Vitamin C is well known as an antioxidant that supports the immune system and is an important nutrient for us to consume in our diets. You probably already know to boost your intake when you're sick or have been exposed to people who are sick, but did you also know that Vitamin C is a beneficial component of anti-aging skincare products?
Introducing Natural Beauty Wednesdays
Welcome to the first edition of Natural Beauty Wednesdays! Talking about makeup, skincare, and beauty practices is FUN to me. I have really been enjoying reclaiming makeup over the past year with brands that use safe ingredients and perform effectively.
You can read more about my journey from toxic conventional products to nothing to DIY to finding brands I can trust here.
My new skincare and makeup routines have become nourishing, meditative self-care sessions that have really done a lot to improve my mood and confidence levels.
I figure Wednesday is a great day to have a fun discussion and help you get over the mid-week hump! If there are specific topics you'd like me to cover, brands you'd like me to investigate, or if you have questions then send me an email and tell me!
Vitamin C Benefits in Anti-Aging Skincare
As a skincare ingredient, vitamin C supports the synthesis of collagen, decreases free radical damage, decreases skin wrinkling, reduces UV ray damage (which is a type of oxidative damage), and reduces the appearance of dark spots via its gentle lightening effect on the skin. Vitamin C skincare is considered anti-aging and can be a great place to start in your 30s or even 20s to promote healthy aging, especially if you spend a lot of time in the sun or have exposure to environmental pollutants. This study showed that it can correct structural changes in the skin due to the aging process.
You may be familiar with seeing it listed as ascorbic acid on food labels, but in skincare products there are other forms which are more stable. You will often see magnesium ascorbyl phosphate in water-based formulas or tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate in oil-based formulas. I know....it's not intuitive that those would be vitamin c, but they are the preferred, stable form for skincare products (source).
You can also see benefits to your skin by taking a vitamin C supplement (I take this one, please note it does use rice flour as a flowing agent), but if you really want to target an area like your face, your best bet is to use a skincare product that supplies vitamin C. Here are referral links to some of my Paleo and AIP (autoimmune protocol) friendly vitamin C skincare products! I only recommend products I truly love.
IMPORTANT! Please remember that I ALWAYS RECOMMEND SPOT TESTING ANY NEW PRODUCT. No matter how natural the ingredients are, reactions happen. They've happened to me! I think there is a connection with food and other sensitivities...if you're generally a sensitive person then it makes sense your skin can be sensitive to changes in regimen. I always test on the inside of my wrist before applying anything to my face. I also give my face time to adjust to a new product and start with every other day and work up to daily/twice daily.
Vitamin C Serum by 100% Pure
The Vitamin C Serum by 100% Pure is light, quickly absorbed thanks to the aloe vera base, and feels great going on. It is so soothing! You can layer it underneath your moisturizer and/or foundation in the mornings and again in the evenings under your night cream. I find it very gentle and non-irritating. One bottle will last you many months! I have been using this product off and on for over 2 years.
If you have found other anti-aging serums to be too irritating due to the "actives" (the ingredients that are doing the work improving your skin) then you may find the 100% Pure Vitamin C Serum a great option!
Since it is a water-based (aloe) product you'll find the stable Vitamin C form magnesium ascorbyl phosphate on the label.
It comes in a glass bottle with a pump. I use about 1 1/2 pumps to cover my face and neck easily. I may also start using it on my forearms to try to fade some freckles and sun spots that are getting a little too dark for me!
If for any reason you are unhappy with any 100% Pure purchase you can return it for a full refund, so you can buy with confidence!
No. 1 Brightening Mask, Mist, and Oil by Beautycounter
Earlier this year Beautycounter launched a new line of treatment products to complement your normal routine called Beautycounter+. There are 3 Beautycounter+ collections but today I'm sharing No. 1. It features Vitamin C in a purifying kaolin clay-based face mask, alcohol-free hydrating mist, and luxurious face oil. I love all 3 products, which you can buy in a set (also available as travel sized) or individually.
All 3 products have stable forms of Vitamin C that will brighten a dull complexion and provide all the benefits of topical C that you learned about above.
The mask is a great choice if you are also looking to cleanse pores and gently exfoliate. The mist preps skin, sets makeup and is handy to pack in your bag and refresh your face throughout the day. The oil is one of my new favorite products for daily moisturizing and works great alone or by mixing 1-2 drops into your normal face cream.
All 3 Beautycounter face oils use a base formulation of their "Signature Seven Blend" featuring restorative (grapeseed, rosehip, rosa damascena), nutritional (marula, sea buckthorn), and protective (argan, meadowfoam) oils that blend together to create a luxurious, non-greasy, rapidly absorbed blend that is just such a joy to use.
You get a generous 60 days to try any Beautycounter product. If you're unhappy for any reason you can return your unwanted product(s) for a full refund.
My Vitamin C Skincare Routine
No, I'm not putting on Joker makeup, I'm brightening my complexion, cleansing my pores, and gently exfoliating with a kaolin clay vitamin C mask! Blog post all about #vitaminc in skincare coming at you later today. Check out the mask in the meantime http://thecuriouscoconut.com/vitamin-c-mask (LINK IN PROFILE) #naturalbeautywednesdays #kaolinclay #paleoskincare #paleo #aip #autoimmuneprotocol #safeskincare #nontoxicbeauty #claymask #healthandwellness #naturalbeauty #exfoliating #spadayathome #healthyskin #healthybody #naturalskincare
I am loving the synergy between my 100% Pure Vitamin C Serum and my Beautycounter+ No. 1 Brightening products. I actually rotate between the No. 1 and No. 3 lines (No. 3 is anti-acne, and I use it when my hormonal acne flares up. I'm working on addressing the root cause, related to my uterine fibroids, with Chinese Medicine).
I apply a layer of the serum then moisturize with the No. 1 oil, and will use the mist during the day if my skin feels like it needs a refreshing pick me up. I like to use my Beautycounter+ face masks 2-3 times per week.
That's it for this week's Natural Beauty Wednesday! Remember, I'd love to hear from YOU regarding questions about skincare, makeup, other brands, or anything else! Email me or comment below.