Found in fruits, vegetables and many other foods, vitamin C is an essential antioxidant that has been proven to be beneficial when it comes to boosting immunity, producing collagen and even improving your skin. In fact, vitamin C is so important to our overall wellbeing that the FDA recommends consuming 90 milligrams per day. That’s the equivalent of eating just two small oranges!
But, have you ever thought about incorporating vitamin C into your skincare regime?
If you have anything from acne scarring to dullness in your complexion, incorporating products that are infused with vitamin C might be the right step for you. Vitamin C has a wide range of beauty benefits. Experiencing premature aging? According to an article from Allure, promoting collagen production through vitamin C can prevent aging of the skin, as dermatologist Howard Sobel explains. When using vitamin C topically, the skin is “triggered to heal itself by accelerating the production of collagen and elastin,” Sobel says.
Aside from brightening and protecting against UV light, vitamin C is also beneficial when it comes to fading dark spots and creating an even skin tone. According to an article from Cosmopolitan, vitamin C promotes the production of melanin, which helps fade acne scars and dark spots. Plus, it even helps to prevent them too!
But when it comes to applying vitamin C topically, what products are the most beneficial? According to an article from Vogue, serums, which are “designed to deliver a high concentration of actives” and “enhance penetration through the outer skin layer,” are the way to go.
Now that you know some of the many benefits of vitamin C, why not (vitamin) C for yourself? Here are just a few tips and tricks on adding vitamin C serums into your skincare regime:
- Start slowly. To get started, add your vitamin C serum to your skincare regime just a couple times a week and gradually work your way up to incorporating it daily. Just a few drops will do the trick!
- Layer under moisturizer. Usually, serums are layered under a moisturizer. But when it comes to vitamin C, it’s especially important to layer your serum under a moisturizer infused with SPF or a minimum of SPF 30, according to an article from Vogue. Vitamin C + SPF = better protection.
- Go dark. When exposed to light, vitamin C breaks down; therefore, dark glass bottles help maintain its stability and efficiency, according to an article from Allure.
- Combine with other antioxidants. The effectiveness (and extra benefits!) of vitamin C increases when combined with other antioxidants such as vitamin E or vitamin B. So, go for serums that incorporate multiple vitamins for multiple goodness.
- Find products that work for you. Get started on your very own vitamin C skin journey with a go-to serum. Try Sunday Riley’s “C.E.O Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil,” TATCHA’s Violet-C Brightening Serum 20% Vitamin C + 10% AHA, or Drunk Elephant’s Vitamin C Day Serum for some serious vitamin C glow!