Just as vitamin C is an integral part of a healthy diet, it can also be an essential element of a healthy skincare routine.
Vitamin C skincare powerfully nourishes your complexion. Your skin needs this vitamin to produce collagen, the protein responsible for firmness and elasticity. Your skin naturally has high levels of vitamin C when you’re younger, which is one reason why your complexion looks especially dewy and vibrant in your teens and 20s. However, those vitamin C levels decrease as skin matures and is exposed to UV rays. Using vitamin C in skincare can promote collagen synthesis and improve the overall appearance of your skin.
Vitamin C Skincare Benefits
When you incorporate vitamin C skincare products into your routine, you’ll see and feel the difference in your complexion. Vitamin C benefits include:
● Brighter-looking skin, with a diminished appearance of hyperpigmentation
● Antioxidant protection that prevents free radical damage
● Anti-aging support that improves the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles
● Anti-inflammatory properties to calm skin and ease redness or irritation (which also is helpful for skin conditions such as rosacea)
● Can help control breakouts and reduce the appearance of acne scarring
● Can be paired with other ingredients such as vitamin E and ferulic acid, and complements your sunscreen’s protective capabilities
How Do I Incorporate Vitamin C Into a Skincare Routine?
You can use vitamin C skincare products daily in your a.m. or p.m. routines. (If you have sensitive skin, you may want to limit use to every other day, or consult a dermatologist if you experience uncomfortable stinging or irritation).
There are several forms of vitamin C used in skincare. Here are some of the more common names you’ll see on ingredient labels:
● L-ascorbic acid
● Sodium ascorbyl phosphate
● Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
● Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate
A product with higher levels of vitamin C will have a greater effect than one with lower concentrations (although the latter can be better for people with sensitive skin). You may want to start with a product that has 10% to 20% vitamin C concentration. Vitamin C in skincare will degrade quickly if exposed to too much light and air, so look for products in dark bottles with an airtight dispensing mechanism.
When to Use Vitamin C in a Skincare Routine
You may choose to use vitamin C skincare in the morning after cleansing and toning. It can be an ingredient in serum, moisturizer, or sunscreen. Don’t forget to use vitamin C in your eye cream (to brighten the under-eye area) and hand cream (to protect from UV exposure).
If you prefer, you can use vitamin C serum or moisturizer at night to wake up with skin that looks glowing, or apply an overnight acne serum to manage breakouts. Or you can wind down in the evening with a vitamin C face mask.
Vitamin C Skincare Products
Experience vitamin C’s skincare benefits with Augustinus Bader. Here are some products to add to your routine:
Absorbing quickly for all-over complexion correction, The Serum nourishes and conditions with powerful hydration to prevent transepidermal water loss. Use this product to help skin feel smooth, supple, and lifted, with an even tone and texture. It also adds an extra layer of protection against environmental aggressors.
Our signature moisturizer includes two forms of vitamin C: ascorbic acid and ascorbyl palmitate. The Cream hydrates and conditions while also promoting collagen production, calming redness, and improving the look of lines and hyperpigmentation. You can use The Serum and The Cream together; just apply The Serum first.
The Eye Cream
Vitamin C gives you a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance in the eye area. Use this cream to minimize the look of puffiness or dark circles, diminish the appearance of wrinkles, and firm and plump the look of your delicate under-eye skin.
The Hair Revitalizing Complex
Vitamin C isn’t just for skin. It’s an active ingredient in this dietary supplement that supports hair growth and health while fighting damage, loss, thinning, and breakage. Hair looks stronger, bouncier, and more vibrant.
The vitamin C in The Hair Revitalizing Complex promotes scalp health by encouraging collagen production and prevents free radical damage that can stress your hair and make it dry and brittle.
Try Vitamin C Skincare with Augustinus Bader
Our vitamin C products, like all of our facecare and haircare collections, are powered by our groundbreaking TFC8® technology. The result of more than 30 years of scientific research, TFC8 encourages skin renewal, representing an evolution in smarter skincare.