At a point in my skin care journey, I had gotten rid of my acne but I was left with scarring and really dull skin. I was looking for products to buy and whilst I shopped around, I noticed that every skincare brand had a Vitamin C range. I thought to myself Hmm.. Vitamin C is obviously good so let me try it! I bought the entire Vitamin C collection from Murad Skin Care. Fast forward a few months later, did it work?…… YES!!!!
What is Vitamin C? and How did I use it?:
There are several types of Vitamin C. I’m not talking about the the tablets you put in water and drink. Im talking about L-ascorbic acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbyl Palmitate and Retinyl Ascorbate. These are all found in skincare but the most common and most beneficial is L-ascorbic acid. Initially, all my products contained a form of vitamin c i.e my cleanser, toner, moisturiser and mask but now I use a topical serum and moisturiser that I apply after washing my face at night. One good thing about vitamin C is its rapid absorption and deep penetration so its really light on the skin.
What are the benefits of Vitamin C in products?
- It boosts collagen production – This will give you firmer smoother skin with less fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin will look younger and fresh.
- Helps with hyper-pigmentation and dark spots – If your looking to get rid of dark spots then Vitamin C is the one! It will even out your skin tone and give it a brighter appearance.
- It is very powerful in healing and repairing the skin and it protects against sun damage – Of course you cant avoid the sun forever but you can reduce the damage it causes. It also fights free radical damage caused by the environment. This is because its is an antioxidant, so it naturally helps to strengthen your skin and repel things that could damage it.
- It can help fight acne.
Should I Just Buy Everything Vitamin C? Well honestly, It depends, I recommend introducing it gradually into your regimen. Start with a cleanser or a very low concentrated serum.
What Else Should I Know? Be very careful when using Vitamin C products:
- If you are using other treatments, it may react with other other ingredients in products so be sure before applying.
- Although it protects the skin from sun damage, too much exposure to the sun can have adverse effects. I always say avoid the sun wherever possible and always use SPF.
Have you ever used a Vitamin C product? What are your thoughts on it? Leave a comment below!
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