If you’re a skincare junkie like myself then you have probably heard of vitamin c and live by it, ever since I implemented it in my routine back in 2016, I literally can no longer live without it. I’m not even exaggerating when I say its life-changing. In terms of science, vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid and ascorbate, is a vitamin found in various foods and sold as a dietary supplement. It is used to prevent and treat scurvy. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient involved in the repair of tissue and the enzymatic production of certain neurotransmitters but at the same time, it is also known to be one of the best anti-ageing ingredients and the key to maintaining a smooth, even, and glowy complexion.
Although you’re probably getting vitamin C in your diet, there’s no way to guarantee that it’s going straight to your skin, in fact, very little vitamin C ever makes it to the skin so using serums and other topical products is the most direct way to reap these benefits.
So why should you add vitamin C serum to your routine?
- It’s safe for most skin types and can be used in conjunction with other ingredients such as retinols, SPF, alpha hydroxy etc
It’s hydrating as it decreases transepidermal water loss, allowing your skin to better retain moisture.
- It’s brightening and can help reduces dullness giving the skin a youthful glow
- It helps to reduce redness and even out your skin tone
- It can help to reduce hyperpigmentation whilst also reducing under-eye circles
- It promotes collagen production – this is a naturally occurring protein and low levels can lead to fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin due to lack of skin elasticity.
- It helps to protect against sun damage as it is rich in antioxidants
- It helps to boost wound healing reducing scarring
Vitamin C serum is typically applied once or twice per day. I usually of cleanse, tone, apply vitamin C serum, moisturise, then apply my eye cream. The best thing to due in terms of skin is to apply the thinnest products first so generally a serum is more watery hence it’s the first thing I apply after toner.
Here are the best vitamin c products on the market right now;