|Vitamin C in its purest form. I’ve often wondered whether we could just rub grapefruits, limes, lemons and oranges directly on our skin for those magic external antioxidant benefits — probably not.|
A long, long time ago — at least in the blogosphere — I told you about the wonderful results I was seeing from my Flavo-C serum from Auriga recommended by my dermatologist.
Flavo-C comes in two formulations, one has eight percent vitamin C (ascorbic acid), the other a fifteen percent formulation. I started with the former and have graduated to the super serious blast of antioxidants in the latter.
One thing I discovered while working on my book was that all the experts from dermatologists and plastic surgeons to pharmacists and aestheticians believe our skin “must work for its rewards.” In other words, I was told we should start light, see how that works out and move up the ingredient potency scale. Dr. Gallais told me my skin and the Flavo-C “light” had reached a point of no return and the benefits remained at a sort of status quo. She then moved me up to the big guns — fifteen percent.
|The eight percent ascorbic acid formula.|
The products are believed to be some of the best in their category, credited with delivering exceptional results in helping repair sun damage while aiding in the stabilization and formation of collagen. As you know, I’m not into science and since I’m not writing for a magazine which would demand I back-up claims with hard facts, let me tell you about my hard facts: the serums are brilliant. I’ve been using them for at least two years and, along with my favorite day and night creams (I mix my brands, some women don’t like to do that) I think my skin looks superb. Well, you know, “superb” all things considered. . .
|The 15 percent ascorbic acid formula.|
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Auriga Laboratories, I noted, recommends using its serum morning and evening. I do not. I use it at night. Particularly in the summer layer upon layer of products feels too stifling on my skin. Dr. Gallais does not see the necessity of the twice-a-day approach.
The prices vary, but are around 45 Euros.