While some skincare chemicals are unknown, others, like vitamin C, are well-known. We’re willing to bet you’ve heard of the potent antioxidant, which is used in so many brightening products and treatments, whether you’re new to skincare or the friend everyone texts for help. Allow us to persuade you of the many reasons why you should include a vitamin C product in your skin care routine. Experts break down everything you need to know about vitamin C, including its advantages and the best ways to utilise it, in the sections above.
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a vital component required for the growth and repair of tissues in all regions of the body, including the skin, according to cosmetic scientist and CEO of BeautyStat Cosmetics Ron Robinson. However, we cannot manufacture it on our own. When exposed to heat, light, air, and other substances, vitamin C quickly loses its antioxidant capabilities.
Benefits of Vitamin C for Skin
Protects against environmental stressors
One of vitamin C’s most important antioxidant functions is to protect the skin. “Free radicals are produced in the skin by normal cellular processes as well as environmental shocks like UV radiation and pollution,” Herrmann adds. “Free radicals are intrinsically unstable chemicals that cause cell damage, leading to skin dullness, wrinkles, and even cancer.” “Vitamin C is an antioxidant,” Guanche continues, “which means it helps prevent skin from free radical damage induced by UV exposure.”
Promotes collagen production
Collagen synthesis requires vitamin C as well. Herrmann continues, “Collagen offers support and structure to our skin, and as it degrades with age, wrinkles and lines form.” “Vitamin C is a crucial component for collagen bundle creation; without it, the process will come to a halt.”
Lightens dark spots
According to Herrmann and Guanche, vitamin C can help remove undesirable dark patches and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, as well as reduce brown discolouration, by blocking the pigment synthesis pathway.
How to Use It
One of vitamin C’s most important antioxidant functions is to protect the skin. While some claim that the ideal time to protect the skin is in the morning, others argue that the best time is at night, when the skin’s vitamin C levels are at their lowest. Herrmann advises that whether you apply it in the morning or before night, consistency is key, but avoid using it in conjunction with benzoyl peroxide. She also recommends applying it daily or every other day, and applying it after cleansing if you’re using a serum.
Vitamin C, as beneficial as it is, is not without drawbacks. For starters, it’s intrinsically unstable and reactive, and when exposed to heat, light, or air, it quickly loses its antioxidant characteristics. Cosmetic industries have jumped on the powder version of vitamin C as a solution to aid improve stability, which should, in theory, let it last longer and have a longer shelf life.