When and How to Apply Vitamin C
If you want to utilise this antioxidant in its most powerful iteration, vitamin C serum is the best approach. Before you jump in however, it’s key to learn how to use vitamin C serum correctly before you start. Applying vitamin C (known as ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid) topically allows it to be absorbed directly into the skin. As an acid, it triggers the skin to support itself by producing more collagen and elastin. If you want to tackle the signs of ageing, boosting collagen production is the best place to start.
In order to maximise the benefits of this superhero antioxidant it’s important to know the best active ingredients to mix it with, and which to avoid.
The list of vitamin C serum benefits is already quite lengthy, but what’s worth noting is that vitamin C also works well with a number of other active ingredients – while some should be used sparingly.
Using both vitamin E and vitamin C in your skincare routine helps to fight free radical damage caused by things such as air pollution, UV radiation and a poor diet. Additionally, both ingredients fight different types of UV damage, so using them separately or together in one product is a great way to help prevent photodamage.
Ferulic acid and vitamin C also pair well together, with the former helping to extend the effectiveness of vitamin C, while also fighting free radicals.
While technically a source of vitamin C itself, pineapple extract works well with other forms of vitamin C. The Vitamin C Anti-Fatigue Ampoule Face Sheet Mask with Pineapple Extract includes vitamin Cg with the added benefit of pineapple, for its exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties. For a brighter and more even complexion, the Pinea-C Brightening Serum Cream is formulated with pineapple and vitamin C to improve the appearance of dull looking skin.
Retinol is a much talked about active ingredient that also helps neutralise free radicals and aids with collagen production, but can you use vitamin C with retinol? While they can theoretically work together, doing so could lead to skin sensitivity, so it’s best to use on alternative days or times.
AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) and BHA (beta-hydroxy acid) such as glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids are both acids like vitamin C. Mixing AHAs and BHAs with vitamin C, much like retinol can be overwhelming for the skin. If you want to use these in your skincare routine, it’s best to alternate their use.
To see visible results over time, it’s important to understand how to effectively layer vitamin C serum in a routine. See how vitamin C works with other hero ingredients below, with product recommendations from our Green Labs range.
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that’s naturally found in many areas of the body and is capable of binding one thousand times its weight in water. Can you use hyaluronic acid with vitamin C? The answer is yes. Both have unique anti-ageing properties, and work well to complement each other. While vitamin C is great at protecting and encouraging rejuvenation of the skin, hyaluronic acid will work to hydrate and plump the skin.
If you’re unsure about when to use vitamin C when layering products, apply vitamin C serum first, followed by hyaluronic acid - this will help to add moisture back into the skin. Alternatively, you could skip these steps and use a product that features both ingredients. The Hyalu-Melon Replumping Serum Cream SPF 15 works to improve dehydrated skin and target fine lines, while providing hydration for up to 24 hours.
Anti Dark Spot + Brightening Serum for Dull & Uneven Skin
[Vitamin C + Pineapple + SPF] Brightening to Reduce Dark Spots & Uneven Skin Tone on Dull Skin
[Hyaluronic Acid + Watermelon + SPF] Hydrating for Dry Skin to Reduce Fine Lines
[Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil + Niacinamide + Vitamin B3 + SPF] Pore Tightening for Oily & Sensitive Skin