Updated: Oct 14, 2021
Vitamin C - Why we need it, what it does and how it works
What is Vitamin C -
Ascorbic acid or better known as " Vitamin C "promotes collagen production, which has the potential to thicken the dermis, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and is essential for firm, youthful skin. On top of that, vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it protects skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure.
It also has the potential to inhibit melanin production in the skin, which helps to lighten hyperpigmentation and brown spots, even out skin tone, and enhance skin radiance. Finally, vitamin C helps to repair damage from sun exposure and collagen loss by encouraging healthy cell turnover and regeneration.
How to use it -
Apply vitamin C as a serum in the mornings — that is, after cleansing and before applying moisturiser and sunscreen. We think the best vitamin C skin care products are serums because they are more effective at penetrating the skin barrier than, say, a cream or toner.
Although topical vitamin C is generally well-tolerated, all skin products have the potential to cause side effects. You should always do a patch test to assess your risk for allergic reaction. Here’s how:
1. Select a small area of skin that’s easy to conceal, like your forearm.
2. Apply a small amount of product and wait 24 hours.
3. If no side effects occur, you can apply to your face. Discontinue use if you develop a rash, redness, or hives.
When it’s time for a full application, follow the instructions given by your skin professional.
The most important thing with starting any new skincare, especially with high performance skin correctors is to be patient. Most skin care products take time to start working, and vitamin C takes a little longer, even with daily use. When you first begin to add the serum to your routine, you won’t notice any significant changes in your skin for six to eight weeks. If you have sensitive skin, do a skin test first, as the high acidity can be irritating.If irritation or any form of adverse reaction is present, discontinue use immediately.
You can maximise the benefits of vitamin C by combining it with other antioxidants. This can work best with combining both Vitamin E and ferulic acid. It is seen that when they all combine, they have optimal absorption benefits when it comes to anti-aging, skin brightening, and protection against free radical damage.
It also loves to play along well with vitamin B and hyaluronic acid. However, i do It is recommended that yo do not mix vitamin C with a retinol or niacinamide, because the pH levels are incompatible. If you want to use both, wait roughly half an hour between applications.
Reasons why you need to be using it now -
It’s safe for most skin types
Vitamin C has an excellent reputation and trusted safety source. Most people can use topical vitamin C for an extended period of time without experiencing any adverse reactions.
In very rare cases, some people who have hypersensitive skin may experience minor irritation. If so, as mentioned discontinue use immediately.
Vitamin C can help fade pigmentation (more on this below!) and smooth the skin’s surface to reduce dullness. This gives skin a youthful glow.
It helps reduce redness and even out your skin tone
Vitamin C has also been tried and trusted to treat a huge variety of inflammatory skin conditions. Minimising redness can create a more even complexion.
It helps fade hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation— including sun spots, age spots and melasma— occurs when melanin is overproduced in certain areas of the skin, generally associated with hormonal changes in the body eg: pregnancy and menopause. It can also happen in areas where acne has healed.
Vitamin C application has been shown to impede melanin. This can help fade dark spots and lead to a more even-toned complexion.
It reduces the appearance of under-eye circles
These serums can help smooth out fine lines by plumping and hydrating the under-eye area.
Although vitamin C is more effective at reducing overall redness, some clients have reported that it can help alleviate discolouration associated with periorbital circles.
It promotes collagen production
Vitamin C is well known for encouraging the production of collagen. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that depletes over time. Lower levels of collagen can lead to fine lines and wrinkles.
It may help prevent skin sagging
Collagen production is tied to skin elasticity and firmness. When your collagen levels begin to drop, your skin may begin to sag.
Applying a vitamin C serum will boost collagen production, resulting in an overall tightening effect.
It protects against sun damage
Sun damage is caused by molecules called free radicals. These are atoms with a missing electron. Free radicals search for other atoms from which they can “steal” an electron —and this can lead to significant damage to the skin. Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect healthy skin cells by “giving” these free radicals an electron, rendering them harmless.
Generally helps boost wound healing
Given its effects on sunburn, it should be no surprise that vitamin C application can speed up the overall would healing process. Healthy wound healing reduces your risk for inflammation, infection, and scarring.
Products to try
Serum stability is affected by two things — product formulation and packaging.
The following vitamin C derivatives are designed to retain potency for longer:
magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
You should also ensure that the product has a water-free formulation. And the bottle should be opaque and airtight.
Our go to Vitamin C serums ,
Vitamin C+E Nectar Rose Hip and Artemisia
A beauty serum that encourages the balance of essential vitamins (C, E, pro-vitamin B5). Revives the natural beauty of the skin and boosts skin vitality by reducing the look of the signs of fatigue.
Serum Essential C -
Serum with a melting and silky texture that revitalises and recharges the skin’s energy, moisturising and illuminating the face and providing an immediate sensation of well-being. Delicately fragranced and rapidly absorbing, it is ideal for younger skin that recovers a uniform and vital appearance.
Booster Serum Power C -
The power of a high concentration of vitamin C contained in a serum with a reinforced formula that illuminates, renews, and revitalises the skin. An authentic starter of radiance and youth, it maintains the skin’s natural elasticity and compactness over time.
The bottom line
Vitamin C can help heal blemishes, reduce hyperpigmentation, and give your skin an out-of-this
world glow. Consistency is key for maximum effect, so add it to your routine in a way that makes sense for you. Some people apply it in the morning to take advantage of its UV-protectant properties, while others find that it works best as a night serum. Always follow the advice of your skincare professional
All products are available for purchase in salon.