If you’re using Vitamin C products as a part of your daily skincare routine, you’re off to a good start. However, when asking about people’s habits, we often notice that Vitamin C products are not being used to their full potential. Which of course, is a shame, if you ask us. For that reason, this blog will be all about how you can get the most out of your Vitamin C products and achieve the best results on your skin. Are you curious yet?
Check the packaging before buying
The path to the right Vitamin C product starts before even buying it. You might not know this, but packaging can impact the quality of your Vitamin C product greatly. We have learned that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but when it comes to Vitamin C, it’s not wrong to also consider the outside. Packaging can make or break your Vitamin C product. Have you found a great deal on a Vitamin C serum that is packaged in a light bottle that is not airtight? In that case, you won’t be saving money, instead, you’re wasting it on a product of low quality. Vitamin C products should always be packaged in a dark, airtight bottle. The reason for this is because light and air will break down your product and cause it to lose its effectiveness.
Keep the products away from sunlight
Next, let’s talk about storage. Because leaving a bottle of Vitamin C serum standing in your windowsill is probably not the best idea. Dark bottle or not, heat and direct sunlight will still find a way to affect your product negatively. For Vitamin C products, it’s best to store them in a cabinet or far away from any windows, to avoid your product from degradation. It might look cool to install a shelf next to your window, but keep your Vitamin C products at a distance.
Check the shelf life
You have bought yourself a new Vitamin C product and probably can’t wait to start using it. But hold on, before you open the bottle, first check the shelf life. The shelf life will tell you for how long you can use the product, after opening it, before it loses its effectiveness. For some Vitamin C products, some formulations only last up to six weeks before they are no longer active. This is something to be aware of, as your products will not have the same effect on your skin after expiring.
Use Vitamin C products consistently
A new Vitamin C product… Lovely! Let’s apply it once and my skin shall be fixed, right? No matter how much we wished that was true, but it takes a little more than that. Consistency is very important when it comes to skincare and that’s not any different for Vitamin C products. Vitamin’s C ability to defend the skin from aggressors is limited, which is why daily usage is needed to maintain the antioxidant benefits. If you’re keen on seeing real results, consistency is key.
What are the best Vitamin C products?
There are quite a few options to choose from on the Vitamin C market, so to help you out, we will list some of our all-time favourites. A very well-known Vitamin C serum is the SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic and that is for a reason. The serum is a powerful antioxidant that can be used as anti-ageing skincare which will protect your skin from free radicals and oxidative damage. SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic serum uses 15% pure Vitamin C which makes it highly effective.
From the same brand, but with a slightly different result is the SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF, a serum with 15% Vitamin C, 0.5% Ferulic Acid, 0.05% Salicylic Acid and 0.5% Silymarin to protect oily skin from ageing. The serum is formulated specifically for oily and blemish-prone skin.
Last but definitely not least is the MZ Skin Brighten & Perfect Serum. A serum that contains 10% stabilised Vitamin C which makes it more suitable for people with sensitive skin. The MZ Skin serum is a fast-acting serum that addresses the visible effects of sun damage, skin tone imperfections and premature ageing.