Vitamin C, or Ascorbic Acid to be scientific, is the ingredient everyone needs!! More than just a cold and flu treatment, this miracle vitamin is renowned for its skin brightening properties. It’s a powerful anti-oxidant that boasts fading pigmentation, improving skin texture and stimulating collagen production among its benefits.
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and powerful anti-oxidant with the ability to penetrate deeply into the layers of the skin. Naturally found in foods such as citrus fruits, berries, broccoli, kale and tomato, in skincare, it’s available in a variety of different strengths and textures to help you transform your skin and step up your routine.
Why is Vitamin C good for your skin?
It makes sun damage and surface pigment spots less visible and brightens a dull, blotchy skin. It is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from irritation, inflammation and environmental pollution. Reduces red blotches left after spots by improving the skin’s natural healing process. It increases the effectiveness of sunscreen and gives the skin better protection from UV rays.
Among all the forms of vitamin C, ascorbic acid – also known as L-ascorbic acid – is the most researched in terms of its beneficial effects on the skin. That is why you are most likely to come across it well-formulated skincare products.
Besides ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbic phosphate, ascorbic palmitate, retinyl ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and magnesium ascorbic phosphate are the most stable and effective forms for the skin. These derived forms of vitamin C work better if they are mixed with other good antioxidant and cell-communicating products like green tea, retinol and/or niacinamide.
Forms of vitamin C in lower concentrations are also effective. Research has shown that even concentrations of 0.6% have antioxidant and anti-ageing properties. Products with a low dose of vitamin C can also repair and nourish the skin, especially if they also contain effective skin-smoothing ingredients.
Antioxidants lose their effectiveness if they are exposed to oxygen and light, and the same applies to vitamin C. So use products packaged in non-transparent tubes or bottles (preferably with a pump) so the ingredients remain stable.
A Few of My Favourites
La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C10 Serum 30ml
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum 30ml
Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide
The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion
When to Use and What Strength is Good?
Although vitamin C is a natural antioxidant, it can often cause mild irritation, so you should build up usage overtime. Start with twice a week, gradually moving up to three times a week and so on. This will ensure your skin gets used to the ingredient. However, if your skin does react, consider swapping to a vitamin C product that contains magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, a water-soluble vitamin C, which is far less irritating. This type is a good starting point for sensitive skin too. Alternatively, mix your serum into your regular moisturiser for a gentle yet still powerful hit of the C.
Similar to the application rule the same applies to strength, begin with a low concentration of 10% and then increase to 15% and then if you feel your skin can tolerate more, then jump up to 20%. With strict daily application, you should be able to notice results within a fortnight. If there’s no obvious change, consider increasing the concentration or applying your vitamin C product both day and night. It’s completely safe to do so.
You can usually find vitamin C-based products combined with vitamin E and B, ferulic acid and hyaluronic acid. This is because they are all strong antioxidants which will support and stabilize the vitamin C content.
Have you added in Vitamin C into your skincare routine?
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