Vitamin C in Skin Care: Top Benefits & 4 Formulations That Really Work

Vitamin C in Skin Care featured by top US beauty blog Haute Beauty Guide

Vitamin C is on every skincare brands’ list these days right next to Hyaluronic Acid.  At least once a week I get a message or an email or a client asking why it is important and what it does.  Most of all people want to know why they need Vitamin C in their skincare lineup.   So here it is in super simple terms.

It makes your skin stronger and makes other ingredients work more efficient.  

Vitamin C has a tiny molecular structure so it absorbs fast into the skin.  By applying it first it acts as a little tugboat to bring all the other serums and creams into the skin.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant that lifts, firms, brightens, reduces the appearance of dark spots, and aides in the efficacy of SPF.  Basically, it is a super ingredient.  BUT, here is the key, it MUST be paired with vitamin E.

Not all Vitamin C in skin care products is created equal.  For one, there are two different formulations–either the L ascorbic acid or Ascorbyl Palmitate.  What is the difference?

L ascorbic acid is a less expensive version of vitamin C so it has to have a higher concentration.  It is also a bit less stable.  But, because it is water soluble it absorbs better into the skin.  If you break out easily from Vitamin C products check if it is L ascorbic acid.  It can be super stimulating.  Try switching to an Ascorbyl palmitate version to see if it helps.

Ascorbyl Palmitate is fat-soluble rather than water-soluble.  It is less irritating, more stable and highly effective.  But, it is more expensive due to the need to be blended with other ingredients carefully.

Ok, so there is the nitty-gritty.

Vitamin C in Skin Care featured by top US beauty blog Haute Beauty Guide

Vitamin C in Skin Care:

CEO by Sunday Riley $85 p/oz – The texture of this serum is probably why I like it so much.  It is a bit stimulating so I use a different version if my skin is hormonal.  By the end of the first bottle, I noticed my skin had a more even appearance in color.  (L ascorbic – 15%)

Cesta by Jan Marini $110 p/oz – This is by far the Vitamin C serum I use most often.  When I am on vacation I use this and SPF and that is it!  My skin GLOWS when I use it and it does not break me out.  (Ascorbyl Palmitate) Use Esthetician code: 09323 for 10% off your first order + free shipping.

C POWER ANTIOXIDANT VITAMIN C SERUM $62  p/oz – This is one of my favorite serums.  It absorbs so quickly, isn’t sticky or stinky.  It also has fast and noticeable results with brightening the skin. (Ascorbyl Phosphate)

Drunk Elephant $80 p/oz – I started using this serum after receiving it in a Popsugar box.  The texture is light, quick absorbing and not sticky.  Plus, a little goes a long way so the bottle lasts forever.  *Part of Sephora’s Clean Beauty Program (L ascorbic )

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