Most people know that vitamin C is an essential part of a healthy diet, but did you know it’s also great for your skin?
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and repairs damaged cells when applied directly to your skin. A 2020 study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that it can improve skin tone and elasticity, while decreasing the appearance of wrinkles.
Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of vitamin C and how to include it in your skin care plan.
Benefits of Vitamin C for Your Skin
Here are some of the ways in which vitamin C helps you maintain healthy skin.
Vitamin C moisturizes your skin, helping you avoid dryness and oiliness. It may also reduce the appearance of under-eye circles.
Vitamin C treats inflammation and photodamage from UV rays. It can reduce redness, dark spots, discoloration, rosacea, acne and wrinkles. It also reduces hyperpigmentation for a more even complexion.
Including vitamin C in your skin care regimen stimulates collagen production and preserves the collagen you already have. This improves elasticity and may reduce wrinkles and sagging.
Sun Protection & Sunburn Treatment
Although it cannot replace your full-spectrum sunscreen, vitamin C may help to minimize damage from sun exposure. Because it promotes cell turnover, it may promote faster healing if you do experience a sunburn.
As with sunburn, topical vitamin C aids in healing if you have a minor cut or scrape. It can reduce redness, inflammation, infection and scarring.
How to Use Vitamin C for Skin Health
To get the most benefit out of vitamin C, it’s important to be sure you’re using it correctly. Here are some tips for effectively incorporating it into your skin care routine.
Choose a vitamin C serum that contains L-ascorbic acid, which is the most stable form of topical vitamin C. Look for a concentration of at least 10% and complementary ingredients including ferulic acid, vitamin E and glutathione.
Packaging & Storage
Vitamin C loses its potency when exposed to heat, light and air. Choose an opaque, airtight container and store it in a cool, dry place. Discard the product if it turns a yellow or brownish color.
If you’ve never used a vitamin C product before, do a patch test to determine how your skin tolerates it. Apply a small amount to an inconspicuous area, such as your forearm, and wait 24 hours. If no irritation or other side effects occur, you may continue use.
Vitamin C may be used in the morning and at night. Cleanse and tone first, then apply vitamin C, followed by a moisturizer and sunscreen. Always follow the instructions on the container for best results.
Most people can use topical vitamin C without any adverse effects, although it may cause irritation if you have sensitive skin.
Do you have questions about including vitamin C in your skin care routine? Do you have other questions or concerns about your skin? Please reach out to us at Cayce Dermatology Center to schedule an appointment. Our friendly medical team looks forward to helping you develop a personalized skin care plan to help you look and feel your best!