All The Reasons Why You Should Invest in a Vitamin C Product
How to Shop & When to Use Vitamin C
How to Shop
Okay, this is where it can get a bit confusing, but don’t worry we’ve got your back. The thing is, when it comes to shopping for Vitamin C (also known as Ascorbic Acid), it comes in many different forms. The type of Vitamin C that our skin recognises and utilises the best is L-Ascorbic Acid, as long as it is contained within a formula that is a low pH and waterless then it should be potent enough to make a visible difference on the skin.
The trouble with Vitamin C is that it can be an elusive character and it goes by a variety of names in skincare products: Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a Vitamin C ester. If your skin often feels parched then this particular type can help to reduce water loss.
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is another form of Vitamins C and has been found to improve the appearance of blemished skin. While the list of different Vitamin C types is lengthy, a final one of note in skincare is Ascorbyl Glucoside, which is Vitamin C combined with Glucose and also known as Vitamin Cg.
If your skin is sensitive then this is the Vitamin C to look out for. It converts to Ascorbic Acid once absorbed so it’s less likely to cause irritation on the surface of the skin, whilst still being seriously efficacious.
Peek the Percentages: You’ll often notice that the percentage of Vitamin C will be highlighted on the product but your skin only needs a certain amount of it each day, any excess won’t be used. The optimal concentration for you will depend on your skin and the environment you live in. Plus, studies have shown with Vitamin C that the efficacy can be proportional to the concentration up to 20%, over that number you’re not likely to gain any extra benefits and it may become more irritating. We reckon around 10-15% is the magic number.
Scan the Ingredients: Lastly, when scanning the ingredient list if you’re after something potent (and you don’t have sensitive skin) you want to check that Ascorbic Acid or L-Ascorbic Acid is mentioned near the top of the ingredient list.
When to Use
Since Vitamin C is such a good all-rounder it makes sense to include the ingredient in your skincare routine on the daily. But, if you prefer to keep your regime streamlined then you can look to include it during the summer months, when UV rays are stronger and you could do with some added antioxidant protection.