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Vitamin C and Skincare Routine
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and an absolute favourite of all skincare buffs. Vitamin C AKA ascorbic acid has anti-aging, glow-boosting properties and helps in improving overall complexion.
There is no doubt that Vitamin C is a must-have skincare ingredient but, before you pick up any product containing vitamin c there are some essential things to consider, as no two Vit. C products are alike. So, let’s get down to the basics first.
What is vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant abundantly found in the skin. However, as we get older combined with the long hours spent in the sun causes it to deplete over time.
What does vitamin C do for your skin?
Provides powerful antioxidant protection from sun, pollution, and other aggressors.
Stimulated collagen production that keeps your skin plump and smooth.
Assists in skin’s healing process
Helps reduce pigmentation and inflammation
Applying it topically will help replenish the depleting levels of naturally occurring vitamin C in the skin providing much-needed extra protection.
Here are 5 things you need to know before adding vitamin c to your skincare routine.
Pick the right formula.
You may find Vitamin C in both serum and cream form. Being lightweight, serums tend to penetrate your skin better and generally suit all skin types. Creams on the other hand are heavier and might not work well on oily skins.
Timing is everything
If you spend long hours in the sun on a daily basis and want to strengthen your skin barrier against sun damage and pollution, including Vitamin C to your daytime skincare routine. Look for serums or creams with active vitamin C, that provide sun protection and moisturization.
Vitamin C is versatile and can be included in night-time skincare routines to boost collagen production. Vit C formulas combined with shea butter or glycerine will make sure you wake up with smooth and supple skin the next day.
Vit C is safe for daily use, unlike retinoids or AHAs that are stronger and serve a specific purpose. You can include Vit. C serum or cream to both day and night skincare routine. We recommend doing a patch test before applying any product. Also, start with 2-3 times a week and gradually increase the usage.
Understanding some basic chemistry before purchasing any product with vitamin C will surely help. Don’t worry, we will keep it simple.
For the serum to be most effective the formula must have pure ascorbic acid with pH within the 2 to 3.5 range and a concentration between 10 to 20%.
While higher ascorbic acid is great for treating persistent skin problems, the lower concentrations work well to repair mild damages and nourish the skin. So don’t forget to check the ingredients of your products.
Mixing Vitamin C with others
Vitamin C is a potent ingredient and its compatibility with other ingredients is still up for debate. While some recommend Vit C to be used along with niacinamide or peptides or other exfoliants for better results and others warn against it.
We suggest doing a patch test to understand how different ingredients from your skincare routine react with each other. Or better yet, contact a dermatologist.