Did you know applying Vitamin C topically to the skin is twenty times more effective than oral ingestion? Overexposure to harmful ultraviolet radiations can reduce the collagen level of your skin which can escalate skin ageing. Well, vitamin C, when applied topically, has been shown to protect the skin from the UV damage of prolonged exposure to the sun.
This doesn’t mean that a vitamin C infused product is a replacement for sunscreen. You still need to wear a daily SPF to protect the top layer of your skin. Since vitamin C is an antioxidant, it also helps neutralize free radicals in the skin and prevent them from doing any harm.
With the regular usage of Vitamin C, you can expect a number of benefits:
• Reduces skin discoloration
• Boosts production of collagen
• Reduces acne spots
• Keeps skin hydrated
• Helps soften fine lines/wrinkles
• Protects from sun damage
• Reduces inflammation
• Makes skin radiant and healthy
• Treats hyperpigmentation
• Increases ceramide content in the skin
Among all other forms of Vitamin C, ascorbic acid (also known as L-ascorbic acid) is the most biologically active and well studied in terms of its beneficial effects on skin.
If you’d like to enjoy numerous benefits of Vitamin C, We’d recommend starting with a serum first. It pumps up the skin & makes it supple, thereby making a great anti-ageing weapon to ward off any fine lines.
What To Look For In A Vitamin C Serum?
For best results, look for higher concentrations – upto 20% and for an additional brightening boost, look for ingredients like Vitamin E or Ferulic Acid – both of which enhance the effects of other vitamins used together. Try SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum, $166.
NOTE: Concentration above 20% doesn’t increase its biological significance and might cause some irritation.
How To Apply Vitamin C Serum?
• Apply the serum to your cleansed face and neck using your fingertips. Follow up with a moisturizer, preferably one that has SPF in it.
• It must be applied before you start applying makeup. Make sure you give it some time to absorb entirely into the skin.
• A little goes a long way. No need to slather it on.
Can You Mix Vitamin C With Retinol?
Retinol is the most famous form of Vitamin A which acts as an exfoliating tool to get rid of damaged skin cells. Vitamin C and Retinol – both of these promote production of collagen level, fight free radicals and soften fine lines BUT Vitamin C is applied during the day with SPF whereas Retinol is typically used during the evening time, as it can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.
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One way to make them both work together is by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen – that’s SPF 30 or above, over them during the daytime.
The other way to make the most out of them is by using derived forms of vitamin C with Retinol or Using Vitamin C as L-ascorbic acid in your morning skincare routine and Retinol in your evening routine.
Can You Mix Vitamin C With Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is a powerful hydrating ingredient that can be found in different skincare products from face masks to serums & moisturizers. Using Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid together improves the skin texture, as well as elasticity, without any side effects.
Once you’re done applying your vitamin C serum, give your skin a moment to absorb it and then you can apply Hyaluronic acid serum overtop to lock in the moisture. You may also use them at different times, use Vitamin C in the morning and Hyaluronic acid in the evening.
Is Vitamin C Safe for Sensitive Skin?
If you have sensitive skin, then skip Ascorbic acid and opt for Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate initially, which is gentler on the skin and has better stability than ascorbic acid. Be careful of formulations that contain alcohol or artificial fragrance.
How to Choose Vitamin C Products?
Vitamin C is an extremely vulnerable ingredient. It oxidises easily and is hugely affected by both light and air. To ensure that light does not degrade the vitamin C in a product, the packaging needs to be opaque, as this will block any light from penetrating into the formula.
If it has gone from a clear or light color to a darker, browner color, then this is a clear sign that the formula has oxidized and will no longer work it’s magic.
Should vitamin C serum be refrigerated?
It doesn’t have to be, but it does help keep it active for longer. Vitamin C oxidises quicky when exposed to heat, light and air.. keep vitamin C serums potent by keeping them in the fridge.
How Long Does It Take To Work?
It actually depends upon the skin type but usually it takes about 4-12 weeks to improve your skin. So stick with it, for atleast that long to see the benefits.