Ingredient Highlight - Vitamin C

Lala

2 Jul 2021

It can be safely used in conjunction with other active ingredients, although use alongside niacinamide may render Vitamin C less effective.

1. It’s safe for most skin types. Most people can use topical vitamin C for an extended period of time without experiencing any adverse reactions. In rare case, people who have hypersensitive skin may experience minor irritation. Vitamin C is also safe to use in conjunction with other skin care actives, including alpha hydroxy acids, retinols, and SPF. 


2. It’s hydrating. It decreases transepidermal water loss, allowing your skin to better retain moisture. 


3. It’s brightening. Vitamin C can help fade pigmentation and smooth the skin’s surface to reduce dullness. This gives skin a youthful glow. 


4. It helps reduce redness and even out your skin tone. Vitamin C also treat a huge variety of inflammatory skin conditions. Minimizing redness can create a more even complexion. 


5. It helps fade hyperpigmentation Hyperpigmentation — including sun spots, age spots, and melasma — occurs when melanin is overproduced in certain areas of the skin. It can also happen in areas where acne has healed. Vitamin C application has been shown to help fade dark spots and lead to a more even-toned complexion. 


6. It promotes collagen production Vitamin C is well known for boosting collagen production. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that depletes over time. Lower levels of collagen can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. 


7. It may help prevent skin sagging Collagen production is tied to skin elasticity and firmness. When your collagen levels begin to drop, your skin may begin to sag. Applying a vitamin C moisture cream may boost collagen production, resulting in an overall tightening effect. 


8. It protects against sun damage. Sun damage is caused by molecules called free radicals. Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect healthy skin cells by “giving” these free radicals an electron, rendering them harmless. 


9. It may help soothe sunburns In addition to minimizing redness, vitamin C replaces the damaged cells with healthy new ones. 


10. And it generally helps boost wound healing Given its effects on sunburn, it should be no surprise that vitamin C application can speed up overall wound healing. Healthy wound healing reduces your risk for inflammation, infection, and scarring. 



How to use a Vitamin C Moisture Cream


Although topical Vitamin C is generally well-tolerated, 

all skin products have the potential to cause side effects. 

You should always do a patch test to assess your risk for allergic reaction. Here’s how: 


1. Select a small area of skin that’s easy to conceal, like your forearm. 

2. Apply a small amount of product and wait 24 hours. 

3. If no side effects occur, you can apply to your face. Discontinue use if you develop a rash, redness, or hives. 


Vitamin C Moisture Cream 

  • Typically applied once or twice per day. 

  • A good rule of thumb is to cleanse, tone, apply vitamin C moisture cream. 

  • It can be safely used in conjunction with other active ingredients, although use alongside niacinamide may render vitamin C less effective. 

  • Make sure to check your product’s use-by date. If the product has darkened or otherwise changed colour, the vitamin C has likely oxidized. Although the product is still safe to use, it no longer carries the same benefits. 

  • Potential side effects and risks although irritation is unlikely, you should always do a patch test prior to full application. 

This is the only way to determine how your skin will react to the cream If your skin is especially sensitive, avoid products with L-ascorbic acid.