Well, if you’ve spent most of your time basking in the sun this summer, you might notice a few pesky changes to your beloved and immaculate complexion: uneven patches here, some dark spots there, and sometimes even a fine line or two.
But, don’t stress! This magical ingredient will level up your skin-brightening game big time. Yes, we’re talking about the big ‘C’. Let’s be honest: Vitamin C is not a new kid on the skincare block…it’s a tried and trusted skin booster and anti-aging fighter. We’re just here to remind you that it deserves a permanent spot in your skincare routine. And, the best place to start is with these star serums.
What exactly is Vitamin C?
Think of it as the chief antioxidant that wards off the bad guys, we’re talking free radicals, environmental aggressors and damage from infrared and visible light. It also does an outstanding job at keeping your skin barrier strong, speeding up collagen production and brightening up your visage.
Why do you really need it?
Because it actually works—and dermatologists agree too! Here’s how: It inhibits your skin’s melanin production, which is what causes those annoying dark spots and pigmentation in the first place. However, its skincare payoffs aren’t just restricted to its antioxidant status. For starters, this highly acidic ingredient triggers the skin to heal itself by putting a spurt on the production of collagen and elastin (the natural protein fibres that keep skin plump and firm). Another cool thing about this ingredient: it fades brown spots without altering normal skin pigmentation. The result: a radiant and luminous complexion.
How should you use it?
If your skin tends to be oily, start off your routine with a foaming cleanser and then follow up with a Vitamin C serum and then gel moisturiser.
If you belong to the dry skin club, use a hydrating cleanser, toner and a Vitamin C rich serum and moisturiser.
If you have sensitive skin, it's best to start out with a low concentration and work your way up as your skin grows more accustomed to the ingredient. It’s also a good idea to combine with a skin soothing emollient containing Chamomile or Witch Hazel extracts.
What else should you know?
- Two is ALWAYS better than one! Look for multitasking serums that are packed with complementary ingredients like Vitamin E and Hyaluronic acid. When Vitamin C is combined with Vitamin E, it becomes much more stable and effective at decreasing pigmentation and sun spots.
- Give your skincare routine a boost; active ingredients like Vitamin C can be mixed with your existing skincare favorites to fully reap its benefits.
- Avoid mixing your Vitamin C with your retinols as they can deactivate the ingredient. So, stick to slapping on the Vitamin C serum in the a.m. and save the retinols for your p.m. routine.
- Vitamin C is highly unstable and breaks down when exposed to light and air. This is why you’ll see them usually in dark colored bottles.
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