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Is It Essential To Incorporate Vitamin C In Your Skincare Regime?

Vitamin C serum should contain L ascorbic acid as the main ingredient

Vitamin C serums are safe, effective and required for oily skin too. Read on to know how to choose the best serum for our skin type and how to apply it.

Written by Longjam Dineshwori |Updated : August 9, 2021 10:24 AM IST

When it comes to popular skincare trends of 2021, Vitamin C serum is undoubtedly on top of the list. You can find a range of Vitamin C products, including serums in the market. But why is Vitamin C skincare increasingly gaining popularity? Why should we add Vitamin C in our skincare regime? How Vitamin C serum should be applied? We spoke to two well-known skin experts to understand the hype about Vitamin C skincare trend.

Answering all your questions about Vitamin C serum are Dr. Deepa Krishnamurthy, DDVL, DNB, Consultant Dermatologist & Cosmetologist, Kritash Skin & Aesthetic Clinic, Bangalore, and Dr. Shruti Barde, Founder & CEO Studio SkinQ, MBBS DCD MSc (Aesthetic Medicine).

Why should we incorporate vitamin C in your skincare regime?

Dr. Deepa said, "Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which is essential in skin care regimen. It helps fade out pigmentation, brightens the face, reduces appearance of dark circles, promotes collagen production, prevents sun damage. It has antioxidant properties and act as a shield against pollution and environmental aggressors."

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Similarly, Dr. Shruti stated, "Vitamin C serum is an essential part of skin care regimen because it is highly effective in reducing pigmentation and sun-damage (UV-A/B, IR and blue light). It slows down aging by collagen stimulation and DNA protection thereby improving skin tone, elasticity and roughness."

Should people with oily skin also use Vitamin C serum?

Yes, absolutely Vitamin C serums are safe, effective and required for oily skin too, Vitamin C serums has many benefits for people with oily skin, the experts said."When applied vitamin C maintains lipid barrier of skin and increase moisture retention apart from the other benefits mentioned above.

Vitamin C serums are water based, lightweight and easy to absorb which is what you want with oily skin. If you are dealing with oily skin, look for Ascorbic Acid in vitamin C serum rather than oil-soluble ascorbyl palmitate," Dr. Deepa replied.

There are many formulations in the market. So, Dr. Shruti suggested that one should consult a dermatologist and do a patch test before starting a routine because some of these serum formulations are oil based and could cause breakouts.

How to choose the best serum for our skin.

Responding to this question, Dr. Deepa said, "Vitamin C serum should contain L ascorbic acid as the main ingredient. Other combinations with Vitamin E and Ferulic acid boost the effect and increase the stability of the serum. Ideal concentration is around 10-20%. Beyond 20% can lead to skin irritation."

Dr. Shruti elaborated, "Vitamin C has various active forms namely L- Ascorbic acid (most potent), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl 6 palmitate and tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate. L-ascorbic acid can get oxidised easily and hence best used at night. However, others can be used in the morning after washing face. It can be layered on with a sunscreen too."

"Choosing the serum should depend on what your skin type and existing skin care routine is. It should not be combined with other serums like retinol or AHA or BHA. For additional benefits Vit C serums are now being combined with ferrulic acids and Vit E for better results!! Discuss with your skin specialist and stick to the routine for best results," she added.

How to apply Vitamin C serum

Rule of thumb is to cleanse, tone, apply vitamin C serum and then moisturize said Dr. Deepa.

Vitamin C is highly unstable, which makes packaging very important. It degrades on exposure to air, heat and light. Therefore, experts noted that it should be stored in dark tinted glass with a dropper or in tubes.

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