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 look better!


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 hypoallergenic.
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 604-708-9891!