One of our favourite topics is skincare topicals!
When new patients arrive at our clinic many feel as
though they’ve tried several different products
without success or that there are simply too many
options to choose from. It can be difficult to
differentiate between what really works versus
great marketing. The reality is, not all products
are created equally. There’s actually a big
difference in the product lines available at
drugstores and department stores as compared to
medical grade, clinically proven product lines
which you’ll typically only find available at
medical aesthetic centres like Vancouver Laser &
Skin Care Centre. It can be overwhelming to
understand what’s best for your individual needs
and that’s where we come in.
Vitamin C Serums
So let’s dive in to one of our favourite
topicals, vitamin C! That’s right, it’s not just
something we eat or take when we’re fighting a
cold, our skin also reaps the many benefits of
this super antioxidant. Vitamin C has long
been studied and clinically proven to calm
inflammatory conditions such as rosacea and acne,
brighten pigmentation such as sun spots and
melasma, and improve and stabilize skin barrier
function with better moisture retention. It also
aids in collagen production and reduces the
appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In
addition to all of that, it acts as a protective
body guard against free-radical damage while
boosting the effects of your sun protection.
Literally everyone should be on a vitamin C!
How to Choose the Best Vitamin C Serum
When choosing the best vitamin C serum it is
important to consider a serum that does not oxidize
quickly, that is healthy for the skin (does not
include harmful oils, alcahols or parabens), and
most importantly, that actually makes your skin
Some of our
favourite C serums
are made by Vivier, a
premium Canadian pharmaceutical skin care company
that was founded in 1997 in Montreal. While vitamin
C has always been an anti-aging staple in skincare,
it was highly unstable and oxidized quickly. What
is oxidation and why does it matter? Think of apple
slices that have been left out on the counter. The
insides start to turn brown very quickly as it
breaks down in response to the air around it.
Vivier scientists successfully took up the
challenge of developing a patented and proprietary
encapsulated formulation of C serum to keep it in
tact and time released so you’ll get the full
benefits and it doesn’t compete with your other
anti-aging products such as retinol.
Are All Skin Serums Healthy?
Another important distinction is recognizing that
cosmetic companies are not held accountable for
the claims they make. However Vivier’s
formulation of L-Ascorbic Acid USP serum goes
above and beyond to meet Health Canada and FDA
regulations for guaranteed 99.9% product purity,
potency, strength, and integrity. The serums are
oil free, alcohol free, paraben free, and
Vivier’s philosophy is ‘Prepare, Target,
Moisturize, and Protect’ meaning their products
help remove surface impurities, penetrate into
the deeper layers, improve skin barrier function,
and minimize UV damage and pigment. Come in for a
skincare consultation and you too can see
beautiful results in as little as 4 weeks!
Shop Vivier Online!
If you want to browse our full collection of
curated Vivier skin products you can do so on the
Vivier section of our online store!
If you want to ask one of our experts for
skincare advice you can Book a
consultation or appointment online
or contact Vancouver Laser & Skin Care Centre at