A vitamin C cleanser can help keep skin looking more youthful and radiant by helping to contribute naturally to collagen synthesis while protecting the skin from sun damage and inflammation. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and is extremely safe for daily use – as a cleanser, this is an easy way to incorporate more vitamin C into your skincare products for topical application.
It is important to note, that vitamin C cleansers should not be combined with products that contain retinol as they are not effective when combined together – retinol should be used at night, before bed, and cleansers containing vitamin C or vitamin C based should be used in the morning.
Vitamin C – An Important Skincare Tool
Vitamin C is an obvious choice for skincare – touted as an essential ingredient in nourishing healthy skin and keeping a good complexion. Just as vitamin C is an important dietary vitamin to be getting through food that can boost collagen production, fight free radicals, and improve appearance, so too can topical applications of vitamin C: be it a serum or otherwise.
First, vitamin C has an incredible safety profile – most people can use vitamin C serums or topical vitamin c for extended periods of time, with daily use, without any adverse reactions or skin irritation.
Vitamin C-based serums can protect against sun damage – constant UV exposure is associated with reduced vitamin c levels in the tissue of the skin, and vitamin c levels are significantly lowered in aged or damaged skin. Vitamin C naturally protects against free radical damage with antioxidant protection.
Collagen production is also boosted by vitamin c – both internally and externally, which can help combat sagging skin, wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots. Vitamin C is absolutely essential to the enzymes required for collagen synthesis.
As vitamin C can help reduce hyperpigmentation or spots, and redness, vitamin c has a ‘brightening’ effect on the skin as it impedes melanin production and gives you a dewy glow.
What Form of Vitamin C To Look for in Cosmetics?
The stability and potency of vitamin C is an important factor in how effective the product is – this is why the form or derivative of vitamin C is important, as the following tend to retain potency and efficacy for longer periods of time: l-ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate.
Applying and Using a Vitamin C-based Serum
When it comes to using a vitamin C serum, consistency of use is essential to how effective the product will be for you – it’s important to incorporate a vitamin C serum into your skincare routine so that it’s easily done on a daily basis. This could mean applying it in the morning, or using it as a night serum before bed when you are home and less busy.
When it comes to a full application after doing an appropriate patch test, always follow the guidelines indicated on the product label first and foremost. Typically, like most serums, a vitamin c serum is applied once or twice per day. The ideal route is to initially cleanse, use a toner, apply a serum (in this case the vitamin C serum), and then moisturize. Vitamin C serums can be safely used in conjunction with other active ingredients without issue.