Oranges, Lemons, PEPPERS, oh my!!!! All of these things include our favorite healthy ingredient: Vitamin C!
However, these days, Vitamin C is becoming ever so popular in skincare products. Skin-fluencers are constantly talking about the newest serums, masks, or cleansers that contain Vitamin C, and how it is doing wonders for their skin.
But what actually are the benefits of Vitamin C for our skin and when do we or HOW do we even use it? Let's dive deep into our next installment of BAZZAAL Tips, shall we?
What Does Vitamin C Do For Our Skin?
Vitamin C provides antioxidant properties that protect against free radical damage and promotes collagen production to improve skin elasticity. Additionally, it helps with evening out and brightening the skin tone, and fixes any hyperpigmentation.
Free Radicals vs. Vitamin C
First off what are free radicals? Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage skin cells. Basically, a huge no, no! They break down our skin's collagen and promote wrinkles, dark spots, and saggy skin. These free radical molecules try to steal what makes our skin healthy in order to balance themselves out.
However, thanks to Vitamin C, we have a way to combat free radicals. Since it is a water-soluble molecule, Vitamin C can neutralize free radicals and prevent skin damage. It is the perfect ingredient source that the free radical molecules are looking for to regain their balance. Our antioxidant hero!
When to Wear and When Not to Wear Vitamin C
When deciding to include Vitamin C in your routine, it could be quite confusing where to add it. Many skin-fluencers have coined using Vitamin C in the morning which has turned out to be scientifically correct. It's best to use it after cleansing and drying the face, then applying your Vitamin C serum before the rest of your products.
However, you don’t want to pair Vitamin C products with benzoyl peroxide, or other acids, as it can cause irritation and dry out the skin. Moreover, never use it at the same time you're using retinol because it makes the Vitamin C less likely to penetrate your skin.
If you are using Retinol daily or sporadically, use your Vitamin C serum during your morning routine, and then use your Retinol during your night routine! Most importantly, be sure to wear sunscreen always when using products with these ingredients!
How to Store Vitamin C Products
Vitamin C should not be stored in direct sunlight as it will oxidize. Our pro tip is to store it in a dark cool place or your fridge!
BAZZAAL x Vitamin C
Here is a product with Vitamin C that we swear by at BAZZAAL,