A skincare ingredient that has gained significant popularity in recent years is vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant not only offers a range of benefits for the skin, but it is also a versatile addition to your skincare routine.
Read on to discover everything you need to know about Vitamin C and to see how you can benefit from adding it to your skincare routine.
UNDERSTANDING VITAMIN C
Also known as Ascorbic Acid or L-ascorbic Acid, vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally found in many fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C isn’t just an essential nutrient for the body, but it is also a powerful antioxidant that can work wonders for the skin. Topical vitamin C is a science-backed, dermatologist-favourite ingredient and has been proven to slow down the signs of ageing, prevent sun damage and improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots. The most popular form of vitamin C when it comes to skincare is a serum, but you can also find it in cleansers, moisturisers and sunscreen.
WHAT DOES VITAMIN C ACTUALLY DO?
When applied topically, vitamin C offers a wide range of benefits that can help you achieve a healthy glow. It is renowned for its ability to brighten and even skin tone and it helps reduce the appearance of dark spots, redness and hyperpigmentation. A powerful antioxidant, it also fights off the damaging effects of free radicals and environmental stressors such as UV rays and pollution which can cause premature ageing and skin damage. As well as playing a crucial role in the skin’s natural production of collagen, vitamin C also helps the skin to retain moisture, which is vital for maintaining a healthy and hydrated complexion. This makes it an ideal ingredient to add to your routine if you are looking to strengthen and protect your skin barrier function.
WHEN TO USE VITAMIN C
The best time to apply vitamin C is in the morning after cleansing. One application of three to four drops on the face and neck will last 24 to 72 hours without needing to reapply, depending on the product. Always follow with sunscreen as sunscreen works alongside vitamin C to provide UVA and UVB protection.
GOOD TO KNOW
Although vitamin C has incredible benefits, it’s important to know that it isn’t a quick-fix product and it can take up to twelve weeks to see visible results. Consistency is key, so be patient and give your skin time to reap the rewards. It is also essential to do your research and choose good-quality vitamin C products as they vary in concentration and formulation. Some people experience sensitivity and irritation when using vitamin C, so we always recommend consulting with a dermatologist or skincare professional before introducing a new product to your routine.
A HEALTHY COMPLEXION WITH GLISTPairing certain ingredients with vitamin C can cause irritation but we have formulated our high-performance sheet masks with clean, skin-nourishing ingredients which makes them suitable to be used alongside powerful ingredients like vitamin C. If your skin is feeling the effects of adding vitamin C to your routine, then we recommend using our Instant Rescue Purifying Mask which works to gently calm and soothe irritated skin. This mask also works perfectly alongside vitamin C as it restores the essential nutrients and hydration your skin needs after it has been exposed to the sun and pollution. If you’re wanting to use vitamin C to slow down the signs of ageing, we suggest supplementing with our Anti-Wrinkle Reviving Mask which features a high concentration of anti-inflammatory, plant-based ingredients that reduce inflammation and stimulate the skin’s natural production of collagen to leave you with a youthful and luminous glow.