Vitamin C Packs a Punch with Dr. Jenny LiuJun 05, 2023
Powerful, attractive, and slightly unstable, no we're not talking about your ex, rather a mighty anti-oxidant! That's right, we're talking about vitamin C serums! When it comes to maintaining healthy, radiant skin,Vitamin C is one superhero ingredient that stands out from the crowd. This powerful antioxidant, most commonly known as l-ascorbic acid, not only plays an important role in our overall well-being, but also works wonders for our skin. Whether consumed through a balanced diet or applied topically in skincare products, Vitamin C helps prevent oxidative stress and can help keep skin healthy, reduce fine lines and promote collagen growth.
Sound too good to be true? It's not just a claim; it's a fact. The benefits of Vitamin C in a skincare regimen are backed by extensive research. When Vitamin C is combined with other potent ingredients like vitamin E and ferulic acid, the results are truly remarkable. These powerful ingredients work together to give your skin a major boost.
What to look for when shopping for a Vitamin C product?
If you want the best results, go for a serum that packs a punch with an l-ascorbic acid concentration between 10% and 20%. Trust me, anything lower won't do the trick, and going over 20% may result in marginal benefits and amplified side effects. So,stick to the sweet spot! Sensitive skin? No worries! Stick to a gentler 10% to 15% concentration.
Pro tip:- Since Vitamin C is highly unstable when exposed to light, make sure it is in a dark or opaque container so that it does not prematurely degrade.
How to deal with reactions to Vitamin C products?
Vitamin C is generally well-tolerated by most individuals; however, everyone's skin is unique and can react differently. If your skin becomes red or irritated after use, it's best to discontinue and consult with your dermatologist. Sometimes, it's not Vitamin C itself causing the issue, but rather the accompanying ingredients. Vitamin C products may include additional fragrances which can trigger reactions in some individuals.
When using Vitamin C products, it's best to steer clear of other acidic skincare counterparts. For instance, combining Vitamin C with a salicylic acid face wash may result in excessive harshness, particularly for those with sensitive skin. Also, remember to use a fragrance free non-comedogenic moisturizer if your skin is feeling dry, itchy or irritated.
When to apply Vitamin C products for best results?
If you're wondering when to apply your vitamin C serum, here's a simple rule to follow: AFTER cleansing in the morning, but BEFORE applying sunscreen! Never underestimate the significance of sunscreen. No amount of Vitamin C can replace the important role of sun protection in preventing damage. Make sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
Unlike retinoids, which are not recommended during pregnancy, Vitamin C and ferulic acid are safe options. It’s a great option for pregnant women looking to brighten their skin in a safe way!
If you have sensitive or dry skin, there's a gentle alternative to l-ascorbic acid that you may consider: tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate. This oil-based vitamin C derivative offers a more stable form of Vitamin C and may be better tolerated by some individuals. It allows you to enjoy the advantages of Vitamin C without worrying about potential skin reactions. Remember to consult with a dermatologist to determine the best option for your specific needs and concerns.
Check out the latest podcast episode with Dr. Jenny Liu where we discuss everything you need to know about Vitamin C, its benefits, and how to choose the right products.Tune in and get ready to transform your skincare routine!