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Dealing with Hyper-pigmentation + Scarring

by TEAM FAE |

So you are already cleansing, moisturising, and layering on SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, sun damage/spots and premature ageing. Great. You are on track to equipping yourself with extremely healthy, supple skin in the years to come. But what about something to help deal with those pesky little scars and pigmentation that acne has left behind? 
*Enter Vitamin C*  - or what we like to call a miracle ingredient.
What does Vitamin C do exactly you ask? Read on.
It's a very powerful antioxidant. 
Essentially, antioxidants protect our skin and the collagen that lies underneath its surface from free radicals in the environment that cause damage to the DNA in our cells. 
As an antioxidant, it also helps to lighten/reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation - including sun spots, melasma, and acne scars that most of us have.
A little vitamin C goes a long way in improving the health and appearance of your skin- be it its brightening properties, its ability to protect you from further damage, or its magical ability to even out one's skin tone. 
Sold? Great. 
Here’s how you incorporate it into your routine.
After cleansing, apply a pea-sized amount of a Vitamin C serum onto your skin. Then follow with moisturiser and very importantly, SPF. Here are some fantastic Vitamin C serums to start with. 
Drunk Elephant Vit C Serum
Ole Henrikson Vit C Serum
Dot and Key Vit C Serum
Kiehls clearly corrective dark spot solution 
Ilana organics brightening skin serum 
Innisfree Vit C sheet masks
We recommend using it once a day - if using in the morning, follow with sunscreen immediately after moisturizing. If you’re using it at night,  skip the sunscreen immediately, but don’t forget your SPF the following morning.
Now in a perfect world, you’d get your hands on a Vit C serum, apply it, and wake up with glowing, even, undamaged skin. The reality, however, is a little different. Here are some things you should keep in mind while using a Vit C serum:
Good things take time - and this is no exception. You will need to be consistent with your use of Vitamin C for at least a couple of months before you begin to see the benefits. 
Not all Vitamin C’s are Made Equal, Quality is extremely important here - ensure you get a product with at least 10-20% of vitamin C for it to be effective. 
Risky business - Vitamin C can cause irritation in some individuals; we recommend doing a patch test on your inner arm and observing it for 24 hours before putting any new anti-oxidizing serum on your face. 
SPF SPF SPF - Finally, we cannot emphasise the importance of sunscreen enough when adding vitamin C to your routine. The ingredient sensitises your skin, so don’t forget to layer your skin with sunscreen every time you use vitamin C serums! 
Hopefully, you're googling the best vitamin C serums available near you right now so you can begin to reap its benefits and bid farewell to acne scarring. Leave a comment below if you have any additional questions you’d like answered!
Until next time, 
Stay Curious. Stay Freequal

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