Our skincare mantra? Sunscreen, sunscreen, SUNSCREEN. Without a doubt, SPF is the single most important thing you can do for your skin year-round, but it’s not the only secret weapon against sun damage. Enter vitamin C: your other skincare BFF. Below, we break down why this potent antioxidant is the perfect ingredient—sunny-weather or not, and what vitamin C-infused products you need to put in your routine ASAP.
Vitamin C reduces dark spots
Let’s get sciencey for a sec: vitamin C blocks the effects of something called tyrosinase—an enzyme that’s responsible for melanin production in the skin. It also reduces the oxidation of existing pigment, preventing it from getting darker. In other words, vitamin C prevents dark spots from forming and also fixes them post facto. It also has potent anti-inflammatory properties (perfect for those struggling with acne or rosacea), making it your ticket to a gorgeous, even-toned complexion.
Vitamin C boosts sunscreen effectiveness
SPF is essential to protecting skin from damage, but it’s not the be-all, end-all solution. If you’re serious about sun protection, it’s a good habit to apply vitamin C in tandem with your morning SPF. (You ARE applying SPF every morning, aren’t you?) Since vitamin C is an antioxidant, it’s going to add an extra layer of protection by helping to neutralize free radicals. Basically, it supports and strengthens skin cells to fight against environmental aggressors such as UV, IR, and pollution—the main culprits of oxidative stress in skin. (Oxidative stress is a fancy way of saying sun damage, btw.) So, while vitamin C is not an alternative to sunscreen, it is a great way to boost your SPF’s effectiveness and minimize the damage you can't see.
Vitamin C stimulates collagen production
Fun fact: vitamin C is necessary for the production of collagen, the protein that keeps our joints healthy and our skin smooth. Applied topically, vitamin C stimulates collagen production to reduce wrinkles, plump skin, and increase firmness.
Can You Pair vitamin C with Niacinamide or Retinol?
Chances are, your beauty shelf features a variety of products with different ingredients that target specific concerns. So, how well does vitamin C play with others? The short answer is: very well! A common myth is that vitamin C will react with niacinamide and transform it into niacin, an ingredient that will cause skin flushing and irritation. However, the research that lead to this myth was done with pure ascorbic acid and niacinamide held at high temperatures—it simply does not translate to a real world scenario.
These days, the vitamin C found in skincare is formulated to be stable. This means it won’t dilute or be rendered ineffective when paired with other ingredients or exposed to the elements. In fact, dermatologists suggest adding a vitamin C product to your routine in addition to beneficial skincare treatments containing hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, mandelic acid, and even retinols (or vitamin A). If you have sensitive skin, it might be a good idea to have the heavy-hitters (such as vitamin C and retinol) in seperate products, so you can get the "Goldilocks" concentration of each ingredient that your skin will tolerate. To get the most out of vitamin C and retinol, it's recommended to use vitamin C during the day to protect from free radicals, and retinoids at night since they can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays. Nonetheless, you aren’t doing any damage to your skin if you choose to use them at the same time.
"YttP's 15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serum is the best thing I've added to my morning routine this year. It not only works with my sun protection but also reduces morning puffiness! We stan a multitasker."
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Pro Tip: consider the percentage of vitamin C
Not all vitamin C products are created equal. Vitamin C-infused skincare products contain a percentage of vitamin C that determines how potent and effective it is. And while even a small amount of vitamin C is sure to provide a brightening boost, those with higher levels of stabilized vitamin C can transform dull, lackluster skin.
BeautyStat Universal C Skin Refiner is formulated with 20% pure Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid). Its patented, encapsulated delivery system provides maximum results from the first pump to last with no degrading of formula. Smoothness and radiance are improved immediately and over time, and the patented formula is safe for all skin types—even sensitive skin.
So, now that we've sold you on vitamin C, here are a few ways to add it to your beauty routine:
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(For the best anti-aging effect, we recommend using facial oils at night, as it may affect the film-forming process of your spf)
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We spoke to chemist and beauty industry veteran Ron Robinson, Founder of BeautyStat Cosmetics, about the science behind his vitamin C skincare solutions, the power of social media and what’s next for this groundbreaking beauty brand.