We all know of the many benefits of vitamin C; there’s a reason why so many people across the world start their day with a glass of orange juice in the morning. Apart from several health benefits, vitamin C is super beneficial for the skin too. Topical application of vitamin C fades blemishes, corrects skin texture and brightens the complexion. 

However, there are certain dos and don’ts that you must follow when it comes to using this wonder ingredient. Scroll down to find out what they are… 

Dos:

 

01. Apply vitamin C every day

Apply vitamin C every day

For best results, make this ingredient a part of your daily skincare routine. If you have sensitive skin or have just started using vitamin C, you may have to work up the frequency and percentage. It is best to consult your dermatologist who will suggest the right amount and method of application based on your skin type and needs.

 

02. Wear SPF with your vitamin C product

Wear SPF with your vitamin C product

Vitamin C mildly exfoliates the skin to reveal glowing and radiant skin underneath. But this also makes your skin more sensitive to the sun. While it is necessary to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen such as the Ponds Sun Protect Non-Oily Sunscreen SPF 50 every day, it becomes all the more important when using a product infused with vitamin C. It prevents the ingredient from oxidising on your skin and maintains its efficiency.

 

03. Store the product in a cool and dark place

Store the product in a cool and dark place

It is important to keep your vitamin C product away from direct sunlight and store it in a cool, dark place to prevent oxidation and retain its potency. Also, make sure you close the lid tightly after every use; purchase a pump if your product doesn’t come with one.

Don’ts:

 

01. Use a product that looks oxidised

Use a product that looks oxidised

Avoid using vitamin C that is sold in clear bottles; it should always be packed in a dark glass bottle. Also, check smell, colour and consistency of the product to ensure it hasn’t oxidised. If the product looks dark in colour or has a sour smell, toss it away.

 

02. Combine vitamin C with retinol

Combine vitamin C with retinol

Once you have applied your vitamin C product, avoid using anything that may contain retinol or niacinamide. The reason being: the pH levels of these ingredients don’t interact well with those in vitamin C. This results in making both the ingredients ineffective and offering your skin little to no benefits at all.