What You Need To Know About Vitamin C & Skincare
A lot of us are already familiar with Vitamin C in skincare products, with a common association made between this ingredient and hyper-pigmentation.
However, Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid as its also known, has other skin benefits that you may not be aware of that provide a good excuse to add a little Vitamin C to your skincare regimen.
What Is It?
Vitamin C can naturally be found in the epidermal and dermal layers of our skin. As with a lot of other really good stuff, we have higher levels when we are younger, that begin to deplete as we age. As our skin doesn’t really make Vitamin C, it’s important that we not only put enough inside our bodies, but apply it topically to our skin too. It’s a water-soluble vitamin that we need to boost our immune system, and a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect our skin and keep it looking healthy.
Why Do I Need It?
- It’s a powerful antioxidant
Environmental stress, pollution, UV exposure and blue light from our screens can all cause free radical damage to our skin. Vitamin C, and its anti-oxidative benefits, help to repair and protect our skin from these skin aggressors.
- It targets hyper-pigmentation
Sun damage, age spots, hormonal pigmentation and scarring can all contribute to how our overall skin tone looks. Vitamin C inhibits the production of melanin, which causes discolouration in the skin, providing a lighter, brighter complexion.
- It’s great for anti-ageing
We need Vitamin C in our skin to produce collagen. Not only does it help to generate the fibroblasts in our skin that build collagen cells, but it also acts as a “helper” for the enzymes that stabilise our collagen cells to provide firmer and plumper skin. Say goodbye to fine lines and hello to dewy skin
How Should I Use It?
You will find higher concentration levels of Vitamin C in a serum, although for a product like this to be effective, the ph level needs to be low, which can potentially dry your skin out. Look for other ingredients to compensate for this or layer with heavier products.
Lower concentration levels can still be effective and are more common in facial creams or moisturisers, eye creams and masks. Keep in mind that this can be a very fragile, unstable ingredient, and should be stored in an opaque bottle or jar to be shielded from light, which can damage the product and cause it to be ineffective.
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We have many products containing this hero ingredient, but a few serums in our offering really stand out and will get you great results.
If your skin is dull and lacks radiance:
If you want a more even skin tone and pigmentation is your main concern:
If you want more anti-ageing benefits: