A Vitamin C Serum Showdown

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Folks, I’ve been testing so many Vitamin C serums over the past few months, my mouth literally tastes like citrus daily. (True story! Occupational hazard, I suppose. #couldbeworse)

Vitamin C, which also goes by ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid, is one of the best vitamins you could possibly use on your skin. Everyone knows Vitamin C is a great immune-booster when taken orally, but when you use it topically, it’s 20 times more potent.

What are Vitamin C’s benefits for skin, you ask? Well, pretty much everything. Vitamin C helps to repair damage from sun exposure and collagen loss by encouraging healthy cell turnover and regeneration, diminishes fine lines, and is essential for firm, youthful skin. Most importantly, vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it protects skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure.

(You know when you cut an apple open and how the edges brown? That, my friends, is oxidation and *also* what’s happening to our skin on the daily. SO GIVE ME ALL THE ANTIOXIDANTS thankyouverymuch)

Vitamin C also inhibits melanin production in the skin, which helps to lighten hyperpigmentation and brown spots, even out skin tone, and enhance skin radiance.

If you want to up the ante, you can maximize the benefits of vitamin C by combining it with other antioxidants such as Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid. Together, they have optimal absorption benefits when it comes to anti-aging, skin brightening, and protection against free radical damage. Vitamin C also plays well with vitamin B and hyaluronic acid.

It’s important to note that you shouldn’t mix vitamin C with retinol or niacinamide because the pH levels are incompatible. That’s why I use my Vitamin C serums in the morning and my very favorite retinol at night.

So how about we get to the nitty-gritty? Here are my 5 favorite Vitamin C serums!

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from left to right: Ursa Major Brighten Serum, Kypris Antioxidant Dew, GOOP Glow, Marie Veronique Vitamin C, African Botanics Nutritive Molecule Serum



Odds and Ends

1. I would be remiss to not start with a Coronavirus link. Are you watching Jessica Yellin? She is a former CNN White House Correspondent and her videos are incredibly helpful and informative.

2. I can relate to this. 2019, come back.

3. Red wine coming from your water tap? Um, sign me up.

4. What a beautiful photo series.

5. Do you know what distracts me from anxious thoughts in times like this? Online shopping. Healthy? Maybe not, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Who wants African Botanics Le Masque Hydralift Intense for 60 bucks? Click here and use the code WHOORL20 to get an additional 20% off!

6. Also, this month’s Beauty Heroes Discovery is the most divine facial moisturizer and creamy body serum for half off. I can’t get enough of the texture and scent! (Check my Body highlight on Instagram for a full review.)

7. Sweetest little puff-sleeve silk shirt. I have the off-white one and now want the black.

8. Best handwashing video ever.

9. Top 50 movies to Netflix right now.

10. 11 stylish women over 50 you should be following.

Wow, y’all, this list took much longer than normal to compile because it was really difficult to find links that weren’t focused on Coronavirus. Please stay safe out there. My kids start Spring Break today after school and we will be social distancing for the next few weeks. Wishing you all mental and physical health during these unsure times.

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Odds and Ends

1. If you are panicked about Coronavirus, take a deep breath and read this. FYI – this is my personalized approach for not contracting it.

2. If Alanis rewrote “Hand in My Pocket” for those of us in midlife.

3. I’ve officially found the best concealer EVER. Full video review here.


5. Ramona Quimby is the best.

6. True Botanicals has a new mask! If clay masks are usually too drying for you, this one will be your favorite. ($20 off your first order of $40+ with the code WHOORLTRUE20.)

7. “This election is about the most vulnerable among us who need you to be an ally.” Such an informative article.

8. Bye-bye, pay phones.

9. Memories from elementary school. So good!

10. Shopbop Spring Event ends on Sunday! Here are my favorite picks.

11. What IS this stuff? It’s confounding scientists.

12. Grandparents and grandbabies. The sweetest.

Happy Friday! I hope you have a stellar weekend.

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