How does Vitamin C help skin?

August 05, 2019

How does Vitamin C help skin?

What's good for the body is also good for the face. Vitamin C caught the beauty world by storm, owing to its amazing benefits in keeping the skin looking young and radiant. Let’s take a look at this wonderful ingredient given to us by nature and do an in-depth analysis of what it is and what it does.


What does Vitamin C do for your skin?

Vitamin C is a powerful vitamin. It eliminates the signs of skin aging, boosts the production of collagen, and improve the appearance of your skin. Vitamin C is usually found in serums and moisturizers, but it can be included in other skincare products too, like our Vitamin C Toner.


The benefits of Vitamin C for the skin

Defies skin aging - Vitamin C is an ingredient that possesses powerful antioxidant properties. It helps to repair the skin from damage caused by UV radiation and fights free-radicals.

Repairs the skin - Cells die at a steady pace, which is one of the reasons the skin looks dull. Vitamin C can help repair damaged skin caused by environmental damage by increasing the production of collagen and helping cells regenerate faster making your skin healthier.

Keeps skin plump - Vitamin C is powerful in improving the collagen production in the skin and keep its elasticity. In other words, it helps keep your skin firm and plump.

Brightens dark spots - It helps control the production of melanin, a natural pigment responsible for giving your skin its color. Vitamin C helps to even out your skin tone and fade away unwanted dark spots caused by aging or acne scarring.

Sun protection - Vitamin C helps fortify the barriers of your skin by thickening the dermis, the outer layer of the skin. The result is better protection against UV rays which come from exposing your skin to the sun.



The different kinds of Vitamin C in your skincare products

L-Ascorbic Acid (LAA) - This is the most common Vitamin C used in the beauty industry and one which is most researched about. It's the most concentrated and most potent form of Vitamin C, hence also the most effective of all the types. When used in large quantities, though, it can cause skin irritations as it is also less stable than its counterparts. That is why it is mostly found in serums or spot applications where only a small amount is needed.

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate - Perfect for dry or sensitive skin. This water-soluble derivative is more stable and will cause fewer skin irritations.

Ascorbyl Palmitate - A type of Vitamin C that is also stable and mostly found in oil-based products. It's used in anti-aging products as it fights free radicals and is best at repairing damaged skin.

Ascorbic Glucosamine - It's also water-soluble and used in brightening the skin, good for reducing dark spots and acne marks.

Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate - It brightens the skin and fights the effects of free radicals. Brimming with antioxidants, water-soluble, and converts to ascorbic acid once absorbed by the skin.

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate - A fat-soluble derivative that can penetrate deeper into the skin. Perfect for general skin treatment.


Other ingredients that work well with Vitamin C

Hyaluronic Acid - Also an anti-aging ingredient that helps keep the moisture locked into the skin to minimize the look of lines and wrinkles. It also helps your skin absorb moisture deeper into the bottom layers to keep it hydrated.

Vitamin E - An antioxidant agent that helps increase collagen production and fight free radicals. It strengthens your skin's shield against environmental damage.

Ferulic Acid - Supports collagen production, fights free radicals, and helps stabilize Vitamin C to make it more effective.


Ingredients that DON’T work well with Vitamin C

Retinol - Using Vitamin c with retinol can cause redness and irritation. It can also render the effectiveness of both products ineffective when used together.

Benzoyl peroxide - Usually used for acne treatments. It kills bacteria by oxidation. Vitamin C, on the other hand, is an antioxidant. Using them at the same time will only end up canceling each other out.

 

When and how to use Vitamin C in your skincare routine

You can use it day and night. Make sure your face is nice and clean. Pat down any excess water, then spritz with our Vitamin C Toner. Let your skin absorb the nutrients until it's completely dry before applying your serum or moisturizer.


How to store products with Vitamin C

Cool place - Vitamin C loses its potency in high temperatures. Should you put it in the fridge, or is your vanity mirror enough? Make sure to check your product's storage instructions for better guidance.

Away from the sun - Vitamin C can oxidize when exposed to light. That's the reason most Vitamin C rich products come in opaque bottles or dark glass bottles. Put your serum, moisturizer, or toner out of the sun's rays.

Airtight containers - Oxygen reduces the potency of Vitamin C, so make sure to keep it airtight. Put the cap or lid back on as soon as you get the amount you need.


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