Gather round, it’s time to talk about vitamin C, one of my all-time favorite ingredients (don’t worry retinol, you’re still my No. 1 girl). I recently finished up C-Boost, part of the Evenescence line from Environ and she was good until the last drop.
I first began adding vitamin C to my routine about two years ago. We all know vitamin C is good for your immune system, but you may not be aware of the role in plays in the health of your skin. Aging, environmental stressors and the sun can all cause the skin to wrinkle and sag. Why? Loss of collagen. Vitamin C is a natural way to boost collagen in your skin to help smooth it out. But as of late, it’s gotten even more attention for its brightening effects as an antioxidant. Buh-bye brown spots.
The first vitamin C product I tried was Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum. And while I’m a HUGE fan of this brand for its effective, natural ingredients, I didn’t love the oiliness of this serum. Used during the day, it made my skin even more slick. Loving the results but looking for a way around this, I found in my research you could layer retinol and vitamin C at nighttime. Think of vitamins A (retinol) and C as two playground besties — they play together nicely.
This discovery led me to C-Boost. It’s a cream but not too rich so you can spread it really easily. I found my skin really drank it up and soon after application, my skin had a more even, radiant appearance. Despite its potency, there was no redness or stinging. I followed it with a moisturizer and let it do its scar-fading magic overnight. This product helped with some stubborn acne marks along my jaw line and on my chin I was more than happy to say goodbye to.
Now, the way you apply vitamin C is important to get the most out of it. They key is to be patient. Like set a timer patient. After you apply your retinol, wait 20 minutes if you can to add your vitamin C on top so each has a chance to absorb into the skin. Then, wait 10 minutes or so if you can for your final layer. That’s the secret sauce right there.
Another thing I love about the C-Boost formula is how portable it is. While you should always keep your products from getting warm, this one is stable enough it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. The cream texture and packaging all ensure it won’t leak if the cap is on tight. Perfect for travel.
You may already be swallowing vitamin C each day to help your insides, so why not slather some on to help your outsides? And stay tuned for a future review of Environ’s Retinol 1 Serum.
See what else I’ve used up here.