Vitamin C: it’s not just for when you’re getting a cold. This essential antioxidant is found in the food you eat as well as vitamin supplements you’ll see in the health and wellness section. And when used both topically and taken orally, it has a host of benefits for your skin and overall health.
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is also called ascorbic acid, which is a compound that your body uses to, among many things, protect your skin and regulate the healthy function of cells. It can be extracted from many plants and fruits, although it’s commonly associated with citrus fruits like oranges in which it’s most potent.
What Does Vitamin C Do For Skin?
As an antioxidant, Vitamin C provides defense for the skin against harmful free radicals that are found throughout your environment. These molecules interact with skin cells to damage them, leading to all kinds of detrimental effects, including wrinkles, pigmentation, and even acne breakouts. Antioxidants like Vitamin C neutralize these threats, protecting your skin in ways you may not have even known it needed.
Vitamin C is also thought to stimulate collagen production and signal to damaged skin cells that they need to be repaired and regenerated.
How to Use Vitamin C Serum
When you’re incorporating potent ingredients like Vitamin C into your skincare routine, it’s important to know exactly when to apply the product to get the most out of its effectiveness. Because Vitamin C is a protective ingredient, it’s best utilized in your morning skincare routine before you encounter the UV rays and environmental toxins of the day.
Most often formed in a serum, Vitamin C products should be applied after cleansing and toner application. Follow up with a good moisturizer and a high-quality broad spectrum sunscreen and you’re set for all-day protection from anything that would seek to age your facial skin.
Vitamin C complexes are safe to use every day, and over time has been shown to limit the effects of aging such as pigmentation and fine lines. You may notice a few short- and long-term differences when you start using a Vitamin C serum, including a slight evening of the skin tone and firmer, more elastic skin.
How Do You Know if Your Vitamin C Serum is Working?
One drawback to Vitamin C is that it can go bad over time. A telltale sign that your chosen Vitamin C serum has oxidized and become ineffective is if it’s changed color from a light clear golden hue to a darker, more orange-y color. At Epicuren Discovery, we make sure to pack our products that include Vitamin C in airtight, opaque containers to help the product stay effective for longer, with less exposure to oxygen that causes it to fail.
Our Vitamin C Products
The most potent of Epicuren Discovery’s Vitamin C products is our original CXC Vitamin C Complex, with Vitamin C and complementary essential oil compounds that broaden the array of benefits provided by Vitamin C. You can also search for products by ingredient, which will also show you how we use ascorbic acid derivatives in products like the Defy Age Corrective Facial Oil.
Our catalog features science-backed formulas with potent natural ingredients like Vitamin C and other antioxidants that can take your skincare routine to the next level. Find products that are designed for your unique skin type and goals by taking our Skin Quiz today.