Goings On About Vitamin C in Skincare

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Vitamin C is one of those power ingredients that directly affects skin tone and visible signs of aging. Hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, wrinkles and all sorts of skin shenanigans are to be treated with this star ingredient that comes in various forms. Ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid is the most used form of vitamin c in skin care products and is a strong antioxidant that keeps our skin fresh so to speak.

In skin care products you can find these ingredients which are all good old vitamin c: sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, retinyl ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl glucoside and relatively new 3-O ethyl ascorbic acid.

In higher concentrations, vitamin c acts like an active to treat specific skin problems like already mentioned hyperpigmentation and signs of aging. In lower concentration is a beautiful addition to antioxidative properties of skin care products and can be combined with other star ingredients like retinol and niacinamide.

To wait or not to wait after application of vitamin c product before applying other depends on how concentrated vitamin c is in skincare product and how you want it to work.

If it is highly concentrated ascorbic acid and you want to treat that stubborn sun spots, or that boring wrinkles on your forehead or that annoying post acne marks, just apply your vitamin c product and let it absorb well (5-10 minutes) and then you can proceed with the rest of your skin care routine.

If it is other form of vitamin c and you just want to use it in your regular skin care routine (but of course with all of its benefits), you can apply other skin care products right after. Your vitamin c is in the skin now, don’t worry.

Whatever the way you use it, vitamin c alongside acids and retinol definitely should be part of your skin care routine. No matter skin type or age. It is never too early to start taking care of that beautiful skin of yours.

Here are some very different vitamin c products that I enjoy and find rather effective:

 

The Ordinary

100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder

The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder

What is it?

Vitamin c powder that you can mix and combine with virtually any other skin care product.

Fine white powder that comes in 20g glass jar with little spoon provided.

The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder

How to use it?

Mix a small amount with other treatments in the palm of your hand and apply to face in the AM or the PM. Avoid contact with the eyes. A tingling sensation can be expected after application. Do not mix with formulations containing Niacinamide or EUK 134. /Deciem/

Here is how I use it (one of the ways):

Ingredients

100% pure L-Ascorbic acid in 325 fine mesh.

Rosacea safe?

Yes if you start slow with only tiny part of the little spoon of the powder. Gradually work your way up to the point your skin doesn’t flush. That would be probably around three quarters the little spoon provided with the product.

Who is it for?

All skin types

Does it work?

This product simply can’t miss. This is pure vitamin c and it works exactly you designate it to. If you want it as an active (one spoon) – it works. If you want it as a skin care anti-oxidant booster (up to one half of the spoon) – it works. Using it regularly, I find my skin more even, more resilient to the daily challenges.

Thumbs up?

Oh yeah!

The Ordinary

Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone

What is it?

Another ascorbic acid product but in suspension form. Serum, moisturizer or whatever you want it to be if you decide to mix it with another skin care product. Thick, silicony, almost primer like. But don’t let it fool you, it works with tingling. I already did mentioned it here when I reviewed very similar product – The Inkey List Vitamin C.

It is white, thick suspension, odourless that comes in 30 ml / 1 fl.oz. The Ordinary plastic tube.

How to use it?

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone

Apply a small amount to face in the AM or the PM (PM preferred). Avoid contact with the eyes. A tingling sensation can be expected after application. If this sensation is too strong, this formula can be diluted on each application with your favourite serum or cream. /Deciem/

Ingredients

Dimethicone, Ascorbic Acid, Polysilicone-11, PEG-10 Dimethicone

Rosacea safe?

Yes and no. Please read here.

Who is it for?

Does it work?

Exactly the same review as this one. After all of this time, still tingles. Still works.

Thumbs up?

Yes, absolutely.

 

Drunk Elephant

C-Tango

Drunk Elephant C-Tango

What is it?

An eye cream. Very good eye cream with five (!) forms of vitamin C (just look at that ingredients list!). In my honest opinion, this vitamin C product of cult Drunk Elephant is much better than their C-Firma that oxidised as fast as greased lightning without any dramatic effect to my skin.

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Sunday morning brightening session. Totally ready for this beautiful day. ▪️water splash then exfoliating toner: #biologiquerecherche Lotion P50 PIGM400, ▪️treatment toner: Biologique Recherche Lotion MC 110 No1, ▪️hydrator: #peterthomasroth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, ▪️serum: Biologique Recherche Placenta Serum, ▪️eye serum: #drunkelephant Shaba Complex, ▪️serum 2: #theordinary Niacinamide 10%+Zinc 1%, ▪️brightening/strengthening mix: Drunk Elephant Protini mixed with C-Firma, ▪️SPF: #canmaketokyo Mermaid Skin Gel. I’m looking forward to talking with you in the comments. . . #sundaymorning #skincareroutine #facecareroutine #facecare #skincaretips #gesichtspflege #curadelviso #skincaretip #niacinamide #vitaminc #ahabha #asianskincare #japanskincare #skincarejunkie #antiwrinkle

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Here’s what Drunk Elefant says:

C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream is rich and restorative, featuring a brightening combination of eight peptides, five forms of vitamin C and cucumber extract for firmer, stronger-looking skin around the eye area. /Drunk Elephant/

Yellowish, light creamy texture, no scent. Tiny 15 ml / 0.5 fl. oz. Drunk elephant design plastic container.

How to use it?

Gently pat a pump of C-Tango™ around the eye area using your ring finger. May be mixed with Shaba Complex™ Eye Serum.

Tip: Leave C-Tango™ in the fridge for a cooling, soothing treatment.

This is exactly how I do it and love it.

Ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ceteareth-6 Olivate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Ceramide NP, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Ceramide EOP, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminohydroxybutyrate, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Panthenol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ubiquinone, Superoxide Dismutase, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Phytic Acid, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Thioctic Acid, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Titanium Dioxide, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Dextran Sulfate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Steareth-20, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Citric Acid, Chlorphenesin, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin

Rosacea safe?

Yes

Who is it for?

All skin types.

Does it work?

The first eye cream that actually does work for me. Beautifully fresh look to my eyes and that smooth-out crow legs effect. I don’t have problem with dark circles around eyes, but works great for overall eye area. My concern are wrinkles. And all of those crows legs now. I got it first as the sample, but soon enough I bought the full size product. I am not sorry. But sweet Jesus on a cracker does it cost!

Thumbs up?

Well yes, works great for smoothing out those stress wrinkles that were caused by its price.

 

ArtNaturals

Vitamin C Serum (Moisturizing and Brightening Formula)

Artnaturals Vitamin C Serum

What is it?

Beautiful little serum that works great in any skin care routine. Vitamin c as sodium ascorbyl phosphate, stabile form, no need to wait between skin care steps.

This is what ArtNaturals says:

A powerful Vitamin C serum with Hyaluronic Acid to target wrinkles, signs of age, and sun spots. Formulated with soothing Aloe, and hydrating Jojoba Oil to provide a recipe for restoring skin’s natural radiance and won’t cause irritation, making it ideal for all skin types.Brightening serum containing Gotu and Kola to minimize crow’s feet and dark spots.Dandelion and Wild Geranium Extract evens skin tone, fights acne, brightens and tightens skin.Hyaluronic Acid traps in moisture while plumping and hydrating. /ArtNaturals/

Light, yellowish thin emulsion form. No scent. It comes in 30 ml /1 fl.oz. (full size) or 10 ml /0.33 fl.oz glass bottle with the pipette.

Artnaturals Vitamin C Serum

How to use it?

After cleansing face, apply Serum to cotton ball. Gently sweep across face in an upward motion. Allow Serum to dry, and follow with moisturizer. /ArtNaturals/

Ok, I must admit, I didn’t use a cotton ball. I just spread 5-6 drops of serum around my skin. That’s it.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), Sodium Hyaluronate Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Ferulic Acid, Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract

Rosacea safe?

Yes

Who is it for?

All skin types

Does it work?

This one had the least visible effects to my skin. It doesn’t mean it doesn’t work, but this serum is just one of those products that you can see no harm from, but also no wow effects too. Basic, simple, but just that.

Thumbs up?

Yes, but just ok. No repurchase.

 

Garden Of Wisdom for Victoria Health

Vitamin C 23% And Ferulic Acid

GOW for Victoria Health Vitamin C 23% Serum And Ferulic Acid

What is it?

Now we’re talking! Serum, serum, serum! Very light, very powerful very sensitive to anything so it goes into fridge.

There is a myriad of GoW for Victoria Health reviews on mblovesskincare.com , and here’s one (or two more).

This is what the brand says:

Benefits of Vitamin C + Ferulic Acid Serum:

  • Contains 23% pure L-ascorbic acid, Vitamin C, in an airless pump to prevent oxidation
  • Non-greasy base, easily absorbed into skin
  • Brightens and freshens skin
  • Particularly useful for preventing and treating hyperpigmentation
  • No added colours, fragrances and parabens
  • Cruelty-free
  • A pH range of 3.1 – 3.4 /Victoria Health/

Proper everything for the best results I’d say.

It is the light yellowish serum in airless pump 30 ml /1 fl.oz. bottle. No scent.

GOW for Victoria Health Vitamin C 23% Serum And Ferulic Acid

How to use it?

Apply a sufficient amount of vitamin C serum to cover the face onto cleansed dry skin ideally at night. If used during the day, follow with a sunscreen. We recommend storing this serum in the fridge. /Victoria Health/

I use it as the first step after some of the acid toners. I leave it on skin for five/ish minutes and then proceed with my skin care routine.

Ingredients

GOW for Victoria Health Vitamin C 23% Serum And Ferulic Acid

 

Distilled Water, L-Ascorbic Acid 23%, Hyaluronic acid, Alkyl Benzoate, Panthenol-D, Carbomer, Ferulic Acid, Sclerotium Gum, Optiphen

Rosacea safe?

First patch test. This thing can tingle and make the skin flush.

Who is it for?

All skin types.

Does it work?

Personally, my favourite. This formulation cannot miss. Light, yet strong enough, in combination with ferulic acid that boosts its effect. Very, very good serum. I like to use it before bed to wake up to that bright, even skin. Love that. Sometimes I even use it in the morning to jazz the day skin up. Just enough sun protection and you are good to go.

Will get this one again and again.

Thumbs up?

Very much yes

 

Garden Of Wisdom for Victoria Health

C-Deep Vitamin C Serum

GOW for Victoria Health C-Deep Vitamin C Serum

What is it?

The latest edition of GoW for Victoria Health vitamin c serum with tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate form of vitamin c. Very stabile, very effective, oily serum due to squalane.

Here’s what brand says:

C-Deep Vitamin C Serum contains Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate to fight the visible signs of skin ageing, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as firming, evening out skin tone and brightening the skin’s complexion. This super lightweight, non-irritating and easily absorbed formulation is 100% stable, meaning it doesn’t breakdown over time like other vitamin C creams and serums and remains as effective as the day you open it. /Victoria Health/

How to use it?

GOW for Victoria Health C-Deep Vitamin C Serum

Apply 1 to 2 pumps of vitamin c serum to your face and neck. Use AM and PM after cleansing. Leave to absorb before applying other oil-based serums or moisturisers. If using water-based serums, then apply C-Deep Vitamin C Serum after their use. /Victoria Health/

Nothing to add here. All said.

Ingredients

GOW for Victoria Health C-Deep Vitamin C Serum

Squalane Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate 3%, Thiotaine 2%, Optiphen

Rosacea safe?

Yes

Who is it for?

All skin types

Does it work?

The kind of vitamin c serums that needs some getting used to. It is basically squalane with vitamin c so it takes some time to absorb into skin. It also takes more time to show visible effects to the skin. At first, effects are too subtle to be noticed, but in time, slowly it does show properly. Skin is calm, glowy and more even. Just enough water based serums (essences, lotions) before it, and it’s fine. Anyone with soft spot on squalane, this will be the hit.

Thumbs up?

Yes

Some fond memories…

When talking about vitamin c in skin care cannot skip mentioning my old Japanese love that I always think of fondly:

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Rohto Melano CC Intensive Anti Spot Essence▪️True vitamin C cult product. Stabile, efficient vitamin C derivative in a bit oily, citrusy liquid. Fresh and clear feel to it, although it isn’t “thin”. pH of this essence is just slightly acidic (5.5 – 6) and you can use it in any skin care step you like – the first, the last, in the middle of your skin care routine, you name it, it works. You can wait before the next step (I personally don’t) or not, up to you. You can even mix it with your creams or emulsions for that extra kick. So versatile, so good. So brightening, so soothing. This tube of mine is soon to be in the “empties” section. There’s no doubt another one will make its way to me. . . #rohto #vitaminc #essence #melanocc #skincarefaves #skincareaddict #japanskincare #rasianbeauty #skincarejunkie #bblogger #beautycommunity

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