🌞AM or🌛PM? When is the Best Time to Apply Your Vitamin C Serum?
Jun. 28, 2020
By now, you’ve probably heard of the holy grail beauty product, vitamin C. Great for brightening skin, healing damages caused by external factors, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, and stimulating collagen production, what can’t it do? We are now taking a deep dive into all its amazing benefits and answering the burning question, “When is the best time to apply it?”.
You may have thought you knew everything you needed to know about vitamin C, but we’re here to tell you to forget all that! Well, except for all its skin boosting benefits like repairing signs of aging, promoting collagen production, and brightening dull skin. The rule where vitamin C must be applied in the mornings? Yeah, forget that one. Along with when to apply this beneficial ingredient, where also sharing why you should start incorporating it into your skincare routine ASAP.
Benefits of Vitamin C
Vitamin C, otherwise known as ascorbic acid, is a key component of collagen that is found in many foods and supplements as well as skin care products. When applied topically, it functions as a powerhouse antioxidant and collagen producer. Its antioxidant properties encourage the protection of your skin from damaging free radicals that cause wrinkles, fine lines, and sunspots. As a collagen producer, vitamin C boosts elastin production, ensuring an even skin tone and smooth texture while working to minimize and diminish the signs of aging. Vitamin C has also been shown to reduce inflammation, fade hyperpigmentation and prevent UV damage. Honestly, what can’t this miracle ingredient do?
When Is the Best Time—Morning or Night?
Drum roll, please...for the best possible results, we recommend applying your favorite vitamin C serum at night! Why? While many dermatologists and skin care experts sing the praises of applying vitamin C in the morning to prevent damage during the day, new research has since come out proving otherwise. In this study, researchers found that UV damage may continue hours after being exposed to the sun. Douglas E. Brash, a senior research scientist at Yale School of Medicine and a lead scientist on this study stated, “When you go to the beach and sunlight hits your arm, it makes the kind of DNA damage that causes melanoma mutations within a second,” further saying, "This is so fast that about all you can do is prevent it with sunscreen or a hat, or hope that your body repairs the damage afterward. We discovered that in addition to this instantaneous damage, the cells continue to make DNA damage for hours afterward.” By incorporating vitamin C into our nighttime routine, our skin should be able to fight the post sun effects as well as protect our skin from sun damage into the next day.
How to Use Vitamin C
When choosing the correct form of vitamin C for your skincare routine, our experts prefer a serum to get the most bang for your buck. Because of their thinner consistency, vitamin C serums are able to penetrate deep below the surface of your skin. After cleansing at night and before moisturizing, apply only a drop or two of product. A little bit of serum goes a long way, as your skin can only absorb a certain amount of vitamin C a day. Follow with your favorite moisturizer to lock in all the skin boosting benefits. Avoid using vitamin C with products that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or retinol to avoid redness and sensitivity.
Our Favorite Vitamin C Products
Here’s the lowdown on our most favorite vitamin C serums:
Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum
Made with a potent, 20% concentration of vitamin C, this serum is a favorite among many in the beauty community for obvious reasons. This oil- and fragrance-free serum promises users instant and long-term results such as boosting collagen production, evening skin tone and brightening dark spots.
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil
SUNDAY RILEYC.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil
This face oil packs a punch! Combining an advanced form of vitamin C with turmeric and evening primrose oil, Sunday Riley’s C.E.O. Glow Face Oil promises to brighten dark spots, improve dullness and uneven texture and hydrate dryness to leave your skin glowing.
Korres Wild Rose 15% Vitamin C Spotless Serum
If you’re looking to brighten and improve the overall appearance of your skin, you’ve come to the right place in choosing Korres powerful serum. This facial oil is light and smells amazing while working hard to tone and smooth out any imperfections for a glowy, luminous complexion.
Whether you choose to pack on the vitamin C in the AM or PM, it’s important to keep in mind the concentration you’re using on your skin. For higher concentrations, once per day application is all you will need. If the product has a lower concentration of vitamin C, try incorporating it into your morning and nighttime skin routine. Have you ever used a vitamin C based product? When did you see the best results—morning or night?
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DON’T try these at home!
With so many self- proclaimed beauty gurus in the world today, it’s very easy to get sucked into the DIY trend. Most experts and skincare specialists will tell you these homemade concoctions are not as good as they are made to be. Here are 5 ingredients you should not put on your face and why. 1. Essential Oils- The fragrant portion of plants is what makes essential oils. Modern science has revealed how fragrant oils cause problems for the skin. In the long run components in essential oils can significantly irritate and damage the skin. 2. Lemon Juice 🍋- Lemons are extremely acidic, which will irritate your skin. You can experience excessive redness, dryness, and skin peeling. Using lemons on your skin can cause more damage then benefit to your skin. 3. Coconut Oil- This ingredient causes a lot of debate amongst my followers, but fact is a fact, coconut oil is highly comedogenic. This means that the oil clogs pores on your face. When you apply coconut oil to your face it lays on the surface and is not able to be absorbed into the skin due to its large molecules. It can cause breakouts, blackheads, and whiteheads. 4. Witch Hazel- Here is another debate stirring ingredient. A lot of my patients and followers swear by witch hazel because of its immediate results on absorbing oil on the skin. What they fail to understand that it is not only absorbing the excess oils, but it is also stripping your skin of its natural oils. This can be very damaging to your skin and it’s natural protecting barrier, causing unnatural sensitized and dry skin. 5. Toothpaste- Such a popular trend and so harmful to your skin. Toothpaste contains high levels of baking soda which will mess with your skin’s ph level. This can lead to redness and burning of the skin. Toothpaste is a horrible option for your blemishes and instead I would recommend THE inkey LIST - Succinic Acid Acne Treatment As tempting as it is to try natural remedies at home, do your skin a favor and resort to stabilized and researched ingredients and products.
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