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Regain your glow

We have all heard that vitamin C is important to skin care, but did you know this super antioxidant is even more essential for moms? Learn how and why every mom should incorporate vitamin C into their skin care routine today!

Moms are in the sun -- a lot

Whether you are at the park, watching your kids play soccer or just driving them around town, moms are constantly in the sun. Adding a vitamin C serum or cream helps to diminish the effects of sun damage while amping up the power of your SPF.

Vitamin C helps brighten skin

Moms often complain of not only feeling tired but looking tired. Vitamin C can help to lighten and brighten the skin and restore radiance. One of the most effective forms of vitamin C is a serum. Apply a serum daily such as SkinCeuticals Serum 10 ($86, www.SkinCeuticals.com) to get the glow.

Enhance the effects of your med-spa treatments

Microdermabrasion (whether done at home or at a spa) is a great way for busy moms to exfoliate their skin. Following a microdermabrasion with vitamin C can increase the effects of your treatment and further improve your skin's glow.

Diminish the mask of pregnancy

Hyperpigmentation and melasma are major complaints of new moms (thank you pregnancy and birth control hormones!). Applying a vitamin C cream combined with a retinol or glycolic acid can help reduce the look of uneven skin. Try Murad Essential- C Daily Renewal Complex ($92, www.murad.com).

Reduce wrinkles

Vitamin C promotes collagen production, the building block of skin. If time pressed moms incorporate a vitamin C skin care product into their regimen, they are getting a multipurpose work horse for radiant and smooth skin. One to try is Lumene Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance Cream with SPF 15 ($20, www.target.com).

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What to look for

Not all vitamin C products are made the same! It is important to look for products with L-ascorbic acid, one of the most effective forms of the antioxidant (so learn to read the labels of your beauty products). In addition, they should be packaged in an opaque or brown glass jar since light and air reduce the effectiveness and stability of vitamin C and for maximum effectiveness, look for products with a vitamin C strength of 3-10 percent. Finally, if you have never used a vitamin C product, be sure to do a patch test first to make sure it does not irritate your skin.

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