Given the current circumstances, immunity and strengthening it is on everyone’s agenda. This probably explains the sudden demand for orange juice! Manufacturers in America saw increased demand from March this year, which just goes to show the power of Vitamin C.
We know that Vitamin C repairs tissues and is great for immunity and overall health, but that’s not all, it’s great in your skincare products as well!
The fact is that while plants can make their own Vitamin C, the human body doesn’t have enzymes to do that job, which is why we rely on external sources. For overall health, you can have Vitamin C rich foods, but for skin, you’ll need to use products with Vitamin C in your routine.
Why Should You Use Vitamin C In Your Skin Care Routine?
Vitamin C is a water-soluble acid, also known as ascorbic acid. It’s a powerful antioxidant with many benefits for skin, such as these:
- Fights free radicals that cause inflammation, breakouts, and hyperpigmentation
- Brightens skin and evens out the complexion
- Prevents the formation of excess melanin, preventing dark spots and hyperpigmentation
- Vitamin C can also encourage the production of collagen which keeps the skin looking firm and plump
This is why experts recommend including Vitamin C in your daily skincare routine. However, with so many products out there, incorporating them into your skincare routine can be confusing. We’ve listed out the steps with Vitamin C products to make things easier for you.
5 Step Vitamin C Skincare Routine for Radiant Skin
Step 1 – Cleanser
To begin with, we need to cleanse our skin. Cleansing gets rid of the dirt, sweat, and excess oil on the surface of the skin, leaving you with a clean base to work with. When you add Vitamin C to the mix, you get added benefits like smoother skin and fewer wrinkles. Vitamin C based cleansers can also promote collagen production, which is essential for binding cells together, giving that firm look to the skin.
Vitamin C cleansers are available as a gel, cream, or foam, and you can choose one that suits your skin type. Make sure it has at least 8% of Vitamin C concentration and not more than 20%. You can use these every day, but avoid using them at night if you apply night creams with retinoids in them.
Splash cool water on your face, and use a coin-sized amount of the cleanser. Massage the cleanser all over your face for about half a minute, and rinse off with cool water. Pat dry with a towel.
We recommend using our brilliant Vitamin C Face Wash, packed with the goodness of Vitamin C and Turmeric. It evens out skin tone and reduces the intensity of blemishes.
Step 2 – Exfoliation
Once you’ve gotten rid of the external gunk and oil, it’s time to exfoliate and let your skin truly shine. Skin cells live for about 3-4 weeks, if you don’t exfoliate, the dead skin cells accumulate on the skin blocking pores and preventing the absorption of products. This is why you should exfoliate every 2-3 weeks to ensure your skin stays fresh.
When you use a product with Vitamin C to exfoliate, it makes skin brighter by helping skin cells renew themselves faster, giving you an even skin tone.
Step 3 – Serum
You’ve cleaned the surface of the skin and got rid of the trapped dead skin cells. Now your skin is completely prepped to receive the true star of your Vitamin C skincare routine – the Vitamin C serum!
The serum is the best way to get the benefits of Vitamin C. It’s a concentrated formulation that is targeted to penetrate deep into the skin cells and deliver nutrients most efficiently. Right after applying a Vitamin C serum, you’ll notice that your skin looks instantly brighter and radiant.
Vitamin C serums are available in a wide range of formulations and sensitive skin types can go for a lower concentration. Opt for serums that also have ingredients like Vitamin E or ferulic acid, which multiply the benefits.
Get 2-3 pumps of Vitamin C Serum into your clean palm. With your other clean hand, dab some serum and then pat it on the cheeks and forehead. Massage gently in small circles, including the temples as well. Apply any excess on the neck and hands. Once applied, wait for the serum to sink in completely before moving on to the next step. Mamaearth Skin Illuminate Face Serum is formulated with Vitamin C and Turmeric to give you radiant skin!
Step 4 – Moisturizer
Moisturizing, as we all are aware, is one of the essential steps of skincare. In a Vitamin C skincare routine, it’s important to apply the moisturizer after the application of the serum. This is because the serum helps the moisturizer gets absorbed better, and the moisturizer helps seal the serum’s nutrients within the skin so they can work all day.
When you’re choosing a moisturizer, going with one containing Vitamin C will offer you added benefits. In general, moisturizers provide us with softer, smoother skin and reduces visible signs of aging. Vitamin C enhances these benefits, promoting collagen production, and making skin look more youthful.
Consistent usage of a moisturizer containing Vitamin C will give you brighter, more radiant skin.
Wait for the Vitamin C serum to be absorbed completely before applying the moisturizer. This will take about 5-10 minutes. After this, apply the moisturizer all over the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. You can use Mamaearth Bye Bye Blemishes Face Cream for your moisturizing needs.
One of the best benefits of using Vitamin C in your skincare routine is the antioxidants that fight free radicals. Free radicals are released when our skin encounters sun damage, and this can lead to premature aging, inflammation, and other problems.
This is why skincare experts recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen to stay protected from sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and even skin cancer. However, studies show that sunscreens can block only 55% of the free radicals produced by UV rays. Adding an antioxidant like Vitamin C to the sunscreen can reduce skin damage by 40-60%, as it puts free radicals up for a tough fight.
To increase photoprotective properties, it’s best to use a sunscreen with Vitamin C. Opt for a sunscreen that contains SPF 15 for adequate protection. Sunscreens are usually applied at the end of the skincare routine since they are usually the heaviest product. Let it get completely absorbed before stepping out into the sun. Mamaearth Vitamin C Face Cream with SPF 20 takes care of your sun protection needs and comes with dollops of Vitamin C!
Step 6 – Masks
A mask helps to replenish tired and dull-looking skin. When applied as a wash-off mask, it works to heal and nourish your skin. Mamaearth has two variants, a wash-off face mask, and a sleep-in mask. The wash-off mask is packed with the goodness of kaolin clay that quickly absorbs the excess oil from your skin to leave it looking soft and glowing. And not to forget the hydrating factors of this wonderful mask!
Mamaearth Vitamin C Sleeping Mask is an overnight restorative gel-cream sleeping mask that replenishes lost radiance and reduces signs of aging, as it works throughout the night. With this sleeping mask by your side, you will wake up with more radiant and hydrated skin. This Vitamin C Sleeping Mask is just the thing you need to add to your night-time routine!
When choosing a product for your Vitamin C skincare routine, check the kind of Vitamin C derivative in it. Choose ascorbic acid and avoid derivatives like ascorbyl palmitate, which are not as effective. Be consistent in your skincare routine for a few months, since it takes time for the benefits to appear.
When using Vitamin C products, avoid pairing them with products containing benzoyl peroxide, retinol, and niacinamide. Vitamin C products oxidize quickly and change color, after which they aren’t as effective. So store them and use them before their ‘use by’ date. Always do a patch test on your wrist before using the product on your face. In case you have any reaction, don’t use the product and consult your doctor.