Know your enemy? No! Know your skin care ingredient!
We all have different standards whenever we go skincare & makeup shopping, whether it is YouTube star approved, packaging aesthetics, cost-effectiveness, vegan friendly, texture, the effects, and the list goes on. But for only good skin days, let me tell you, the INGREDIENTS should be on the top of your check list. Once you know the ingredients, you’ll know what good the product will do for the skin, what other products you’ll incorporate together in a skincare routine. Well, today we’re going to talk about vitamins for skin and specifically on Vitamin C!
So, why Vitamin C?
– Delivers antioxidant properties to the skin
– Improves collagen synthesis
– Repairs damaged skin due to UV rays
– Fade hyperpigmentation & post-acne marks
– Brightens overall skin tone
– Exfoliates skin
One of the best vitamins for skin that many love is definitely Vitamin C. Vitamin C, which is also called Ascorbic Acid and we all know what it’s most known for, its brightening effect! Vitamin C reduces the production of melanin and that is why it’s used in many products that are for fading acne marks and pigmentation! But as much as it is known for being effective, it is one of those products that many find it tricky or afraid to give it a try. Especially, if you have sensitive skin you will be more hesitant to put Vitamin C on the face.
The best way to add Vitamin C in a routine?
There are different products that contains Vitamin C ingredients out in the market, but through years of testing different Vitamin C products, adding Vitamin C through serum is the most effective way to get the best out of Vitamin C. And as any serum, add it after the toner step and before a moisturizer step.
※Things to keep in mind
– It is preferable to use Vitamin C serum at a night time routine
– If you applied it in a morning routine, don’t forget to add sunscreen
– Avoid adding another exfoliating step into the routine (ex. AHA / scrub / peeling gel etc)
If you are a Vitamin C beginner, start mild & gentle
Vitamin C’s BFF? (If you want to find out more about the DO & DON’T of Vitamin C, click here)
Vitamin C serum itself is strong and effective enough to do the virtue of its own, however, there are some ingredients that you would want to add within the skincare routine on different steps to whether boost the effect of the Vitamin C or to compliment factors that will give you only good skin days.
1) Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a fat soluble while Vitamin C is water soluble and this enhances the absorption of both ingredients into the skin. The more the ingredients absorbs well into the skin, the merrier. Also, Vitamin C and E support each other’s antioxidant function which makes it great to have complementary roles on the skin. Both ingredients naturally play a great role in shielding your skin cells from damage as well. So try to add a cream that has Vitamin E ingredient in it so that you can apply it after the Vitamin C serum step.
2) Hydrating Ingredients
By now we all know how great Vitamin C is but itself might not be hydrating enough. No matter what skin type you have, the more hydrated your skin is, your skin will be healthier. That is why adding a hydrating moisturizer will be a perfect way to complement what Vitamin C itself can’t achieve, full hydration. Also, since Vitamin C exfoliates dead skin cells from face, it would be best to add hydration as the last step through a face moisturizer (cream).
Vitamin C helps to fade pigmentation or acne marks while Arbutin is a great brightening ingredient that will help you prevent the melanin from forming. Prevent and fade pigmentation, how better can it be for brighter skin complexion. So if ‘brightening’ is the theme for your skincare regimen, add arbutin in your vitamin c serum routine.
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Peptide as one of the most popular and beloved ingredient, when it meets Vitamin C, it helps generate Collagen. Peptide itself works great to boost collagen synthesis but when it works with Vitamin C it will just make it faster and better. I mean, peptide goes perfectly well will most of the ingredients out there.
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