Vitamin C users??

I have a question for anyone out there who uses vitamin C serum regularly. I've been using retin-a for several months with good results, but was thinking about incorporating vitamin c into my routine. What kind of results should I expect to see with regards to my skin? Does it basically just contribute to refining texture and helping with discoloration? How about side effects? I'm not too sensitive and can usually tolerate treatments fairly well as long as I'm careful. I also tend to be oily and acne-prone, even though the retin-a has helped tremendously with the acne. From what I've read so far, I would apply the vitamin c in the a.m. on clean skin followed by sunscreen, and continue using my retin-a at night. Is this correct?? TIA to anyone who can help.

Oh, btw, I was thinking about ordering the vitamin c from PSF. Has anyone tried theirs, and if so, how do you like it?
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my sister has multiple chemical sensitivity and Vitamin C serum is one of the few things she can use on her face. she uses the Avon one because it's cheap and easy to get and is quite pleased with it.

my sister's skin is more olive in tone than mine so doesn't show discolouration as much as mine does. she really feels this helps with fine lines - she's 44.
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Thanks! I'll check out Avon's website.
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Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that,
Used to worry 'bout rich and skinny, 'til I wound up poor and fat,
Nowadays I kind of worry where my mind's been at,
Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that. (Delbert McClinton - I Used to Worry from Never Been Rocked Enough)
Vit C will do all the things you think it will, and more. It will give your skin protection against sun damage (although it's not a substitute for sunscreen) Cellex-C makes a great one, but it's terribly expensive. Frankly, I think PSF's Vit C is comparable to Cellex-C, at less than half the price. Avon's product is crap. The PH is all wrong, so it's C is not active or stable, and therefore, you won't get any benefit from it.
Vit C will do all the things you think it will, and more. It will give your skin protection against sun damage (although it's not a substitute for sunscreen) Cellex-C makes a great one, but it's terribly expensive. Frankly, I think PSF's Vit C is comparable to Cellex-C, at less than half the price. Avon's product is crap. The PH is all wrong, so it's C is not active or stable, and therefore, you won't get any benefit from it.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
PSF's website is currently having this special:

FREE WITH PURCHASE: With the purchase of every 1oz Vitamin C Serum, you will receive a Free Antioxidant Booster! Our Antioxidant Booster contains enough Ferulic Acid to add to 1oz (30mL) of your favorite serum, lotion, or cream. Ferulic Acid has been discovered to be a highly effective antioxidant in its own right, but also has been found to boost the effectiveness & stability of Vitamin C.

Do you think I should mix the C with the booster, or just go with the straight C? Also, should I use it every night? Thanks for your help!
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Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that,
Used to worry 'bout rich and skinny, 'til I wound up poor and fat,
Nowadays I kind of worry where my mind's been at,
Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that. (Delbert McClinton - I Used to Worry from Never Been Rocked Enough)
Vit C will do all the things you think it will, and more. It will give your skin protection against sun damage (although it's not a substitute for sunscreen) Cellex-C makes a great one, but it's terribly expensive. Frankly, I think PSF's Vit C is comparable to Cellex-C, at less than half the price. Avon's product is crap. The PH is all wrong, so it's C is not active or stable, and therefore, you won't get any benefit from it.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
PSF's website is currently having this special:

FREE WITH PURCHASE: With the purchase of every 1oz Vitamin C Serum, you will receive a Free Antioxidant Booster! Our Antioxidant Booster contains enough Ferulic Acid to add to 1oz (30mL) of your favorite serum, lotion, or cream. Ferulic Acid has been discovered to be a highly effective antioxidant in its own right, but also has been found to boost the effectiveness & stability of Vitamin C.

Do you think I should mix the C with the booster, or just go with the straight C? Also, should I use it every night? Thanks for your help!
Originally Posted by VTmom

I use the ferrulic booster with the vit C, but I'm not sure it does anything extra. Some people have said it makes it sticky, so try it without the booster first and see how you like it, and maybe mix a tiny bit separately with the booster and see if you see a difference.

Ideally, you use Vit C in the AM, not at night. I use it every AM. It's not the least bit irritating to my skin.
Ideally, you use Vit C in the AM, not at night. I use it every AM. It's not the least bit irritating to my skin.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
RedCatWaves,
Thanks so much for your help. I'm trying so hard to FINALLY get my oily, middle-aged skin under control. The Retin-A has really helped, so I'm motivated to do more, but I don't want to go overboard as I'm a simple sort of girl. From what I'd read, I thought I was to use the C in the a.m. and continue the Retin-A at night, so I'm glad I'm on the right track there. On a little side note, the Gentle Cleansing Castile that I ordered from PSF for my son arrived today. Of course, he went back to school the other day (he goes in your neck of the woods, in PA) so I will have to drop it in the mail for him. Now, I couldn't resist trying it out myself, and I have to say that I REALLY liked it. I thought it might be too gentle for my stubborn skin, but I truly feel clean without being stripped. Thanks for that recommendation as well. I guess I'll have to get some for myself when I place my order. I also received a sample of their sunscreen which I will try tomorrow - ah, my neverending quest for the perfect sunscreen.

Thanks again, I'll keep you posted.

Oh, one more thing, How much serum do you use for each application, a couple of drops?
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Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that,
Used to worry 'bout rich and skinny, 'til I wound up poor and fat,
Nowadays I kind of worry where my mind's been at,
Just think I used to worry 'bout things like that. (Delbert McClinton - I Used to Worry from Never Been Rocked Enough)

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