When it comes to Korean celebrities, we are always in awe of their radiant and even-toned complexion both on and off camera.
While it is probably a combination of genetics, facials and a healthy diet, it's safe to say that even celebrities are diligent when it comes to their skincare regime. Be it a multi-step routine or a simplified one, every skincare routine can benefit from the addition of a vitamin C serum.
Vitamin C has been a hero-ingredient for decades. However, in recent years, it has taken the spotlight due to its ability to lighten pigmentation, deliver a brighter complexion as well as fight free-radicals and pollution, which are one of the major causes of photo-aging. Hence, vitamin C actually amplifies the effects of your sunscreen, neutralising free-radical damage and maximising sun protection.
TIPS & TRICKS
If you looking to achieve that K-celebrity glow, adding a vitamin C serum into your existing routine is a great place to start. Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for your vitamin C serum:
1. Vitamin C is a volatile ingredient. Its most potent form, L-Ascorbic Acid, is highly unstable and thus, most vitamin C serums have a short shelf life. Hence, it is important that you use your vitamin C serums immediately and not hoard them. The longer it sits on the shelf, the less effective the formula gets.
2. If your vitamin C serum oxidises and turns a dark orange or brown colour, the vitamin C is so no longer effective. Most vitamin C serums will oxidise gradually, but you should ideally use the entire bottle before the vitamin C completely oxidises.
3. You can use vitamin C serums both day and night. It is especially beneficial to layer a vitamin C serum under your SPF so that your sun protection has an added boost.
4. Higher percentages of vitamin C do not equate to a better formula. While the percentage is important, it is also the type of vitamin C used as well as the delivery method that matters. Just because a serum has a high percentage of vitamin C does not necessarily mean that it will work better. Often times, too much vitamin C can lead to skin irritation or sensitivity.
5. Speaking of sensitivity, for anyone with sensitive skin, it's best to patch test these products on your neck first as vitamin C is an incredibly potent ingredient. Some ultra sensitive skin types may not be able to handle it and it's always better to be safe than sorry.