The legendary Vitamin C or Holy Grail of skincare, whatever you say, Vitamin C for face has made its way up in these past three years in skincare and we know it well enough that it works. Uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, discoloration, rough texture, acne scars, fine lines, general dullness, dark spots – you name it and vitamin c can reverse it. According to Skin Deva’s 2020 Survey, Vitamin C is one of the most demanding ingredients in skincare today. Whether you’re new to vitamin C or a pro, you have questions regarding Vitamin C and we’re here to help you with just that. This blog includes everything you need to know about Vitamin C for face. Given the interest and hype about the ingredient, we felt a deeper dive into the wonders of vitamin c might help you pick your 2021 favorite. We consulted Skin Deva’s chemist to learn all about what makes Vitamin C magic, miracle, or sought-after skincare ingredient.
What do we know about Vitamin C for face? Everything you need to know about Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals. Or in simpler words, the ozone layer of our earth is damaged – majorly damaged – that’s causing penetration of harmful UV rays in our world and penetration of those harmful rays in our skin. Whether you live all day at home or you go out in the sun daily, your skin is at risk of UV rays damage. Vitamin C fights free radicals (harmful molecules from UV rays) that penetrate into your skin. What it does is neutralize the effect of free radicals that if left untreated or unbroken for a longer period of time, can even cause skin cancer or other skin problems. What it does in the short run is produce freckles (hyperpigmentation), discoloration and even dark spots.
You must be thinking, you need SPF for all of it so why need Vitamin C, right? Well, SPF provides a barrier that stops free radicals from penetrating into your skin layers BUT few still pass through so to be 100% safe, vitamin C will fight those free radicals that were consistent enough to damage your skin layers.
Vitamin C basically repairs your skin’s natural regeneration process, therefore, it has amazing anti-aging properties which help your body repair damaged skin cells. Just like anti-oxidant-rich foods aid your body in fighting off free radicals and boost your immunity, topical anti-oxidants do the same for your skin by helping to offset daily aggressors like UV damage and exposure to polluted air.
This free-radical-fighting power of vitamin c for face isn’t just important for anti-aging and reversing the signs of premature aging. In fighting and neutralizing these free radicals, Vitamin C protects your skin from Precancerous changes caused by harmful UV exposure. So, when we said we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about Vitamin c, we weren’t joking.
I need to know more about the benefits of Vitamin C for skin
Till now you have uncovered how amazing Vitamin C is at protecting not just your skin but your whole body at large. The benefits of Vitamin C for face aren’t restricted to its antioxidant status, but there’s more to the story that you’d know. Everything you need to know about Vitamin C isn’t just a phrase because Vitamin C has plenty of other skin healing properties that make it worthy enough to have a permanent place in your medicine cabinet.
Premature Signs of Aging
Vitamin C’s highly acidic property makes it a good serum to be used topically – it triggers the skin to heal itself by accelerating the production of collagen and elastin.
Collagen and Elastin, as we all know are both naturally occurring protein fibers that keep your skin firm, plump, and young. While Vitamin C for face promotes collagen production, it can also prevent premature signs of aging.
Now we have uncovered a lot about vitamin c for face, what’s more is there to know? Well, there is a lot. Vitamin C brings another cool jaw-dropping benefit that you never knew and is most of the time not mentioned in articles where people tell you everything about vitamin c.
Vitamin C for face contains a property that inhibits your skin’s melanin production and melanin causes skin discoloration like Hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and freckles. If you use Vitamin C continuously topically on your skin, you might be able to prevent dark spots from forming in the first place and completely removing all hyperpigmentation spots from your skin.
No, it is not a whitening agent. Although some brands use some forms of Vitamin C in their whitening products but Skin Deva would never support something that might harm the normal flora of the skin. But Vitamin C does brighten up the skin by fading dark spots without alerting normal skin pigmentation. It can help your dull skin look lively again within few topical applications.
How do I add Vitamin C for face or into my skincare routine?
Now that you have established Vitamin C is amazing for your skin and you know everything you need to know about vitamin c, we will help you find the right way to add vitamin c to your skincare routine. If you’re like me who used to buy products because of packaging, raise your hands because – Guilty.
Well, the packaging that vitamin C comes in may matter if it’s keeping the ingredient protected from harmful pollutants of the environment, other than that, the application of vitamin c is what matters the most. When we talk about Vitamin C, what you should try finding in your skincare products is ‘Ascorbic Acid (also known as L-ascorbic acid), which is the most stable and effective form of vitamin C in skincare.
Take it slow
If you’re new to using vitamin C on your skin, you should know its potent stuff so you only need few drops for each application. It’s best to start your way up and start with a low concentration of vitamin C as your skin grows tolerance and gets more accustomed to the ingredient.
Starting with 5% serums is your best bet and working all the way up to 20% till your skin adjusts to this ingredient.
Using it with other Ingredients:
The best type of Vitamin C for face or skincare product is undoubtedly Serum. Serums are more effective because they don’t need that many ingredients to support their efficacy and absorbs deep into the deeper layers of skin much quicker than toners and creams.
Vitamin C+E+Ferulic Acid:
Combining Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid with Vitamin C is like a three-punch of skin-saving goodness. With anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties of both vitamin E and Ferulic acid, this combo can triple protect against free radical damage. This is why Skin Deva provides 20% Vitamin C+E+Ferulic Acid serum and is the best-selling product of all time.
Vitamin C+Matrixyl 3000+Hyaluronic Acid:
If you have a sensitive skin type, vitamin c can be very sharp for your skin but you need it. Now you’re in a fix and you don’t know what to do – you need to use vitamin c but you can’t because it’ll cause reactions on your face. Skin deva provides a variant of Vitamin C solely for sensitive skin type who easily gets breakouts from any product. Combining Vitamin C with Matrixyl 3000 and Hyaluronic Acid not only increases the efficacy and shelf life of Vitamin C but also tones down the sharp stingy feels of Vitamin C. The concentration of Vitamin c in this combo serum is only 5% which helps you work your up to the more concentrated versions of vitamin c.
It still would treat hyperpigmentation, dark spots, discoloration, and acne scars of your skin, maybe a bit slower than other high potency ingredients but better safe than sorry.
While this combo treats all types of hyperpigmentation and discoloration, Matrixyl 3000 is a peptide that shrinks large open pores and induces collagen stimulation. Hyaluronic acid provides the amazing benefits of locking in essential moisture into your skin and keeping it hydrated all day long.
Together they treat hyperpigmentation, discoloration, acne scars, dark spots, shrinks open pores, induces collagen production, and locks-in essential moisture. What more do you want?
Why Skin Deva’s Vitamin C bottle is brown?
No, it’s not by mistake but we kept the bottles brown for a reason. Vitamin C breaks down when exposed to light or air and clear bottles have a high chance of ruining this amazing ingredient before it reaches your shelf or your skin. The dark glass bottle helps maintain its stability and efficacy.
Why should you avoid Vitamin C? When should you Consult a Dermatologist?
5% concentration of Vitamin C is the safest that you can use on your skin but if 5% is causing redness or triggering allergies on your skin, maybe Vitamin C is not for you. If you tend to have extremely sensitive skin that even 5% concentration with matrixyl 3000 and the hyaluronic acid combination does not work for you, you might need to consult your dermatologist to detect any underlying issue.
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