When I tried vitamin c for the first time, it was like discovering wine for the first time!
However, when we consume nutrients through a large glass of orange juice, for example, they don’t always travel to the epidermis layer of the skin. So what is the most effective way we can reap the benefits of vitamin C for our skin?
Today, I’m going to reveal all the juicy details on why vitamin c is the must-have ingredient if you want to take your skincare to the next level. I’ll also go over what the benefits are of Vitamin C and how to use it effectively, get ready to take your dull and neglected skin to be relieved and revitalized!
Plus get my easy Vitamin C Antioxidant Serum Recipe at the end of this post!
What’s so great about Vitamin C?
Vitamin C or L-ascorbic acid is a highly popular, naturally occurring, gold standard ingredient for skincare. It’s a required component in the production of collagen, the tissue that’s responsible for skin suppleness. It brightens the skin’s appearance, helps decrease signs of aging, pigmentation, sun damage, and dullness. Sip your orange juice and slap on this ingredient if you want to take advantage of these impressive benefits:
- Encourages your skin’s natural healing processes
- Reduces swelling and irritation with anti-inflammatory properties
- Helps to clarify, brighten and even the skin’s complexion
- Works to provide protection against damage from free radicals and UV rays
- Improves overall skin texture and may help reduce pore size
- Provides anti-aging antioxidant protection
- Promotes collagen and elastin production to firm skin
- Brightens dark spots and smoothes fine lines and wrinkles
- Helps rejuvenate your skin for a healthy, radiant glow
Vitamin C is especially beneficial for those with aging, dull, and pigmented complexions who want to achieve plump, juicy, refreshed skin.
How do you safely use vitamin c?
Whilst Vitamin C has a lot of skin-loving benefits, it’s also prone to oxidizing very quickly. It turns an orange-brown colour when exposed to water or air, rendering it ineffective.
But never fear! Because Green + Bare’s 100% Pure Vitamin C is in powder form, you can rest assured that your skin gets a fresh, pure dose of Vitamin C with every single application.
Here’s a couple of ways that you can use your new zesty BFF:
Simple everyday single-use
Option One: Mix a bit of the Vitamin C acid powder with your favorite evening serum or moisturizer (needs to be water-based). Simply apply as normal and let the skin-brightening acid go to work on smoothing skin and improving its overall complexion. I’d suggest starting out with a small pinch (like the size of a rice grain) and work your way up to a larger pinch as desired.
Option Two: Mix a pinch of the Vitamin C powder with one of our floral waters until it’s fully dissolved. Then using your fingertips, gently pat the liquid into your skin, massaging in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Leave the vitamin on overnight.
To see results from Vitamin C on your skin, use once a day during your nightly skincare routine. You’ll start noticing improvements to the tone and texture of your skin within 2 weeks or so.
How to create a DIY serum
Add the acid to the floral water and stir until dissolved (use a wooden spatula for mixing, don’t use any metal spoons). Add your glycerin and stir gently. Pour your serum into a clean amber bottle with lid.
Place a couple of drops of serum into your palms, rub gently and press into your skin. Discard if the colour changes to brown (this will indicate that ascorbic acid has oxidized). I make small batches in order to avoid the need for a preservative, but if you want to store for longer and prevent oxidation then simply add a natural preservative.
Things you need to know before using Vitamin C
Because this is a highly active ingredient, there are some precautions to be aware of (because irritation is so not cool).
Application: After application, you may feel a slight tingle, this is normal and should calm down within a few minutes. Avoid the eye area and broken skin, don’t use while the skin is being exposed to the sun. Application is best in the PM, and less is more, overuse can cause redness and peeling. Ensure you wash your hands after application.
Mixing: Add a pinch to demineralized water, hydrating toners, serums, moisturiser, or a clay face mask for single use. Because it’s water-based it dissolves well with anything containing water. Do not mix with any other product that contains niacinamide or EUK 134. Avoid mixing Vitamin C with any SPF based products or retinol products, as this may dilute their efficacy.
Storage and Shelf Life: Make sure to store your powder in a dark and dry place to avoid premature oxidization. Our powder comes in an amber glass jar so you’ll get the longest shelf life possible and all benefits (yuss!).
Cautions: For external use only. Avoid use if you have hypersensitive skin. Discontinue use if irritation occurs. Keep out of reach of children.
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Say hello to firmer skin! Enjoy the full effects of Vitamin C with Green + Bare’s Pure Vitamin C Powder. An ultra-fine topical powder that makes your skin look perky (like you’ve totally had 8 hours of sleep last night).