Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a powerful skincare ingredient recommended for its many benefits. It’s anti-aging, brightening, smoothing, and imparts a youthful radiance when used routinely. Vitamin C products are available in serums, cleansers, and face creams. If you are not already using it, you will want to add this potent antioxidant to your current skincare regimen to start seeing results.

What is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect and repair damage to your skin. We don’t produce vitamin C in the body, but certain fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C, and regular consumption helps repair damage to your body and skin.

What are the Benefits of using Vitamin C in your skincare routine?

In the same way fruits and vegetables repair your body, using skincare that contains vitamin C does the same thing to improve your skin. Using topical vitamin C fights off free radical skin damage from pollution, alcohol, and sun damage while helping to rejuvenate the skin and speed up your skin’s ability to repair itself. Some more specific benefits include:

Anti-Aging: Free radicals damage the skin, and vitamin C helps improve that damage by increasing collagen production. The results are firmer skin and improved skin elasticity, which gives you a smoother, more radiant complexion. 

Builds Collagen- Building collagen helps prevent lines and improve sagging skin. Collagen gives your skin a youthful appearance and helps plump and brighten skin tone, giving it more luminosity and hydration, which is also the key to younger-looking skin.

Repairs Sun Damage: Too much sun causes damage and is responsible for hyperpigmentation caused by increasing melanin production in the skin. Vitamin C helps stop the overproduction of dark spots and gives skin a youthful glow.

Even and Brighten Skin: Along with dark spots that form on the skin with aging, skin can appear dull and lack radiance. Vitamin C will help even and brighten skin, improve hyperpigmentation, smooth fine lines, and rejuvenate sun-damaged skin.

Improve Acne Scarring: Vitamin C can also help fade old and new acne scars by increasing collagen synthesis in the skin. Consistent use can help smooth out the skin’s texture over time. 

Who should avoid Vitamin C?

A few skin types may not like Vitamin C for their skin. If your skin is sensitive, I recommend applying a small amount in an area on the face and checking back after a few days to see how your skin reacted. I am a big fan of recommending trial sizes in skincare products for clients. The only downside is sometimes you may not see the full results from the product that way.

Storing Vitamin C Products

Vitamin C should be stored in an opaque container in a cool, dark place because exposure to light can break down the formula and shorten the life of your product. 

Product Recommendations

Glymedplus makes a whole line of Vitamin C products, and there is a product for everyone’s unique skin type. 

Vitamin C Cleanser: Vitamin C cleanser is a creamy cleanser that comes in standard and travel sizes. Massage onto dry skin at first and then remove with water. This cleanser is for all skin types, but drier skin types will love how it leaves their skin feeling, and it’s a great way to start using vitamin C products.

 Vitamin C serum: This highly concentrated serum hydrates, lifts, and tightens skin. In addition to vitamin C, it contains ceramides that nourish the skin. I recommend patting it into the skin gently and letting your skin absorb it before moving on to your daily sunscreen. 

Vitamin C Cream: is an anti-aging moisturizer that contains vitamins and minerals. This moisturizer helps to boost collagen production and rejuvenate skin while repairing, brightening, and hydrating the skin. 

I use my vitamin C serum in the morning under moisturizer or SPF cream. If you want to shop for any of these products, check out the shop tab on my website. If you would like to know more about your skin type and what products you should be using or how to incorporate them into your current regimen, you can book an appointment now for a virtual consultation.

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