From brightening and evening out tone to plumping and firming your skin, vitamin C is regularly touted as a must-use skincare ingredient. Should you opt for a serum or a cream and where does it fit into your routine though? We put together a speedy guide to vitamin C to help…
What Are The Skincare Benefits Of Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is one of the most talked about skincare ingredients. Experts regularly recommend adding a dose of vitamin C into your routine to help brighten and even out skin tone. “It not only helps to brighten pigmentation that already exists, but also reduces the activity of the enzyme that leads to these dark spots from forming in the future,” says Dr Dennis Gross, NYC based dermatologist and founder of Dr Dennis Gross skincare.
Vitamin C also helps to boost the production of collagen for plumper, tighter looking skin, as well as protect our complexion from environmental aggressors, such as pollution. It’s no wonder that Dr Dennis Gross utilised the ingredient in his bestselling C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum.
Is It Suitable For All Skin Types?
The beauty of vitamin C is that all ages and skin types can use it. “The trick is to choose a vitamin C product with a texture matched to your skin type,” says Paula Begoun, skin expert and founder of Paula’s Choice skincare. “Oily to combination skin should opt for a fluid, while drier skin types should look to lotions or creams.”
As with any active ingredient, when you introduce vitamin C into your skincare, start with a lower concentration and use it once or twice a week. Avoid using retinol or AHAs at the same time too.
What’s The Best Form Of Vitamin C To Use?
Like retinol, vitamin C comes in multiple forms including sodium ascorbic phosphate, ascorbic palmitate and retinyl ascorbate. L-ascorbic acid is the strongest form of vitamin C and is generally favoured by dermatologists and skincare experts as it’s the most researched. We love Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum and Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster, both of which contain l-ascorbic acid.
It’s also worth paying attention to packaging. Don’t buy vitamin C products if they’re in transparent bottles as sunlight degrades the ingredient and can compromise the quality and efficacy of the formula.
Where Does Vitamin C Fit Into My Routine?
In terms of where to slot it into your routine, “it depends on the product’s texture containing vitamin C,” says Paula. “The general rule is to start with cleansing, toning and your leave-on exfoliant containing either AHA (such as glycolic or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid). Then you follow with your treatment products, boosters, and/or moisturiser based on their texture.” Start with the lightest texture and work your way up. “The only exception to this is during the day, the last product you apply is always sunscreen,” adds Paula.