It’s no secret that Vitamin C should be a key part of your diet and is naturally found in everyday fruits and veggies. But I’m here to tell you that it should also be integrated into your daily skincare routine (and like yesterday!). The benefits of Vitamin C are long, but below I share the top reasons I love it and why your skin will too!
It’s a powerful anti-aging agent
Vitamin C is known to help smooth wrinkles and boost collagen production in addition to your skin’s elasticity. This is major in helping achieve healthy, youthful-looking skin. Did you know that by age 20, your natural collagen production starts to decrease by 1% every year? Basically, what this means is as you age (which is a blessing, btw), the supple and bounciness of your skin starts to take a hit. Using Vitamin C is important for the synthesis of collagen, so when used consistently, it can help restore and protect your precious plumpness.
It’s a dermatologist-recommended anti-oxidant
Daily stressors like UV rays, air pollution and toxins are slowly harming your skin cells regularly. Vitamin C provides protection against and treats stress-induced cellar damage. So what does all of this mean? It basically acts like a super-hero, fighting harmful free radicals on your behalf and combating visible signs of aging so that you can get (and maintain) the glow you deserve.
It brightens and evens outs your completion and tone
Vitamin C has worked wonders for my dark spots I typically experience in the aftermath of battling stubborn breakouts. In other words, it has significant skin-brightening benefits. In addition, Vitamin C promotes cell turnover, which helps brighten your skin and reveal a youthful glow. This was the first benefit I witnessed when I started using Vitamin C.
It’s safe, affordable and comes in various forms.
Gentle derivatives of pure Vitamin C are what’s typically found in your favorite serums, moisturizers and toners. Most formulas are of lower concentrations and safe for daily use in addition to working well with various skin types. Personally, I love Vitamin C serums and face masks because the afterglow is evident and dang near-instantaneous for me.
So, when should I use Vitamin C?
The best time to integrate Vitamin C into your skincare routine is in the morning after cleansing and toning, but before applying moisturizer and sunscreen (remember we are wearing sunscreen folks). Let it absorb in the morning before you head out to receive the maximum benefits of its shield-like properties. Remember, we want to protect our skin against the harshness of our everyday environment.
Where do I start?
I’ve tried quite a few Vitamin C skincare products and can tell you no two are the same. I’m currently trying out Sunday Riley’s CEO Glow, but below is a quick list of some great options to get you started:
1. Buttah Skin Vitamin C Serum
2. TruSkin Vitamin C Super Serum
3. Derma E Vitamin C Serum
4. Gleamin Vitamin C Face Mask
If you give any of these a try, let me know on IG @andthatsjustashley