Which Vitamin C Serum is Right For You?

Which Vitamin C Serum is Right for You?

 

With so many vitamin C products that are on the market, how do you know which one is right for you? There are serums, creams, cleansers and more.  Lucky for you, we are here to help!  Here are our favourites by skin type;

 

Dry Skin

Dry skin can be more sensitive to many products.  So, choosing the right vitamin c product can be a little harder.  Our number one pick for dry skin?

 

Vivier Kine CThis product is a mix of Viviers’ amazing vitamin c serum with an extra dose of peptides in a slightly more humectant base for increased hydration.  It is a sure-fire way to perk up dry dehydrated skin.

https://skinscience.md/product/vivierskin-kine-c-serum-30ml/

For an at home treatment that will help deeply hydrate and remove dulling dead skin we recommend:

 

DermaQuest C-Infusion MaskThis masque utilizes vitamin C and potent fruit enzymes to refresh dry tired skin and keep it fresh.

Dermaquest C Infusion TX Masque

 

Reactive Skin

If you have rosacea, or reactive skin, the anti-inflammatory properties of vitamin C can be incredibly beneficial. Finding a product that you don’t react to can be a challenge.  Our go-to starter for sensitive and reactive skin?

 

Vivier Serum 5With a lower dose of the L-Ascorbic Acid and some soothing peptides, it is extremely well tolerated even by the most reactive skin types.  It even works well on the delicate eye area.

VivierSkin Eye Serum 5 15ml

 

Early Signs of Aging

Are you just starting to notice the beginning signs of aging? For skin that has just a few fine lines and the precursors to visible sun damage, we recommend

 

Dermaquest C-Infusion Serum AND C-Infusion EyeThis creamy, hydrating serum can double as a light weight day cream for many people. It contains enough vitamin c to slow down collagen degradation and the formation of wrinkles, while the active peptides help reduce existing fine lines.

https://skinscience.md/product/c-infusion-serum/

https://skinscience.md/product/c-infusion-eye-cream/

Acne Prone or Combination Skin

 

If you are mildly to moderately acne prone, our number one pick is

Vivier Serum 20This serum contains a high dose of L-Ascorbic acid, which is a mild AHA. The vitamin c will help prevent acne scars from forming, as well as promote healing of breakouts once they have run their course.

Visibly Aging and Resistant Skin

 

If you are past just having a few fine lines, and have moved on to skin that is definitely showing the signs of aging, the we like to kick it up a notch with:

 

Vivier C+E Peptide SerumThis serum contains an extra anti-oxidant in the form of Vitamin E, which will aid greatly in the repair of deeper wrinkles.  Vitamin E is an amazing addition for skin that is resistant to change with just vitamin c on its own.

https://skinscience.md/product/vivierskin-ce-peptides-serum-30ml/

Hormonally Uneven Skin

(Melasma aka Pregnancy Mask)

 

If you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, Vitamin C makes a very safe option to slow down the progression of Melasma (also called Pregnancy Mask). It is completely safe to use during pregnancy and or while breastfeeding.  It won’t clear it up completely, but Vitamin C’s natural brightening and anti-inflammatory properties, make it a perfect ingredient for this challenging condition. Our first pick during pregnancy is: Dermaquest C-Infusion Cleanser, C-Infusion Serum and if needed C-Infusion Eye Cream.

https://skinscience.md/product/c-infusion-cleanser/ 

Dermaquest C Infusion Serum

Melasma unfortunately is not curable. For many women, it can be a real post baby struggle to clear it up.  However, once you are done with your pregnancy (and breastfeeding) journey, we can incorporate a few other ingredients to help increase the positive effects of the Vitamin C.

Our go to for melasma after pregnancy?

Vivier Seequin IDS 4This serum utilizes a 4% Hydroquinone in addition to the L-Ascorbic acid to maximise the reduction in melasma and keep it at bay. By combining both of these active ingredients we are able to see greater clearing in melasma than with each ingredient on its own.

VivierSkin Seequin 4 IDS Skin Lightening Serum 30ml

 

If you would like further analysis of your skin to determine the best course of action for you, give us a call at 403-287-1477.

 

We would love to see you for a consultation and help you on the path to glowing, healthy skin!

 

 

 

 

 

Our Top Three Anti-Oxidant Treatments in Clinic.

We love our anti-oxidants and we hope by now you’ve caught our enthusiasm for theses amazing aging busters. We have discussed what anti-oxidants do, how they prevent and treat aging. Now lets talk about how to get a good dose of these free radical fighters.

 

We try to have every client possible using an anti-oxidant component to their daily maintenance routine. But what about corrective doses? We have several in clinic anti-oxidant treatments.  These treatments offer a higher dose of anti-oxidants than you can get in any at home product.  At SkinScience we love a good analogy, so think of it like this; Your vehicle needs regular maintenance, things like oil changes, checking the tire pressure etc etc. Even if you follow the recommended maintenance program, eventually your vehicle is going to need a repair. Sometimes things just wear out eventually, or maybe there was damage cause by something out of your control.  Your skin is very much the same.  Daily maintenance is absolutely crucial, but repairs will still be needed. Your anti-oxidant treatments in clinic with us, are your time to repair some of the damage that leads to aging skin, on a deeper level.

 

Here are our (and our clients) favourites:

 

Dermaplaning + Vitamin C Peel

 

This is soooooo loved by our patients, it is hands down one of our most popular treatments.  We start with a dermaplaning, and follow it with our custom-made Vitamin C Anti-Oxidant Peel.  Our proprietary blended Vitamin C Peel is something we have custom made to our exacting standards, just for our clients.  Performing a dermaplaning prior allows for maximum absorption of this high dose anti-oxidant for your skin. It leaves skin feeling smooth, fresh, more hydrated and brighter. The best part is the vast majority of clients experience very little redness or downtime!

 

Four Layer Lift

 

The Four Layer Lift is a treatment we designed for people who have sensitive skin or might just be more sensitive to higher percentages of Vitamin C, or individuals who need deeper hydration.  It’s a series of Anti-Oxidants and fruit enzymes.  The enzymatic action allows for deeper penetration of the anti-oxidants as well as deep hydration for very dry skin.

 

Dermaplaning Facial

 

A dermaplaning facial is slightly longer than our Mini Dermaplaning. It allows for the application of a custom designed series of masques and or treatment serums.  In this treatment, we can assess what your skins greatest needs are and design a post treatment application process to address those concerns! Your skin gets exactly what it needs!

 

Call today to book your anti-oxidant treatment! If you are not sure which treatment will give you the greatest result, let us know! We would love to guide you through the process!

(403) 287-1477

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep the Lemon Juice off Your Face!

Pollution is a real threat to your skin.  Free radicals found in pollution terrorize cells, leaving them damaged and not able to function.  We discuss with every patient how vital anti-oxidants are to your skins overall health and to stopping aging in its tracks. Our favourite anti-oxidant is of course Vitamin C.

 

Regularly clients ask “can’t I just use lemon juice?”  To be fair, there are 10 things that can be listed in quick succession that would be worse to put on your skin (a dirty sock comes to mind). Having said that, please do not put lemon juice on your face!

 

Lemons and other citrus fruits are delightful sources of vitamin c. They contain loads of naturally occurring citric acid.  Citric has an anti-oxidant effect, but not nearly the anti-oxidant effect of L-Ascorbic Acid.  Lemons do contain L-Ascorbic Acid (which is vitamin C), but not in the same percentages that we are able to offer in pharmaceutical grade serums. To say it plainly, lemon juice is just not nearly as effective as an anti-oxidant as a pharmaceutical grade serum.

 

Even with that information, you still might be tempted to save a few bucks and make your own lemon based treatment product at home.  Unfortunately, lemon juice has some very serious risks associated with using it.

 

Citrus fruits contain something called furocoumarins. These are naturally occurring compounds which react when exposed to UV radiation (Sunlight).  When furocoumarins are exposed to sunlight, they can cause deep sunburns, darkening of melasma, hyperpigmentation, rashes and more. In fact, in 2015 researchers at Brown University (Rhode Island, US) were able to conclusively show an increase in Malignant Melanoma rates for induvial exposed to a specific furocoumarin called psoralen, found in citrus fruits!

 

This is why pharmaceutical grade products are so amazing!  They offer all of the benefits of an anti-oxidant without the risks associated with the furocoumarins!

 

There is another train of thought regarding lemon juice applied directly to skin.  Lemon juice has some awesome anti-bacterial properties.  However, because of its ph, it doesn’t target just the bad bacteria. It indiscriminately targets all bacteria, even the naturally occurring good bacterial flora that help maintain healthy skin. Pharmaceutical grade vitamin c products are created with an adjusted ph for maximum absorption, to maintaining the activity of the ingredients, and not damage the natural flora of the skin.

 

Lastly, because lemon juice has such a low ph, it has the ability to damage the skins natural protective barrier.  When this barrier is damaged, it is not able to perform its prime purpose of keeping bad things out. When this barrier is impaired, pollutants and free radicals are able to more easily gain entry to your skin and cause even more damage.

 

To find the anti-oxidant serum that is right for your skin and sure to give safe, consistent results, give us a call! We would love to see you for a consultation! Or, purchase a ticket for our Anti-Oxidant Event on June 22 by calling (403) 287-1477  and see anti-oxidants in action first hand!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ask The Scientist ~ How Does Atmospheric Pollution Impact My Skin?

Q: How does atmospheric pollution impact my skin and its health?

A: Humans are exposed to air pollution, which has major effects on  skin health. Airborne pollutants exist in multiple forms: solids, liquids, gases and fine particulate matter. These are absorbed directly through the skin into the subcutaneous tissue or through hair follicles and sweat + sebaceous glands. Global urbanization and exploding worldwide energy consumption  have exposed humans to increased quantities of atmospheric pollution. The skin, as the largest organ of the body, acts as a physical, chemical and an immunological barrier against environmental factors.  Whenever a prolonged and repetitive exposure to environmental pollutants exceeds the skin’s normal potential for defence, we see a disturbance in the [skin] barrier functions leading to the development of various skin diseases. Main air pollutants which affect the skin are UV radiation, infrareds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter, cigarette smoke, smog and heavy metals.

Air pollutants exert a harmful effect on the skin by increasing oxidative stress which counters the skin’s antioxidant (AOx) defenses. There is a depletion of enzymatic (glutathione peroxidase, glutathione reductase, superoxide dismutase and catalase) and non-enzymatic (Vitamin E, Vitamin C and glutathione) antioxidant capacity. Free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) are generated that interact with the lipid-rich plasma membrane to initiate the lipid peroxidation cascade. ROS also stimulate the release of pro-inflammatory molecules which results in the accumulation of neutrophils and other phagocytic cells that further generate free radicals, thereby resulting in a vicious cycle.  Air pollution induces severe alterations of the normal functions of lipids, DNA and/or proteins in the human skin via oxidative stress/damage, leading to extrinsic skin aging, inflammatory or allergic conditions such as contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, acne and skin cancer.

 

Source:  Puri P, Nandar SK, Kathuria S, Ramesh V. Effects of air pollution on the skin: A review. Ind J Dermatol Venereol Leprol, July 2017;83:415-23