5 Key Benefits to Vitamin C in Skincare

We are putting the holy grail of all things skin related in the spotlight today – Vitamin C! This powerhouse antioxidant is known for its ability to quickly and consistently improve skin tone and texture. Giving you a smooth, even and glowy complexion. All the while producing hydration and fighting signs of ageing. Some would even say it is the best ingredient on the market for anti-aging. As an antioxidant, it will fight fight harmful toxins such as air pollution or toxins within, making it a skin supporter and fighter. 

Well we can consume Vitamin C through our diet by eating plenty of fruit and vegetables. We can tactfully use it in our skin care routine to ensure the nutrients go directly to our skin. As the Vitamin C arrives in your skin it causes a whole lot of incredible benefits, let’s dive into those now. 

Promotes Collagen Production

As we discussed in one of our blogs, collagen is a protein that we naturally build but depletes as we grow older. The depletion causes fine lines, sagging and wrinkles. 

Vitamin C boosts collagen production as collagen synthesis simply can not happen without it. Prolyl Hydroxylase and Iysyl Hydroxylase, the two enzymes required for synthesis work with Vitamin C to create collagen. The more Vitamin C we have, the more collagen we can produce. 

Reduces Redness & Evens Out Skin Tone 

According to a 2015 review, Vitamin C also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent meaning it soothes skin, reduces redness and puffiness. Giving you an even complexion, whilst fighting against dark spots, and other irritations. 

Reduces the appearance of under-eye circles 

Alongside reducing overall redness and evening skin tone, Vitamin C can also help to plump and hydrate the under-eye area meaning it is effective in changing under-eye discoloration and smooth fine lines. 

Helps boost Wound Healing 

Wound healing is connected to collagen production, therefore, it is no surprise that Vitamin C plays a big part in speeding up healing. This is backed by a 2017 review, which identified taking Vitamin C supplements positively effected skin healing and growth by boosting antioxidant levels in the body and skin.

It is Hydrating & Brightening 

Vitamin C hydrates and brightens the skin by penetrating the skin in the form of a ascorbic acid. Many studies have identified Vitamin C as a key contributor in allowing your skin retain moisture. 

It terms of brightening, Vitamin C fades pigmentation, and reduces dullness by impedeing your body from producing melanin – the pigment responsible for skin colour. By slowing the production of melanin, dark spots and hyperpigmentation will also slow and as a result, your skin will glow. 


Most research has suggested that Vitamin C is best used as a topical serum – even serums with under 1% of Vitamin C still deliver benefits, but you can look for serums that have a strength of 10% – 20%. 

As a skincare routine, you’ll want it to look something like:

  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Vitamin C serum 
  • Moisturiser 
  • Sunscreen 

How often should I use my Vitamin C serum?

For best results, apply Vitamin C topically 1-2 times a day – morning and night. Best practise is to apply SPF after your morning application. If you find you are sensitive to Vitamin C, you can always lower your doses and build up as you build toleration.

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