All About Vitamin C – and why you should consider adding it to your Skincare Routine
So you’ve heard all the hype around Vitamin C but you’re not really sure what it can do for you or even if it is the right ingredient to boost your skin routine.
As one of the most highly searched skincare ingredients, our editorial team at The Beauty Kit have explored this powerhouse for you, and we outline below why this is certainly one to consider if you are new to it, particularly for mature skin.
What is Vitamin C?
The form of Vitamin C most commonly found in skincare is ascorbic acid (sometimes called L-ascorbic acid) – this is the most stable form of the ingredient.
Vitamin C is recognised as one of the best anti-ageing ingredients on the market because it promotes healthy collagen production, reduces irregular pigmentation, reduces skin inflammation, and reduces fine lines. It leaves the skin looking brighter, firmer, and more even, with an overall glowy complexion.
How should it be used?
The most effective Vitamin C formulas in skincare tend to be in serums because serums can be more effective than creams or toners when it comes to active ingredients.
You should apply your Vitamin C serum to freshly cleansed skin, before applying your moisturiser.
You only need a few drops of serum for each application and it is recommended that the most effective time to apply Vitamin C serum is in the morning. (Note that it is sensitive to light, therefore make sure to allow your product to be absorbed into the skin before going out, otherwise the product will be less effective as a result of exposure to UV light).
If you are fond of using retinoids in your skincare routine, it is recommended not to use both Vitamin C and retinoids at the same time because it can cause irritation for some people. You can use your Vitamin C serum in the morning and keep the retinoids for night-time use.
What concentration should you use?
Make sure when starting to use Vitamin C serum to choose the right concentration for your skin type. Those with sensitive skin should start with 5-6% Vitamin C and then as your skin grows more accustomed to the ingredient, you can build up to a stronger concentration later on. Its advisable to try a patch test on your skin first, if you think you may have some sensitivity.
We have pulled together a few of our Vitamin C serum favourites for you below:
Trilogy Vitamin C Booster Treatment
Trilogy Vitamin C Booster Treatment is a freshly activated 2-week intense brightening treatment that helps improve radiance and skin tone.
When you are ready to begin your treatment at home, activate the formulation by releasing 6% Vitamin C powder from the sealed lid chamber into a plant derived hyaluronic acid concentrate enriched with daisy extract and rosehip oil.
This forms an antioxidant-rich skin booster that helps kickstart skin renewal processes, improves brightening, and reduces the appearance of pigmentation.
PLUS get a FREE Gift with every purchase from Trilogy, while stocks last – a full size Vitamin C Energising Mist Toner worth €20.95
Pestle & Mortar Vitamin C 2 Phase Serum
Pestle and Mortar Vitamin C 2 Phase Serum is an intense blend of 16% Vitamin C and natural extracts for dramatically brighter looking skin.
It visibly smooths the complexion, firms, and brightens the skin.
3 types of high-performance vitamin C means that skin gets superior vitamin C benefits without irritation.
Blended with skin-brightening natural tamarind extract to deliver fresher, brighter looking skin.
Innovative 2 phase pump technology mixes a vitamin C rich water phase with a super lightweight oil phase to deliver one perfect dose of serum.
Alpha-H Vitamin C Serum
Alpha-H Vitamin C Serum embraces new generation technology blended with botanicals and the highly effective hydrating properties of hyaluronic acid to deliver superior antioxidant benefits.
This intensive serum stimulates collagen production and assists in the improvement of radiance, elasticity, and skin texture, whilst also helping to reduce pigmentation, refine pores and provide ongoing protection against future sun damage.
Consistent long-term use will result in plumper, firmer, more radiant skin that appears naturally healthy, vibrant and younger looking.
€29.40 (special offer)