Is vitamin C good for your skin?
Most people are made aware from a young age that vitamin C is a powerful and important vitamin that can fight off colds, boost your immunity, and generally make you a sunnier person. Not many people think of it as an essential skincare item, but that is changing! We know it’s good to ingest, but how about vitamin C in a topical form? Is vitamin C serum good for your skin? To put it simply, yes! Vitamin C skincare benefits are quite bountiful, and you can use vitamin C serum to help with a variety of different skincare needs. What is vitamin C serum used for according to leading dermatologists? Practically every possible skincare issue seems to be on the list of things that vitamin C serum can aid with. That means acne, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, smoothness, hydration, glow, and more. More and more skincare brands are looking to vitamin C for face benefits and here is why you should be too.
What does vitamin C do for your skin?
Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants, which means that it can help keep your skin healthy and detox any harmful chemicals that may interact with your skin like air pollution, ultraviolet rays, or smoke. It does this by neutralizing free radicals, which basically means it detoxes the harmful elements on the skin caused by outside factors and internal stressors. Vitamin C aids in the production of natural collagen and elastin which can help smooth out wrinkles and keep your face smooth and firm. It also acts as a gentle anti-inflammatory agent and reduces discoloration and acne.
When you think of vitamin C you might think of bright and juicy citrus fruit, sweetness, and glowing health. Vitamin C can brighten your skin and help to decrease the appearance of sunspots and wrinkles, giving you that same concept of brightness and health. When we are young, our skin contains a lot of vitamin C but the naturally occurring vitamin C dwindles as we age, making a supplemental or topical version all the more helpful. Overall this serum is seeming incredibly beneficial for every skin type, and if it’s such a healthful vitamin to ingest as a supplement, it makes sense that the topical benefits are so rich and versatile.
How to use vitamin C correctly?
It is important to purchase the right kind of topical vitamin C in order to reap the full benefits of the treatment. The best way for your skin to absorb and utilize vitamin C is with a serum form. This is the most concentrated way to get vitamin C in a topical form and it is recommended most by dermatologists.
If you are unable to use a serum due to expense or reaction with your skin, you can use cream but remember to follow the guidelines for the active ingredients in order to get as much of a benefit as possible. When it comes to judging whether a skincare product touting vitamin C is a good use of your money and time, check out the percentage of L-Ascorbic acid in the formula. L-ascorbic acid is the active ingredient in Vit C. Using too low a percentage of L-ascorbic acid, aka vitamin C serum results in not much benefit, but too high a percentage of L-ascorbic acid can lead to irritation or discoloration of the skin. You want the percentage of L-ascorbic acid to be between 10% and 20% no higher and no lower. You also want to make sure that there aren’t any other ingredients that can dilute the serum or make it less effective. Mixing vitamin E with vitamin C will decrease the efficacy of vitamin C because it neutralizes the acidic properties, leading to less benefit as the active ingredient is an acid.
It is also important to store your serum correctly, meaning that it should not be exposed to direct sunlight. If the serum is exposed to direct sunlight, the sun can break down some of the chemical compounds in the L-ascorbic acid and render it less stable and less effective for use as a skincare product. You can see this happening if your serum comes in a clear or translucent container. If the serum is tinted orange it means it is no good. It also is not good to use vitamin C and retinol at the same time because they can cancel each other out. It is recommended that if you really want to use both, you leave a large chunk of time in between treating your face with vitamin C and treating it with retinol, and for both, make sure that you apply plenty of sunscreens if you will be going outside after applying.
Can you use vitamin C serum every day?
Can you use vitamin C serum every day? Yes, you can! In fact, you can use it every day until you reach 100 years old because you can also use it at every stage in your life. Apply the vitamin C serum after washing your face and before moisturizing it for the best results. This can be done once a day, and depending on the other products you’re using either in the morning or the evening. Again remember to apply sunscreen in the morning!
The bountiful benefits of using vitamin C serum make it the perfect facial skincare regime for every age and stage of facial care. Because it helps with acne, it can be helpful in adolescence, and because it helps with wrinkles it can be helpful in middle to old age. It can also help everyone in between because of its effective brightening and hydrating qualities for your skin. It can be used by people of all and every skin type unless you have a particular allergy or irritation caused by vitamin C. If you are using the purest formula, it is very unlikely that there will be an issue.
So there you have it! There are endless positive results from using vitamin C serum as a restorative and healthful facial treatment which might convince you to add it to your skincare routine. If you do, note that you should most likely see a result in your facial health in two to four weeks, but it could take six to eight weeks depending on the conditions of your face prior, or simply because every face is different. I recommend you stick it out for the long term and continue to apply vitamin C even after you get your results to maintain a healthy and happy face. Treat your face with love and a little vitamin C, and it will thank you!