We all know of the many health 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. But did you know that simply eating foods that are rich in Vitamin C does not necessarily guarantee that your skin reaps the benefits too?. This is why it becomes necessary to include Vitamin C-based products in your skincare routine. Topical application of Vitamin C fades blemishes, corrects skin texture and brightens the complexion. But if you don't know what products to use or what brands to choose from, then we're about to make your life simpler.


Lakmé recently launched the Lakmé 9to5 Vitamin C+ Range that consists of a face serum, day cream and night cream. These products are packed with the goodness of Vitamin C and work wonders to treat skin issues like wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, skin texture and uneven skin tone. Being dermatologically tested, all the products in this range are absolutely safe for all skin types. But before you start using Vitamin C in your skincare routine regularly, there are certain important dos and don'ts that you need to keep in mind. Scroll down to find out what those are…

 

 

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, revealing glowing and radiant skin underneath. But this process also makes the skin sensitive and more prone to sun damage. This is why it is important to layer a broad-spectrum sunscreen over your Vitamin C product during the daytime. After cleansing and toning your face, apply a couple of drops of the Lakmé 9 to 5 Vitamin C Face Serum+ and pat it into your face. Enriched with Kakadu Plum extracts (the world’s highest source of Vitamin C), this face serum will keep your skin healthy, radiant and glowing. Following it up with sunscreen prevents the ingredient in the serum from oxidising on your skin and maintains its efficacy.

 

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.

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04. 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.

 

05. 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.

 

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions


01. What should you not use Vitamin C serum with?


While most products work pretty well with Vitamin C, experts recommend against using benzoyl peroxide and niacinamide along with Vitamin C. This is because using these ingredients together reduces their efficacy and does not deliver the desired results.


02. Can I use Vitamin C serum every day?


Yes, absolutely. Vitamin C not only helps in brightening your skin and reducing pigmentation, but it also delivers your skin with a burst of antioxidants that protect it against harmful environmental aggressors. This is the main reason why you’d greatly benefit from applying a Vitamin C serum every single day.


03. How long does Vitamin C serum take to work?


For any skincare product to show visible results, you need to give it time, and the same applies to your Vitamin C. In most cases, you will notice results in about four to six weeks, provided you are regular with your application.