I Added Vitamin C To My Skin-Care Routine—Here’s How My Face Reacted

I take my skin-care routine seriously—I moisturize often, wear SPF daily, drink lots of water, and try to get in at least eight hours of sleep each night. It works!

Stress, diet, and life in general can take a toll on our physical appearance, and because I want to feel good and look well-rested as often as possible (don’t we all?), I’m always open to trying new skin-care trends. That’s why, when I heard that vitamin C—known mainly for providing immune support—has become a staple of beauty bloggers the Internet over, I had to try it for myself.

According to the journal Nutrients, vitamin C is a major antioxidant, which can support the skin’s tightness, suppleness, and clarity. To get the benefits, though, you don’t need to down gallons of freshly-squeezed orange juice. Serums—like Derma E’s Vitamin C Concentrated Serum, which I started using two weeks ago—do the trick.

The product works to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while boosting collagen production. It also contains aloe and vitamin E, to support skin hydration.

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In the past two weeks of use, I’ve applied the serum at night (because having a successful skin-care routine means being consistent, and in the mornings, I like to keep things simple because it’s hard for me to stick to a multi-step routine). Before bed, I put on some relaxing music or a fun podcast and light a couple of candles while I begin my skin-care ritual: I wash my face with a gentle cleanser, apply eye cream, and then add any serums. Sometimes I also use a face mask, like this skin-loving, DIY maple syrup-based one. (If I want to apply multiple products, I apply one, wait a minute or two for it to settle in, and then I move onto the next one.)

The Vitamin C Concentrated Serum itself is a tad oily, but it’s very smooth and it dries in mere moments. It’s also rather gentle, though I did experience a mild tingling sensation in the beginning (I didn’t mind the feeling and it went away after less than a minute).

THE RESULTS

Vitamin C: It’s totally legit. Here’s my glowing skin:

After putting on the Vitamin C Concentrated Serum every night for two weeks, I saw some obvious and clear results. Aside from two rogue zits (thanks, PMS!) during the 14 days, my skin became clearer and smoother.

I also noticed that my skin tone began to even out a little more with consistent use. And, in addition to clear skin, my complexion seemed less dull. Bonus: The good results are becoming more obvious as I continue to use the serum on the daily.

I’m going to keep this tool in my skin-care arsenal—and I really look forward to seeing more results as time goes on.