What’s Vitamin C?
We all hear about the super ingredient vitamin C. There are a lot of claims about what vitamin C can do for your skin. But first, let’s break down what vitamin C is. Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid) is a vitamin that derives from some foods, such as lemons. The human body cannot produce vitamin C, and people need to get vitamin C through nutrition or topical skincare products. There are many benefits to using vitamin C on your skin. Today, we’re going to talk about the benefits of vitamin C and why you should incorporate vitamin C into your skincare routine.
Benefits of Vitamin C
Boosts collagen production
Over time, our collagen levels reduce as we age, and collagen synthesis cannot occur without the help of vitamin C. By boosting collagen production, fine lines and wrinkles can be smoothed out and tightened and making skin look firm.
Vitamin C has antioxidant properties and can protect skin from free radicals caused by UV rays.
Fade hyperpigmentation & dark spots
Vitamin C is great at inhibiting melanin production, which can fade hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Continued use of vitamin C will even out skin tone and brighten the skin.
Vitamin C is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties and can soothe irritated skin and reduce redness.
How to use vitamin C
- Apply a vitamin C serum after you tone your face and before you use a moisturizer
- Use a sheet mask that has vitamin C extract
Works well with
- Vitamin B and hyaluronic acid
- Vitamin B and ferulic acid
- Don’t mix with retinol or niacinamide-pH levels don’t match
** Vitamin C is unstable and can oxidize quickly; it will break down when exposed to light or air. Make sure to check your vitamin C product, and if it smells weird or looks discolored, then toss it out!
Do you use vitamin C in your skincare routine? Comment below and let us know your favorite way to use vitamin C!