Vitamin C. You heard about it, but what exactly does it do beside prevent scurvy? ARG! It’s pretty stellar stuff in all of its forms. As an esthetician, two of my favorite ways to get this amazing vitamin are through a serum and whole foods.



Topically, vitamin C helps suppress an enzyme called tyrosinase which is responsible for melanin production(the pigment in the cells). Therefore vitamin C helps diminish the look of discoloration/spots in the skin. When used regularly in a skin care routine, you can visibly see brightening in the skin as it is balancing skin tone and strengthening the skin. Strong skin in turn is better able to retain moisture and regulate melanogenesis, which in turn becomes balanced. Balanced melanogenesis means clear, even toned skin as spotty discoloration fades. Pretty cool series of events, right?



 As a potent antioxidant, and key player in collagen formation, Vitamin C comes in multiple forms whose benefits work for every skin. With consistent topical use it can improve skin wrinkling and allow a more youthful appearance come through.  Taken as a supplement or through foods rich in C like citrus fruits, tomatoes, peppers, kiwis and strawberries, you help the body heal wounds faster and with less scarring.



 Environmental pollutants cause our skin cells damage. Fortunately, the benefits of vitamin C in skin care help protect against this free radical damage which can slows visible signs of aging. Free radicals are chemically unstable, unpaired electrons that hunt down other electrons in an effort to stabilize themselves. Think of free radicals as that one REALLY drunk friend who wants a buddy to partake in their shenanigans. They are unstable and want someone to pair up with, but usually not in a good way.  All bodily cells are vulnerable, but skin cells take the brunt, which eventually shows up in the mirror.

Now that you know your Vitamin C, check out our top selling Vitamin C rich products for optimal skin health:

Clean Slate Skin Care’s Triple C+E Serum |$85

C+E Trifecta is a no-sting, gentle formula safe for sensitive skin. This time-release vitamin C allows for safe and effective deliver without irritation. The combination of vitamin c + e may help prevent sebum oxidation, working together to help reduce the look of blackheads and clogged pores. This serum is great for dry, lackluster skin, aiding in firmness and helping reduce deepening lines around the eyes, mouth, cheeks and jawline. Absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling supple and hydrated!

Osmosis’ Catalyst AC-11 |$130

This patented, clinically proven serum reduces the appearance of pigmentation, scarring, and capillaries. Catalyst AC-11 contains a powerful collection of activated amino acids that amplify the Vitamin C results for healthy DNA and firmer skin.

VITAMIN C PRO TIP: SPF and antioxidants are BESTIES! UV light attacks collagen and elastin, but with an extra dose of antioxidants you can help nip oxidative by-products in the bud. Pair it up with Clean Slate’s sunblock for the ultimate skin care combo!