Vitamin C isn’t just great for our immune systems. It also helps to keep skin healthy and radiant. Here’s why you should add it to your skincare regimen – stat!

We know that vitamin C comes with a range of health benefits. The most popular one is that it can give your immune system a boost. But, when used topically, this vitamin can also boost your complexion and give it a gorgeous glow.

Vitamin C in your skincare

For a long time, it has been hailed for its ability to keep us healthy.

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But, in more recent years, it has also become a popular ingredient in skincare products and not just health supplements. The reason for this is because vitamin C is a potent antioxidant. When it’s applied to your skin, it helps it to regenerate and repair itself while simultaneously protecting it from free-radical and environmental damage, such as pollution, blue light exposure, and harmful UV rays. If used daily, it can help to delay signs of aging, prevent hyperpigmentation and keep your complexion bright and radiant.

In skincare circles, vitamin C is referred to as ascorbic, or L-ascorbic, acid. This is the most stable form of this ingredient with the ability to remain effective for longer. The most popular way to use it is in serum form as it offers a more concentrated dose. Vitamin C serums will start to degrade over time and need to be stored away from light and used within the recommended time as advised on the packaging.

How to use it

Just as you would when adding any new active to your routine, it’s best to start out slow when you start using vitamin C skincare products. Pick a lower concentration and work your way up to a higher one based on your skin’s sensitivity to or tolerance of the ingredient. Most skin types, however, tolerate this ingredient well and with little to no irritation.

Vitamin C can be used either day or night. But it’s best used as part of your morning skincare routine so that it can protect your skin throughout the day. Seal it in with a layer of sunscreen to give your complexion the best possible chance against daily aggressors and damage.