If you have dark spots and pigmentation issues… And if you get sun exposure (even indoors), it causes sun damage on your skin… So you absolutely need Vitamin C in your skincare routine.
What Type of Vitamin C to Use In Your Skincare Routine
First, you can get Vitamin C in serum, or a cream. Here is the difference:
- Serums have a thin and silky texture. They absorb quicker. And typically have a higher concentration of Vitamin C. So you get more of it. And it works faster. So a serum is the better choice.
- Creams with Vitamin C take longer to absorb. So they work slower. But if your skin is ultra sensitive to Vitamin C, those might be a better option.
When to Use Vitamin C
Vitamin C can be used any time. Morning and evening are best. If you only use it once a day, do it in the morning because it helps counteract sun damage from daily sun exposure.
How to Apply Vitamin C
After washing your face, (and toning or exfoliating if you do any), apply your Vitamin C serum. Use it on your face and neck.
Layer other products on top. If using in the morning, follow with an SPF moisturizer. SPF 30 or greater is recommended. Your Vitamin C serum will sit well under makeup and will not make it cake.
Benefits of Vitamin C For Your Skin
Vitamin C is one of the best ingredients for clear, healthy skin. It will do two main things for you:
Prevent sun damage & premature aging
- It keeps dark spots, wrinkles, and skin sagging away. The sun creates “oxidants” in your skin that accelerate the skin aging by causing dark spots and pigmentation issues.
- Vitamin C is a super antioxidant that neutralizes the “oxidants” to prevent sun damage. It also gives you a healthy glow.
Supports collagen to counteract wrinkles & crepiness
- Vitamin C plays a key role in collagen production. That is a protein that makes up 75% of your skin. It keeps it firm and bouncy. You lose 1% of collagen per year, which causes crepey skin and wrinkles.
What Is Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an “essential” vitamin. Its natural form is called “L-ascorbic acid” - look for that ingredient in your Vitamin C serum.
Your body cannot make it. You get it from food or supplements. But with food, a lot of it gets lost by the time it gets to the skin
That is why putting Vitamin C directly on the skin is best. Applying Vitamin C on the skin will give your skin up to 20x more than taking it with food or supplements.
Potential Side effects
There really are none according to scientists. If you take on too much vitamin C, you will get rid of it through the urine.
If you are sensitive, do a patch test before using any new skincare product. Even though Vitamin C is naturally found in your skin. And usually does not cause any irritation.
Just put a small amount of the product behind the ear. And leave for 24 hours. If you do not get any rash or irritation, you can start putting the product on your face.
Using a Vitamin C serum is essential to prevent sun damage and premature aging. As well as counteract wrinkles and crepiness. It will also help with dark spots and pigmentation issues.
So add it to your skincare routine morning and night.