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Why you need Vitamin C in your summer skincare regimen

It's a wonder ingredient – and not just for fending off colds

Summertime and the living is easy.

Well, perhaps not for our skin. Sweat, sunburn and air con can all wreak havoc on your face in the summer months. But luckily, there’s a super ingredient out there to solve all your skin’s summer woes. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects skin from UV damage, stimulates collagen production, and lifts away dark spots revealing bright and glowing skin. 

Why is vitamin C essential for skincare?

Vitamin C protects the skin from environmental factors by reducing free radicals.

Free radicals are unstable molecules which cause cell damage. When trying to stabilize they try to attach to other molecules (your skin cells) and this causes damage ie. oxidization.  Anti-oxidants protect and slow this oxidization. Free radicals can come from pollution, sunlight, smoking and alcohol. Vitamin C is one of the essential skincare regime ingredients as it stimulates collagen production, firms the skin, targets uneven skin tone and is one of the most powerful antioxidants for overall skin health.

What does it do for the skin? 

Vitamin C protects the skin, protecting cells from the environmental damage which causes aging. The antioxidant is not naturally produced in the body – so eating and applying topically is how your skin will see the benefits of Vitamin C.

Benefits of Vitamin C:

  • Reduces formation of free radicals – which cause cell damage

  • Prevents collagen breakdown – which causes aging

  • Stimulates collagen synthesis - which slows down with aging

  • Evens-out skin tone, reduces age spots, brightens

  • In certain forms it can reduce acne.

But how should you use it? Here's a short Q&A for your reference.

Should I use Vitamin C in conjunction with any other products?

Combining Vitamin C with Vitamin E greatly increases its effectiveness. Combining Vitamin C with an SPF also creates a greater effect for both products. Vitamin C boosts the efficacy of your SPF, plus Vitamin C can oxidize on the skins surface and SPF helps slow this and therefore you maximize the effect from the Vitamin C.

Do you need it particularly in summer?

Vitamin C is beneficial in summer but also all year round!  Remember to use an SPF when you are using a potent Vitamin C.

Is Vitamin C best applied as a serum, cream or mask?

A serum or paste would always be our first recommendation as they penetrate into the skin more easily and are typically more active formulations.

Moisturizers and eye creams are also beneficial. Mask or cleansers and wipes are beneficial for an instant radiance boost but you don't get the long term benefits in the same way as a serum.

Is there a good time of day to use it?

You can use Vitamin C morning or night depending on your skin and routine. If you are using a potent Vitamin C in the morning we recommend using an SPF afterwards. If we are recommending Retinol for evening use, we will recommend the Vitamin C is used in the morning.  Otherwise you can use Vitamin C overnight while your skin is repairing. Depending on your skin's tolerance you should be able to use every day – if you experience any stinging then decrease frequency and build up to daily..

Credits: Chloe Street l Evening Standard

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