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🍊The Truth About Vitamin C in Our Skincare: How to Use, Fave Products & Formulations! (Ft. DECIEM)


Hello and welcome back to Beauty Within! It’s your hosts, (Ro: Rowena!) and Felicia. And today we’re gonna be diving deeper into one of the skincare industry’s favorite ingredients: vitamin C. Or otherwise known as L-ascorbic acid. I’ve been a longer time user of vitamin
C, compared to Felicia, for brightening my freckles and sunspots. ‘Cause my skin is fairer. So I need as much help as I can get with lightening! (Fel: Yeah.) I only started incorporating it into skincare more over the last year. More for acne marks and brightening. And man, has it been a game-changer! Because I think there’s other ingredients that really help to lighten and brighten. But vitamin C is the gold standard. It’s been around. (Fel: Yeah!) For a long time. (Fel: Tried and trued.) Very – A lot of clinical studies saying that it works. Today, we’re going to explain more about what to look for in the formulation of all of these vitamin C products. Specifically, the differences between oil-based and water formulations. And on top of that, talk about the different
derivatives and how they all play into making our skin look brighter, look stronger inside and out. Because vitamin C is consumed. Yeah, and it’s quite complex. (Fel: Yes!) So many different branches. (Fel: Oh my god.) Powder, oil, water. (Fel: Yes.) In this episode, we have a
super exciting treat! Because we know how much you guys love The Ordinary. We were lucky enough to actually go to visit DECIEM headquarters in Toronto to talk to the Abnormal Beauty Company Team. And it was so cool! You guys will be – Cannot wait to share with you guys! (Fel: Yes.) Because we have a bunch of content coming up for you guys with them. So while we were there, one of the special people we chatted with was none other than the man in charge of formulating all The Ordinary products. And he’s the chief scientific officer of the whole DECIEM company. And so we sat down and picked his brain about all things formulation, products and skin health. So we’ll be sharing what he had to say
about vitamin C, and you won’t want to miss it! Before diving into all that, it’s important to understand the role that vitamin C plays in our body. Not only topically through our skincare, but when we ingest it. So what is vitamin C and collagen? Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin. And why we need it in the body
is because it’s a cofactor in producing collagen, and it’s a strong antioxidant. Basically, it lets your body create a cushioning throughout the body, as well as a naturally strong skin barrier. And I bet most people just think of citrus
fruits when it comes to vitamin C, which is true! But did you know that bell peppers, strawberries, kiwis, [and] papaya actually contain more vitamin C than
citrus fruits like oranges. That’s wild! That’s crazy, right?!? (Ro: More you know!) The daily serving is recommended to be between 65 and 90 milligrams. And an orange contains about 69 milligrams. While the bell pepper has 190, broccoli has 132, and papaya has 88. (Fel: Mmhmm.) So there’s a little fun fact, friends! So when we consume vitamin C, it has to be absorbed by our small intestines. And if we have too much of it, the ascorbic acid in the blood levels is high. And that will mean it just gets excreted through our urine. So no harm done. Funny story. When I was little, you know there’s vitamin C tablets that are – Chewables? (Ro: It’s like candy?) Yeah. It’s kind of hard, but you can eventually chew it. (Fel: Yeah yeah yeah.) I finished a bottle. (Fel: …) And we will also find vitamin C in our skin naturally, as well. But because the nutrients we consume don’t always travel all the way through the epidermis layer of our skin, the most effective way to get it into your skin is to ~ slather it on ~ So when it comes to vitamin C in skincare products, there are four main advantages for the skin. Which you probably all have heard of because it’s on every labeling of every skincare product! (Ro: Yes.) The first is overall brightening of the skin. And helping with lightening acne marks, sun spots, and hyperpigmentation. And vitamin C helps these skin conditions by interacting with the copper ions at the tyrosinase level of the skin. And it inhibits it from producing, which means less melanin. Which then means less hyperpigmentation. Fel: Ding ding! (Ro: Bing Bing!) And next is building collagen and elastin. As we mentioned, our bodies need vitamin C to make collagen. And collagen is a protein fiber that is abundant through our entire body. And it’s what we associate with youthful, radiant, and firm skin. So you can imagine yourself jumping
on a little trampoline. And the trampoline just keeps bouncing you back up, right? You’re like, “Yayyyy!” And that’s essentially what collagen does for the skin. With less collagen, the trampoline will start to look a little sad. It’ll sag like the ones that have been out in the sun for years and years. (Ro: Oh yeah!) And all the strings have depleted! It’s like a sad decrepit town. Oh my god! You know when you’re driving through – Yeah! Brrrr. (Ro: Duhduhdaa!) And there’s abandoned trampolines? And it’s just tearing? (Fel: Yeah.) ‘Cause it’s so dry? Yeah, and then the steel is broken? Anyway, so that – (Ro: So that’s our skin!) Yes. That is what happens when we don’t have enough elastin and collagen production. [It helps] with using vitamin C to kind of build it back up to make sure that bounce is still there. Something else that’s really important in forming elastin and collagen are micro minerals. Specifically zinc, copper, and manganese Basically they’re leafy green vegetables. Like kale, lettuce, as well as things like pineapple and mushroom. And if you REALLY want to up your collagen game, you’ll want to consume nuts, which
are also known as phytoestrogens. And phytoestrogens also help with your overall hormone balance. Yay! We need to balance our hormones! And you’ll find these in flaxseeds, pecans, cashews and almonds. I used to think nuts were the most boring snacks ever. But they so good! (Fel: Thought they were like old people – old people snacks.) Or what you take when you go hiking. (Fel: Yeah!) But it’s good for you. Another one of the main benefits of vitamin C is to fight free radicaaals. Dingdalaling! And hopefully we know by now
that free radicals can really speed up the aging of our skin. Because free radicals are abundant in polluted areas. And also in smoking areas. Which is why smokers really do have very ashy, dry, gray skin. So you need antioxidants to act like little bodyguards. To soak up any potential free radical damage before it happens. Or the beth beth beth thing to do! The beth thing to do! The beth thing to do! Is just to not smoke. (Fel: Yes!) And the last major benefit is that there’s a synergy that happens when you use vitamin C with other ingredients like vitamin E, arbutin, ferulic acid, as well as SPF. These ingredients will help to stabilize the unstable nature of vitamin C, as well as strengthen its overall effect on the skin. And ferulic acid is also known for its UV protection properties. And arbutin is really great at reducing uneven skin tone or texture. And so when you use these all together WITH a sunscreen, it’s like this indestructible shield of youth! (Ro: Ching!) Yeah. So now with all that said, how does vitamin C travel through our skin? As one of the water-soluble vitamins, vitamin C is a small enough molecule that can pass or diffuse through our cell membranes to be absorbed through the epidermis and then transported to the dermis underneath. But the more important thing to be aware of is that vitamin C absorption through the skin depends a lot on the pH of the vitamin C product. Because our skin is slightly acidic. You know, in the pH scale, it’s between 4 – 5 and 5.5. So for vitamin C to be effective on our skin, the pH should be around 3.5. And the studies have shown that if it’s a little bit higher, it will start to be less effective. So now with all that said, we’ve gotten to the portion of the video where we’re gonna take you to Toronto. Here’s the interview we did with Prudvi: chief scientific officer of the Abnormal Beauty Company. Who is far more qualified to talk about things like this than we are! And the information that he dropped on us. I remember when we were sitting there, we’re like, “Woah!” The whole time the both of us were just like, *speechless* Yeah! It’s like everything makes sense! (Ro: Yeaaaah!) Roll clip! Vitamin C is super soluble in water. If it’s just water, and if we’re talking about smaller concentrations you apply, the water that is carrying the vitamin C, as well as the hydration of the skin, is good enough for vitamin C to penetrate. Because one: vitamin C and just water is
protonated. Means, there is a definite charge to it. pH is on the lower side, so it makes it way easier through the skin. Versus, if vitamin C is solubilized in a medium where it is not water, then the evaporation rate is very less than water. So it can allow vitamin C to completely get into the skin. And then when we say completely get into your skin, how far down is that? So there’s multi facets where vitamin C can be directed to. Generally speaking, epidermis and dermis are the areas where vitamin C should be reaching. But an interesting thing is, there is a receptor that a technology provider identified. It’s Sodium Dependent Vitamin C Transporter. So those are situated in epidermis areas. That is the one that actually directs vitamin C into the skin. So pretty much, you can take one active ingredient, and you can really direct it based on your formulation and concentration to different areas within the skin. Mmm. (Ro: Fascinating.) Voww! So basically the TLDR breakdown of that previous segment you guys just watched. Is that our skin doesn’t necessarily absorb more vitamin C just because a product has a higher concentration of it. It really comes down to the combination of concentration and potency. And the delivery agent, whether that’s water (or) oil or how they work together to achieve the best delivery system to the skin. Before we jump into looking at different product categories that have vitamin C and our personal favorites, let’s first understand how the vitamin C derivatives really work on our skin. Because you’ll find that a lot of products out there will contain these. So derivatives work similar to pure L-ascorbic acid. Just that the potency is not as strong, which means it will be better for sensitive-skinned people. But derivatives can only work after they’ve
been converted to L-ascorbic acid in the body. So with the chemical conversion that happens, this generally means that it would deliver less bioavailable vitamin C to our cells in the epidermis. Here’s a chart for reference with the corresponding potency that we found. Dinggggg! You might not have seen these super
scientific sounding words until now. But now that you’ve seen it, you’ll probably start seeing them everywhere. You can thank us later. Yup. It’s all over your skincare labels. We bet your bottoms on it. We bet our bottoms on it. (Ro: Yeah.) We won’t put you through that. *LOLS* So the potency refers to the amount of vitamin C that is actually delivered to your cells. For example, in one gram of L-ascorbic acid, one gram of vitamin C is delivered to the cells in our skin. But for one gram of Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, just over a half a gram of vitamin C is delivered to the cells. Buuut, that’s not all! It’s never all. It’s never all. Because it’s not just about the potency. What Prudvi was also emphasizing was it’s the formulation of the product that will determine whether the vitamin C is directed and able to work on the skin. So let’s take a look at some of our favorite vitamin C products. (Fel: Yes.) Okay so first starting off with the oil-based vitamin C products. We have the Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil that you’ve been liking. I love it! I feel like [with] most vitamin C, the powder form can be a little coarse when you apply it. And then with vitamin C serums, they just tend to oxidize really quickly. (Fel: True.) The corner, the sides of the bottle, they’ll just start dripping. (Fel: It gets crusty!) And it gets you know orangey or like brown. So I think for the oil, to me sensorially how it applied and just the way that it worked, I just like it. (Fel: They’re little pink bottle) sold itself, as well. (Ro: It’s so cute. Yeah.) Too cute. Yes. So looking at the formulation of this one, the base ingredient is squalane which is
the oil. And the vitamin C derivative that they use in this one is the Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, which is the fourth ingredient in the entire formulation. So this one in terms of potency is not – definitely not as strong as the L-ascorbic acid. Which is why probably you could very easily use it every day, right? And you don’t feel any sort of irritation. You probably don’t even need to think too much about whether it will irritate the skin in conjunction with other skincare because it’s easy to use. Because this derivative isn’t as potent as L-ascorbic acid, (Fel: Mm.) it won’t oxidize as quickly as the OG, you know? (Fel: Yeah.) You know, L-ascorbic acid. But my only thought when I see the Biossance bottle is that it is clear. Probably best to store in a cool, dark area. Yes. (Ro: Mmhmm.) So keeping it in, you know, away from heat, away from light. Making sure you screw it on. All of that is so important when it comes to vitamin C. (Ro: Yeah.) Otherwise, you just waste your money! Moving on to another oil-based. The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin. So this formula combines two of those great ingredients that work hand-in-hand together. Arbutin is great for brightening. And they’re both solubilized in a completely water-free formula for the ideal stability. Vitamin C and alpha arbutin are less stable in formulations that contain water. And use of them combined in formulations containing water is highly discouraged. So with this one, you might feel that it’s slightly oily for a few seconds after application. Despite the fact that it is completely free of oil. So this is from The Ordinary’s website. And they do a really good job at (Fel: Explaining.) breaking down all of these different ingredients and products. And how it’s used and what you might expect from it. Yeah. And the cool thing is, you
know, because they’re all about science. Everything is based in science. There’s so many different types of vitamin C products. So if you’re really into vitamin C and you’re kind of particular about which ones, (Ro: Yeah.) you can really pick and choose. Another example of a base you will find is silicone to pair with vitamin C. And the example that we have is Paula’s Choice C25 Booster. It has 25% vitamin C. And the first ingredient is this [cyclopentasiloxane]. That I’m not even gonna try to pronounce. (Fel: Yeah.) It is for hydration, and it’s a type of silicone. And the second ingredient is ascorbic acid, which is the vitamin C. This one, I use at the end of my skincare routine. (Ro: Yeah.) So after moisturizing everything. And you don’t want to rub it on because of that consistency. (Ro: Powdery?) It’s kinda – It’s not grain-. It’s like moussey. Yeah! (Fel: Yeah.) It’s like velvety moussey. Yeah. And it only comes in this really little thing. (Ro: Yeah.) Because you only need a really little portion of it. You just kind of pat it over
discoloration, hyperpigmentation. And it really does brighten up those areas. And it’s worth noting here that whenever you use skincare products, in general, but especially vitamin C, pair it with a sunscreen. And what you’ll notice for these oil-based vitamin C products is that they don’t contain water. And as we learned before, one: it’s because water speeds up the decomposition of L-ascorbic acid to inactive dehydroascorbic acid. So using a water-free formula keeps the vitamin C levels higher for longer, translating to a more effective product. (Fel: Mhm.) And second point: only water-based products have a pH. And since the cream or oil-based products don’t have a pH, L-ascorbic acid will be un-ionized and can penetrate the skin quickly. Again, which means it increases the
effectiveness. Moving on to water-based vitamin Cs. The first one is Ole – (Fel: Oole.) Oole Hen- You know I learned how to say that from Diplo? Ooole Henriksen. (Fel: When did he say that?) His Morning Get Ready With Me? Yeah. Ooole Henriksen. They have a Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster. Which is pretty popular in a lot of articles. (Ro: Yeah!) You see this everywhere I’ve used that with the… the orange one with the blue one
before. And this is what Labmuffin said. You’ll notice that it doesn’t contain L-ascorbic acid, but instead contains vitamin C derivatives sodium ascorbyl phosphate and calcium ascorbate. So she said sodium ascorbyl phosphate is much more stable and expensive compared to L-ascorbic acid. And it absorbs at a higher pH too, which just means less irritation. Okay, this is one that I’ve been using
recently that I’ve really loved! (Ro: Ooo!) But it’s recently oxidized. (Ro: Oh no.) It’s a, “Yay! Awww.” “Agggh.” (Ro: “Aaa! Awww.”) It’s always a balance in life. It’s the Obagi Vitamin C + Arbutin Brightening Serum It’s a serum. And we kind of think of serums as like this – A little bit goopy. (Ro: Yeah.) But this is like a full-on toner consistency. (Ro: Ooo!) It’s so lightweight, and it sinks so quickly. (Ro: It’s like umm.) So this one has 10% L-ascorbic acid. And the ingredients are water, propylene glycol, alcohol denat… and then L-ascorbic acid and arbutin. So what I found using this after I think a month is my skin just completely evened out. (Ro: Wow!) Yeah. I don’t know if this is because it’s like the first time that I’ve used a vitamin C product so consistently. But I’m like, “Wow.” “This is amazing.” (Ro: Your skin does look nice.) Oh my gosh. We’re not really gonna go into it. If you want to know more, I actually have another video. You know, in the day and night routine? (Ro: Yes.) So you can check that out. So next is the Purito Vitamin C Serum. There’s 10% vitamin C and 84% hyaluronic acid. So it’s super hydrating. (Fel: Mm!) But this, I believe when you first get this product, I think it comes without the pump on. So you need to take off the cap to keep its integrity. (Fel: Aaah.) or like the formulation. What is it? The – The air from seeping into it. (Ro: Yeah! Yeah yeah yeah.) While it’s waiting. (Ro: Prevent oxidation.) But the good thing about this is the bottle itself is a dark brown color. (Fel: Yes.) So it’s – it’s helpful. So for this, they also use ascorbic acid. So this one I guess is more hydrating because of the (Ro: 84%) intense hyaluronic acid. (Ro: Yeah.) And it’s funny because Prudvi also said
that vitamin C enhances hyaluronic acid in our skin. So that’s another good synergyyyyy. I just think of synergy as such a funny word. (Ro: Synergy.) Especially when it’s used in business. I’m like… *eyes roll back* Synergistic. Synergy. (Fel: Yeah XD) Synergy between teams. Solar power synergy. *LOLS* Okay, so moving on to another Paula’s
Choice. It’s interesting because they have both types. (Ro: Yes.) They have a water-based one and also a non water-based one. The one that we use, for a while now, is the C15 Booster. And this has 15% vitamin C, as well as vitamin E. As well as ferulic acid. So they know their combination. (Ro: Mm! Yeah.) And I think this is a really good example of how the higher concentration needs to be paired with something that’s not water-based. (Fel: Yeah!) The water-based one is 15%, while the non-water is 25%. Yeah! You know, I never thought about it until this. (Ro: Yeah.) And I’m like, “That’s why!” (Ro: I remem-) I remember trying the 25%. I was like, “I don’t like this consistency, so I’m gonna
stop using it.” Yeah. But it’s like – (Ro: But now I’m like,) (Fel: “It’s calculated.”) “There’s a reason why!” So yes looking at the ingredients, it’s water and then ascorbic acid. And this one is really cool because with the boosters you add it into your serums or you add it into your moisturizers. (Ro: Yeah.) So since you have a thousand hyaluronic acid serums, now we know it’s a really good base for mixing vitamin C into. (Ro: Yeah!) Speaking of which, vitamin C powders (Fel: Mmm.) can also be mixed into… They can! Yeah, hyaluronic acid serums or even your creams. I think there’s a little word of warning (Ro: Mmm.) because it’s so potent. (Ro: Yeah.) It’s pure L-ascorbic acid. You don’t really know how much to mix in. (Ro: Yeah.) The thing is I feel like most brands like Good Molecules and The Ordinary have little spatulas. And to test it out, I think you can maybe start with like 1/4 of a scoop. (Fel: Yeah.) And the scoops are very small. (Fel: Yeah.) They’re like – They’re like this tiny. They’re pretty tiny. So tiny that I lost the scoop. And then what do you do? Just kind of eyeball. Trying both of The Ordinary and Good Molecules, I remember The Ordinary is finer-grained (Fel: Grained.) and not as coarse as Good Molecules. But that being said, Good Molecules isn’t coarse coarse either. (Fel: Mm.) A lot of great reviews say it’s the least non skin-tearing vitamin C powder. (Fel: Mmm.) I love using it because of all its benefits. You know, it’s a free radical scavenger. It helps as an antioxidant. It protects your skin against the sun, UV rays, UV damage. I use it during the day. (Ro: Mm!) And then I save other ingredients like retinols at night. (Ro: Yeah.) For me, I like using vitamin C in the morning, as well. (Fel: Mm.) ‘Cause I think, you know, when you pair antioxidant with sunscreen it’s like power couple? (Fel: Yeah.) Power – (Fel: Power Co -) Power… Power combo. (Fel: Yeah.) Couple combo. And at night, I have been using the Biossance vitamin C just for that extra boost. (Fel: Oil.) Because at night, our skin goes through replenish (and) repair. (Ro: Mmhmm.) And, you know, because of the elastin and collagen production that vitamin C can offer, you can use it at night. That’s why the Biossance oil you can use it day and night. (Fel: Yup.) Day and night. Wake up with the bouncy trampoline skiiiin. (Fel: Mm.) Okay, so what did we learn today? What did we learn today? Pop Quiz! Just kidding. We’ll never do that to you guys. Vitamin C protects the antioxidants in our bodies, as well as on our skin. It helps with skin brightening. It boosts collagen production. For an effective concentration, at minimum it should be at least 5%. But it’s usually 10% or higher. Yeah. You can even go up to 25%. 100%. With the powder. Oh yeah. (Fel: That’s true.) But then you’re not rubbing powder directly on your face. Oh yes! Don’t do that. Oh my god, that’s sadistic! And usually when you find any sort of serum or whatever it is, it’s usually at a pH that’s 3.5 and under. The main concern with vitamin C is that it is highly unstable. And it is very finicky. (Fel: Yes.) So choose your products carefully. Be mindful of the packaging. Be mindful of the formulation. (Fel: Yeah.) Because most of the time, we don’t know. So that is vitamin C, folks! And on that note, because it has such
great brightening properties, we want to ask you guys – what are we gonna ask them? What is one thing that you do or what is – who’s one person in your life that never
fails to brighten up your day when it’s not so bing bing. (Fel: Yeah.) Or what’s an activity or something that you do to brighten your own day (Ro: Yeah.) when in times of funk. Leave that below. Tell us. Share with us. So we can all elevate and brighten our lives on sad lonely days. (Ro: Yeaaah!) To help each other feel more bright. (Fel: Yes.) So thank you guys so much for watching this episode. And we’ll see you in the next one. Bye bye! (Both: Bing ~) And if you watched our previous video, “The beth thing to do is to not smoke.” Cited. Rowena Tsai. I’m crying! You heard it here first. Rowena Tsai. Oh my goodness! *Thank you for watching

100 thoughts on “🍊The Truth About Vitamin C in Our Skincare: How to Use, Fave Products & Formulations! (Ft. DECIEM)

  1. Anyone know if you can mix Vitamin C with a water based moisturizer? For example I have the L-Ascorbic Acid 30% Silicone cream (the ordinary) with the CereVe PM moisturizer. Does the PM moisturizer hinder the absorption of vitamin c in my skin?

  2. Can you mix L-Ascorbic Acid with a Hyaluronic Acid serum? Anyone know? The Hyaluronic Acid Serum I have is from the Ordinary and has water as the first ingredient.

  3. The both of you are knowledgeable and incredible women and I love these videos. Most YouTube videos talk about the basics. However neither of you talk down to the viewers and I for one appreciate that. Education really is a huge part to great skincare -“it’s the more you know” catch phrase. I personally understand and can relate what you’re talking about even though I am (next week 🤫) turn 53. Maybe at one point your goal was to draw viewers close to your age. Don’t know if that was the goal, it seemed like a natural progression including all skin types both young and old.
    Vitamin C is the bees knees- was wondering if you could help me and others out there who may have issues with small blue veins popping all over the face? Suggestions ?

  4. I have the inkey list vitamin c serum and I usually mix this with hyaluronic acid in the evening, can I use my kiehl's midnight recovery oil on top of these? And should I use the vitamin c every night?

  5. My question is how do you get your skin to a ph for skin to take in. Ex I use the tarte toner and can that be used before vitamin c like the timelss i am currently trying and a retinol like the drunk elephant that I am currently using. Or is my Tarte toners making my products not work?? So confusing really And what about the ordinary Buffett with copper peptides. When can that be used in my routine. Honest to god it’s to much and with the money spent I want my Stuff to work 😭😩help me please

  6. I tried many vitamin c products and I've finally found my favorite combo. It's the vitamin c powder from The Ordinary mixed with HadaLabo light hyaluronic acid lotion!

  7. Hi! Thank you for all the information. What do you think of the drunk elephant vitamin C serum? I have use three bottles of the drunk elephant vitamin C serum. Just was wondering if you have any suggestions for a more potent vitamin C serum? And how often are you supposed to switch up your vitamin C serum’s

  8. Can I say you guys look stunning always! And I think you guys should add some fairy lights in the background it would look at amazing

  9. Can we use vitamin C in our lips to lighten it? Will it cause any side effects or is there any lip lightning products for lips?

  10. So if I start using vitamin C, I will lose my freckles? 🥺 I have scottish origins and I don’t want to lose them…

  11. Can we see a video about neck and décolletage? Especially a review of the product: PRAI ageless throat and décolletage creme

    Great video! Thank you!

  12. when Rowena said she had a longer experience with vitamin c she was really talking about her finishing a bottle of vitamin c chewables as a kid lmao

  13. I watch YouTube. Girl , I can tell you personally I have gave up every bottle in the world of addiction but never the cigarette. It's more powerful than aany of them. Thank you for the nice skin I have from your recommendation. I have been clean other than cigarettes for 7 years. Me and my husband of 7 yrs are doing good with our skincare and excirzing program but not in our diet or smoking. Love the product recommendation today I had over half of them and really got me thinking of how the skin works.

  14. Im not sure if im doing it right but im mixing the ordinary l-ascorbic 100% powder to my skinfood essence 100%tomato and vitamin c.

  15. I know I’m super random but when I’m stressed out or in a weird non-good mood I do “word hunt”!!!!!!!! I love to focus on just relaxing in the couch and do my word hunt or drinking my cup of coffee as I’m doing it……. word hunt in a book/magazine not the phone.

  16. A: Watch Beauty Within YouTube videos! lol … Also, taking a moment to read the "Shine text" of the day in my Shine app.

  17. Ok my honeys. I have the good molecules powder. I understand u can mix it with just about anything , but when do u use it? Before everything else? Or right before sunscreen? Thanks ladies!

  18. Thank you for the amazing info. You really broke it down in an easy way to understand. Plus, you are both just adorable. While I am probably old enough to be your Mom…..your content is so informative I just love it!

  19. Everytime I use vit C in the morning (currently using OH truth serum, previously used drunk elephant) my skin would always swell up if I don’t wash it after coming back home in the early evening. Like it has some kind of trigger if it stays too long on my face.

    Does that happen to any of you? Or does that mean my skin just can’t handle vit C?

  20. I really want to introduce a vitamin c into my routine because I get hyperpigmentation spots super easily from pimples or dry skin spots, however I do have genetic freckles that I love. Would vitamin c be the wrong product for me because I want to keep my freckles? (I have sensitive, dry skin)

  21. omg I'm not sure if you've done this but can you talk abt collagen?? Like are there different types and if it's better to consume (pills, gummies, powders?) or to apply topically? I thought it'll be interesting! Thank you, love ur videos always!!!

  22. I am so in love with your videos! I’ve just found you today and I am watching your videos non stop hahaha I’ve reorganised all my skin routine! Hope I will see the improvement soon! Thank you girls!!!

  23. I'm sad that no one seems to mention Maelove's vitamin C serum. It is honestly the best vitamin C formulation I've tried, but without the high pricepoint!

  24. I think it’s time for me to invest in a vitamin C product! Thanks for all the great information/tips!

    As for what brightens my day- that’ll be Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi. They’re from Pentatonix/Superfruit and are all around my favorite people, so whether it’s their music or their IG stories they always make me smile ☺️

    But something I do for myself is go down to the ocean. I live close to a harbor, so that’s pretty convenient for me.

  25. I have acne scars and a few problems with hyperpugmentation, and i thought of buying the vitamin c and vitamin e products from Klairs, but i have 20 years and i don't know if i should use them cause maybe i'm too young for all the collagen mumbo jumbo?? Soo.. any tips?? Or can i use those two??

  26. Hiii! Beauty Within has been my go-to channel for all skin care tips and needs 🙂 There are so many great ingredients out there to help our skin. However, I was wondering if you could make a video on the most popular active ingredients such as retinol, niacinamide, vit. c (and etc.) and how to incorporate it into one's skincare routine. For example, what should I use during the day vs. night, what ingredients can be layered together and is it necessary to use all these active ingredients? I have all these ingredients in my products but I'm having difficulty trying to find a routine because I'm not sure if I'm applying them correctly or overall, are they all too much for my skin type? I am lost and confused LOL :'(

  27. I have super sensitive & dry skin.. which vitC product will be suitable for me? Any suggestions? I've never tried vitC products but would love to try them out!

  28. My youngest brother always brightens up my day because he's such a positive person. Also, sheet masks really helps brighten up my day.

  29. Am I the only one who thinks Felicia looks a bit like Spencer from Pretty Little Liars?? Sorry I’m like so off topic hahaha

  30. I’m wondering if you have tried Glow Maelove before. What do you think of that product? And Thank You for giving us all the important lessons! Love it!

  31. I have been using revox vitamin C 20% serum bc I stopped using retinol and chemical exfoliation during summer. It's great and really cheap. Love it.

  32. Fel & Ro 😭 vitamin C is indeed one unstable skincare ingredient and I just found out about it because of this video. Seriously, my bottle of dear Klairs vitamin c serum turned yellowish and had crusts on the edges 2 months ago but I was so clueless as to why it became that way hence, I stopped using it since then. 🤯

  33. Im not sure about the vitamin c anymore?🤔
    https://www.oumere.com/blogs/news/the-3-reasons-why-vitamin-c-serums-are-bad-for-your-skin

  34. I want to hear BW thoughts on Summer Friday’s cc serum. I know it’s more a niacinamide serum than vitamin c but it’s advertised as vitamin c and I don’t know much about the derivatives they chose.

  35. Hey ladies & gents!
    If I use the good molecules vitamin C boosting powder by adding it to the Purito Deep Sea water cream is it the right PH to get the most effective absorption into the skin?

  36. Are Vitamin C pills a good option for our skin or does it need to be the liquid form of vitamin C that you apply to your skin in order to keep your skin looking good? Are you ladies Japenese or Chineese? Your both gorgeous. Love your videos. Hope you see my question on Vitamin C. Looking forward to an answere as I need all the help I can get. Lol Thank you.

  37. Please advise me which one I should use for my dry mature skin. Pasula’s choice vitamin C 25 booster or Paula’s Choice vitamin C 15 booster? And please advice me on my morning skincare routine, after using vitamin C , can I use Niacinamide?

  38. My dogs always brighten my day! No matter what they are happy to see me, and I'm always glad to see their wagging tails.

  39. Hey Felicia and Rowena I was wondering if you guys could do a video on what products to use during winter and summer and show the different products and actually explain how it will help ( basically explain like you guys always do amazingly ). Could you also explain further and show which products are really good for serums , exfoliator , eye cream , spot treatments , face oil and retinol as I don't really understand.
    Also I LOVE this channel it is just amazing and has helped me so much, I am learning so much. I really love how you guys give further information on each product. Keep it up and I hope you can look further into my request thanks ♡
    – Amna

  40. does anyone know if it is true that products with a 35% concentration of vitamin c are not effective for the skin? please help me!!!!!

  41. Love this video, i was looking for some vitamin c recommendations 🙂 . Can you please do a body care routine video (hyperpigmentation, ingrown hairs…)

  42. I just read an article that vitamin c is actually a pro-oxidant when applied because when vit c mixes with iron, which is in the air, on our skin, & in our skincare, it causes a Fenton reaction causing oxidation to the skin. I would love your thoughts on this because im more conflicted than ever😩

    https://www.oumere.com/blogs/news/the-3-reasons-why-vitamin-c-serums-are-bad-for-your-skin

  43. Does that mean I can’t use Vitamin C on my body parts while doing at home IPL hair removal ?💔😕
    Is It going to increase my body’s hyperpigmentation?

  44. When using a water free formula of vitamin c like the ones from the ordinary, do you have to make sure that the rest of your skincare that you’ll put on your face doesn’t have water in it as well? Or do you have to wait and let water containing products like a toner , mist, serum , soak into your skin first and then go in with pure vitamin c.

  45. My day gets brightened up by playing rugby with my squad.
    Such a bunch of great women – like a sisterhood + lots of fun outdoors + feeling great afterwards😍

  46. This is really useful. There's so many products that claim to brighten, like rice toners, snail, Tranexamic Acid etc. it's all so confusing. I've used the Melano CC serum and the Rohto Mentholatum Hada Labo deep whitening cream which has both Tranexamic Acid and Vitamin C

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