I’m sure we’ve all heard about the benefits of Vitamin C for our health. It supports our immune system, and is considered an antioxidant and a free-radical fighter found to fend off skin damage. Most of us think of ingesting it in such things as orange juice and other citrus fruits. But did you know that it is also a widely researched ingredient that has been proven to have had better results in combating skin issues than it’s other antioxidant counterparts?
When applied topically, this antioxidant helps to stimulate collagen production and can improve discoloration such as sun spots. When it comes to potency of this highly effective vitamin, you certain get what you pay for. According to board certified dermatologist Dr. Leslie Baumann in her article for the Miami Herald titled “The Truth About Topical Vitamin C” she quotes, “In order to be effective, topical vitamin C must be formulated at a pH of 2 to 2.5. (This acidic pH is why those with sensitive skin may experience stinging upon application.) There are also different forms of vitamin C, and some are more effective (and more expensive) than others. Lastly, the product must have a certain concentration of vitamin C, and this, too, adds to the cost of a product.” Taking all of her points into consideration, it’s not difficult to see why obtaining the ideal formulation of Vitamin C can come with a high price tag.
Topical Vitamin C is recommended as an anti-aging tool, and to maintain an overall healthy looking complexion. To get the full benefits from these types of products, it’s best to incorporate a topical Vitamin C product in your morning beauty routine right after cleansing, and before you apply sunscreen and moisturizer. Being that your skin is not exposed to any free radicals while you sleep, you’ll get the most out of your money by only using it once a day.