How and When to Use Vitamin C

We're all familiar with the daily intake of vitamins and supplements for optimal health, and our skincare routine should be no exception. A glass of orange juice might boost your immune system, but what exactly is vitamin C

doing to your skin?

From powerful antioxidants to lightning-fast hyperpigmentation, learn all about this popular ingredient and why it deserves a place in your portfolio.

Benefits of Vitamin C. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a multifunctional molecule that has been shown to help protect, brighten and tighten the skin. Nationally board-certified dermatologist Dr. Ranella Hirsch, known

as the gold standard antioxidant, explains that vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals, unstable atoms known to speed up the aging process.

"Vitamin C prevents cellular damage by stabilizing free radicals caused by pollution, UV rays, smoking, sugar, and stress." As if its protective powers weren't enough, vitamin C is also ideal for creating a dull complexion that

softens and fades dullness.

Spots and brightens the complexion. Whether you suffer from nasty sun damage in the summer, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from aging blemishes, regular intake of vitamin C will help relieve the condition. "It inhibits

the production of melanin in the skin, helping to lighten areas of hyperpigmentation and even out skin tone," adds Dr. Deer added.

How to use vitamin C?

Vitamin C is found in everything from cleansers and serums to facial scrubs. This ingredient comes in a variety of strengths and concentrations so all skin types—even acne-prone and sensitive skin—can benefit. While it can be

used daily, start with 3-4 times a week and work your way up if you want to be on the safe side.

While vitamin C is most commonly used in the morning, Hirsch tells us it also has a place in your afternoon skincare routine. "Vitamin C helps with cellular metabolism, which happens all the time, especially at night."

If you're looking for a new vitamin C product to incorporate into your routine, check out our Weekend Glow Daily Brightening Moisturizer Cream, a lightweight, non-comedogenic face cream enriched with not just one, but two

stabilized forms of vitamin C that penetrate deep into the skin for more radiant and firmer results.

Does vitamin C expire?

Whichever product you choose, according to Dr. For Hirsch, finding someone who got the word right was the most important thing. Its strongest form is called L-ascorbic acid, which is extremely unstable due to sensitivity to

light and air.

So look for products that come in air-tight opaque packaging, close the cap quickly after use, and store in a cool, dark place (not a humid bathroom) out of direct sunlight. Vitamin C doesn't have an exact expiration date,

but most serums (depending on how much vitamin C is in their formula) are most effective when used within 3 to 6 months of opening.

A sure sign that it's time to part is if your produce has turned a dark brown color from oxidation (don't worry - orange is normal). For maximum freshness, try powdered vitamin C, such as Vitamin C. B. In Found The Light Vitamin

C Powder not only ensures its benefits last longer, but also allows you to mix this brightening ingredient into any other of your favorite skincare products.

What can I use to apply vitamin C?

Vitamin C stacks well with most other ingredients, but is especially effective when used in combination with these ingredients. Nicotinamide This is a great combo for acne-prone, dull and aging skin. Vitamin C brightens and

boosts collagen, while Niacinamide smooths pores, reduces inflammation and increases elasticity. For overall brightness, see this combo in Stroke of Brilliance Brightening Serum.

If you have pesky dark circles, apply our Vacation Eyes Brightening Eye Gel to the eye area. sun protection Since vitamin C is an antioxidant, it fights free radicals and protects against sun damage, which boosts the

effectiveness of your sunscreen. Follow with a moisturizer with Vitamin C to maximize the protection of Guards Up SPF. Exfoliating Acid (AHA/BHA) This combo works really well because the acid dissolves dead skin cells,

allowing the vitamin C to penetrate the skin more effectively.

Share its benefits with our Weekend Glow Daily Brightening Toner, or if you're looking for something a little more intense, our Doctor's Visit Instant Revitalizing Mask. Retinol* This powerful combination can be used to

downplay and repel environmental aggressors. However, to avoid possible irritation, they should not be combined alone. Instead, look for a product that already contains both of these ingredients.

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