Since you all seemed to enjoy our previous ingredient guide about AHA & BHA we continue this series with Vitamin C! Like AHA and BHA, this is a very powerful active ingredient which can do wonders for your skin. And when I say wonders I do actually mean wonders because you can SEE your skin improving when you use it correctly.
Benefits of Vitamin C
So why should you use Vitamin C? My oh my, there’s so many reasons I don’t even know where to start! How about the most popular one: it helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. But even you young skincare goddesses can enjoy this ingredient for one of the benefits below:
- Protects the skin from sun damage
- Promotes collagen production
- Reduces dark circles
- Speeds up the healing process of the skin
- Helps fading (acne) scars
- Fades skin discoloration
- Improves hydration
- Reduces inflammation
And these are just some of the many benefits of Vitamin C. Did I catch your attention? Great! Now continue reading and find out everything about this amazing ingredient!
Different types of Vitamin C
In skincare there are several different types of Vitamin C used including Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl, Phospatem Ascorbyl Pamitate and Retinyl Ascorbate. You can forget all of these difficult names except for the first one. Ascorbic Acid is the most common type of Vitamin C and one of the most powerful skincare ingredients of all time.
Choosing the correct product
It’s worth looking at the packaging for the following things if you want your Vitamin C products to last a while. No label reading necessary for the first step (but I know you kbeauty lovers love that) ! When antioxidant ingredients are exposed to air and light too frequently they can breakdown, so try to look for air-tight (dark) packaging, pumps, droppers or single-use products.
If you really want to get into in it you might actually want to read the label and check the concentration levels. A concentration of 10-20 percent is very effective and shows results quickly. Concentration between 2- 10 percent will still be effective when the Vitamin C used is Ascorbic Acid.
Why the sudden hype?
Vitamin C products have been around for quite awhile but it wasn’t until recently that the products started to become buzzing. Probably because the world around us is changing so quickly that it affects our skin and people are starting to become more aware of our environment. Radiation, UV rays, smoke and other environmental pollutants break down the collagen in our skin which can cause irritation and premature wrinkles. Vitamin C tackles all these issues and stimulates the collagen production making it the hero of our modern era.
Building your skincare routine
Try to look for serums and creams since these have the highest concentrations of vitamin C. It is best to apply Vitamin C in the morning since it protects the skin from those environmental pollutants and boosts the effects of your sunscreen. I think by now you now already how important sunscreen is but especially when using vitamin C in the day it can’t be skipped! You can also apply your serum in your nighttime skincare routine. For both methods just apply the serum after your toner. If you use an essence apply it after the essence. Try to use only one active in your skincare routine if you are a beginner. Also if you never used an active ingredient before, start with a cream or mix the Vitamin C serum with your favorite moisturizer.
In Korean beauty Vitamin C is booming too and a lot of Vitamin infused products are hitting the market lately. My favorite Korean Beauty products with Vitamin C (not in any specific order) are:
- Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop Serum
- Original Pure Vitamin C20 Serum
- C20 Vitamin Sleep 9 to 5 Crema Sleeping Cream
Vitamin C is a great active ingredient for all skin types including sensitive and acne prone skin. It’s suitable for all ages and aids in brightening, clearing and moisturizing the skin. It benefits dull, rough skin with (acne) scarring, discoloration and fine lines. So in short: it’s amazing!
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