Vitamin C was the most searched ingredient for beauty products of 2017. Research conducted by Pinterest shows that Vitamin C in beauty saves were up 3379%, making it the favored ingredient of last year.
Vitamin C is usually the go-to ingredient if you’re feeling under the weather to fend off colds and flu. However it also works wonders on your skin. Adored by pretty much every skincare expert, makeup artist and celebrity, it’s multi-functional ability answers every skincare woe.
Skincare benefits of vitamin C
Vitamin C is a key anti-ageing skincare ingredient that helps to gently brighten and smooth your skin. It’s one of the most power antioxidants and helps protect your skin against free radical damage caused by the environment. These can breakdown your collagen and encourage wrinkles and sagging. It also helps to treat UV exposure photo-damage.
Different types of vitamin C in beauty products
There are several different types of vitamin C that are used in skincare products, including L-ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphatem ascorbyl palmitate and retinyl ascorbate. The former has the most amount of scientific research surrounding its benefits and is deemed ‘the king’ of vitamin C. L-ascorbic acid boosts collagen production and smooths and firms skin, as well as fending off photo-ageing. However, any type of vitamin C in your moisturising serum and lotion will offer some skin benefit.
Antioxidant Vitamin C oil
How to use vitamin C
To protect your skin from UV damage and environmental aggressors, vitamin C is more commonly recommended for your morning regime. However you can use at night as there is some research to say that free radical damage continues to affect your skin overnight. You can find it in a variety of beauty products that can fit in your skin care routine. For instance it is available in nourishing beauty oils, moisturizing face creams or even cleansing products. Whatever you choose will do as research has shown that as little as 0.6 percent of vitamin C can help protect your skin from free radicals and ageing.