Vitamin C | Why You Should Be Adding It Into Your Routine

I’m not here to talk about Vitamin C of the edible variety, although I do love a good easy peeler orange. I’m talking about adding Vitamin C to your skincare routine.  When applied topically, Vitamin C (otherwise known as L-Ascorbic Acid) can do wonderful things for the skin. So let’s explore a few of benefits…

With social media, We are all looking for perfect everything, skin 7 bodies especially, I have always wished for skin so even I don’t have to wear foundation to cover the blemish scars from once painful papules (papule; A painful, inflamed spot that often takes a while to reduce.) but ill keep working on my skin till that magical day appears. Back to Vitamin C, What does it do? 

Brightening & Reduces Dark Spots – Vitamin C helps lighten hyperpigmentation and brown spots. It also inhibits melanin production for evening skin tone and brightness.

Reduces Fine Lines -Vitamin C helps to protect collagen cells which gives a more radiant and youthful glow that often decreases as we get older.

Protects -We live in a polluted world, Because of this we need to protect our skin from free radicals, pollution

Vitamin C can be incorporated into any skincare care regime, It’s not just for people who want to use it for its line reducing capabilities. The fact that it prevents, repairs & protects makes it one of the most desirable products on the market at the moment. I would say, If you are in your teens, It would be a good ingredient to add to your skincare routine if you feel like you want to add a preventative measure in your routine (Obviously, SPF should be in your routine already so this is just a little added helper).

If you fancy giving Vitamin C a try, I have a couple of things that I look for when picking out a product. Potency is a big deal when it comes to Vitamin C, you ideally want to be looking for a 10-20% concentration to receive the best results over a shorter period of time. L-Ascorbic Acid is an ingredient I like to keep away from UV light. When it is exposed to UV light, it can reduce the potency of the product leaving is pretty useless. To prevent this from happening, I make sure my Vitamin C is well sealed and kept in a dark place.

To get the right product, you really need to be reading the labels on the packaging, look out for things like L-ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate and retinyl ascorbate. these are the most recognised ingredients for Vitamin C products.

I prefer to use serums rather thank masks, moisturisers, or essences, This is because serums are the most active part of my skincare and can easily be layered with other skincare products if I feel necessary. It’s possible to use the masks in the morning and evening however some of 20%+ products like The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% is one I would use in the evening as it can sting and make my face red, which is not ideal for the morning. The Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum is perfectly fine to be used in the mornings right after cleansing. I then apply any hyaluronic acid or moisturising gel I need for that day. It sits well under makeup and doesn’t sting the skin, causing any irritation.

There are tons of products on the market but here are a few I recommend….

 

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