Whether you incorporate it in your diet as a supplement or apply it on your skin, the benefits of vitamin C aka Ascorbic Acid is endless with research proven benefits.
THE WONDERS OF VITAMIN C
The intake of vitamin C can boost our body’s immunity and ward off common cold, bleeding gums and disease and also promote glowing skin. But the topical application of Vitamin C is known to be 20 times more effective in keeping skin glowing and radiant.
Fading dark spots, blemishes and pigmentation, stimulating collagen production, preventing premature aging by fighting free radical damage, maintaining a firm and youthful skin, you name it, Vitamin C will bring the benefits. We’ve used it, we’ve loved it and we can’t stop raving about it. And that is one reason why you see so many vitamin C listed on our site, to ensure no one, even the most sensitive skin types misses out on the perks of using this potent ingredient.
We know it gets a little confusing if you are a newbie to skincare, especially when there’s too many choices. So here we breakdown the vitamin C to help you understand.
Never used vitamin C before or have sensitive skin? It’s best to start with a low concentration and slowly work your way to higher concentration once your skin gets accustomed to the ingredient.
HOW TO ADD VITAMIN C TO YOUR ROUTINE
Vitamin C is great for just anyone who wants to maintain a good, healthy and glowing complexion. Being an acid, it is preferably used at night. Especially if it has a higher concentration as it makes the skin photosensitive. The most effective way to use vitamin C serum is by applying it to clean skin after toner step and before your moisturiser.
WHERE TO BEGIN
If you have sensitive skin or are a newbie to vitamin C, start with a low concentration like the Klairs freshly juiced vitamin drop. It features 5% vitamins C and centella Asiatica along with brocolli extract. These ingredients help soothe and calm irritated skin and also does a good job at brightening and fading dark spots. But they also make it gentle enough for everyday use. It has a little bit of oily texture when applied but gets absorbed after a few seconds. A slight warming sensation may be felt upon application which is absolutely normal. Gently place your palms on the skin for a few seconds to allow maximum absorption.
Summers in India can be pretty harsh. So even though it can be used during the day, you need to wear sunscreen and ensure maximum protection from direct sunlight.
The Jumiso All Day Brightening and Balancing serum is another great option for beginners or sensitive skin type or anyone who wants to maintain a healthy glowing complexion. Although this serum is not a Vitamin C, it has a whopping 86.14% of Sea buckthorn aka vitamin tree extract.
Sea buckthorn is known to contain 12 times more vitamin C than Oranges. It is rich in Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, K, carotenes, omega and essential fatty acid. This makes this serum a potent one for brightening and balancing skin tone. The texture is light weight and easily absorbs into the skin without any sort of skin irritation or skin heating. Plus, unlike vitamin C, it is safe for use both for AM and PM routine.
Do’s and Don’ts of Vitamin C
1) Vitamin C products are best used during the evenings rather than the mornings as it makes the skin photosensitive.
2) Follow up with sunscreen when used during the day.
3) First time users may experience a minor tingling.
*This is normal process due to the difference of pH levels in the skin and the vitamin C. It is absolutely safe to use.
4. Last but not the least, we recommend not to use Vitamin C with other products that have exfoliating ingredients such as retinol, AHA, BHA etc at the same application.
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