Why You Need Vitamin C In Your Skincare Routine
Vitamin C is essential to having a healthy immune system but it's also a must have if you want vibrant, glowing skin. The antioxidant brightens the appearance of your skin, helps with anti-aging, and gives your skin that extra hydration it craves. Incorporating this super-powered antioxidant in your skincare routine is vital, and here's why.
What does Vitamin C do for your skin?
- It improves your overall appearance and complexion
- Helps fight against free radicals (molecules that damage and age skin!)
- Stops oxidation on your skin and decreases dark spots
- Hydrates and smooths skin
- Brightens the appearance of skin to give you a natural glow
- Helps your skin appear more even
How do you use Vitamin C in your skincare routine?
There are many Vitamin C products on the market, and they range from being moisturizers to serums to oils. One of the most popular ways to use Vitamin C is with a serum, since they are easily absorbed by the skin. I like to mix up my routine with Vitamin C by using both a serum and moisturizer. It's dependent on my mood and what my skin looks like that day. If my skin feels a little more dry, then I'll use the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum ($85) and top it off with a different moisturizer. If my skin feels hydrated but I want it to have a little more glow then I'll use Sunday Riley CEO C + E antiOXIDANT Protect + Repair Moisturizer ($65).
While there are cheaper Vitamin C products on the market, I love using the Sunday Riley products. I've been a huge fan of the brand for years, and their products work very well with my skin type (combination). If you're hesitant to spend that much money on skincare products, you can always get a sample from Sephora to test out the product for a few days, or look for alternative, more budget friendly Vitamin C products and brands.
How often and when should you use Vitamin C?
You can use it every day both in the morning and evening! I like to use it once a day – usually every morning – after I cleansed my face. It's a nice way to give my skin a boost after I wake up.
If I'm using the serum, it's the first thing I apply and then I build other products on top of it. If I use the moisturizer, it's the last thing I apply in my routine. The nice thing about Vitamin C is your skin will absorb it quickly!
One thing to note, is Vitamin C products have the tendency of making people breakout when you first start using them. Don't be alarmed if that happens! It's just your skin getting used to the antioxidant and product. When I first used the Sunday Riley serum, I had a few breakouts during the first week and then it went away. Now I never breakout using it!
How should you store Vitamin C products?
In a cool, dark location!
What are some other popular Vitamin C products?
- Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum ($80)
- Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10% ($20)
- Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate ($62)
- Caudalie Vine[Activ] 3-in-1 Moisturizer ($44)
- Derma E Vitamin C Intense Night Cream ($22)
Is Vitamin C already part of your skincare routine? If not, are you considering adding it in? Let me know in the comments below!