If you've ever googled "skin care basics" then we're sure you recognize Vitamin C as one of the top ingredients to include in your skin care routine. Vitamin C is highly recommended for all skin types, but it can be difficult to find information about why, how, and when to use it!
Why should I use Vitamin C?
There are plenty of benefits to adding Vitamin C into your routine - it provides hydration, brightens the complexion, and protects against free radical damage. Vitamin C also helps to reduce redness & hyperpigmentation, promotes collagen production, and helps with wound healing. It can also reduce TEWL (transepidermal water loss) which in turn helps to keep the skin hydrated and protected.
Vitamin C has also been shown to act as an anti-inflammatory agent through its antioxidant capacity, this means it soothes your skin and can reduce puffiness. The anti-inflammatory properties of vitamin C can also help reduce redness, which in turn can create a more even complexion.
How does it work?
Vitamin C use has been shown to fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation. It does so by impeding melanin production. Melanin is a polymer that contains pigment responsible for skin colour, when its production is slowed or lessened it results in reduced pigmentation in the treated areas. This also helps to brighten the skin's appearance and even the complexion.
Vitamin C is well known for
Sun damage is caused by molecules called free radicals. These are atoms with a missing electron.
Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect healthy skin cells by “giving” these free radicals an electron, rendering them harmless.
When should I use it?
It is best to use Vitamin C products in the morning, as it helps to protect against sun damage. Additionally, it also helps to brighten and even the complexion, as well as reduce puffiness and hydrates the skin. If you're using the product for its anti-aging or healing properties you can definitely add it into your evening routine!
Now that we've explained why Vitamin C is so important to incorporate into your routine, we're going to review the products we carry so that you can make an informed decision about what to include into your regimen!
GeneXc Serum is a revolutionary formula featuring our proprietary combination of Extremozymes® which are clinically proven to help protect, revitalize, and enhance the foundation of healthy skin, while supporting multi-level protection and long-term visual improvements. GeneXc Serum contains 20% of our exclusive L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), which is formulated with a powerful combination of botanically sourced enzymes, antioxidants, and fruit acids sourced from both land and sea. These cutting-edge ingredients work synergistically to provide the most scientifically-advanced, clinically proven benefits; improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and evening the complexion, resulting in a more youthful, glowing appearance.
This formula of Vitamin C is the best for hydration and anti-aging.
Super Serum Advance+ uses potent, natural ingredients to heal and protect aging and sun-damaged skin. Formulated with time released L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C), performance maximizing copper tripeptide growth factor, and hydrating hyaluronic acid. It also includes arbutin, pentapeptide amino acids, vitamin B5, centella asiatica, and zinc sulfate. This extremely effective treatment reduces the appearance of stretch marks, scar tissue, uneven pigmentation and acne. To further improve the skin's appearance, it encourages wound healing, collagen production and smoothness. It also provides protection against UV damage, environmental damage and free radical damage using potent antioxidants.
An antioxidant serum is an essential part of my morning routine. iS Clinical’s Super Serum is amazing for brightening and protecting skin, and also at helping to even skin tone and reduce the appearance of dark spots. Vitamin C serums are better to use in the morning because they help protect skin from the environmental aggressors we are exposed to during the day. This formula is best for those dealing with scarring.
Pro Health Serum Advance+ features scientifically advanced L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C), combined with a superior form of Olive Leaf Extract and pure Vitamins E and A. This powerful formulation significantly increases antioxidant protection while helping improve the appearance of compromised, blemish-prone, and aging skin.
For blemish- or rosacea-prone skin with aging concerns. It contains vitamins C, E, and A for healing, calming, and rejuvenating the skin.
This formula is wonderful for those that are dry as it's like liquid gold and perfect for those with acne as it calms inflammation. If you have any redness in your skin, this is the formula for you.
If you're struggling to figure out which product would be best for your skin, we highly recommend checking out the Essentials Vitamin C Trio & the Essentials Clarity Trio. Both contain 3 serums from isclinical, they are the perfect size for testing out a new product, or travelling!
A single sheet mask. Made with Vitamin C which protects the skin, heals inflammation and redness, and reduces the appearance of pigmentation and scarring. The addition of Niacinimide in this mask furthers the healing of any scarring, pigmentation, and dark spots.
The essential-oil free nourishing balm is full of precious ingredients that protect skin and boost its glow. Hazelnut, rosehip seed, rare rose extracts and jasmine sambac fortify skin with essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B, C, and E, which stimulate regeneration, repair UV damage, and soften fine lines.
Suitable for all skin types, especially dry and mature skin. Amazing for hydrating and nourishing skin. Attar is suitable for all skin types. Dermatologist and microbial tested, free of parabens, chemicals and alcohols. This balm is a hero for hydrating and nourishing skin. It’s a favourite of dry and aging skin types. However, hazelnut oil is anti-fungal making it safe even for blemish-prone skin.
So there you have it, a breakdown of exactly what makes Vitamin C such an important ingredient in skin care. We love it for all skin types, as it is so healing, protective, and anti-aging. Which product will you be incorporating into your routine first?