The #1 Ingredient to Include in Your Skin Care Routine
There are a ton of helpful ingredients in the world of skin care and plenty of products that provide them. But how do you know which one is the best for you?
The first step, of course, is to get educated. Spending time studying your skin, your particular needs, and the ingredients available to address your specific concerns is one of the most important things you can do for skin, right up there with drinking more water.
But in an effort to save you some time, today's post is all about one of the most universally helpful ingredients for almost all skin types: Vitamin C.
The Benefits of Vitamin C for Your Skin
Vitamin C is like a magic potion for most skin types. What does it do?
Increases collagen production to help combat fine lines and firm up your skin
Acts as an antioxidant to help protect from free radicals
Fights inflammation and redness associated with acne
Helps fade dark spots and other damage caused by UV rays
Evens out skin tone and protects from environmental pollutants
Just to name a few.
How To Use Vitamin C On Your Skin
With any new product or ingredient, you'll want to add Vitamin C into your skin care routine slowly to ensure you don't irritate the skin. Everyone reacts differently to various products, so you want to go slow and stop usage if you experience any issues like redness, stinging, or irritation.
Depending on the product (recommendations below), start by applying a Vitamin C serum 1-2 nights a week and monitor your progress. Press gently into the skin (don't rub!) and follow up with a moisturizer after the serum has full absorbed.
What To Know About Vitamin C Serums
Vitamin C can be somewhat unstable, so you want to ensure you choose a product with the right packaging to maintain the integrity of the serum. Go for products with dark packaging (preferably not plastic!) that have either a pump top or a tight closure to reduce exposure to air.
You also want to use your product in about three months after purchasing to avoid oxidation and avoid products that list water as one of their first ingredients as this can increase oxidation as well.
Best Clean Vitamin C Products for Your Skin Care Routine
Here are some great clean beauty options for Vitamin C products:
What Do I Use?
I've tried a few different Vitamin C serums over the years but my current favorite is the BeautyCounter Brightening Oil. It's done wonders for my intense sun damage thanks to my younger, less informed years in the sun and it smells like heaven.
I use 2-3 drops at night under my moisturizer and add in an extra drop with my foundation when I'm feeling a little dry.
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* Research about Vitamin C properties can be found here.
* I am a BeautyCounter consultant and therefore received a commission on products purchased through my site. However, all opinions are my own. I just freaking love this stuff.