Vitamin C: pros and cons of this staple of skincare

Everyone loves vitamin C serums, and for a good reason: they get their job done. There are so many benefits that come with them that they have been part of everyone's routine for a long, long time. 

Lately, vitamin C has gained (even more) popularity. It is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals, which, in plain English, means that it can help your skin's natural regeneration process, making it look nicer.

But there is so much more to vitamin C than just a potent antioxidant. For example, it's highly acidic.

Vitamin C is not only an antioxidant, but it is also highly acidic.

"When vitamin C is used topically, the skin is triggered to heal itself by accelerating the production of collagen and elastin," explains New York City-based dermatologist Howard Sobel.
Both things, collagen, and elastin are naturally occurring protein fibers that help keep your skin firm. So if you have an ingredient that can boost that, you definitely want to include it in your routine. 

It contains a property that inhibits your skin's melanin production, which is what causes skin discoloration like dark spots and hyperpigmentation. According to experts, it's a superior brightening agent that works to fade brown spots without altering normal skin pigmentation.

Vitamin C serums should be stored in the right container.

However, there are downsides, too. For starters, the main con of vitamin C serums is instability. And the two main culprits are air and light. If the product container is not correct, its effectiveness can be dramatically reduced.
This is also a reason why you should always apply this serum when the skin is freshly clean because that way it will be absorbed faster. If it takes a little longer to be absorbed, it will not be as effective.

All in all, though, vitamin C is a great addition to your skin-care routine and you will be able to notice the results in a short time!

Tina Reese

Tina is an award-winning columnist and beauty editor. Passionate about all aspects of makeup and skincare, she spends her days trying out new launches and researching the ever-changing world of beauty trends. Follow Tina’s articles and you’ll always stay updated on who’s who and what’s what of the beauty industry.+ info

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