A Quick Look At Our Best Vitamin C Products
- Best nighttime serum: ISDIN Melatonik
- Best for reducing wrinkles: ISDIN Flavo-C Ampoules
- Best skin booster for dry skin: Swissline Radiance Booster
- Best for firming skin: Swissline Brightening Diamond Serum
- Best hyaluronic serum for very dry skin: Cosmedix Surge
- Best plumping serum for skin brightening: Cosmedix Radiance
- Best moisturizer for dull skin: Swissline Smart Cream
- Best moisturizer for sensitive and reactive skin: Swissline Aqua Calm Cream
We all know that vitamin c belongs in any immunity-boosting diet, but did you know that it’s also one of the most potent skin care ingredients available?
Vitamin c is proven to penetrate the skin barrier, reduce pigmentation, fine line and wrinkles. Since vitamin c breaks down when exposed to heat, oxygen or light, and is soluble in water we can’t simply rub a slice of orange on our skin or bathe in orange juice to get en even-toned or brightened skin.
However vitamin c is an effective ingredient that can be found in many skincare products. Choosing the right vitamin c product for your skin type can help you get firmer, brighter and smoother skin.
What is vitamin C?
Vitamin c is an antioxidant that is naturally occurring in some foods, especially in fruits and vegetables. Besides skin benefits which you will read about next, vitamin c is also known to enhance healing of wounds and boost our immune system.
When you look at the ingredient deck of a vitamin c product and find L-ascorbic in the list, you'll know the product contains an active form of Vitamin C.
However, other forms of vitamin c that can be found in skincare products include magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and ascorbyl palmitate.
These sophisticated forms of vitamin c are not only superior in performance, but also in stability.
What are vitamin C’s benefits for skin?
Vitamin c has so many benefits for our skin alone.
It is an antioxidant that helps our bodies produce collagen, brightens dull skin, reduce oxidative stress by free radicals, reduce fine lines, wrinkles, redness and hyperpigmentation by minimizing production of melanin.
Vitamin c is a powerhouse when it comes to addressing signs of anti-aging and premature aging of skin which is one of the most sort after skincare solutions.
How to use vitamin C in your skin care routine?
The main thing to keep in mind when using a product with vitamin c is the form of vitamin c that is being applied to your skin. The product formulation makes a big difference, as the vitamin c needs to be stabilized in order to be effective.
Once a vitamin c product turns brown in color, it has oxidized and lost most its efficacy. This is why you want to look for that is a stable form of vitamin c in your skincare products.
The most popular skincare products that contain Vitamin C are serums, toners and moisturizers. To achieve the best results, I recommend layering your toner and serum and wearing an SPF 30+ daily. If you want to learn how to layer your products check out this video.
The best way to use vitamin c serum is in the morning under your moisturizer/sunscreen or at night to boost skin repair.
Who should avoid vitamin C?
Generally anyone with sensitive or reactive skin should avoid high concentration of this active ingredient or products that contain L-ascorbc acid as this is the form most likely to cause irritation.
Luckily, there are many other forms and lower concentrations of vitamin c available that are suitable for every skin type.
When starting out with vitamin c, it's best to go slow and start using it only a few times a week. This will help your skin build up a tolerance to the active ingredient, so that you can gradually increase to daily use.
Vitamin c is a powerhouse skin care ingredient that you shouldn’t hate but appreciate in your skincare regimen to embrace all its natural goodness and benefits, that will help you achieve that healthy and radiant complexion.