Vitamin C is one of nature’s best-known secrets when it comes to improving your skin, and now the beauty industry has realised this too.
Uneven skin tone, fine lines, and dry skin can all affect our confidence. That’s where vitamin C comes in. Not only does it help your skin’s defence against UV rays, but it also helps your body to produce collagen.
Combatting the effects of ageing and keeping your skin looking healthy and younger for longer, vitamin C features in most recommended treatments. So what makes vitamin C so unique? Here’s what we found out:
What is vitamin C?
A potent antioxidant, vitamin C aids your skin cells natural regeneration process. In short, it helps your body to repair damaged skin cells.
Free radicals are born out of the food we eat, the air we breathe and any liquid we drink. Essentially, free radicals are the waste left behind after our body has processed them. Vitamin C attacks them before they can do severe damage to our bodies.
So eating leafy greens, oranges, tomatoes and berries will help your body to fight off the free radicals. Antioxidants keep our body and skin healthy. Damage caused by the sun can also be significantly reduced by adding vitamin C to your diet.
How can I add vitamin C to my skin routine?
Like all daily skin routines, it’s hard to know what time of day is the best time to apply certain products. Due to vitamin C’s UV fighting skills, applying it to your skin or having a supplement is most beneficial in the morning – leaving you to to enjoy the sun!
Vitamin C needs time to work, so make sure your skin has absorbed it all before heading out the front door.
Finding products that include ascorbic acid (or L-ascorbic) is the most effective way to use vitamin C as part of your skincare. Take baby steps in the beginning. As vitamin C is so potent, working your way up to a higher dose is recommended so your skin can adjust.
I have sensitive skin!
Overall vitamin C is safe for most skin types. However, those of us with sensitive skin may feel a slight sting after application. It is recommended that if you have sensitive skin, testing a product on a small patch of skin will reveal any potential allergy or irritation.
Sticking to a lower concentration of vitamin C is less likely to cause irritation. If you have oily or damaged pigmentation, using a higher dose is more suitable.
The best way to use vitamin C is to avoid any product that includes Benzoyl Peroxide as it makes the vitamin less effective.
How do you store vitamin C?
Sensitive to light and air, vitamin C should be stored in opaque containers or something airtight like a pump-bottle. When vitamin C becomes exposed to these factors, it becomes oxidised and changes into dehydroascorbic acid.
Storing vitamin C correctly is the only way to keep it stable and at its most effective. If you notice that your vitamin C product has become yellow or brown, it’s already become oxidised, and the only place left for it is in the bin!
What products should I look out for?
Serums are the most common way to get vitamin C into your skincare routine. However, due to the beauty industry evolving daily, it’s worth looking at other formulas which use Vitamin C in their skincare products.
Cleansers, moisturisers, exfoliants and sunscreens are starting to include vitamin C as a key ingredient. Combined with other antioxidants like vitamin E and ferulic acid, vitamin C gives you the optimal absorption benefits. Protection against free radical damage, anti-ageing and skin brightening, this powerful combo is worth investing in.
What to avoid
Anyone who has had a skin related issue in the past has probably crossed paths with retinoids. Designed to aid skin on a cellular level, this vitamin A derived chemical is often an over the counter – prescription kind of deal.
Partnering retinoids with vitamin C-based products is not advised. Using the two ingredients together can irritate the skin. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t use both! Just apply them at different times. As vitamin C is better applied in the morning, save your retinoids for the evening. Nothing could be more simple.
Adding vitamin C to your daily skincare routine will give you effective and natural results quickly. If it sounds too good to be true, why not give it a go and see what happens!?