How to Add Vitamin C Powder to Your Skincare Routine

Vitamin C has a range of skincare benefits from firmer skin to fewer wrinkles and dark spots—but the ingredient is notoriously finicky. As an antioxidant, it’s prone to oxidizing, meaning that it breaks down when it’s exposed to air, light and heat. If you’ve ever had a vitamin C serum that turned orange or brown in color, you’re familiar with this concept. There are vitamin C derivatives out there that are more stable than others, but research shows that they’re not as powerful as pure vitamin C, or l-ascorbic acid.

Enter vitamin C powder. L-ascorbic acid powder is highly stable and can be mixed into your skincare products for an antioxidant boost. Because you mix the powder into a dollop of a serum or moisturizer before applying, it’s like mixing up a fresh (and guaranteed potent) dose every time. If you decide to try a vitamin C booster powder, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

  1. Look for a vitamin C powder formulated for skin (like Good Molecules Vitamin C Booster Powder). The powder has to be processed properly in order to penetrate into the skin, so indigestible vitamin C powder (the kind you find in the vitamin aisle) isn’t ideal.
  2. Add the powder to water-based products like serums, essences, and lotions. Vitamin C is water-soluble, so it works best when mixed with light, watery textures until the powder dissolves.
  3. Aim for 20% concentration or less, or about 1 part powder to 4 parts product or less. If your skin is sensitive, start with less powder. It’s always smart to patch test on your arm before trying it on your face.
  4. You may experience some tingling, stinging or irritation while your skin adjusts to vitamin C. It’s best to use less vitamin C powder in the beginning and increase the amount as your skin develops a tolerance.


6 Best Retinol Creams and Serums to Buy in 2019, According to Beauty Experts

Get ready for the smoothest skin of your life.

You’ve probably heard that retinol is the Holy Grail for anti-aging — but do you actually know what it is, how it works, or if it’s right for you? The experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab do. We’re here to give you the lowdown on this powerful over-the-counter vitamin A derivative that’s finding its way into more and more skin care products.

Check out their answers to some of your biggest questions about retinol:

What is retinol?

Retinol is powerful wrinkle-fighter, but it’s also so much more. The potent ingredient boosts skin’s collagen production (and decreases its breakdown) to both minimize and prevent fine lines. It also speeds up cell turnover to reduce dark spots and helps unclog pores, making them appear smaller.

When should I use retinol?

At night! The theory is that your skin repairs itself as you sleep, so any anti-aging ingredients will be more effective if you apply before bedtime. Sunlight and retinol are not BFFs, either: UV has been thought to degrade retinol, decreasing its effectiveness. But more and more daytime moisturizers now contain retinol and SPF (like one of our top picks, Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer SPF 30).

Be sure you only use it once a day to start: Your skin needs to get used to the ingredient. If you don’t experience residual dryness, stinging, or redness, then you can try using it both A.M. and P.M. a few days a week. If you do have side effects, reduce use to every second or third day. In the interim, try other anti-aging ingredients like peptides or vitamin C.

Should I use prescription-strength retinol?

Not necessarily. Prescription-only retinoic acid is stronger and can give you better results than retinol, but it also can be more irritating. Some dermatologists recommend starting with retinol products (like our picks below) to let your skin acclimate to the ingredient before ramping up the potency. Plus, retinols are available at a fraction of the cost of prescription retinoic acid and you don’t need to schedule a doctor’s visit.

Will retinol make my skin more sensitive to the sun?

Yes, that one is true. Your skin will be more susceptible to burning and irritation from the sun for the whole time you’re using a retinol, and for several weeks after you stop. This is because speedier cell turnover pushes new, delicate skin to the surface. That means you must apply sunscreen every day when you’re using a product with retinol. (But you should already be doing that!) Check out our pros’ go-to moisturizers with SPF or facial sunscreens.

Now that you have a retinol primer, let’s get to the goods. Here are our Lab’s top-tested picks, plus some long-time GH Seal-holding favorites:



Top Lab Pick

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum



An all-time Lab favorite and GH Seal star, No7’s serum consistently wows in our clinical studies. We found the retinol serum improved skin texture, blurred the look of pores, and boosted firmness by 21% after just four weeks. Powerful peptides, retinyl palmitate (a form of retinol), hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C antioxidant complex helped to regenerate skin with less irritation. The formula also impressively delivers in under two weeks: “In 10 days, my wrinkles were less visible!” a tester said.



Best Value

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer SPF 30



Our Lab tests confirm that this Neutrogena day cream, a GH Seal star and test winner, firms skin and lessens lines over time. “It contains stable and fast-acting forms of retinol, which increased skin firmness by 9%,” explains Birnur Aral, PH.D., director of the GH Beauty Lab, “and it improved the look of some consumer testers’ nasolabial folds (aka laugh lines) after eight weeks of daily use.”


GH Seal Star

RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Crème



Perfect if you need a quick skin refresh before a wedding or birthday, this GH Seal star works fast. The RoC cream left skin looking 32% smoother and more radiant after just one week of use, and hydrated it for 24 hours. It only gets better — after four weeks, people saw a further reduction in fine lines and eye wrinkles and after eight weeks, they reported fewer deep wrinkles and dark spots.


GH Seal Star

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil for Face



Another GH Seal star, Palmer’s facial oil is formulated with retinol and also boasts hydrating argan, almond, and coconut oils to deeply hydrate on contact. It rated highest among Beauty Lab testers for immediately moisturizing skin so it looked “plumper and smoother.”

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Best Luxury Cream

La Prairie Cellular Power Charge Night

La Prairie


Yes, this is a serious splurge, but if you’re in the market for a high-end retinol cream, it doesn’t get better than La Prairie. In Lab tests, it firmed well in both short- and long-term tests, and it improved skin tone. Testers agreed: “This retinol product is unlike any I’ve ever used. The smoothness and even tone of my skin lets me go without makeup, which I normally would never do,” said one. It also earned top scores for being gentle and non-irritating.

6 Best Custom Cream: Skinceuticals Custom D.O.S.E. Corrective Serum with Retinol

Prices vary


Skinceuticals has created the ultimate personalized skin care. Here’s how it works: head to the doctor for a 5-minute consultation (find a participating derm) and leave with a unique custom corrective formula, which doses retinol depending on your skin’s needs. Use the serum for three months, then head back to see if you’ll stick with the same blend or adjust the levels of active ingredients.

10 Natural Wrinkle Free Skin Care Tips | 8 Natural Ingredients

Can you get rid of wrinkles in a natural way? Let’s see what we can do about it.

Following an effective wrinkle free skin care routine is essential if you want to delay lines and other signs of aging skin as much as possible. Is equally important to understand the causes of facial wrinkles and what can be expected from the choices we make.

Fine lines and wrinkles are caused when the top layer of your skin thins out and loses its moisture and elasticity. When you age, you begin to lose elastin and collagen fibers in your skin which causes sagging skin.

Sun exposure is another culprit of aging skin but we need it to stay alive. Studies indicates that sun damage is responsible for around 80 or 90% of aging skin.

In moderation, the sun can be good for our bodies; however, when exposed to ultraviolet light for too long, the sun causes the release of damaging free radicals which damage cells and promotes wrinkles and aging.


3 Types of Facial Wrinkles


1. Static Wrinkles

We can see these wrinkles even when the muscle is at rest.

These wrinkles are due to the lack of elasticity in the skin caused from:

  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • Dynamic wrinkles
  • Sun exposure

2. Dynamic Or Expression Wrinkles

These type of wrinkles are linked to the underlying muscles we use for facial expressions, and appear temporarily when a muscle contracts.

Every time we make a facial movement like:

  • Laughing
  • Frowning
  • Squinting

Expression lines begin to appear in our faces because the repeated contractions of the facial muscles.

These facial movements are accumulative, and start to show at around thirty.

The expression lines get deeper as we age, and it will get worse with sun damage and loss of collagen and elastin.

3. Deep Wrinkles

Deep wrinkles are often due to the effects of gravity. Changes related to gravity become more pronounced as we get older.

The skin’s elasticity declines and the face tissues start to sag – sagging skin – causing:

  • The tip of the nose to drop
  • The eyelids to fall
  • Jowls to form
  • The thinning of the upper lip
  • Loss of neckline
  • Hollow look to the eyes


10 Natural Wrinkle Free Skin Care Tips to Age Better


You can start taking care of your skin by feeding your body exactly what it needs. This should include foods for a wrinkle free skin which are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Natural wrinkle free skin care tips. Anti aging diy homemade creams to get rid of wrinkles. Wrinkle remedies for face and wrinkle creams and natural ingredients for aging skin. Check them out now!

Other tips for a wrinkle free skin include:

1. To give your skin the best chance of being healthy the first step is to find out your skin type. Once you are clear about the type of skin you have it will be easier to find the right skin care products to feed your skin.

  • For oily skin buy skin care products with salicylic acid and make facial masks containing lemon, cucumber or green clay. Avoid skin care products with heavy formulations and go instead for those with light formulas. Lotions are a great choice.
  • If your skin is dry go for skin care products with humectant (hydrating) agents. Hyaluronic acid, glycerin and ceramides will keep the skin moisturized. Natural ingredients for dry skin include avocado, natural yogurt, honey and oils such as olive, almond or rose hip.
  • If, like me, you have combination skin, the T zone will be shiny while the rest of the face is normal or dry. Dermatologist Leslie Baumann recommends using a light moisturizer only on the sides of the face. Using non-comedogenic products to avoid pore blocking is a must. I find that skin care products in the form of lotions and serums help to keep my skin free of shine. Good natural ingredients for combination skin include lemon, oatmeal, natural yogurt, tomato, cucumber and clay.
  • Sensitive skin is tricky because there are many reasons as to why the skin reacts badly to some skin care products. If your skin is sensitive be good to your skin and avoid using harsh products. Go for products that are kind to the skin and alcohol/fragrance-free. When making DIY remedies use natural yogurt, grapes, oatmeal, melon, honey and cornflour.

2. Good skin cleansing is definitely necessary – Make use of warm water when you are cleansing the face in order to unblock skin pores and remove grime. Use just soap free solutions due to the fact that soap could dry your skin.

3. Skin circulation is important – Apply circular motions with a facial brush to remove dead skin cells and promote good circulation.

4. Exfoliation and hydration – Proper exfoliation will remove superficial cells in the skin, allowing new cells to take their place. Exfoliate once or twice a week.

Hydration is critical in the fight against aging because if your skin is dry it will be more prone to wrinkling. Keep the skin properly hydrated by drinking plenty of liquids such as herbal teas.

If your skin is aging, is very dry or you suffer from eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis check these moisturizers with ceramides. Effective top rated creams that will ease or erase these skin problems.

5. Defend from ultraviolet light – The ultra violet rays coming from sunlight will certainly harm your epidermis. Using sunscreen which incorporates high SPF will guarantee great protection from environmental factors and skin cancer.

6. Exercise – Working out is a great way to oxygenate the skin and release toxins.

7. Give up alcohol and smoking. Both clog up pores and make the skin look dull.

8. Get plenty of antioxidants, externally and internally. Try to eat foods that contain vitamin Evitamins C and B, along with vitamin A.

Great antioxidant food include blueberries, walnuts, prunes, dark grapes and green vegetables.

Externally, top antioxidants you can apply to the skin are pomegranate oil, jojoba oil and Shea butter.

9. Sleeping is also important for the skin. If something interrupts your sleep between those hours, the hormone cortisol is produced, which damages collagen fibbers and stresses out the body. Still the recommended hours for a good night sleep and for good skin are seven to eight.

If you want to avoid sleeping wrinkles try to sleep on your back. Using an anti wrinkle pillow and silk pillowcase can help too. These pillows are especially designed to take care of the face to avoid wrinkles while you sleep.

A great tip to reduce sleeping wrinkles is place surgical tape in the deeper wrinkles of your face, like between the eyebrows and the lines from the nose to the mouth every night. I have been doing this for years, and I really notice the difference the next morning.

10. Cut sugar and refined curbs to avoid glycation. Glycation is a process where sugar molecules attach to proteins (collagen) in the body and end up forming new molecules that are said to be harmful not only for the body but for the skin too.

Glycation is said to bring forward aging of the skin, damaging collagen and elastin and hence creating wrinkles and other signs of aging. Sugar can be found in many types of food and drinks so remember to check the labels for content sugar. Hidden sugar is normally found in wine, processed foods, sauces, bread, cereals, soups, juices & many drinks.

Using organic skin care products to avoid loading the skin with chemicals is a great choice.

Although these tips often help to prevent the initial indications of aging of the skin, it is very unlikely to totally avoid lines and wrinkles. So, make use of high-quality anti wrinkle skincare products which incorporate ingredients proven to work. Use retinols, alpha-hydroxy acids and vitamin c.