Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants you can have in your skincare arsenal. When added to your daily routine, it provides a range of benefits, from brightening dull skin to targeting the effects of pollution and sun damage, fading pigmentation, and improving skin tone. Here’s 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 it is available in many different strengths and concentrations – it’s sometimes referred to as ascorbic acid.
How does it 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. 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.
Why should I use it?
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 breakouts, scarring, pigmentation, and textured skin. It can visibly improve the appearance of pigmentation caused by sun damage and spots. Overall, it helps skin to look smoother, 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 it?
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 retinol or acids.