We all know that the C in Vitamin C stands for Care, more precisely skin care, right? But I also want you to know how to use it in the most effective way to improve your complexion and help with overall skin health.
How to achieve that?
Let us tell you!
Why is topical Vitamin C important for skin health?
A few clinical studies have demonstrated that vitamin C can improve wrinkles and can reduce the appearance of dark spots by blocking the production of pigment in our skin.
And as an antioxidant, it fights harmful free radicals (toxins) that come in contact with your skin from external sources. The list of benefits we get from vitamin is endless but to get the full potential we should know how to properly use it.
What are the Dos and Don’ts?
- Do not mix vitamin C serums that contain L-ascorbic acid with niacinamide or retinol.
- The pH levels of these elements don’t interact well with those of vitamin which results in canceling each other out and making both products ineffective.
- Do wait 30 minutes between each application of vitamin, retinol, or niacinamide.
- Do look at things like the smell, color, and consistency of your vitamin serum to make sure it hasn’t oxidized. Your serum should be white, clear, or a light champagne color and Vitamin C serums should have little to no odor. If it smells sour, it’s no good.
- Do not use vitamin C serums that are sold in clear bottles. Vitamin C serum needs to come packaged in a dark glass or an opaque bottle in order to protect it from light exposure.
- Do look for a vitamin C serum with a lower pH level. Something around 3.5 is perfect.
About the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
Dr. Vata has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.