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Do I need to exfoliate before using vitamin C serum?

January 22, 2018

Exfoliation is defined as “sloughing off the dead skin cells on the skin’s surface.” There are many ways to exfoliate, from a gentle cleansing to microderm abrasion treatments. Exfoliating leaves the skin smooth and fresh, giving you a more youthful appearance. In addition, exfoliating your face allows the more expensive serums and moisturizers to penetrate through the skin.

Benefits of Exfoliating

  • Removes the dead skin cells that make your face appear dull and listless
  • Get better blood circulation
  • For oily skin, you remove excess oil out of the pores
  • With dry skin, exfoliating removes the flakes that appear

Cleanse Your Skin Before Applying Vitamin C Serum

Although exfoliating is good for your skin, over-exfoliating can actually lead to skin sensitivity and irritation. The key is to be gentle to skin, especially the delicate facial skin. Before applying vitamin C for skin, you should cleanse the area to remove excess oil and dirt. Pat the surface dry with a clean towel. Damp skin acts like a sponge, soaking up whatever is applied to it.

How Often Should I Use Vitamin C Serum? 

For the best results, you should use Timeless Vitamin C Serum twice per day: once in the morning, after washing your face and before putting on other skincare products or makeup, and once after you've washed your face in the evening. There won't be any negative effect if you use it less often, but you may not see results as quickly.

When applying the two to three drops of your vitamin C serum for your face,  massage it into your skin. Don’t forget to include your décolletage, an area of your body that is often overlooked. Use just enough serum to dampen your skin. Before continuing with the rest of your morning regimen, let the serum dry properly. While vitamin C serum does repair sun damage, you should also use a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 during the day.

Does Vitamin C Serum Have a Citrus Smell?

Because of the name, you might think that vitamin c serum smells like oranges or other citrus fruits, but a good serum will have almost no odor. This is especially helpful for people who are sensitive to smells. Keep in mind that oxidation of the product can cause an odor to develop. If it begins to smell sour or just seems "off" compared to its scent when you first purchased it, it is time to buy a new bottle.

Should I Avoid Any Products When Using Vitamin C Serum?

Although there are no dangerous side effects of mixing vitamin C serum with any other products, you should still avoid some combinations. If your serum contains L-ascorbic acid, mixing it with products that contain vitamin B3 (niacinamide) or vitamin A (retinol) can cause a pH interaction that makes the products cancel each other out. In some cases, the interaction also creates some redness on the skin. 

Should I Purchase a Vitamin C Serum That Also Has Ferulic Acid in It?

Purchasing a serum that has ferulic acid in it is not a requirement, but it is a good idea. In addition to providing additional benefits to your skin, ferulic acid is helpful in extending the shelf life of vitamin C serums like our own Timeless C E Ferulic. Our product is a "triple threat" since it also includes vitamin E.

The best face serums include hyaluronic acid and other natural ingredients that tighten, moisturize and strengthen your skin cells. Use the product consistently for best results.

If you haven't already started anti-aging treatment, now is the time to do it. Browse the many health and beauty options from Timeless Skin Care to create your perfect anti-aging routine. Make skin care a priority to keep that youthful appearance.

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