your guide to vitamin c
Vitamin C is highly regarded as the ultimate ingredient to incorporate into your summer skincare regimen. Unless, of course, you don’t want glowing skin? No, we didn’t think so. So, let’s take a deep dive into the superhero ingredient that’s best known for its brightening powers.
what is vitamin c?
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that plays a key role in skin health due to its photoprotective (aka protecting the skin from the sun), pigmentation-fading and overall anti-ageing properties. It’s found naturally in the skin but depletes with age—which is why it’s so important to incorporate it into your skincare routine.
what can it do for your skin?
On top of protecting your skin against free radical damage from things like pollution and UV rays (which helps stop premature ageing in its tracks), vitamin C is also required for the production of collagen. And as you know, more collagen means plumper and smoother skin with more bounce and elasticity. Plus, as a tyrosinase inhibitor, it can also help to fade and prevent dark spots (aka hyperpigmentation). So, in conclusion: a good vitamin C serum can defend skin from further damage and repair past damage too, keeping skin glowing for longer.
are there several types of vitamin c?
Vitamin C is well known to have stability and absorption issues. But don’t let that deter you from starting this journey! There are ways to get around this. For example, we use a derivative of vitamin C called ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate in our formulas because it’s more stable and less irritating than other kinds of vitamin C. It’s also lipid-soluble, which allows for easier and deeper skin penetration. And so, you're getting all of the benefits that vitamin C has to offer without any of the drawbacks. How do you like them apples oranges?
how can i get the most out of vitamin c in my skincare routine?
Now for how it fits into your skincare routine. We recommend applying to clean, dry skin in the morning after cleansing, and before thicker products like moisturisers. Remember to allow your skin to completely absorb it before applying the next step (and always apply SPF in the daytime). You can up the benefits of vitamin C even further by using a serum (like any one of these sk.in serums) that pairs it with vitamin E, which has been shown to increase the power of its fellow antioxidant.