When you hear the word ‘Vitamin C’, what is the first thing that comes through your mind?
Let me guess, it’s either the fruit ‘orange’ or the color ‘orange’.
9 out of 10 will think of orange but that 1 friend who is very much into skincare will have somewhat of a different answer. Probably will be one of the following; ‘brightening’, ‘exfoliation’ or ‘fading acne marks’.
No matter what the answer was, Vitamin C is probably one of the most well known ingredients among any. Throughout these years, Vitamin C has proved to be one of the most beloved skincare ingredient among us. According to a research conducted by Pinterest, it showed that Vitamin C's saves on pinning were up 3379% in the year 2017 and is still one of the most highly searched skincare ingredient.
“Eat vs Apply? Some loves to eat, some loves to put it on their face”
These are usually 3 different ways we usually take Vitamin C; fruits or food with Vitamin C, Vitamin C supplements or Vitamin C in a bottle of a serum (or in a bottle of cream). And all three different categories of Vitamin C serve a purpose in our health and skin.
We reach out for different categories for different reasons however, three does share will benefit our body or our skin in both ways. Vitamin C is known to be a great source of strengthening immunity, reduce inflammation and even reduce the risk of cancer. Some have proved to be true yet some are still controversial.
However, when it comes to its’ skin benefits, applying Vitamin C directly on the skin shows more clear and short term benefits.
“So the question is, why is it so popular?”
Why is it searched and seeked so much in our daily routine and why do people end up keeping it on their table and vanity? Well let’s get into all the juice now! (Haha, did you get the joke?)
Vitamin C? Ascorbic Acid?
There are many forms of Vitamin C, but among “ascorbic acid’ (also known as ‘L-ascorbic acid’ or LAA) has the most skin related research of any form of vitamin C and is referred to as Vitamin C royalty. So, whenever you search for Vitamin C for the skin, it is most likely talking about ‘ascorbic acid’. And that is what we are specifically going to be talking about here today, LAA, Vitamin C in its most potent form.
5 Reasons Why You Need Vitamin C for Skin!
When Vitamin C is added in your daily routine, there are multiple benefits that our skin will get to enjoy both in a short run and in a long run. So, whether if you are new to skincare or have already been a Vitamin C user and a deep lover, give it a less than 5 minutes and get to know the ingredient better for smarter use!
1. Improve skin tone & brightening
We get skin discoloration for different reasons; acne scarring, sun spots, redness and etc. The reasons why we get it might differ but the ingredient to target this concern falls into one ingredient, Vitamin C. Vitamin C is great to achieve uniform skin tone and better complexion. Through this, Vitamin C is great for lightening any discoloration from sun spots, age spots and even acne spots when applied casually and consistently. But not only that, it is also great for embarrassing redness.
2. Reduce Inflammation
Vitamin C is mostly known for its antioxidant properties and this helps to get rid of free radicals that can damage cells and tissue. Plus, Vitamin C accelerated cell turnover which is great for skin recovery and wound healing. The anti-inflammatory response prevents redness and inflammation and even sun burns. It works on a cellular level when applied casually so whenever skin has been stimulated, irritated or damaged, a drop of vitamin c serum can do the trick.
3. Help Fade Hyper-pigmentation
Along with the first reason why you need Vitamin C for skin, Vitamin C is probably most well known among us as a great ingredient to add to fade hyper-pigmentation or acne spots. Age spots, acne spots or even sun spots occurs when melanin is overproduced on the area. When Vitamin C application has been shown to impede melanin production, this will be an ingredient to remember.
4. Encourage Collagen Production
Vitamin C is known to positively affect the synthesis of collagen. Since Vitamin C is acidic, when applied to the skin, the skin is triggered to ‘heal’ itself by accelerating the production of collagen. And we know collagen as a naturally occurring protein that depletes over time, and collagen production is very closely related to skin’s elasticity and firmness as well. So lower level of collagen is a shortcut to wrinkles and losing elasticity on the skin. Adding a Vitamin C in your skincare routine will help stimulate collagen production and keep the skin younger longer.
5. Protect Skin from the Sun & Heals Your Sunburns
Surprisingly, Vitamin C is known to protect skin from sun’s UVA and UVB rays when applied casually. Thanks to the strong antioxidant property the ingredient has, it naturally helps strengthen your skin. Vitamin C will help heal your skin faster and help skin relief from itching and burning.
The Best Way to Add Vitamin C in Your Routine
The easiest and the most effective way to add Vitamin C in your routine probably will be using a Vitamin C Serum. With the concentrated extract of Vitamin C, and added after when the skin is prepped, it will deliver the great antioxidant care to your skin. There are already a variety of Vitamin C serums out there in the market, but which one will work best for you? And which one will your skin fall in love with at ease?
5% Just Enough for Daily Use
Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop
5% of ascorbic acid in a 35ml transparent bottle is notorious among Vitamin C lovers as a daily skin saver regardless of your skin type and condition. 5% might seem little compared to the 21.5% vitamin c serum that follows but for daily use and for anyone who’s new to the whole vitamin c game, 5% would be the perfect dose of vitamin c to keep it on your vanity at all times and all 4 seasons.
Best way to use it?
The best way to use fresh drops of 5% pure Vitamin C will be to add it into your night time routine. After your toner step, add 3 drops (a drop on your forehead and a drop each on your cheeks) of Klairs vitamin drop and using your fourth finger, gently roll or dab into the skin. If applied casually and persistently, you’ll be able to see improvement in your overall skin tone and fading of pigmentations. Vitamin C products are recommended mostly for night skincare routine, however if you wish to apply in the morning, don’t forget to add SPF before you leave the house!
Best for who and what skin?
3 drops of 5% vitamin c will please many. Whether you have oily skin or dry skin, the texture of the drops will make the skin feel at ease and easy to work with and whether you have acne prone skin or sensitive skin, it will be gentle enough for the skin. But always, whenever you are trying out a new product (if you have extremely sensitive skin), test it out first on different parts of your skin (below your ears or your wrist).
21.5%, powerful to see changes in a week!
By Wishtrend Pure Vitamin C 21.5% Advanced Serum
21.5%, 4 times the Klairs Vitamin Drop! 21.5% of Vitamin C in a bottle of vitamin serum can confidently tell the world that it will do its job as an extremely powerful antioxidant and activates skin cell turnover like no other. This red bottled Vitamin C serum has had long time loyal customers thanks to how effective it works for acne spots and pigmentation and that you can actually see results in just 2 weeks of use.
Best way to use it?
Unlike the Klairs vitamin Drop, it’s not the most gentle serum to use on a daily basis but more so as an addition to your special skincare routine. If you are concerned with acne spots and dull skin, add this as your special skincare regimen and rather than slathering it all over your face, specifically target the areas of your concern. And we highly recommend you to use the Bywishtrend pure vitamin c 21.5% advanced serum during your night time routine.
Best for who and what skin?
Best for anyone with acne troubles but especially if you wish to fade acne marks and spots, this is the shortcut and the guaranteed way to do it. For those with sensitive skin can find it too stimulating on the skin, however, everyone reacts and feels differently when it comes to a skincare product, so make sure you start gentle and slow before you go full in.
Boost Vitamin C with Vitamin E!
Vitamin C has always been well known to be best mates with ‘Vitamin E’. The reason being, Vitamin C and E supports each other’s antioxidant function. When applied together on the skin, it can improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, brightening dull skin and strengthen skin’s defense against the impact of environmental assault.
Vitamin C works optimally on the surface level, whereas vitamin E is oil-soluble so it goes deeper, so when used together, you’ll get the best of both worlds. So try adding a Vitamin E moisturizer after the application of Vitamin C serum and enjoy the long-term effect of the combination of the two!
Vitamin C & E Duo to Check Out!
One of the most beloved vitamin duo on Wishtrend is from Klairs! Created to maximize the effect of the Klairs Vitamin Drop, the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask has its unique pudding-like texture that will not only hydrate the skin but add antioxidant and brightening effect onto your skin! Vitamin E creams can be applied on its own in a skincare routine even without vitamin c serum! It will be a great night cream to keep it on the skin overnight to see the improvement in elasticity, the overall tone and hydration level of the skin the next day.