If there’s one skincare ingredient apart from retinol that all skin types should include in their skincare routine, it’s vitamin C! Well, there are a whole lot of star skincare ingredients like glycolic acid, azelaic acid, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, peptides which work absolutely amazingly for all skin types, but vitamin C definitely stands out. We have been hearing a lot about vitamin C nowadays and with good reason too – from improving skin tone, to clearing hyperpigmentation, and most importantly, to boost the immunity, vitamin C does it all. It comes in varying concentrations and available in all forms, from powder to ointment to serum consistency to brighten up complexion, clear hyperpigmentation and dark spots, to boost collagen production, and what not! A concentration of 10% is considered safe for all skin types. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant which cancels the negative effect of free radicals, reverse damage to body cells. It has anti-ageing properties because it boosts collagen production and improves cell turnover. Considering all the above benefits that vitamin C has on our skin, we list out different ways in which you can add vitamin C into skincare routine for clear and flawless skin.
Why Vitamin C is Great for Skin?
Vitamin C is also called “ascorbic acid,” and it’s a potent antioxidant. Food sources are major sources of getting vitamin C into the body, but for skin, we can look for this ingredient in creams, ointments, serums, face packs, etc. One can find vitamin C in all skin brightening and dark spot clearing serums. Vitamin C is essential to keep skin youthful and taut because it boosts production of collagen and maintains elasticity of skin. Vitamin C in adequate amount can give you beautiful skin that’s free of blemishes and wrinkles. Regular use of vitamin C enriched face packs will give you younger-looking and beautiful skin texture because it is also rich in antioxidants that reduce damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin C, upon topical application, in the form of ointments, creams, and serums boost cell renewal and clear off spots, scars, pigmentation, and dull skin gradually. No wonder, this vitamin is used extensively in anti-ageing potions as well and whitening/brightening treatments as well. You can also make use of Vitamin C rich fruits to make homemade natural face packs, regular use of which will give you clear complexion with anti-oxidant and anti-ageing benefits. One should ideally use vitamin C in morning skincare routine for maximum benefits, but of course, you can use it as per your choice and preference.
Different Forms of Vitamin C in Skincare:
1. Ascorbic acid.
2. Ascorbyl palmitate.
3. Magnesium Ascorbyl palmitate.
4. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate.
5. L-ascorbic acid.
6. Ascorbyl glucoside.
7. Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate
8. Ethylated ascorbic acid.
Ways to add Vitamin C into Skincare Routine for Clear Skin:
1. Make your own inexpensive Vitamin C Serum at Home: Full recipe here.
2. In a face mask: Here are five different ways to get a good dose of vitamin C through natural fruits.
3. By mixing it with other skin-beneficial ingredients (here’s how).