Happy Friday! Today, I want to share with you all you need to know about vitamin C in skincare! Vitamin C is a star ingredient that has been studied a lot, that provides numerous benefits and that is ideal for different types of skin. Personally, I love to use Vitamin C for the healthy glow and plumped effect it gives me.
If you want to know more about this amazing ingredient, then keep on reading, and don’t forget to check out my previous post: HOW TO CONNECT TO YOUR FEMININE ENERGY.
All you need to know about Vitamin C
What is Vitamin C ?
Vitamin C is a vitamin found in various foods, such as oranges and lemons, and can be sold as dietary supplements. In general, this type of vitamin is essential for the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues. It’s involved in many body functions, including the formation of collagen, the proper functioning of the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth. It’s also an amazing antioxidant that can protect against damages.
Lastly, vitamin c can be found in skincare. According to Paula’s Choice, Vitamin C is one of the most research-proven ingredients you can apply to skin. This water-soluble antioxidant is a natural component of healthy skin. They explain that when we’re young, vitamin C levels in the skin’s primary layers are abundant, but as we age, these levels naturally deplete. It is also important to note, that there are different forms and derivations of vitamin C used in beauty products. Ascorbic acid has the most skin-related research of any form of vitamin C and shows the most benefits.
The skincare benefits
Vitamin C’s benefits for the skin are vast. First of all, this ingredient has the ability to even out skin tone and diminish the appearance of dark spots. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and allows you to have an overall glowy and bright skin. It also has been proven that vitamin c protects skin from environmental stressors, including free radical damage. Moreover, it works amazingly well with sunscreen to prevent skin damage from UV rays.
Then, Vitamin c also acts as an insurance policy for the rest of your skincare regime. In fact, by protecting your complexion against free radicals, it helps maintain the results your other products deliver.
In general, Vitamin c is extremely sensitive to air and light and can easily go bad. So, if you want to get the best results possible, you need to make sure the ingredient comes in an opaque and air-restrictive bottle. Either way, most serums with ascorbic acid expire in less than 6 months before it goes bad. It’s a very unstable form of vitamin c but is extremely effective.
Other beneficial forms of vitamin that have notable research include sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, 3-O ethyl ascorbic acid, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, and ascorbyl glucoside.
How to use this ingredient ?
All forms of vitamin C mix and layer well with other skincare ingredients. This includes exfoliating acids and other vitamins and antioxidants, such as retinol and niacinamide. In fact, combining vitamin c with niacinamide is my absolute favorite. Both ingredients work beautifully together to achieve healthy and glowy skin and both target dark spots
Vitamin C can be used twice daily, both morning and night. Personally, I love to use vitamin C in the form of a serum. My favorite is the willowherb and vitamin c serum by Isla Skincare. It contains a stable form of this ingredient. Moreover, it’s non-irritative so it’s ideal for dry and sensitive skin. Another favorite of mine is the C15 Super Booster by Paula’s Choice. That one is less stable but works amazingly well. After cleansing, toning, and exfoliating, I apply the vitamin c serum (in order from thinnest to the thickest texture) and during the day, I always finish with a broad-spectrum SPF 30 moisturizer.
It’s important to note that vitamin c is still an active ingredient, it is hence important for you to first, test the ingredient on your neck or hand to see how your skin reacts. And, to start with a low concentration.
All you need to know about Vitamin C
To conclude, vitamin c is such an amazing ingredient that you can incorporate in many different ways into your skincare regime. Now, I hope you enjoyed reading this post and found it informative. If you did, don’t forget to give this post a ‘like’ and to subscribe to my blog to not miss any of my future posts related to beauty, lifestyle, and wellness!