Around the Birchbox office, we get as excited about new serums as most people get about, say, their birthdays or a brand-new Justin Bieber track. What can we say? We’re invested in keeping our complexions smooth and line-free for as long as possible.
In addition to loads of SPF, the best way to protect your skin against premature signs of aging is by applying a potent serum day and night. They act like targeted skin boosters, sinking deep under the surface of your skin to deliver high concentrations of actives. Really, it’s the equivalent of feeding your complexion a truckload of vitamins.
Lately, we’ve been using Vitivia’s innovative vitamin treatments, which come in single-use capsules that make it easy to know exactly how much to apply. Each capsule contains a high dose of pure vitamin A or C, both of which have major anti-aging benefits.
Designed to be applied in the mornings, the Pro: Vitamin C10 capsules are formulated with 10 percent pure absorbic acid (read: super potent vitamin C), which brightens your skin tone while also boosting collagen production. At night, use the Pro: Vitamin A15 capsules, which have 0.15 percent pure retinol to undo sun and free radical damage (just make sure you always pair it with SPF, since retinol can make skin more sun-sensitive). Each 28-pack disc has enough to last you for an entire month—enough time to see results.
What’s that saying—the best offense is a good defense? Read on for the anti-aging products you should be using in your 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond.