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Vitamin C Skin Care

By Kelly Hultgren

We are so happy to bring you some of our favorite posts from the past! This is one is by our amazing contributor Kelly Hultgren, who has Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Although Kelly has moved on to other pastures, her wise words about Vitamin C Skin Care is still very relevant. Tell us what you think about Vitamin C. Do you love it as much as we do? Tell us in the comments below. 

It was 2 a.m., and in my sleepless stupor I fell victim to my first infomercial purchase — Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty skin care line. In a society obsessed with looking young, there’s a large market for “miraculous,” anti-aging products. According to Crawford, her line is adapted from her European cosmetologist’s weird melon potion that’s rich in antioxidants. For Crawford, it prevents and reverses signs of aging – the woman does look fabulous for her age. As the infomercial cycled, I became hopeful that the product would correct my redness, and reduce my emerging fine lines from exposure to Arizona’s harsh sun. To make six months of using the product short, it made my skin soft, and that’s about it.

My healthy consumption of fashion and beauty magazines has conditioned me to seek out the best anti-aging products at age 22. Some might consider this proactive, others might consider this sad. Through trial and error, I’m finding out that the best products tend to be the ones with the most natural ingredients. Here’s my logic: considering our skin is an organic substance, it will favorably respond to more natural and organic products. After the above melon mishap, I began researching the topical benefits of vitamin C. You can read how the vitamin can cure a less flattering body problem here. As for our skin, vitamin C has natural anti-aging effects. According to celebrity doctor, Dr. Oz, vitamin C is critical in the production of collagen, which can prevent and reduce the forming of wrinkles. Moreover, it can lighten sun pots, reduce redness, and balance skin tone.

After my research, I took the plunge yet again, and purchased a few vitamin C-centered products. I also increased my consumption of vitamin C. Now, I’m reaping the vitamin’s natural benefits.

My favorite vitamin C skincare products (so far) include:

Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Refreshing Cleansing Gel:

All of Avalon’s products contain at least 70 percent of organic content, and this product is no exception. The gel is light, citrusy, and delicate on my sensitive skin. To me, a good cleanser should make your skin look clean, and feel clean. This gel does exactly that, though I doubt the cleanser will have a dramatic anti-aging effect alone. Therefore, I follow the cleanser with the below serum.

Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30™ Vitamin C Brightening Serum:

If you can get past the price, and look at it as a daily investment, this stuff is brilliant. Similar to the above product, this serum has a beautiful citrus smell, and a light consistency that quickly absorbs into your skin. Though the best part about this serum is the noticeable results. According to the product’s website, the Camu Camu berry has 30 times more vitamin C than an orange, making the effects of vitamin C on the skin 30 times more potent. After consistently using this product for only a couple of weeks, I noticed a more even skin tone, brighter skin, and a few faded sunspots. I’m hooked.

To check out more information about these products, you can visit their respective company’s websites: Avalon Organics and Peter Thomas Roth.


Kelly Hultgren-Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis-Contributing Writer

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