How to use vitamin C in your skincare

Vitamin C is one of the most potent antioxidants in skincare and is an important ingredient in many active skincare products. It is an essential element for the health and repair of all human tissue including skin, but unfortunately, vitamin C is not naturally produced in our cells and needs to be supplemented externally. Read on for expert advice from one of our Cosmetic Physicians on using vitamin C to keep your skin looking healthy and beautiful!

Dr Maysa Abu laban

 

Dr Maysa Abu Laban
Dr Maysa Abu Laban has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of cosmetic medicine with over 19 years' work in the field. She completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery while going on to further studies and training in the fields of internal medicine, cosmetic medicine and skin cancer medicine/surgery. She has completed a master's in Skin Cancer from The University of Queensland, a Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine/Surgery and advanced certificates in dermoscopy. Dr Abu Laban is extremely passionate about what she does and looks forward to helping you achieve the results you desire at Al Nour Skin Centre in West Leederville, WA.

How is vitamin C used in skincare products?

Vitamin C is naturally found in many fruits and vegetables and can be synthetically produced for use in skincare products.

Not all formulations with vitamin C are the same, so the percentage of vitamin C listed in the bottle can be deceiving. Vitamin C is available in many forms - some are much better absorbed and more active than others. The best form of vitamin C in skincare is L ascorbic acid.

Benefits of vitamin C for your skin

  • Protection against UV and environmental stress: Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that mops free radicals generated from excessive UV radiation, environmental pollution and other environmental stress. In doing so, it protects against skin cancer, photoageing and other forms of oxidative stress.
  • Stimulates collagen production.
  • Pigment lightener: Vitamin C inhibits one of the enzymes required for melanin production, hence its use as an adjuvant to treat dark spots and to achieve brighter, glowing skin.

How to use vitamin C skincare

  • Once daily, or every other day if skin is sensitive.
  • Best used in the morning after cleansing the skin and before applying moisturiser.
  • Use with caution if you have sensitive skin, as vitamin C can irritate the skin.
  • Don’t use it with other acids or exfoliants, as it may increase skin irritation.
  • Avoid using vitamin C with benzoyl peroxide, which deactivates vitamin C and reduces its efficacy.
  • Many vitamin C skincare products are oily, so it may not be suited for oily skin.

What vitamin C product should you use?

  • Vitamin C usually comes in serum forms and must be kept protected from light, air and heat.
  • Some products have vitamin C alone, others have it mixed with other antioxidants such as vitamin E for a more synergistic effect.

Read another blog: How to exfoliate the right way.

- Dr Maysa Abu Laban
Cosmetic Physician & Skin Cancer Doctor

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Written by National Skin Cancer Centres