VITAMIN C: LOVE OR LOATHE?

If you’ve been reading my blog posts and follow me on IG, you’ll notice one thing missing from my skincare regime. It’s Vitamin C.

First, I don’t enjoy Vitamin C serums turn brown due to oxidation. To think about my hard-earned money, and it turned bad easily, I don’t think so. And that oxidation process is obviously a destructive process, so if you put that on your skin, it will cause further skin damage. Ouch!

Second, Vitamin C is a great anti-oxidant, but it’s possible to become a pro-oxidant when in contact with metal/iron. Unfortunately nowadays, iron is a significant pollutant in the air and water (according to the FDA), and that means our skin comes in contact with iron every day. So, if we apply Vitamin C and our skin comes in contact with the air, it was like inviting problems to occur.

Last but not least, Vitamin C is one tough cookie to be mixed with others in the skincare ingredients list. It should never mix with AHA, BHA, Retinol, and Benzoyl Peroxide. If you’re a fan of layering skincare like me, better watch out and read ingredients list very carefully.

Moral of this post, my skin can’t take a topical Vitamin C, especially in concentrated serum format. It broke me out, caused redness and it tingled badly. So I did some research online, and I did find some interesting facts. Apparently, antioxidants in skincare are BAD when they are in concentrated form and disrupt the body’s natural ability to fight off bacteria.

TIPS & TRICKS:

  • Use Vitamin C in other format than serum for lighter percentage. Personally I use GOOD MOLECULES NIACINAMIDE BRIGHTENING TONER. It contains 2-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid (number 6 on the ingredients’ list), a quite stable form of Vitamin C
  • Try the serum as a dark spot treatment only. Resist the temptation to apply it all over the face. I had great success with GOODAL GREEN TANGERINE VITA C DARK SPOT SERUM, that helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

HOW TO TREAT ACNE SCARS FOR BONAFIDE PIMPLE’S PICKERS

OK, I have to admit that I am one of DIY Pimple Pickers. Especially during these #stayathome period, I am getting worse.

Having all the time in the world to stare at magnifying mirror, and see those pesky pimples/whiteheads/blackheads. And you just can’t help it, but to pop them (especially if you have the tools to do so like me). Well, damages are done, so what can we do next? Read on, folks.

FRESH SCARS
Personally, I consider myself lucky if the puss went out, when I picked them. But if the pores are open already and none came out, clean them right away and stick pimple patch, stat!

If the puss went out and nothing left in there, make sure you dry it with clean tissue (I never use rubbing alcohol to stop the bleeding, because it’ll irritate them more). Then I will apply A’PIEU MADECASSOSIDE AMPOULE on the fresh wound. Made from the infamous tiger grass, I believe it calms the open wound.

Then I’ll top it off with COSRX ADVANCED SNAIL 92 ALL IN ONE CREAM. Made from 92% of Snail Secretion Filtrate, it will help to repair and sooth red skin.

RELATIVELY NEW SCARS
GOODAL GREEN TANGERINE VITA C DARK SPOT SERUM is my HG for older acne scars. Read my review here.

OLD SCARS
Try microneedle aka derma rolling therapy at home. Read my older post here about it.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, EXFOLIATE!
It’s super important to remove those dead skin cells away. You may have your own preferences on how to exfoliate your skin.
Daily exfoliation with gentle exfoliating toner (currently using KLAIRS DAILY SKIN SOFTENING WATER).

Weekly exfoliation with ALPHA H LIQUID GOLD, alternating with DRUNK ELEPHANT A-PASSIONI RETINOL CREAM.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA

REVIEW: GOODAL GREEN TANGERINE VITA C DARK SPOT SERUM

This is my second attempt on vitamin C, as in the first attempt using other brand got my skin irritated. Let’s see if this works, shall we?

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What made me purchase this vitamin C serum? Unlike others, this contains 70% green tangerine extract, nature-derived vitamin C. It claims to be minimally irritant, even thought green tangerine known to have natural vitamin C ten times more than regular tangerines. I bought this online in a set for IDR425K, with a 30ml and bonus 10ml serum, plus the 10ml cream.

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Got hooked on their claims (obviously!). What??? It can lighten blemishes, too???

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So I’ve checked on the ingredients, as they claimed to be free of 20 harmful ingredients (such as mineral oil, parabens, PEG, SLS etc). Surprise…surprise, this serum contains ARBUTIN as one of their main ingredients, which is well-known to fade brown spots. And it also contains Niacinamide (my favorite ever). Unfortunately, there’s one of the ingredients that should be watch out: Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil aka Bergamot Fruit Oil. Yes, it is essential oil. I dislike essential oils on my skincare ingredients (as they’re bad for fungal acne), but what the heck, let’s give it a try for two weeks.

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Texture: transparent gel. When applied, it’s not sticky, and it gives cooling effect on skin (super perfect for such a cruel summer in my home town, Jakarta). It didn’t sting at all, good sign for me.

Here’s the result!

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After only a week, (mind the different lighting) I can see huge improvement on my acne scars. This serum definitely fades new formed acne scars aka PIE (Post Inflammatory Erythema). As for my PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation) on the upper cheek area, I can see it lightens them a bit to a pinkish instead of dark brown spots.

No wonder this serum has won many awards in Korea. It is that good for newly formed acne scars. However, for those who are sensitive to vitamin C, I recommend to apply this serum on dark spots only. Give it a test first, if it’s good to go, then apply on whole face if needed.

PHOTOS: SHINTA ROSVITA