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Is your Vitamin C serum still effective when it changes its color and texture?

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Changing and mixing colors in daily life is fun and attractive but, what about when your vitamin C serum suddenly changes its color and texture? Do we wonder why Vitamin C serum is not in orange color?

Vitamin C is associated with orange but Vitamin C is not orange. When the Vitamin C derivative is dissolved and formulated with actives, it will be 100% clear. So what that it means if your Vitamin C serum for face turns Orange-Brown or changes into a goopy texture?

When a Vitamin C serum changes its color and texture, it means it has been oxidized. Oxidization of a product means that the formulation used in the product is not stable and it has lost its potency and efficacy after coming in contact with heat, light, and air. You’ll know when your serum is changing its texture also with a not-so-good fragrance. This can usually take about two to three months after opening up the bottle.

What happens if you use a vitamin c serum that has changed its texture and color?

If you continue to use a vitamin C serum that has changed its color and texture, you could be doing more harm to your skin.

  • Dryness, irritation, skin breakouts, and sensitivity: Orangish-brown or a goopy texture vitamin c has a low pH concentration which means it can disturb the natural pH balance of your skin, and high acid level which means it is not safe to use on skin. It can cause itchy rashes, stinging sensations, dryness of the skin, and acne.
  • Blackheads and clogged pores: Oxidized vitamin c serum can trap the oil and sebum on the top layer of the skin and can block it in the open pores, which can lead to visible blackheads and enlarged pores.

So basically, if you are using a product that has changed its color, has gone lighter to dark, or has been oxidized then you are just harming your skin to its worst level. Avoid using an oxidized serum that is so highly unstable for your skin and find a super stable vitamin C formulation.

How to choose the right vitamin C Serum

When you’re about to choose a vitamin C product, there are a few tips by Fixderma to keep in mind before choosing:

  • Formulation- Stable form of Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate or L-Ascorbic Acid) – Before choosing your vitamin C serum, look for the formulation and the derivate used in that serum. If it is formulated with Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate or L-Ascorbic Acid, then your vitamin c is made with the most stable formulation and it will not lose its efficacy till its last drop.
  • Concentrations- 15% -25%: Researchers indicate that a 15% of vitamin C concentration is necessary for skin to see improvements and benefits, while above that till the concentration of 25%, it provides the most absorption.

However, as the concentration goes above 25%, it can also be harsher on the skin. So, if you have an acne-prone or sensitive skin type, then you want to be mindful of this and stick to lower concentrations of Vitamin C.

  • Packaging: Your serum should be packed in an airless pump packaging to prevent direct contact with heat, light, and air to save the product from getting oxidized.
  • Infused with actives- Ferulic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid.

The serum you are choosing should be extremely potent with skin-loving actives like Niacinamide, Ferulic acid, and Hyaluronic acid, to reduce skin scarring, wrinkles, and fine lines. It will help firm and tighten your skin and leave it brighter, smoother, plump, and glowing along with multiple anti-aging and skin-brightening benefits.

Benefits of using a Super Stable Vitamin C Serum

  • Boost collagen production
  • Reduces dark spots and blemishes
  • Promotes even skin tone
  • Brightens complexion
  • Penetrates deeply and repairs skin cells
  • Gives a subtle glow to your skin
  • Protects skin from damage

(Do a patch test before use. Do not forget to apply sunscreen)

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