Vitamin C has been a staple skincare product for some time now, but what does it really do?
Lots of people are interested in the benefits that you can reap from vitamin C as a skincare ingredient, but some myths about vitamin C have been perpetuated and it is high time we cast a light on what vitamin C can actually do. Without further ado, behold the myths!
1. All vitamins C are the same
While the name of the product may only feature “Vitamin C,” if you read the ingredient list, it can be sine as L-Ascorbic Acid, which is pure vitamin C or ascorbyl glucoside, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate –all compound derived from vitamin C but containing other additives to make it more stable or easily absorbable. But each of them impacts your skin differently.
If you’ve ever experienced any irritation or you’ve felt like it did not work at all, check what kind of vitamin C was used, what percentage and its pH level. Then you can try using another type of vitamin C.
2. Vitamin C causes sun sensitivity
In its pure form, vitamin C is acidic, this may lead people to believe that it should only be used in the evening. However, vitamin C does not increase sensitivity to the sun, conversely, it is a powerful antioxidant that protects your skin from free radical damage from the sun. It does not replace SPF, so make sure you pair vitamin C with your favorite sunscreen.
It is possible to apply vitamin C in the morning and the afternoon as well, during the day it will provide antioxidative protection and for a collagen production boost apply it before going to bed.
3. Vitamin C is not for everyone
We are not able to produce our own vitamin C, so the only way we can get it is by applying it topically or by eating it. It is suitable for all skin types, but the trick is to use the one that is right for you. When dealing with sensitive skin, opt for a derivative formula that is less acidic –not L-ascorbic acid.
4. High concentrations are better
It is more effective a formula that has a smaller concentration of vitamin C but is more stable than a formula with a high percentage of vitamin C. Some derivatives also absorb better and can show better results than a formula that has a higher percentage but penetrates less into the skin. You have to find what works for your skin.
5. Vitamin C stains the skin
Have you ever noticed your skin turn a bit orange when you apply vitamin C? Well, indeed. L-ascorbic acid degrades to sugar that works like self-tanning lotions –the effect is temporary. If you are a regular user, make sure to apply it evenly and wash your hands right away. Applying oil over your vitamin C will prevent it from oxidation.
6. Vitamin C creates resistance
You don’t become resistant to vitamin C, so if you found a product that works for you, your skin won’t get used to it.
7. If you use other acids, retinol or niacinamide you cannot use vitamin C
Vitamin C and niacinamide can only irritate when pure ascorbic acid and niacinamide are combined at very high temperatures –this is not what happens if you use it for your skincare routine. In fact, these two ingredients work perfectly if you have hyperpigmentation.
Vitamin C is also safe to use with acids and retinol, the biggest risk is irritation to the skin. It is better to spread your active ingredients between morning and night or days and weeks. If you see any signs of irritation, stop mixing the products.
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