5 Surprising Facts About Vitamin C for Skin

July 21, 2021
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You multitask like the best of ‘em. So should your skincare. Vitamin C for skin is like one of those fiercely independent skincare ingredients that also plays (mostly) well with others. Sort of like you. When it comes to “what does vitamin C do for your skin,” we always end up asking ourselves “what doesn’t it do?!”

So, what exactly is this citrusy ingredient? Breaking it down is as easy as A, B, C — vitamin C, that is. We promised you five surprising facts about vitamin C so let’s do this.

It Lightens Dark Spots

One of the more brilliant perks of using vitamin C skincare, like a face wash, is that it may visibly lighten dark spots and hyperpigmentation over time.

It’s in A Lot of Products

You’ll find vitamin C in a variety of skincare products. Think cleansers, moisturizers, serums, and facial scrubs. That’s just how versatile it is. L-ascorbic acid is the purest and most active form of vitamin C. Other forms sound like magnesium ascorbyl phosphate or ascorbyl palmitate. These are derivatives of vitamin C and may be gentler on sensitive skin. Check the label when picking up your next vitamin C skincare fix. Speaking of which, the form ascorbyl palmitate is famously found in the zesty Clean & Clear® Lemon line.

It Helps Collagen Production

Vitamin C and collagen — name a better duo. Vitamin C skincare is worthy of double tap. Truly. Some other vitamin C benefits for skin include improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles (yeah, it’s never too early to mention this one *shrug*) and aiding collagen production. Skin loses its elasticity as you get older. Applying something like a vitamin C serum has been known to help reduce the visible effect of collagen loss.

It’s a Daily Dose

Vitamin C easily fits into your skincare routine just like taking a multivitamin. You can use it every day or every other day, depending on your skin type. We’re pretty sure it makes sense to follow up your glass of OJ with a face scrub with micro-scrubbies in the AM. You might try it as a cleanser. Or, apply a creamy moisturizer containing vitamin C instead. The choice is yours.  

It’s Safe

Products formulated with the multitasking ingredient vitamin C are safe for just about all skin types. If you have oily skin, keep your eye out for labels that say “oil-free” or for one of the other forms of the ingredient (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate or ascorbyl palmitate) in the formulation.

It’s worth casually mentioning that vitamin C serum side effects may cause some irritation among sensitive skin types, depending on the product’s potency. Vitamin C doesn’t always mix well with other ingredients either. Benzoyl peroxide and retinol are known to cancel out vitamin C when applied on top of one another. To prevent a fight between these ingredients, it’s best to rinse them off first before applying your vitamin C skincare. You can also wait 30 or so minutes in between product application.    

Ready for thumb-stopping skin? Try our Clean & Clear® Lemon products containing vitamin C and Morning Burst® Facial Cleanser. Already using vitamin C in your routine? We’re here for it! Show us using #ClearMoments.