Vitamin C is mentioned left right and centre when it comes to skincare, but what are the benefits and how does it work? We’re here to provide a close up on vitamin C, and show you just why you should be including this powerhouse ingredient in your skincare routine this Summer.
What is vitamin C?
Vitamin C, also known as l-ascorbic acid is a powerful antioxidant, when applied topically to the skin it will protect the skin from free radical damage, a known cause of premature ageing.
Why is vitamin C used in skincare?
The human body cannot produce or store vitamin C, so the best way to experience the benefits of vitamin C is to apply it to your skin topically. Genetics and environmental factors will accelerate the ageing process, vitamin C helps to protect the skin from free radical stress, allowing the ageing process to slow, so you can look younger for longer.
What are the benefits of vitamin C?
The most talked about benefit of vitamin C is undoubtedly its ability to brighten the skin, bringing back a radiant glow to dull, lackluster skin. This antioxidant ingredient will help to create a more even tone, whilst also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles - an anti ageing must-have ingredient! Whilst sunscreen is a must for UVA and UVB protection, vitamin C is a brilliant second line of defence against UVA damage, whilst also boosting the skin’s antioxidant defences.
Vitamin C helps to reduce redness and inflammation, making it a perfect ingredient for those suffering with rosacea, acne scarring, blemishes or blotchy skin. This ingredient is generally suitable for all skin types, a slight warm or tingly sensation may be experienced during application. For those looking to purchase vitamin C to reduce inflammation and acne, look out for a non-comedogenic formulation, these are often the lower concentration vitamin C products.
What time of day should I use vitamin C products?
Vitamin C products are generally recommended for use twice per day, it is important to apply the ingredient as part of your morning routine as this will ensure protection from free radical damage throughout the day. It is essential to use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or 50 to prevent sun damage and pigmentation, vitamin C will help to reduce pigmentation and signs of ageing, however sunscreen is essential to keep up the results.
Which vitamin C products are best for use this Summer?
The Obagi Professional-C Serum 10% is a brilliant product for those with younger, breakout prone skin. The lower concentration of vitamin C will not exacerbate breakouts, but will help to brighten the skin and create a more even tone.
In the same product range, Obagi have also formulated the Obagi Professional-C Serum 20%. This higher strength vitamin C makes it a perfect choice for more mature skin, with the focus on brightening the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
If you’re looking for a sunscreen to use this Summer, why not try the Obagi Professional-C Suncare SPF 30, a broad spectrum SPF which will protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB damage. This sunscreen has been formulated with 10% L-Ascorbic Acid, to defend against free radical damage, keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay whilst creating a radiant glow.
Unlike other sunscreen products, the Obagi Professional-C Suncare SPF 30 is lightweight and doesn’t leave skin feeling greasy, making it the perfect SPF choice for your Summer 2021 skincare routine.