What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, this means that it cannot be stored in the body and must be added in. It’s especially effective because of its ability to penetrate deep into the layers of your skin. There are many different types of vitamin C and it is available in many different strengths and concentrations, often also referred to as ascorbic acid.
How does it work?
When our skin is exposed to certain environmental conditions like pollution and UV rays, free radicals are generated. These are harmful molecules which attack cells and cause damage. Most commonly they disrupt the skin's ability to repair itself which accelerates the aging of the skin. Antioxidants such as vitamin C help restore health and balance to already damaged cells by stabilizing free radicals to avoid cell damage.
Why should I use it?
Vitamin C serums are acidic, which means they exfoliate dead cells from the skins surface leaving it brighter and smoother. This in turn speeds up new cell regeneration which helps for smoothing and plumping fine lines and loose skin (by increasing collagen production), vitamin C is also an ideal treatment for those who experience breakouts, scarring, pigmentation, and textured skin. It can visibly improve the appearance of pigmentation caused by sun damage and spots. Overall, it helps to make your skin look smoother, brighter, and healthier. You may be able to spot a difference in one use, but a long-term improvement will happen with weeks of consistent use.
Threebs' Beauty Spellbook Pick
Just when we thought regular vitamin C couldn’t get any better, The Ordinary released a purse-friendly offering boosted with hyaluronic acid. Containing an impressive 23% vitamin C, the cream texture easily absorbs into the skin for a hydrating and illuminating boost.
The Ordinary’s Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone has slightly less exposure to the pure Vitamin C so you will probably get the equivalent of 20%. The Ordinary introduced this product for those that didn’t like the gritty texture of the 23% and it’s all about a sensorial improvement rather than increased Vitamin C. You will get better effects from the 23% but if you want a smooth texture then this is for you.