Vitamin C is a major key player in skincare and beauty. Even baby beauty influencers know the many benefits of vitamin C serums and oils. Don’t believe us? Walk into any beauty aisle and check the ingredients of the skincare products. This is because vitamin C is the perfect anti-ageing solution. It also treats the common skin conditions that plague us from acne to blemishes and blackheads.
- Dos and don’ts of using vitamin C serums on face
- Benefits of vitamin C serum
- How to apply vitamin C serum to the face
- FAQs about vitamin C serums for the face
Dos and don’ts of using vitamin C serums on face
There is also an art to applying vitamin C serum to your face. You can’t just slather it whenever and pray to the beauty gods for results. Well, let’s look at the dos and don’ts before adding vitamin C to your skincare routine.
Apply vitamin C products like Dermalogica Biolumin-C Vitamin C Serum in the morning.
Always use an SPF like Lakme Sun Expert SPF 50 with the vitamin C serum.
Minimise exposure to the sun after applying vitamin C serum
Wait for 30 minutes before applying any other skincare products with active ingredients after using vitamin C serum.
Store the vitamin C serum in a cool and dark area.
Combine vitamin C products with retinol as it can have some side effects like redness and peeling.
Use products that may be expired.
Try to make your own vitamin C serum.
Benefits of vitamin C serum
Now that we are prepared to use it, let’s take a look at the benefits of vitamin C serum to know why it is an important addition to your skincare.
Protects skin from sun damage
Vitamin C protects the skin from harmful UV rays which encourage ageing and blemishes. It also strengthens the skin and repels any damage. Be sure to apply vitamin C serum and then your sunscreen before stepping out under the sun.
Reduces skin discolouration
Other than actively protecting the skin from sun-induced blemishes, it also treats hyperpigmentation, controls melanin production and smoothens your skin by reducing acne scars. However, avoid mixing skincare acids when applying vitamin C to your face or consult a dermatologist.
Makes skin glow
Are you still not getting that glow you were promised after getting rid of blemishes and acne scars? Here comes vitamin C serum to your rescue as it reduces dullness and regenerates skin cells needed for healthy and glowing skin.
Promotes collagen production
Have you ever wondered why your skin sags and causes wrinkles as you age? It is because of the loss of collagen over the years. Slow down ageing by applying vitamin C serum since it boosts the production of collagen.
Reduces dark circles
Are you tired of emptying your concealers so that your eyes don’t look tired 24x7? Thanks to vitamin C’s astringent and antioxidizing properties, it evens skin tone including dark circles. It also hydrates and smoothens out fine lines near your eyes.
Speeds up the healing process
Did you know that doctors recommend a diet rich in vitamin C when you’re sick since it speeds up the natural healing process of the body? This also applies to facial woes. Using vitamin C serum on your face can help heal acne, scars, blemishes, inflammation and puffiness. It is also pretty safe which means teenagers can also use it without any worry.
How to apply vitamin C serum to the face
Want to know how to maximize the benefits of the vitamin C serum to your face? Here’s a detailed step by step guide.
Clean your face by washing your face with a mild face wash like Lakme Absolute Perfect Radiance Face Wash.
Prep your face by drying it and applying a few drops of facial toner like the Lakme 9 To 5 Moist Mattifying Face Toner.
Five minutes after your face is completely dry, take two to three drops of the vitamin C serum and apply it to your face. Gently massage your face for a few minutes.
After five to 10 minutes when your skin has completely absorbed the serum, apply a moisturiser like the Pond’s Super Light Gel. If you are stepping out, use sunscreen.
FAQs about vitamin C serums for the face
1) Can I use vitamin C serum on my face every day?
Experts recommend that you should gradually introduce vitamin C serum to your skincare routine. You can start using it every alternate day, and then move on to applying it once every day. You can end up using it twice a day if your skin responds well.
2) Is vitamin C good for oily skin?
Yes, it soothes inflammation and acne caused due to oily skin. It also controls excess sebum production, one of the causes of oily skin.
3) Does vitamin C serum reduce blackheads?
It prevents blackheads since it reduces excess sebum responsible for it and can also unclog pores. It even shrinks open pores leading to less chance of blackheads forming.
4) Can you use vitamin C with niacinamide?
Niacinamide has similar benefits to vitamin C and so, can be used together. In fact, many skincare products include both vitamin C and niacinamide.
Written by Lopa K on Jul 16, 2020