Vitamin C Serums. You need to get one, but why? What makes Vitamin C Serums such a crucial part of your skincare routine? How do you choose between the hundreds available? 

Just as ingestible Vitamin C has healing properties, topical Vitamin C (or a Vitamin C Serum) also plays a part in healing and protecting our skin. Even though Vitamin C can be found in our bodies, we cannot produce it on our own; Thus the need for topical and ingestible Vitamin C. 



By protecting and increasing the production of collagen in the body, Vitamin C can reduce the look of wrinkles and help heal wounds. iS Clinical Super Serum has even been used to improve the look of hypertrophic scars and fine stretch marks. Not only does it have healing properties, Vitamin C can also act as an added layer of protection against sun damage, free radicals and pollution which will work in tandem with your SPF to slow the effects of aging. 
If you’re not interested in its healing and protecting properties, Vitamin C is also great at reducing pigmentation, brightening the complexion and evening your skin tone. It truly is a multi-tasking product!
In short:
  • Reduce the look of wrinkles
  • Help heal wounds
  • Protects and increases collagen production
  • Extra protection against environmental stressors
  • Reduce hyperpigmentation
  • Brightens and evens skin tone
  • Helps reduce inflammation, redness, acne and scarring



There are two types of Vitamin C found in skincare, L-Ascorbic Acid and Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate.  L-Ascorbic Acid is a potent, beneficial, water-soluble form of Vitamin C whereas Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is fat-soluble.

With all of the Vitamin C products available on the market, it can be overwhelming to know which one is right for you. L-ascorbic acid needs a water-based environment, low pH and antioxidants to be able to work its magic. When looking at pourcentages, aim for something that contains 8-20% L-ascorbic acid. Anything lower than 8% will take longer to see an effect on your skin and anything higher than 20% may cause irritation.

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is a slightly more stable molecule compared to L-Ascorbic Acid. This alternative to the “original Vitamin C” can come in an oil-based product which studies show absorbs deeper into the skin. When looking at skincare products containing Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, no pourcentage is given. If you have sensitive skin, try a Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate based product!



Looking to brighten, depuff and diminish the appearance of fine lines around the eyes? iS Clinical C Eye Serum is the way to go. Though it has a slightly lower pourcentage of L-Ascorbic Acid, it is paired with a Copper Tripeptide Growth Factor to enhance the age-defying properties. This product also contains 40% Hyaluronic Acid, which helps keep the area hydrated. 

Have active acne and inflammation? iS Clinical Pro-Health Serum really shows the healing powers of Vitamin C. It also targets finelines, helps with brightening the skin and is anti-aging but its main goal is to heal the skin. This product contains an antibacterial, antibiotic mushroom extract which makes it great for those suffering with rosacea, contact dermatitis and eczema.

You’ve cleared your active acne and now want to reduce your scarring, give iS Clinical Super Serum a try! This product also contains a Copper Tripeptide Growth Factor that helps the body synthesize collagen which in turn helps heal damaged tissue. As mentioned before, this product can be used to minimize the look of scars and stretch marks as well as reduce pigmentation and brighten the skin.

Want something with extra anti-aging powers, extra-plumping and that stimulates even more collagen production? Try Skin Better Alto Advanced Defense and Repair Serum. This is a Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate product that offers a broad range of antioxidant protection against pollution, UV Rays, Blue Light and Infrared Radiation. This is also a great option for those who struggle with hormonal acne!


The takeaway from all of this? Whether your goal is to brighten, protect or heal your skin, you will not regret incorporating a Vitamin C Serum into your skincare routine. Find our Vitamin C Serums and more here

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