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Increased sweating means you’re more prone to dehydration. Make sure you increase your water intake to account for the increased activity and sweat you’re producing. Drinking enough water will ensure your skin remains hydrated, and so all those toxins can be pushed out of your body.

8/8: Use An Oil-fighting Serum

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There are many oil-fighting serums out there that help balance sebaceous gland activity and also exfoliate the skin. Salicylic Acid, a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid) is an excellent ingredient that exfoliates deep into your pores and regulates sebum production.

Glycolic Acid, an AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) is another fantastic ingredient found in many toners that penetrates deep into the skin and helps to keep it smooth and clear.

Niacinamide is another ingredient which can help with oily skin. Niacinamide helps to regulate sebum production, and also improves skin barrier function.

Well, that’s all there is to it. We hope these tips have been helpful towards keeping your skin looking at it’s best, so you can best enjoy the summer 🙂

The 7 Best Lip Balms To Keep Your Lips Soft And Hydrated

Unlike your skin, the lips don’t have glands that can secrete oils to keep them hydrated and are therefore more susceptible to dryness, cracking and irritation. We’ve compiled a list of the 7 best Lip Balms to keep chapped lips at bay.

Lip Balm SPF 50

1/7 Paula’s Choice Lip Balm with SPF 50, £12.00

An excellent lip balm that restores moisture to dry, chapped lips. Also includes SPF 50 to protect against sun damage, ideal for the summer.

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Kiehl's Lip Balm #1

2/7 Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, £10.00

I personally love Kiehl’s, and this #1 lip balm is no different. This lip balm contains Squalane as well as Vitamins A and E to help keep your lips hydrated and protect them from the drying effects of the wind, and cold weather.

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Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

3/7 Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, £3.00

A 100% natural lip conditioner that soothes dry, chapped lips. Also contains vitamin E and peppermint oil to soothe and hydrate your lips and provide a cheeky tingle.

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Clarins Lip Comfort Oil

4/7 Clarins Lip Comfort Oil, £19.00

A lip oil infused with plant oils to hydrate and protect the lips. Also leaves a pleasant shine without any stickiness. Application is easy with a sponge-tip that is pleasant to use.

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Vaseline Lip Therapy Original

5/7 Vaseline Lip Therapy Original, £1.95

Perhaps one of the best known lip therapies, and for a reason. This is a clinically proven formula that helps soothe and heal dry and chapped lips. The formula sinks right in and is non-sticky.

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EOS Organic Lip Balm

6/7 EOS Certified Organic Strawberry Sorbet Lip Balm, £3.90

A lip balm with 100% natural ingredients that is also certified organic. The lip balm has been enriched with organic oils and shea butter to moisturise your lips and keep them soft and smooth. Oh, and it smells and tastes great.

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Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment

7/7 Clinique Superbalm Lip Treatment, £14.00

A deeply hydrating lip treatment by Clinique. This formula helps to repair dry, chapped lips and replenish moisture. Leaves a satin smooth look and feel.

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Tell us which is your favourite!

Why You NEED Vitamin C In Your Skin Care Regime

Topical Vitamin C Serums have been named one of the best ingredients to include in your skin care routine for their excellent anti-aging and skin renewing properties. We’ve compiled a list of reasons as to why you NEED to include Vitamin C in your skin care regime, as well as some pointers to maximise it’s effectiveness.

What is Vitamin C?

I’m sure we’ve all heard of Vitamin C at some point, whether as a dietary supplement or a skin care ingredient. It’s use has spiked in the skin care world as of lately and it is totally justified. Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid is an excellent anti-oxidant which can completely revitalise your complexion. Below are just a few of the key benefits of the vitamin:

Boosts Collagen Production

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As we age, the amount of collagen and elastin in our skin slowly starts deplete. When this happens, we get the characteristic fine lines and wrinkles, as well as skin sagging and increased pore size. Use of Vitamin C Serums has been shown to boost collagen production and therefore reduce the signs of aging.

Brightens Skin, Fades Hyperpigmentation

Vitamin C has been shown to decrease melanin production, the pigment responsible for scarring, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation. By decreasing melanin production, Vitamin C can help fade skin discolouration and it can prevent dark spots from forming in the future.

Promotes Cellular Regeneration

Vitamin C is acidic, by applying it to the skin it promotes the regeneration process. This leads to increased collagen and elastin production, meaning tighter, firmer skin and a brightened complexion.

Neutralises Free Radicals

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Free radicals are unstable molecules which can cause aging and damage to the skin. Vitamin C helps to neutralise these molecules, therefore reducing the effect that UV Rays and Air Pollution has on your skin. This is especially effective in reducing premature aging.

Minimises Redness

Vitamin C has been shown to be effective in combating redness and inflammatory skin conditions. It also promotes cell turnover, which can be effective for acne sufferers and scarring.

How To Use Vitamin C

The most effective form of topical Vitamin C is in serum form. You should apply a few drops of the serum to the whole face after cleansing (and toning), and before moisturising.

Keep your Vitamin C serum bottle away from direct sunlight as this can reduce the potency of the ingredients.

Combining Treatments

Vitamin C is generally safe to be used with most other skin care treatments, including AHA’s, BHA’s, Hyaluronic Acid and Glycolic Acid. However, just because you can doesn’t always mean you should.

The low PH (~ around 3) of Vitamin C can reduce the effectiveness of most AHA’s/BHA’s which are formulated to work at a higher PH. In addition to this, Vitamin C has mild exfoliating properties, when combined with an active acid this can cause redness, irritation and increased skin sensitivity.

Definitely do not use Vitamin C with Retinol as it will render both of these treatments significantly less effective.

We do recommend using Vitamin C with Hyaluronic Acid, as this can combat any dryness or flaking from it’s use.

Side Effects

Some common side effects from Vitamin C use include:

  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Itchiness
  • Burning sensation

As with most serums you use for the first time, it may tingle or burn a little but this should subside shortly. If however this feeling doesn’t fade, immediately rinse the product off your face.

We always recommend patch testing any new serum you’re using to ensure it’s compatible with your skin.

Product Recommendations

THE INKEY LIST | EGF Brightening Serum | Cult Beauty | Cult Beauty

The Inkey List – 15% Vitamin C and EGF Serum

Another product at a reasonable price point, this serum helps to brighten, protect and speed up skin regeneration. This serum also helps to refresh the dermis for visible plumper and youthful looking skin.

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Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum

Drunk Elephant – C-Firma Day Serum

If you’ve heard of Drunk Elephant you’ll know exactly how effective their products are. This is a super potent Vitamin C day serum which helps to firm and brighten the appearance of the skin, while improving the signs of photoaging.

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PAULA'S CHOICE C15 Super Booster

Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster

This booster contains 15% Vitamin C for brighter, younger looking skin as well as Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid to soothe the skin and promote radiance.

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