Jasmine's Skin Care Studio
Snohomish Spa


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Perfect skin Duo

LADIES I swear I sound like a broken record but I tell my clients over and over again if you cant afford the exact skin care routine you need use the perfect skin duo! Save your money and focus on using 2 serums. You will need a high potency vitamin C serum for in the morning and the correct percentage of vitamin A! First off you'll need to understand how serums work in order to choose a good quality serum. Especially when shopping for a good vitamin C serum there's a few things you need to know.


The only downside to this product is its inherent instability. A lot of the time everyone's first complaint about there vitamin C serum is it stings when they apply it. The only way to keep the ascorbic acid active is pairing it with alcohol, and the higher vitamin C percentage the more time it takes your skin to like it.

Vitamin C is a very popular ingredient in skin care products because it is a free-radical fighter(this is why you want to apply it in the morning ) and it helps produce collagen naturally. This is because vitamin C serum has a higher concentration of L-ascorbic acid. When starting out with a vitamin C serum, it’s a good idea to gradually increase usage by starting off with the serum that has a lower L-ascorbic acid concentration or using it every other day to get use to it. You can start with a vitamin C serum that has a 10% concentration and then ask you skin therapist what the next step is.

what are free radicals? (the theory of aging)

Here is a great explanation of free radicals "Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Once formed these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction, like dominoes. Their chief danger comes from the damage they can do when they react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs. To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants.

Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged. Although there are several enzyme systems within the body that scavenge free radicals, the principle micronutrient (vitamin) antioxidants are vitamin E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Additionally, selenium, a trace metal that is required for proper function of one of the body's antioxidant enzyme systems, is sometimes included in this category. "

Back to Vitamin C serum your favorite antioxidant...

Vitamin C serums are one of the only serums I tell clients to apply in the morning! Most serums are better at night because that's when your skin is regenerating. Another misconception about vitamin C serum is when I go into Sephora or other drug stores, I see moisturizers with vitamin C and products claiming to be serums but they are oil based. This is where molecule size comes in. A true serum is thinner in viscosity, it has a smaller molecule which delivers nutrients and other active ingredients such as vitamin C or A. With a smaller molecule its able to better penetrate into the skin and deliver high potency active ingredients. As a general rule, most serums are water soluble.

What do serums actually do?!

  • Acts as an antioxidant – The process of oxidation damages the skin cells. Vitamin C serums are rich in anti-oxidants that repair and renew the cells and give the skin a healthier look.
  • Helps produce collagen – Collagen binds the cells of our body. Vitamin C serum stimulates the synthesis of collagen in the skin which will give you a tighter, firmer and less sagged feel.
  • Restores and regenerates – Vitamin C attacks the free radicals in your body and does some hardcore damage management.
  • Protects you from the sun – Getting overexposed to the sun can cause hyperpigmentation and sun spotting. A vitamin C serum will counteract any harmful effect of the sun and also decrease the chances of skin cancer by thickening the dermis layer.

The second part to your skins perfect duo is Vitamin A

Vitamin A is tricky to start using! Vitamin A speeds along your skins natural cell turn over. When you are younger you get pretty fresh cells every few days then when you start to age your skins cell turn over process starts to slow down. Vitamin A acts kind of like an energy drink for your skin. When it starts to speed up your skins cell turn over you will see flaking on your skin. Which is exactly what you want! That would be all of your old dead skin cells that were lagging behind. Underneath the dead skin is your pretty new skin. After awhile your skin gets use to it and you wont have the flaking effect. There are many different percentages , I usually start my clients on a low dosage then gradually work them up to the percentage they would use to maintain there results.

Other benefits of Vitamin A- Its also highly effective in reversing sun damage , giving your skin a smoother texture , pore size and skin clarity!

Now you know why I call this my perfect skin duo. If you want to keep your skin care routine fairly simple vitamin A and C is a good place to start. Think of serums as vitamins for your skin. The more vitamins the better if you ask me!

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