7 Advantages of using a Vitamin C Serum

A lot of you must be knowing that Vitamin C is one of the best ways to regain your healthy and glowing skin and to repair all the skin damages that pollution and sun’s harmful UV rays have on our skin. Vitamin C serum is an effective product for restoring your skin’s health but there are several other benefits of using it too.

Here is a list of advantages of using a Vitamin C Serum on your skin:

Protects from Sun’s harmful UV rays

One of the best advantages of using a Vitamin C serum is that it can protect your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun and since Vitamin C is an antioxidant, it repels anything which can cause damage to your skin. Make sure you don’t use it as a sunscreen and use it with a sunscreen moisturizer so you don’t burn your screen.

Increased moisturization of skin

Another amazing benefit of using a Vitamin C serum is that it helps in keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized as the Vitamin C is good at retaining moisture. So, if you are suffering from dry or flaky skin, then a Vitamin C serum is a must.

Helps in sunburns

Another effective use of a Vitamin C serum is in treating sunburns as the vitamins in the serum promotes faster healing which can help in reducing redness of the skin and will provide you relief from other sunburn symptoms like burning, itching, and so on.

Makes skin look younger

One of the most popular uses of a Vitamin C serum is to keep your skin looking younger for a longer period of time. It can stimulate the collagen production and even out your skin tone and complexion which helps in avoiding sagging and wrinkles.

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Boosts collagen production

Vitamin C serum also helps in collagen production which can reduce the aging signs and can leave your skin looking younger for a long period of time. It will help in filling the fine lines and wrinkles on the skin which are the main cause of an aging skin.

Helps in making skin healthier

Apart from being anti-aging in properties, it also makes your skin look bright and healthy. It can help in improving the complexion of your skin and leaves it looking more vibrant and healthier. So, you can say bye-bye to your dull skin now!

Helps in reduction of under-eye circles

Vitamin C is known to even out the skin tone and can help in reducing the under-eye dark circles. A lot of us face a lot of stress and fewer sleeping hours due to all the work, in such cases, a good Vitamin C serum is helpful in removing the dark circles and making your face look young and vibrant again.

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So now that you know that Vitamin C serum has more uses apart from making your skin look young, why not give it a try? Go and find the perfect Vitamin C serum for yourself and see the benefits for yourself!

How to Use Avocado Oil on Your Skin

It is no secret that Avocado Oil is quite useful in taking care of your skin and in keeping it hydrated and elastic, which is why it acts as an amazing face moisturizer. It can keep your face moisturized for a greater part of the day while keeping it soft and supple. It has many amazing ingredients like antioxidants, fats, minerals, and vitamins which act as a natural sunscreen and keep your face smooth and hydrated.

There are a few ways in which you can use Avocado Oil on your Skin to replenish the dry skin and heal all kinds of skin troubles:

As a Lotion

Avocado oil is found to be particularly useful in treating chapped skin which makes it an amazing product to be used as a lotion. You just need to massage avocado oil on your skin every day after bath. You can either use it directly or you can mix it with your everyday lotion and then apply on your body. Trust me, after a few applications, you will notice that your skin isn’t chapped anymore and is quite smooth and shiny now.

As a Face Moisturizer

Another popular application of an Avocado Oil on your skin is in the form of a moisturizer. You just need a bottle which is filled 2/3 with Avocado oil and filled the rest of the bottle with another nourishing oil like an emu oil. Then, add a few drops of essential oils like lavender or rose and then close the cap and shake the bottle well. Now, take the oil on your hand and apply it on your face and hands. Make sure that you keep this oil away from the sunlight and you will be able to use it for a year.

Avocado Oil on Your Skin

As a Homemade Facemask

For using the Avocado oil as a homemade face mask, you will need to cut a few pieces of ripe Avocado and then take Avocado oil and mix both the ingredients.

You can use a spoon to mash the ingredients properly and then apply the paste on your face and keep it for 10-15 minutes. Once it is set, you can use warm water to wash it off and then pat it dry with a dry towel.

Once you have done this, you will find that your face has become softer and much more hydrated than before. It will also help in getting rid scars from your face and will leave your face clearer than before.

As an Anti-Aging Skin Cream

Due to the antioxidants available in the Avocado oil, it also acts an efficient anti-aging skin cream. All you need is a  ¼ cup of avocado oil, 2 tbsp. coconut oil, 2 tbsp. beeswax, ½ Tsp. Vitamin E oil, and 1 tbsp. Shea butter. Pour these ingredients into a glass jar and then put this jar in a pot filled with water. Now, boil the water and let the ingredients melt together. Add the cream into the jar and then let the mixture sit till it hardens. Once it is ready, put the lid on and store it in a cool place.

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Introducing … LUVOCRACY!!

As I’m sure many of you have noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a blog hiatus for the past few months. Where did I go? Well, back in March, I got an amazing opportunity to join a brilliant startup here in San Francisco called Luvocracy. For the past seven months, I’ve been hard at work with some of the smartest people around.  Together, we’ve been building a new social platform around shopping.  Social shopping?! Yes .. social + shopping = my web heaven.

As someone who is passionate about sharing great products on the web, I’m thrilled that I finally have a platform like Luvocracy, where I can pass along all of the great products I blog and pin about with everyone in my life. From now on, when a friend, family member, or reader asks me what my favorite products are, I can say “check out my Luvocracy page!”

 

Beyond that, Luvocracy is helping to streamline the way we shop online by providing us with a way to find products we’re sure to love, recommended to us by the people we trust. For example, I trust my husband Fred for great music, my friend Nelson is my go-to for travel accessories, my brother Matt has amazing taste in home goods, and I trust my favorite bloggers for just about everything else. When I choose to trust these individuals on Luvocracy, I’m creating a catalog of beautiful products I’m guaranteed to love. How’s that for a better (and easier) online shopping experience?!

I know what you may be thinking … it kind of sounds like a product-focused Pinterest! Well, sort of. Except, what makes Luvocracy truly brilliant is that everything can be purchased directly from the site, and Luvocracy will actually handle the transaction on your behalf. That means, no more entering your credit card info into a million different sites, no more searching for a sold out product on your own, no more going back and forth with a retailer when your shipped product has disappeared. Luvocracy is there on your behalf to do all of this hard work for you.

But, perhaps what I love most about Luvocracy, is that it’s an opportunity for me to finally make a cut of the sale from the products I spend countless hours digging around for, and sharing with others. After all, shouldn’t we all be rewarded when we sell a product on a company’s behalf? On Luvocracy, any time someone purchases a product you’ve recommended, you earn a commission of that sale! This goes for everyone on the site. Not just a select group of popular bloggers or major pinners. Everyone can earn rewards on every product they recommend! And not just a select number of products, but every product that’s available for sale on the internet!

Because we here at Luvocracy understand that communities are built together, we also reward you for the great people you invite to join. Every time someone you have invited onto Luvocracy makes a purchase from the site, you earn a commission from that transaction … for a year!

And, just to be very clear, it’s not just credit you’re earning on Luvocracy. It’s actual cash that you can choose to receive. Depending on how much you interact with the platform, this can mean an extra pedicure every month, or something bigger!

So far I’m having a blast adding all of my favorite products to Luvocracy. The experience of sharing a great product that someone ends up purchasing truly brightens my day. It reminds me of my days with LAMA as an e-commerce boutique owner. One of my favorite experiences as a shop owner were the days I would receive wonderful notes from my customers thanking me for the beautiful product they were now treasuring. It’s such a joy to have that experience again with Luvocracy, because we enable our users to thank each other for the recommendations that make shopping a pleasure.

So now that you know what I’ve been up to for all of these months, I would love for you to jump on board and join the site! You can click right here for an invitation or email me directly at christine[at]luvocracy.com and I’ll be sure to send an invite your way. We’re just an infant of a site, but I’m so proud of our incredible starting point. I can’t wait to see where Luvocracy goes!

Lastly, I just wanted to send a personal shout out to my amazing team. They may not know it, but every day (no matter how stressful that day has been) I pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. It wasn’t long ago that I was completely on my own. Some of you may remember this post. And now I have a dream team of talented and lovely individuals that I’m excited to work with. I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, and grateful that Miles and I are part of it. Yup! That’s right! Miles gets to come to work with me everyday.

Things I’m Afraid To Tell You

Today I’m thrilled to be a part of a blogger movement I was excited to hear about from Meg Biram of Mimi + Meg.  A few weeks back, blogger Jess Constable decided to write a personal post baring many of her insecurities she would otherwise never share with her readers. Shortly thereafter, blogger Ez Pudewa turned Jess’s inspiring post into a “Things I’m Afraid To Tell You” blogger movement. When Meg asked if I wanted to participate, I surprised myself by saying “sure!”

I’m not one to “tell all,” but I do think it’s important to be open from time to time. After all, what makes you more human than admitting you are, in fact, human?

Yup! Bloggers have issues too (like getting posts done on time .. I was supposed to have this up this morning and now it’s 10:50 pm. Eeek!).

So, in the spirit of supporting one’s community, here are a few things I’m afraid to tell you.

1. I blog about fashion yet I rarely feel confident about how I’m dressed. I typically go through several outfit changes before settling on a “look” I don’t know if I actually like. And yes, it bums me out. Although the world I create here on my blog and on Pinterest looks very stylized, I have struggled for years to create a personal style for myself that I’m happy with. I fear that I may never be satisfied with my personal style and admire the way I look the way I admire the way others look.

2. I have a very difficult time focusing. It often takes me hours to do something I should be able to do in half that time because I’m so easily distracted.  For example, I wrote the sentence before this one over fifteen minutes ago. What did I do during those fifteen minutes? Nothing really, my mind just decided to go somewhere else and I followed. I really wish I could be more productive.

3. I compare myself to others waaaaaay too often. Most of the time, it keeps me from acknowledging and respecting my own accomplishments the way I should.

4. I’m kind of a messy person. And by “kind of” I mean MESSY. I create little piles of stuff everywhere (piles of clothes, piles of receipts, piles of shoes, piles of beauty products) and I don’t pick them up until they’re out of control.

5. I have a love/hate relationship with my following on Pinterest. It causes me a tremendous amount of anxiety that I’m having a difficult time understanding all of my mixed feelings about it at the moment. Of course, I’m grateful for the success there, but, in the words of the Notorious B.I.G., “mo’ followers, mo’ problems.” Actually, I think he said “mo’ money, mo’ problems,” but you get the point.

6. I feel HORRIBLE that I was the last blogger to get their post up today. I probably shouldn’t have agreed to participate today because my life is super CRAZY BUSY right now, but I can’t help but say yes to everything. Note to self: Christine .. learn how to say no.

Hmm .. that wasn’t so bad! In fact, it feels good to get some of that off my chest! *blogger sigh of relief*

Be sure to check out all of my fellow bloggers who were brave enough to participate today!