One of the most effective skincare ingredients, Vitamin C is universally effective and improves your skin, no matter what issues you are experiencing. By committing to a daily application, you’ll see a vast improvement in the overall appearance of your skin. But, do you really need to be using it? The short answer: Yes.
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a commonly used vitamin to fight off colds and other sickness and when utilized as an ingredient in your skincare routine, can protect your skin from the damage from environmental factors that wreak havoc on your skin.
When your skin experiences oxidative stress, something that happens when your skin is trying to protect itself from the environment (i.e. cigarette smoke, pollution, vehicle emissions), your skin becomes dry and dull in appearance and can even experience redness. Over time, your skin will age faster and experience hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C also stimulates the production of collagen and is anti-inflammatory.
Choosing a Vitamin C Product
Vitamin C is sensitive to oxidation and light, making the products difficult to produce in order to see results. The ingredients in the product and product packaging have a huge effect on the effectiveness of the product. When you’re choosing a Vitamin C product to add to your routine, look for the following:
- Products that contain Ascorbic Acid (L-Ascorbic Acid), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, and Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate
- Packaged in an air-tight container with a pump
- Packaging that is opaque or amber-hued to avoid oxidation and light exposure
The average shelf life of Vitamin C products before being opened is six months to a year, so try to avoid stocking up on your favorite products and buy them fresh each time you run out of your current product.
How to Use Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C serums work best when applied in the morning, due to the environmental radicals that are encountered throughout the day. You’ll want to layer on your Vitamin C serum after cleansing, toning, and hydrating before applying your moisturizer and SPF.
Keep in mind that if you do choose to apply your Vitamin C serum at night, that it won’t be as effective and could potentially negatively react with any retinol or AHAs you use at night.