Vitamin C is a versatile skincare ingredient which meets the needs of skin affected by pigmentation issues brought on by external factors, and in some cases from biological changes. Whichever the case, we're here to detail the ins and outs of the role of Vitamin C in skincare.
What Is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a remarkable active ingredient and antioxidant which protects skin from free radical damage inflicted by pollution and sun expose. It is a potent and key nutrient for stimulating the rejuvenation of skin cells, and coaxes the formation and protection of essential collagen and elastin. It has become a popular ingredient in anti-aging skincare, although generally it can be helpful to all who have any of the following:
- Hyperpigmentation/uneven skin tone
- Sun spots, dark spots, and freckles caused by environmental factors such as prolonged exposure to the sun and UV rays
- Wrinkles and fine lines due to a decrease in healthy functioning collagen
- Dull skin tone
- Dark or reddened acne scars
- Other blemishes brought on by periods of hormonal changes or old wounds.
There are several forms of Vitamin C in skincare, although L-Ascorbic acid is the most common in light of its effectiveness.
Even low concentrations of Vitamin C pose promising effects in terms of nourishment and repair of skin. Research suggests that concentrations as low as 0.6% of Vitamin C is enough to at least fight free radicals. So even if you don’t have pigmentation issues, mature skin or blemishes, it is sensible to incorporate a Vitamin C product into your skincare routine to shield your skin from oxidative damage. The skin protection and repair benefits of Vitamin C are increased when paired with hydrating Hyaluronic Acid, calming Allantoin or nutrient dense Vitamin E.
The overall benefits of Vitamin C:
- Removes dead skin cells to unveil a brighter and more radiant complexion
- Due to Vitamin C’s correlation with collagen and elastin, wrinkles and fine lines diminish with frequent use
- Aids wound healing especially when combined with Vitamin E - this is a popular duo for fading acne scars and stretch marks
- Heightens the effectiveness of sunscreens
- Inhibits melanin production to enhance a natural radiance from within skin
- Vitamin C works all on all types of hyperpigmentation regardless of race.
Vitamin C Products For Beginners
JUMISO All Day Vitamin Brightening & Balancing Facial Serum – a non-water-based, dual functioning brightening and balancing Vitamin C serum packed with rich antioxidants sourced from 86.14% Vitamin tree extract. This serum is gentle and stable enough to use twice daily, AM and PM, and simultaneously provides hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and anti-inflammatories with Centella Asiatica extract. It can be used comfortably on all skin types, including oily skin thanking to the light touch texture and Matricaria Flower extract which controls sebum production.
JUMISO All Day Vitamin Brightening & Balancing Facial Serum
Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop – this is one of the most widely sold Korean Vitamin C serums, due to its non-irritating formula and combination of natural ingredients harvested from nature. It contains Ascorbic Acid (5%) to energize dull skin tones without sensitizing when used little by little, twice daily.
Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop
Laneige Radian-C Cream – this is the go-to if you’re looking for a hydrating cream-type Vitamin C product. The innovative Laneige Radian-C Superblend™ Technology based with 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, specializes in fading the appearance of micro-dark spots, preventing infrared light and UV Ray (including blue light) damage to skin, and significantly strengthens the skin barrier in a short period of time. It’s non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic tested. It’s free from fragrance, synthetic colourants, animal derived ingredients, triethanolamine and PEG surfactants.
Laneige Radian-C Cream
Some By Mi Yuja Niacin Serum – a pairing of 5% Niacinamide and 82% Korean Yuja (Yuzu) fruit extract to ultimately target blemishes to leave a more unified skin tone and complexion. The non-sticky texture enables all year round care for pigmentation issues, and doesn’t contain any unwanted inclusions. Its fragrance is 100% non-synthetic – naturally smelling of organic Yuja peel oil which is suitable for sensitive skin.
Some By Mi Yuja Niacin Serum
Banobagi VITA Genic Jelly Mask (Brightening) – enriched with Jeju Hallabong orange to nourish skin with Vitamin C, in addition to a vitamin complex consisting of 9 vitamins plus Niacinamide. The jelly-like essence gives skin a radiant glow, leaving skin looking and feeling more awakened and deeply rehydrated.
Banobagi VITA Genic Jelly Mask (Brightening)
Dr. Jart+ Cryo Rubber With Soothing Brightening Vitamin C – a Cryo therapy inspired mask which increases blood flow to aid the absorption of the active ingredients. It’s formulated with Vitamin C and Niacinamide which breakdown dead skin cells at the surface of skin to reveal a smoother complexion which is also brighter. Sea Buckthorn fruit extract heavily plays a role in improving the radiance of skin.
Dr.Jart+ Cryo Rubber With Soothing Brightening Vitamin C
Some By Mi Yuja Niacin Brightening Sleeping Mask – a like the matching serum, this re-energizing sleeping mask is centered around Yuja extract (70%) and Niacinamide. Its quick absorbing and moisture retaining formula impactfully brightens skin, but also plumps out fine lines and wrinkles leaving skin feeling hydrated from within overnight.
Some By Mi Yuja Niacin Brightening Sleeping Mask