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Vitamin C Serum for Skin Health

Amelia Trappett

Posted on August 09 2019

Vitamin C Serum for Skin Health

There’s a reason why vitamin C serums have become so popular: Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant with incredible benefits for skin health.

Benefits of Vitamin C Serum

  • Promotes collagen production, did you know collagen slows down from the age of approximately 25 years?
  • Protects your skin from sun damage and free radical damage.
  • Reduces under-eye circles and darkness
  • Speeds up healing (from acne scarring and trauma to the skin)
  • Reduces skin discoloration, great for melasma and pigmentation
  • Keeps skin looking youthful
  • Improves hydration and moisture, creating a brighter and healthier glow

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. This means that it reduces the damage that free radicals may otherwise inflict on the cells. Free radicals are particles that cause inflammation.

It can also reduce premature aging by protecting the skin from skin fine lines and wrinkles that sun exposure can cause.

Vitamin C stimulates the growth of Collagen. Collagen is a protein that provides structure and elasticity to the skin.

A small study found that applying a 5% vitamin C solution for 6 months helped increase skin thickness compared with a placebo solution. Thicker, collagen-rich skin is less likely to show wrinkling than thinner skin.

Vitamin C serums should be consistently applied over several months before they see results as it takes time for the skin cells to turn over and replenish. For optimum results apply after cleansing, wait a minute for it to settle into the skin and then apply your moisturiser.

Ensure you store your Vitamin C Serum in a cool, dry place, bathroom cabinet’s are not advised as they are best kept in an area without humidity.

How often should you use Vitamin C serum? 

The Cosmetic Company recommends adding a Vitamin C serum to your skincare routine slowly before building up a daily or twice-daily tolerance. Usually those with an oiler skin or prone to breakout may prefer to use a Vitamin C serum once a day or once every second day. A dryer or dehydrated skin can certainly tolerate using it twice a day and you can layer with other serums making it a powerhouse skin cocktail! 

Simply put, Vitamin C serum should be part of everyone’s skincare regimen—as important as washing your face or applying sunscreen.