Vitamin C is one of the most searched for and hyped skincare ingredients for good reason. Commonly found in brightening serums, eye creams, and anti-aging moisturisers, it’s a powerful antioxidant, which when added to your daily skincare routine, provides a full range of benefits. From brightening dull skin to targeting the effects of pollution and sun damage, fading pigmentation, targeting dark circles, and improving skin tone, vitamin C can benefit almost all skin types and concerns.
But how exactly does vitamin C work? And when do you use it? We’ve taken a deep dive into vitamin C to answer all of your most frequently asked questions about this buzzword ingredient. Scroll down for everything you need to know.
What is vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, which means it cannot be stored in the body, so must be added in. It’s particularly effective because it has the ability to penetrate deep into the layers of skin. There are many different types of vitamin C and the ingredient is available in many different strengths and concentrations – it’s sometimes referred to as ascorbic acid. Vitamin C is what’s known as an antioxidant, which means it has the ability to address the impact of environmental damage on skin.
How does vitamin C work?
When our skin is exposed to certain environmental aggressors like pollution and UV rays, it generates free radicals. These are harmful molecules which attack cells and cause damage. Most commonly they disrupt the skin’s ability to repair itself and speed up the appearance of skin aging by breaking down collagen. Antioxidants like vitamin C help by stabilising the free radicals to prevent cell damage, and restore health and balance to already damaged cells. Vitamin C also accelerates the production of collagen and elastin which are responsible for keeping skin firm and plump, so the ingredient can help prevent skin from appearing thin and papery. Another benefit of vitamin C is its ability to inhibit skin’s melanin production, which is what causes dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
What does vitamin C do for skin?
As well as smoothing and plumping fine lines and loose skin (by increasing collagen production), vitamin C is an ideal treatment for those who experience hyperpigmentation and dullness. It can visibly improve the appearance of brown spots caused by sun damage and the red marks left behind by spots. Overall, it helps skin to look glowier, brighter, and healthier. You may be able to spot a difference in one use, but a long-term improvement will take place with weeks of consistent use.
When should you use vitamin C?
To target the effects of UV damage and environmental aggressors, it’s recommended to use vitamin C in your morning routine – it’s the perfect partner to your SPF. It can also be used in the evening but must never be layered with retinoids or exfoliating acids. You’ll see best results by using vitamin C frequently and regularly, so you can use it every day.
This affordable vitamin C serum is one of the best we’ve used. it contains ascorbyl glucoside, a form of vitamin C which is incredible stable and which converts into pure vitamin C upon absorbing into skin. It gives skin an instant dewy sheen while also working to brighten and hydrate skin in the long term, too.