Let’s talk about Vitamin C and the benefits of using it in your skincare routine.
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One of the most powerful antioxidants you can use in your skincare routine. The benefits of using this wonder ingredient are vast. It can target fine lines, it can brighten the skin, it can help address rough texture and uneven skin tone, and it can protect your skin from environmental aggressors, such as pollution and sun damage.
When you apply Vitamin C to the skin it triggers your skin to regenerate itself and speeds up collagen production. It’s incredible for pigmentation and for reducing dark spots, and it can heal and repair your skin while protecting it from any further damage.
It’s available in many different forms but the most common form and most stable form (and the most researched) is ascorbic acid. This the ingredient you should keep an eye out for when buying Vitamin C.
What kind of products does it come in?
It comes in many different types of products, including serums, masks, cleansers, and exfoliators.
The most effective type, in my opinion, is a serum as serums can penetrate the skin deeper. You can also add additional Vitamin C products into your routine depending on your skin concern. For example, if you have pigmentation you could also introduce a Vitamin C cleanser.
Let’s talk percentages
In terms of percentages, most products in the market will have anywhere from 5% all the way up to about 20% or 30%.
Depending on your skin type you can choose a specific percentage that will work for you.
If you have very sensitive skin, for example, I would recommend starting with a lower concentration of 5% or so and then work your way up over time.
The best time to use Vitamin C
So, when should you use it? Generally, you will get the most benefit from applying it in the morning. There’s no rule against using it at nighttime, however, it’s more beneficial when used in your morning routine. Why? The high levels of radiation and environmental aggressors that your skin is exposed to during the day.
In terms of the order in which you should use it in your routine, I generally apply my Vitamin C serum after cleansing and before a hydrating serum and moisturizer. However, with serums you should always apply them thinnest to thickest. If your serum is thicker than your hydrating serum, apply your hydrating serum first.
Some of my favourite products are linked below.
Check out the skincare guides section of my website for more deep-dives and tips on how to build a simple skincare routine from scratch.