A Guide to Using Vitamin C…

Vitamin C is one of the most beneficial ingredients to add to your everyday skincare routine… So how do you use it?

I feel like I am seeing more and more people talk about Vitamin C in their skincare and there’s definitely a reason for it! Vitamin C, otherwise known as ascorbic acid, has many proven skincare benefits such as diminishing acne scars, reducing signs of ageing, evening out skin tone, hydrating skin, and protecting it from pollution. I’m going to run through them all and explain the best way to use Vitamin C.

How does Vitamin C benefit the skin?

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that fights against free radicals which cause ageing and a handful of skin issues like breakouts, dark spots and ageing. How does it do this? Vitamin C is a known brightener and using it regularly has the ability to even out skin tone and reduce the sign of scarring, pigmentation and fine lines. It also helps stimulate collagen production which helps skin stay firm and plump and look less ageing. Furthermore, it reduces inflammation, so if your skin is prone to breakouts, Vitamin C can make spots less angry.

How should you use Vitamin C?

The component features in countless face masks, toners, mists and moisturisers, however the most efficient way to deliver it directly to your skin for the best results is via a potent, targeted serum. It’s a selfish little molecule which likes to be used on its own!

How can you incorporate it into your skincare routine?

While Vitamin C can be used in the morning or evening, as it’s an antioxidant, it makes more sense to apply it during the day, so I normally use it in the morning. It acts as a shield to deflect pollution and other environmental aggressors. After cleansing, toning and exfoliating, apply the rest of your products in order from thinnest to thickest texture (e.g. vitamin c serum, moisturiser, treatments). During the day, always finish with SPF.

There are some studies that show Vitamin C should not be mixed with Niacinamide, but more recently, some studies show that they can be used together. For now, I am avoiding mixing until there are clearer signs indicating I can indeed use them together (this is because I am having some skin issues right now with bad breakouts), but it is up to you! The only concern is that they will both counteract their effectiveness but it won’t damage your skin if you use them together.

My favourite Vitamin C Serum

La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C10 Serum 30ml

Chances are if you have researched Vitamin C serums – this will have popped up more than once. I truly love it – it is a little pricey, but so worth it!

This serum is known for leaving skin feeling softer, more hydrated and glowing. It contains pure Vitamin C to brighten skin while Hyaluronic Acid plumps skin with moisture to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains Salicylic Acid to gently exfoliate away dead skin for a brighter, more even tone and texture. Whether you are suffering from scarring, acne, wrinkles or dull skin – it has you covered!

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