It wasn’t long ago that vitamin C emerged as a new skincare ingredient that promised porcelain, age-defying skin. Soon enough, it became quite the hype among skincare buffs (for obvious reasons) and vitamin C-infused skincare products now rule the beauty markets. Being a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamin C can boost collagen, reduce free radical damage and give you clearer and brighter skin, there’s no doubt about it, however, there’s one confusion that always revolves around this trending ingredient—whether to use it during the day or night.
Today, we are going to settle it once and for all. Not only that, we will tell you the right way and proportion of vitamin C you should be using on your skin. So, let’s begin, shall we?
AM or PM—when is the right time?
Vitamin C protects the skin from sun damage and free radicals that attack the skin throughout the day. This might be the reason why many choose to apply it in the daytime. However, it doesn’t fare well with the harsh sun rays and might leave your skin irritated, especially if you have sensitive skin.
You can layer it with an SPF to reduce skin sensitivity, but it is still recommended to use it at night. Vitamin C is used for its anti-ageing benefits as it boosts collagen, improves elasticity and repairs damaged cells. Using it before bed is safer and has far more beauty benefits and thus, we totally recommend you to use it in the night, before hitting the sack.
How should you use it?
A little amount of vitamin C goes a long way, so use only a drop or two. Use it after cleansing, toning, exfoliating but before moisturising. Also, if the product you are using has a high concentration of vitamin C, using it once at night should be enough, while a product with a lower concentration can be used twice a day.
Also, no matter what skin type you have, remember to always step out with a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30 when you are using vitamin C on your skin. Even if you’re using it at night, apply a sunscreen the next morning before heading out.
To sum it up
Using vitamin C-infused products work better and are safer to use in the night. By doing so, you are avoiding the risk of photosensitivity and giving the product enough time to act on your skin. A vitamin C serum should be used in your bedtime routine and a couple of drops of it should suffice. Tap it on your skin using your fingertips and leave it on overnight. Wash your face in the morning and apply SPF to avoid any skin irritation. If you wish to use vitamin C in the daytime, look for gentle formulas that are meant to be used in the daytime and we have said this enough times, but don’t skip on the SPF!