Winter is brutal on our facial skin, due to central heating, which makes the skin crepey and dry. If possible, place a bowl of water close to your vent or heater, to replace lost moisture to the air.
It’s hard to use facial serums in Summer, because they tend to ‘melt’, and run into the eyes, or simply get washed away, with all that sweat! So Winter is your ideal time to boost your skin’s hydration levels, with all the serums you can find. However, I must warn you about the truth regarding many facial serums and oils:
The stability of vitamin C in topical solutions is a concern, as exposures to air, heat, and/or light may slowly degrade vitamin C. (http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-C). That is why it is important to ensure that the Vitamin C you apply, has not been obtained through heat. And this is the reason that cold pressed fruit oils, are the best source of unheated Vitamin C.
Furthermore, when ingesting Vitamin C supplements, the far more expensive, oil-soluble Vitamin C, is much better absorbed than water-soluble Vitamin C, as the cells’ transport system absorbs lipids far better than water-based vitamins. This is also the case when applied topically.
Linus Pauling, who received a Nobel Peace Prize for proving that mega-doses of Vitamin C could cure the common cold, owns the Linus pauling institute, which is devoted to researching every aspect of the remarkable Vitamin C. His Institute states: “15% Vitamin C plus 1% Vitamin E can increase the efficacy of Vitamin C eight-fold.” (http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-C.)
Serums claiming to ‘contain Vitamin C’ should be well researched, before placing all your trust in them. The Vitamin C should have been obtained through cold pressed methods. It should be the oil-soluble kind of Vitamin C, And it should contain large amounts of Vitamin C, with mg clearly stated. I know of no serums that fulfill all of these criteria. That is why I recommend using 100% natural, cold pressed plant oils, whose true Vitamin C content is freely available from many reputable websites.
So, my favorite natural skincare tip, is to use 100% natural oils, such as:
Guava Seed Oil – Guava is the richest source of Vitamin C, antioxidants, and flavonoids, that protect skin from free radicals which damage cells.
You can maintain a youthful appearance, by using Organic Guava Seed Oil as a facial serum, to increase flexibility of cell walls.
Broccoli Seed Oil – Vitamin C, rarely found in its natural, bio-active form, in skin products, is Nature’s most powerful antioxidant, which prevents and reverses wrinkles, and reducing inflammation. Broccoli Oil is high in the active form of Vitamin C.
Goji Berry Seed Oil, contains 500 times more Vitamin C than found in oranges. Goji Berry Oil is the most nutrient dense anti-aging serum in the world. Apply a few drops to your face daily, to see a remarkable difference in the beauty of your skin.
Additionally, cold pressed plant oils contain full spectrum Vitamin E and A, which are required to boost the activity of Vitamin C.
Sadly, many expensive serums contain the cheapest, least effective form of Vitamin C, ascorbic acid, which are largely man-made in a laboratory. That is why using a plant oil, will always be superior, because its the natural Vitamin C will be vastly more effective.
Some Vitamin C serums have claims to contain these natural plan oils, like Sea Buckthorn Oil, which contains a Vitamin C content 12 times higher than oranges, but that does not compare to Goji Berry Seed Oil, which contains 500 times more Vitamin C than found in oranges. And secondly, if the serum’s ingredients do not state what percentage of Sea Buckthorn Oil it contains, you could be applying a ‘filler’ of 90% sunflower oil to your face!
So when it comes to being serious about serums, stick with those oils that are closest to that which our wonderful Creator designed. The oils are not greasy, and they sink in readily, just like a serum.
I was thrilled to be featured in colorescience.com’s article “Best Natural Skincare Tips”, in which their mission was to choose 20 experts’ opinions on the science of natural skincare. I was quoted as follows:
“My favorite natural skincare tip is to use 100% natural oils, such as Guava Seed Oil, Broccoli Seed Oil, and in particular, Goji Berry Seed Oil, which contains 500 times more Vitamin C than found in oranges. Additionally, cold pressed plant oils contain full spectrum Vitamin E and A, which are required to boost the activity of Vitamin C. Sadly, many expensive serums contain the cheapest, least effective form of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and are largely manmade in a laboratory. That is why using a plant oil will always be superior, because the natural Vitamin C will be vastly more effective.“