Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that stimulates collagen production and helps to reduce signs of aging by repairing the damage done by free radicals and the sun. It can even help to protect against future damage (though it’s no substitute for sunscreen).
While a moisturizer’s main job is to hydrate skin, serums typically include a higher concentration of ingredients to penetrate the skin and efficiently target skincare concerns such as hyper-pigmentation or signs of aging.
Not only will vitamin C serums help lighten pigmentation you might already have, but they can also prevent dark spots or sun spots from forming in the future. Vitamin C also produces collagen, giving skin radiance and vitality, and protects skin by neutralizing free radicals.
Don’t just slather that vitamin C serum all over your face, though. Vitamin C should be used sparingly because of its potency—you’ll only need a few drops for each application.
Vitamin C is also great for the eye area where the skin is already thinner, making it more vulnerable to fine lines and wrinkles.
To reap the most from your Vitamin C serum, apply it the right way: “You should ensure that skin is properly cleansed and exfoliated for maximum penetration of the vitamin C serum,” Gross says. “You can incorporate the vitamin C serum into your morning or evening routine, however I prefer to use the serum in the morning so I can walk out the door knowing that my skin is protected from damaging free radicals all day long.”
Apply it right after cleansing and follow with moisturizer. Or combine it with your favorite sunscreen to boost the power of your SPF.
SKIN BENEFITS OF VITAMIN C SERUM
- Helps Protect the Skin Against Sun Damage
Vitamin C gives you some added sun protection by thickening the dermis layer of the skin to help guard it against harmful UV rays and sun exposure.
2. Fights Free Radical Damage and Signs of Aging
The antioxidant properties of vitamin C help fight free radicals and damage caused by UV radiation. The result is anti-aging action for younger-looking skin!
3. Brightens Dark Spots
Vitamin C helps lighten hyper-pigmentation and brown spots. It also inhibits melanin production for evening skin tone and brightness.
4. Skin Repair
It helps to repair damage from sun exposure and collagen loss by encouraging healthy cell turnover and regeneration. Some users have noted that it helps fade scars as well.
5. Boosts Collagen Production
Age and sun damage cause us to lose collagen, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. Vitamin C boosts your skin’s collagen production to give you firmer, more plump skin and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
PLEASE NOTE: This does not mean that vitamin C moisturizers and serums are a replacement for sunscreen or SPF protection! While it can help boost the deeper layers of your skin, you still need to protect the top layer with sun protection.