What’s all the Hype about Vitamin C in Skincare?
Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is a powerful antioxidant which is highly regarded for its many and varied health benefits including boosting immune system functions, increasing iron absorption, maintaining healthy bones and teeth, and repairing body tissues.
Vitamin C is absolutely essential for the synthesis of collagen. The hydrating and anti-ageing properties of vitamin C are also powerful benefits, so it’s no surprise that the beauty industry has included it as a key ingredient in products, and are now shouting about it loudly and proudly, and rightly so.
As with most things in life however, not all products are created equally with vitamin C formulas varying significantly in quality.
Clever marketing campaigns can paint a picture of results which raise the expectations of customers beyond what is achievable, leaving them disappointed and out of pocket when they don’t see any changes.
Whilst a drugstore vitamin C product can be cheaper, there is little point in buying it if it doesn’t work. Understanding the differences between products and knowing what to look for, will be something your skin will thank you for, regardless of your age.
It’s never too early to take an interest in your skin.
The Basics of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is generally regarded as safe for all skin types, but we always recommend carrying out a patch test and waiting for 24 hours, particularly if you have sensitive skin. If you experience stinging, redness, yellowing or dryness, try another formula. It might be the type of vitamin C that the brand is using or the pH level of their formula that’s the problem.
The concentration level should be greater than 10% but less than 20% to avoid irritation. Identifying the best concentration for your skin is important. Anything below 8% is not going to make any significant difference to your skin and will be a waste of your money.
Packaging is also important, particularly for a vitamin C serum. Never buy a vitamin C product in a clear bottle or with a loose cap. This is because light and air will start breaking it down immediately. This is another reason why you should avoid using products that have been open for a while, particularly if they are natural rather than synthetic. Let’s face it, if you’re going to look after your skin, it should really be with products which contain natural ingredients.
Make sure your vitamin C products work together with the rest of your beauty regime and that there are no clashes. Avoid using benzol peroxide, retinol, AHAs/BHAs and niacinamide in conjunction with vitamin C. This doesn’t mean you have to avoid them completely, just time their use differently to keep your skincare routine balanced so you get maximum benefits from all products. Some cancel out vitamin c and others can cause irritation.
This is why we work so hard to ensure our formulas are as effective as possible, without irritating your skin. Try using other products on alternative days, or some before bed and others first thing in the morning.
Vitamin C – A Natural Skin Care Product
We love pure vitamin C, naturally derived from Australian native Kakadu plums, and as one of our most popular skincare lines, we don’t expect that to change anytime soon. Focussing on ultimate potency, our award-winning natural range has been developed to give you outstanding benefits without any of the nasties that are often found in synthetic drugstore products.
We are committed to only using 100% natural ingredients, many of which are organic. At spajar, we don’t compromise on ingredients to reduce costs and instead, focus on making quality, affordable skincare products that make a real difference to our customers.
We include a list of product ingredients on our website as well as our packaging, so you can compare what goes into our spajar natural vitamin C range, with drugstore products. When it comes to your skin, you shouldn’t compromise on care just to save a few dollars.
When Should I be Getting Results?
Assuming you have found a natural vitamin C product that works for you, make sure you use it regularly and as directed to get maximum benefits.
You should be able to clearly see results within a couple of months at the most, possibly within 2-3 weeks. We suggest taking some photos of your skin before you start using a new product and comparing it to a later photo so you can make an accurate assessment.
It’s never too late to introduce vitamin C into your skincare routine but the sooner the better, particularly when it comes to reducing the signs of ageing, hyperpigmentation or redness.
Your skin should appear revitalised, brighter, more youthful, have less discolouration and a give off a healthy, hydrated glow. It’s also likely you’ll have received compliments on how great your skin looks in which case, keep on doing what you’re doing.
Vitamin C is in our opinion, an essential hero ingredient in skincare.