Vitamin C started out as a trendy new ingredient that fascinated skincare enthusiasts and evolved into a skincare staple for many. Popularly used in serums, vitamin C’s claim to fame lies in its brightening and anti-ageing properties. And while they are pretty safe and gentle to use on all skin types, some mistakes can reduce the effectiveness. Here are 5 mistakes you might be making while using vitamin C serums, and ways to avoid them…
- 01. The timing
- 02. The order
- 03. The concentration and formula
- 04. The mix of ingredients
- 05. The pairing
01. The timing
While there is no set rule for applying vitamin C serums; however, it is generally recommended to use it in the morning. When paired with sunscreen, the serum can up the sun protection factor of vitamin C. Make sure to let the serum completely dry off on your skin before stepping out as exposure to light can reduce its effectiveness.
02. The order
It is so important to layer your skincare correctly to get the most out of them. When it comes to vitamin C serums, they are best applied right after toner. Take a few drops on the palm of your hands and gently pat in on your skin. Give it a few minutes to fully absorb, and then seal it in with a moisturiser.
03. The concentration and formula
Unlike other trendy ingredients, like retinol and niacinamide, vitamin C serums are not made with the same processes or base. For instance, a product may claim to have vitamin C in it, but in the form of citric extracts. This is different from L-ascorbic acid, which is actually the potent form of vitamin C that can target your skin’s needs. Make sure to pick the right concentration (5%-20%) and formula according to your skin type and concerns.
04. The mix of ingredients
When choosing the right vitamin C serum for your, check out the overall formulation of the product. If the product is a single-ingredient serum, you need to only pick the right concentration. But there are serums out there that come with a whole mix of ingredients to further stabilise the vitamin C content and give additional benefits. So make sure you are doing a label check to judge if your skincare splurge is worth it or not
BB picks: Dermalogica Biolumin-C Vitamin C Serum
05. The pairing
While vitamin C is pretty adaptable and can be paired with most ingredients, it is recommended to not use it with benzoyl peroxide and retinoids in the same routine. Because when used together, these ingredients can cause skin irritation, especially for sensitive skin types.