Ask Jean: Vitamin C?
Dear Jean, I’m confused: Do I need vitamin C? What does it do for your skin? When do I use it? Will it interact with other anti-agers?—Amanda D.
Dear Amanda, vitamin C is beyond fantastic for just about everyone’s skin; it helps with everything from acne to aging, and it generally doesn’t interfere with other treatments. It adds glow, clarity, smoothness, and noticeable, overall skin-healthiness; in studies, it’s been shown to have a significant sun protective effect, too.
The bummer of vitamin C is that it degrades in water and in oxygen, so most vitamin C serums are great the first few times you use them, and then perfectly harmless but also totally useless, skin-improvement-wise, after that. The many potentially toxic preservatives and stabilizers used in conventional formulas and even the non-toxic ones in clean formulas can delay that degradation to some degree, but it’s still going to happen, eventually.
This vial of powdered vitamin C, however, never degrades. So it’s the most powerful, fresh, and collagen-building. It activates when you mix it with water—you can just wet your face in the morning (I like vitamin C in the AM, other treatments in the PM) and smooth it in; you can mix it with one of the accompanying serums (there’s an anti-aging, anti-acne, or calming), or swirl it in with your SPF, moisturizer, or face oil. It blends instantly, there’s no mess, it feels refreshing but not harsh on your skin, and the results are fantastic.
Case in point: Every morning, I take a walk with my friend Lisa. Even though I’ve used vitamin C forever, a few days after I started using this one, she turned to me and demanded to know what I was doing differently. At first I couldn’t think what I’d changed. “Come on!” she insisted. I told her about the True Botanicals powder; she texted me later that day for name, and ordered it the next. A week later, we were walking on the trail and Lisa just looked, well, amazing. (Bear in mind that when you see someone daily, it’s harder to notice changes, not easier.) “You know what it is,” she said. “I use it every day. And I look fantastic.”
BONUS: While this powder might (temporarily) alarm DEA agents, it will not disturb the TSA in any way, and it never leaks, so it’s also the greatest travel product ever.