Vitamin C serum is finicky. On one hand, they provide essential antioxidants to reverse signs of aging. On the other, their solutions are often unstable and can cause irritation if used incorrectly.
Here’s what you need to know to get the best results from your vitamin C products.
What’s a vitamin C serum?
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an antioxidant that prevents the skin’s signs of aging and helps to brighten and revitalize the skin.
Although you’re probably getting vitamin C in your diet, there’s no way to guarantee that it’s going straight to your skin.
Using serums and other topical products is the most direct way to reap these benefits.
How to use Vitamin C serum
Because Vitamin C helps protect your skin from pollution, ultraviolet light, and free radicals, you’re going to want to use it in the morning rather than in the evening
As a rule of thumb, skincare products should typically be applied from “thinnest” to “thickest” in terms of consistency
Wash your face.
If you’re a toner person, use a toner.
Apply Vitamin C serum. Pat any excess product onto the top of your hands, neck, and décolletage.
Apply a moisturizer (Yes, your moisturizer should come after your Vitamin C serum — remember the “thinnest to thickest” rule.)
Apply your favorite eye cream.
Apply sunscreen. Let it dry/set.
Add your makeup.
Some notes when using Vitamin C
– Regular and steady use of Vitamin C serums will ensure that the skin is able to absorb the beneficial effects of this powerful ingredient.
– Use the right concentration of Vitamin C for your skin type and concerns.
– Don’t use vitamin C with certain other ingredients as benzoyl peroxide
– You can use vitamin C with retinol, but be cautious. They work best in different skin environments, so using them at the same time may make both less effective.
– They should be stored in opaque containers that are either air-restrictive or air-tight.
– Notice its color, your vitamin C serum should be colorless or light straw color. If it is oxidized, it becomes yellow or brown and is likely going to be less effective. Especially if it is brown, toss it.