Does Your Vitamin C Serum Work?
If you're really into skin care and looking to brighten, repair, and protect your skin from free radicals and sun damage, you probably already know that topical vitamin C is a must have. Chances are, you have also purchased a vitamin C serum that started out light yellow, only to end up going brown (oxidation) after a few weeks. The reason for that is that vitamin C is highly unstable. It oxidizes and loses its effectiveness every time it’s exposed to light, air and heat. By the way, regardless of marketing claims, it doesn’t preserve too long in a water-based formulation either.
Did you know that regardless of price, factors such as the type and concentration of vitamin C, the full ingredient list, and even the kind of bottle or dispenser can determine your product's effectiveness? That means any vitamin C product that comes in a jar, plastic tube, dropper bottle, or clear container is no bueno! But what if you could just add a pinch of fresh vitamin C to mix with your daily application of hyaluronic acid serum or moisturizer?
Enter Beleza by Z Brazilian Antioxidant 'C' Powder —a high-performance, convertible skin powder that defends your skin against environmental aggressors (pollution in the air) which cause premature aging.
This vitamin C is made with L-ascorbic acid and two of the world's most powerful natural antioxidants (camu camu and acerola) plus arginine amino acid, papaya enzyme, and vitamin B5... a nutrient that promotes the skin barrier’s natural repair process. This powerful antioxidant combo slows the rate of free radical damage, which causes the skin to appear dry, blotchy, and dull. All ingredients are non-toxic, so every skin type should be able to use the product unless there's a known allergic reaction to an ingredient. It’s also free from fragrance, essential oils, and parabens which are often problematic for sensitive skin.
Most skin care brands include vitamin C in their products. However, not all vitamin C skin serums and treatments are created equal. Ascorbic acid is the pure form of vitamin C. It’s the most effective of all forms of vitamin C, but it's also the most irritating and unstable (it goes bad sooner than other vitamin C derivatives), which is why this formula contains no water and why using less is more! Here's why you should incorporate vitamin C into your skincare routine:
1. Fights Pigmentation- it has a brilliant effect on melanin-producing cells, so any spots left behind by acne will fade over time.
2. Provides Environmental Protection- softens fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production over time.
3. It'll Give You Your Glow Back- it gently exfoliates dead skin cells.
You're probably wondering what it looks like...
The most common questions we get are: What happens when you mix it with hyaluronic acid or moisturizer? Does it look white on the skin? How do you use it? How long does it last?
It's an off-white/yellowish powder that mixes clear with hyaluronic acid serum or moisturizer cream. The product comes with a little tool to scoop the product from the bottle. 1/2 scoop per day is recommended for sensitive skin, slowly building up to 1 or 1.5 scoops over 30 days, once the skin has built tolerance. One of our bottles should last you for at least five to six months.
We recommend mixing it with Beleza by Z Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Elixir. As you can see in the picture, the product is easily dissolved in the palm of your hand after a swirling the mixture with your finger, leaving no residue on the skin. Please keep in mind that mixing it with heavy serums containing xanthan gum (a filler/ thickener), or any oil-based product will definitely create unwanted clumps and a pilling effect on the skin. So, stick with our hyaluronic acid brand too! Did we mention our environmentally friendly packaging uses a beautiful opaque glass bottle with an airtight seal?
Note: At first, it may sting a little but that should subside after a few minutes. It may also feel a bit sticky while applying, but you'll be left with soft, supple skin once it has absorbed. It is fragrance-free but you may notice an odd smell for a couple minutes. This is due to activation of the papaya enzyme ingredient, which also subsides after the product is absorbed.