Most of us know Vitamin C (a/k/a ascorbic acid) as a supplement that boosts the immune system and contains antioxidants. However, Vitamin C has become one of the most popular ingredients in today’s skincare products. I have seen so many skincare lines that have started carrying a “C” line. The antioxidants found in Vitamin C can help neutralize free radicals (molecules that cause aging and tissue damage), prevent future sun damage, promote new collagen, visibly reduce signs of aging and alleviate inflammation.
As I’ve learned about the benefits of Vitamin C skincare, I’ve taken the step of adding it to my daily routine. After sampling various moisturizers and creams, I’ve found that a serum containing Vitamin C seems to be the most beneficial as it’s thinner in consistency and more easily absorbed. Similar to retinols, Vitamin C products can be harsh for sensitive skin. I suggest starting off with a Vitamin C product a few times a week and then increasing frequency to build up your skin’s tolerance.
As I mentioned in past posts, one of my favorite OTC product lines is LaRoche Posay. I really like their ActiveC10 which is thin and serum-like and absorbs quickly into my skin. One of Skinceuticals most popular products is C E Feurilic. Studies have shown that the feurilic acid stabilizes the Vitamin C and, therefore, boosts its efficacy. Vitamin C tends to oxidize quickly and can lose its potency so it’s important that it’s properly packaged and stored. If you decide to add a Vitamin C product to your regimen, I suggest making sure that it’s in a sealed container that needs to be pumped or squeezed out to help avoid oxidation.
With Spring approaching and lighter colored foundations just around the corner, now is a perfect time to add a Vitamin C product to your daily routine to rid your skin of pigmented spots and reveal a healthier looking you. If you are currently using a retinol, I suggest using your Vitamin C product during the day and your retinol product at night.
Reminder….applying sunscreen on a daily basis is always a necessity for younger looking skin but especially if you are using Vitamin C products.
Warrior tip: When it comes to applying products think thin followed by thick. Apply thinner products before applying heavier thicker products i.e., serums then moisturizers then sunblock.