What Are the Types of Vitamin C and Which One is Most Useful For Your Skin?
Since Ascorbic acid is easily bioavailable, it is used in skin care products and supplements. It naturally occurs in foods such as broccoli and oranges.
Other types of Vitamin C are:
- Calcium ascorbate
- Sodium ascorbate
- Ascorbic acid with bioflavonoids
- Combination Vitamin C forms
Studies have revealed that there’s a thin line of difference between the absorption rates of different types of Vitamin C. So, no matter which type you choose, the absorption will be equally quick. Since ascorbic acid is readily available and cost-effective it is widely used in skin care products and supplements.
What is the Best Way to Use Vitamin C On Your Skin?
The best way to use Vitamin C on your skin is in the form of a serum. Ascorbic acid containing serums are useful for reducing excess pigmentation, protecting your skin against sun damage, eliminating dark circle, evening out your skin tone, improving your skin texture, and enhancing collagen production.
When purchasing a Vitamin C serum, look for serums that contain a combination of Vitamin C and powerful antioxidants such as Alpha Lipoid Acid, Vitamin E, or Ferulic Acid. Also, since Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and oxidizes rapidly on exposure to air, make sure you store the serum in a dark place.
Is There a Specific Order in Which Vitamin C Should be Applied?
Once you’re through with the cleansing process, allow your skin to dry and then gently apply the Vitamin C serum on your face and neck. Once you’ve applied the serum, you can apply moisturizer to seal the serum layer. If the purpose of using the Vitamin C serum is protection from the sun, then we recommend using the serum in the day. However, if the purpose of using Vitamin C serum is restoration of the skin and prevention of premature skin-aging, then we recommend using the serum at night. Also, make sure you apply the serum before applying makeup.
Is There an Ingredient that Should Never Be Used With Vitamin C?
Retinol should not be used with Vitamin C. Retinol is absorbed at a pH of 5.5 to 6, while Vitamin C is absorbed at a pH of 3.5 or below. The efficiency of both the ingredients reduces when they’re used together.