Vitamin C Serum: What is it and Why Should I Use It?

There are so many different serums on the market today that it’s hard to know which to buy. They all promise to be the best at anti-aging, or reduce breakouts- but do they really? When it comes to serums, it’s crucial to look at the ingredients. With Kristyl Skincare, I offer several powerful serums made of high quality ingredients. While I am passionate about each of them, I have a confession to make - the Vitamin C serums are by far my favorite! Vitamin C is such a powerful vitamin that can do everything from increase collagen to fade dark spots. Here is a bit more information on why a Vitamin C serum is a must in your skincare routine:

Vitamin C Serum Benefits

  • Anti-inflammatory - especially acne prone skin

  • Anti-aging - reduces oxidative stress and regulates melanin production to effectively reduce both wrinkles and age spots.

  • Increase collagen - plumps and smooths the skin

  • Increase hydration

  • Protects skin from free radicals

What is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C, in its purest form, is known as ascorbic acid and is an antioxidant naturally found in the skin’s epidermis. Vitamin C can be applied topically to the skin and has amazing results! There are different types of Vitamin C found in skincare products, which all have slightly different effects. For example, some forms of Vitamin C are better at brightening skin, while others forms are better at reducing inflammation.

Be Aware!

Not all forms of Vitamin C are created equal so make sure to read your labels! Always look for ‘Active Ingredients’ on your serums and look for the percentage used. If you do not see a percentage amount, this usually means the active ingredient is below 1%.
The three most common forms of Vitamin C are;

  1. The most potent form of Vitamin C with the best results is Ascorbic Acid but make sure your serum with ascorbic acid has NO water present! As this makes ascorbic acid unstable.

  2. The best Vitamin C for brightening the skin and fading sun spots is Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (THDA).

  3. The most common form of Vitamin C used in most serums, suncreens and moisturizers (also the cheapest form of vitamin C) is Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate which usually comes in a high percentage because its not as potent and therefore needs more to have a result. Serums with this ingredient are usually cheaper in cost.

Our bodies only absorb between 10% - 15% of ascorbic acid at any one time. So choosing a higher percentage doesn’t always make your Vitamin C Serum better.

Vitamin C 12% & Vitamin C+ Serum

Vitamin C 12% & Vitamin C+ Serum

Kristyl’s Products

Kristyl Skincare offers two topical Vitamin C serums:

  1. Vitamin C+ Serum has Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (THDA) as an active ingredient. This type of Vitamin C penetrates deep into the skin to brighten skin, increase collagen production, and help reverse sun damage.

  2. Vitamin C 12% Serum is L-Ascorbic acid, which is the most potent form of vitamin C. The Vitamin C 12% Serum helps decrease fine lines, reduces acne and redness, clears up blackheads, as well as minimizes large pores.

At Kristyl Skincare, I don’t just want to provide high quality, medical grade cosmeceuticals; I want my customers to truly understand the ingredients and how beneficial they can be. If you are looking for a serum that can heal your skin from the inside out by providing powerful antioxidant properties, then it’s time you purchased a quality topical Vitamin C serum. Whether you prefer the Vitamin C+ Serum or Vitamin C 12% Serum, one thing is for certain: both serums can completely transform your skin.


Who has Large Pores in the Caribbean? Here's Why..

While it may not be the most pleasant skin care topic, it’s a very important one. Many of my clients have struggled with oily skin and large pores. Far too many of us can relate to having these horrible large pores- but very few of us actually know how to fix it! The truth is, it’s a much easier skin care issue to fix than you might think. However, before we delve into the solution, let’s talk a bit about why large pores and oily skin is so common.

Living in Barbados, we are exposed to a warmer and more humid climate. In this weather, it’s common for most of us to shower often because either it relieves that hot, sticky feeling or it cools us down. Because many of us shower often, we also cleanse our faces often. Over-cleansing is the #1 culprit of massive pores. This may sound contradictory, so let me explain.

Over-cleansing our face is dangerous because it strips away its natural oils. At night while we sleep, our skin rejuvenates, replenishes, restores, and retains a healthy balance of natural oils. So it is important to do a proper skin care routine before bed. But when we wake up and immediately cleanse our already clean face, those natural oils are stripped away. The body then responds to the lack of hydration by opening our pores larger and producing even more natural oils. This is because your body thinks it’s not producing enough natural oils since they are continuously being stripped away.

However, while you shouldn’t use a cleanser on your face in the morning, you should still use something: the Balancing Facial Toner.

Here’s why:

pH Balance

Keeping the right pH balance for your skin is incredibly important. When your pH balance is off, the pores open larger in attempt to release sebum (natural oils) for hydration. The average toner is designed to simply remove excess sebum, however, the Balancing Facial Toner helps to minimize pores while also balancing your skin’s pH levels. Unlike standard toners, the Balancing Toner isn’t made with alcohol, as that dries the skin out- which is detrimental!

Removes “dirt”

One of the main reasons why people cleanse their faces in the morning is because they have sweat. Most of us think our face is dirty, when there isn’t actually any dirt on it. And sweat isn’t dirt! If you cleanse in the morning- whether you’ve put in a gym sesh or not- you are still removing necessary natural oils. Instead, you can remove sweat and gunk by splashing your face several times with water and applying the Balancing Toner with a cotton pad.

This Balancing Facial Toner is an important part of your daily skin care routine because it helps to stop your skin from gaining large pores. If you truly want to get rid of large pores once and for all, it’s time to stop over-cleansing and start using the pH balancing, purifying Balancing Facial Toner.

Why Choose Kristyl Skincare Products?

I created my own skin care line, Kristyl Skincare, a few years back after realizing that the skin care industry in Barbados was truly lacking. I was frustrated that I couldn’t find high quality skin care products that met my precise needs - and I knew that others were, too. In Barbados, most skin care products are imported from Canada or the United States, which means that they aren’t suited for the Caribbean climate. My products are specifically designed for those living in tropical climates. They are lightweight, breathable, and extremely effective.