How to use Vitamin C Products

How to use Vitamin C Products

Today, we'll be sharing all about how to use Vitamin C the yummiest ingredient that K-beauty lovers love!

When you think of Vitamin C, the first image to come up in your mind might be that of citrus fruits, but there's more to Vitamin C! To put it simply, Vitamin C is a naturally occurring antioxidant found in our skin. It helps to protect us from UV photo-damage, increases collagen production, and helps to reduces hyperpigmentation.

As we age, our production of Vitamin C starts to decline. It's important to include and incorporate skincare products with Vitamin C into your skincare routine to make up for this natural decline. When applied directly to the skin, Vitamin C can help increase collagen production, helping to strengthen the skin's barrier. It also increases your ability to fight free radicals, protecting your skin from cell damage and premature aging.

The most popular function of Vitamin C is, of course, brightening the skin. Hyperpigmentation (including sun spots, age spots, and melasma) occurs when melanin is overproduced in certain areas of the skin. It can also happen in areas where acne has healed. Vitamin C application has been shown to help reduce melanin production, and can even help fade dark spots and lead to a more even-toned complexion.

While all this sounds amazing, we suggest not applying raw citrus slices on your face! When you DIY, it may not be safe as there is no control over the quality & it's not as efficient. The Vitamin C (or Ascorbic Acid) that's present in skincare products has already been chemically altered, absorbing into our skin in a more efficient way and safely delivering its efficacies.

So when should you apply Vitamin C? We recommend incorporating it in both your day and night skincare routines.

Vitamin C has photoprotective properties and staves off oxidative stress from the free radicals we meet throughout our day. During the day, Vitamin C helps to fight radicals like smoke, pollution, and other nasty particles. Always use Vitamin C during the day with SPF. Your sun sensitivity may increase with just Vitamin C alone, but when paired with SPF, the two work together to boost the skin's protection from damage. Vitamin C’s protection and free radical-fighting prowess eventually wear off, but it is not easily wiped off or washed away like SPF. You can build up a reservoir in your skin by applying every eight hours, and it’s actually been found that topical vitamin C is best applied after exposure to UV light and not prior.

Finally, you may have heard of Vitamin C's oxidation. Vitamin C is usually difficult to formulate as it is prone to oxidation, and once it has oxidized, the Vitamin C is no longer effective. It's best to store your Vitamin C products (like serums) in a cool, dry space, away from heat and sunlight.

Now that you've learned more about this cult-fave ingredient, here are some of our recommended products with Vitamin C that you can incorporate into your routine (all of which are available on Althea at the best prices):

Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Toner

This nourishing toner contains galactomyces ferment to firm up and reduce fine lines, as well as vitamin C to brighten dullness and dark spots. It also has a moisturizing mix of plant-based ingredients that adds a radiant glow to the complexion, leaving it bright and bouncy to the touch!

Sparkle-Me-Bright Brightening Lemon Lime Mask

A tried and tested favourite, this brightening mask clarifies and brighten dull skin to unveil the natural glow from within. The double dose of Vitamin C from lemon and lime extracts banishes dark spots and green tea boosts brightening while calming skin. This yummy mask also contains Green tea extract (keeping the skin protected and moisturized) & Hyaluronic acid (a humectant that attracts moisture to the skin).

Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

A top pick in the K-beauty world, this award-winning serum is packed with pure vitamin C extract. This gentle concentrate effectively brightens the skin from within, ensuring you're left with a radiant complexion without irritation. It comes with 5% ascorbic acid to lightly exfoliate away dead skin cell buildup, evening out the skin's texture. The result? Smooth, bright skin that's ready to take on the world!

Green Tangerine Vita C Dark Spot Serum

Sure, we've seen orange tangerines, but did you know that green tangerines are good for you too? Another favourite of ours, Goodal uses 70% of this star ingredient in their Green Tangerine Vita C range to moisturize, brighten and add radiance to the skin. The Dark Spot Serum is a concentrate that absorbs quickly into the skin without greasiness, targeting dark spots and blemishes for an even, bright complexion.

Radian-C Cream (30ml)

A newly released cream that has been highly rated and reviewed, this cream is a deep hydrating Vitamin C cream that functions to brighten micro-dark spots with its powerful Radian-C Super Blend formulation. Enriched with vitamins C and E, that visibly brightens your skin in as little as three days. Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, this moisturizer is also powered by 8.5 percent vitamin C to visibly address dullness due to dark and ultra-fine spots.

Unleash your brightest skin today and check out our Vitamin C products on today.

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