Vitamin C, more commonly referred to as ascorbic acid by skincare enthusiasts, has anti-aging properties, helps clear the complexion, and improves the skin texture making it one of the most sought-after ingredients in beauty world right now. However, how are you supposed to incorporate it into your skincare routine? Here are five things you should consider before proceeding:
- Selecting the appropriate formula
Vitamin C can be added to your routine in the form of a serum or a cream. Serum formulations are typically more potent than cream formulations, as they penetrate the skin more deeply and are light enough to suit any skin type.
Vitamin C is a highly adaptable ingredient that can be used in both daytime and nighttime routines, depending on the ingredients and the intended use.
In comparison to other popular ingredients such as AHAs and retinoids, Vitamin C is safe to use on a daily basis. However, keep in mind that you should conduct a patch test on your arm 48 hours prior to applying a new product. Additionally, begin slowly, applying it only 2-3 times a week, to allow your skin to adjust to the ingredient. Once you’ve gained confidence in it, you can upgrade to daily use.
- Safety precautions
Because Vitamin C is a strong acid, you must exercise caution when incorporating it into your skincare routine. We’ve already discussed the importance of starting slowly, but you should also incorporate sunscreen into your routine, as Vitamin C is particularly susceptible to light exposure. Sunblock will shield it from the UVA and UVB rays’ destabilizing effects. This also means that you should keep Vitamin C products away from direct sunlight and open-air, as they can oxidize and lose their effectiveness.
When incorporating potent ingredients into your skincare routine, it’s critical to consider the potential interactions with other products in your regimen. While vitamin C is generally considered tolerable, it is not recommended to use it concurrently with benzoyl peroxide and retinol. These ingredients may degrade the effectiveness of Vitamin C and may also cause irritation in some cases. You may, however, switch back and forth between them. If you use Vitamin C in the morning, switch your benzoyl peroxide or retinol to the evening.
About the Author:
Germie Alderite is a Registered Medical Technologist in the Philippines. She is currently studying Doctor of Medicine in the said country. Germie worked in an Adventist Wellness Center for a year before entering Medical School. She believes that many transgress the laws of health through ignorance, thus, people need instruction. They need to be impressed with the importance of making their knowledge a guide of life. Physician has many opportunities both of imparting a knowledge of health principles and of showing the importance of putting them into practice.