3 Things to Know to Maximize Your Vitamin C Skincare Results

Practicing good skincare habits not only will keep your skin healthy, but more youthful in appearance, too. Whether you already have a skincare regime, or are considering starting one, there's an important ingredient to include: Vitamin C. 

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that provides numerous benefits for your skin. It improves hydration, evens skin tone, brightens skin, reduces inflammation, and promotes collagen production. And it's great for fall and winter to help undo summer sun damage.


While there are many products on the market that promote Vitamin C, not all are the same. The form of Vitamin C, product (serum or moisturizer), and product packaging will affect your results. Here are three things you need to know when choosing a product with Vitamin C.   

1. Forms of Vitamin C 

It's important to note, you won't find the word "vitamin" on skincare labels. You'll need to look for the word ascorbate or ascorbic.

Ascorbic Acid or L-ascorbic acid is pure Vitamin C. Since L-ascorbic acid is water-soluble, it absorbs quickly into the skin resulting in rapid oxidation. It is considered the strongest form of Vitamin C in skincare products. 

Some common derivatives of Vitamin C you'll find on skincare labels include ascorbic palmitate, sodium ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and sodium ascorbic phosphate. 

2. Types of Products  

With so many products out there, it can be overwhelming. So, which is better: a Vitamin C serum or moisturizer? Well, you should actually be using both in conjunction. Here's why.

A topical serum will deliver a higher concentration of Vitamin C in contrast to a moisturizer, which will have a lower concentration. However, the moisturizer will lock in the serum and provide a boost in hydration. One of our go-to-products is Natural Difference's Cellular Repair Concentrate with Vitamin C ($60).

For maximum effects, layer your Vitamin C skincare. First, apply your serum, giving it a few minutes to absorb. Once your skin is dry, then apply the moisturizer. Repeat twice daily, first in the morning and later at night. And as always, consult your skincare professional when choosing the right products for your skin type. 

3. Packaging Matters

When selecting a product, we can't stress enough THAT PACKAGING MATTERS! Since Vitamin C is an antioxidant, it will break down when exposed to air and light, which will affect its potency. It doesn't matter if you have the purest form of Vitamin C, if it's exposed it will break down. 

To get the best results, purchase products that are packaged in opaque (dark, blocks sunlight), air-restrictive glass bottles or pump glass containers, so the Vitamin C remains stable. Products that are packaged in anything but dark glass containers will likely have a denatured Vitamin C ingredient, which basically won't do anything for your skin. NOTE: If your product is a high percentage ascorbic acid, it should be packaged in a dark glass bottle anyway since this form will react with plastic.  

When not in use, be sure to store your products away from heat and light. If you notice your product starts to get a yellowish tinge or turns brown, that indicates oxidation. Do not put on your skin, instead discard the product. 

In conjunction with Vitamin C, facials and peels will further improve your skin's health and appearance. Give us a call at 302-656-0555, 302-378-8880 to book your next facial service.