Vitamin C and skincare

Do you ever get overwhelmed by all the beauty advice floating around? Not to mention the barrage of do’s and don’ts in skincare as it relates to your overall health and wellbeing. Many brands proclaim their products to be the next best thing in skincare, but often the hype isn’t worth much. Or by the following season, we’ve all moved onto a new set of trends being thrown our way. Lucky for you, there are some skincare solutions that stand the test of time – one of those is vitamin C.

Vitamin C lives up to its positive benefit claims in skincare, time and time again. Multiple studies show that vitamin C is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-aging powerhouse. If you want to embark on a holistic skincare journey that embodies your commitment to natural but effective products, including empyri’s hydrating toner + vitamin C in your ritual is the right place to start.

How does vitamin C benefit my skin?

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. Spent a bit too much time in the sun this summer? Vitamin C acts as protection for skin that has been damaged by UV exposure. It is not a sunscreen, but it will help combat the effects of free radicals, which are responsible for inflammation.

Vitamin C also aids with hyperpigmentation, typically caused by age or sun exposure. Vitamin C inhibits the enzyme tyrosinase, which controls the production of melanin. This means it can help to lighten brown spots on the skin without affecting your natural skin tone. 

And vitamin C is also a trusted standby for its anti-aging properties. Like we said, it’s a skincare powerhouse. It stimulates the growth of collagen and thickens the skin, helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

How do I use vitamin C?

Is vitamin C sounding too good to be true? It doesn’t have to be with products designed to protect its power.

Vitamin C is sensitive to environmental factors such as air and light; it begins to “break down” almost as soon as it’s exposed to these elements. Anyone else having a childhood memory of a parent pleading, “don’t leave the cap off the orange juice!”? Now you can understand why.

For the same reason, manufacturing effective vitamin C skincare products can be a challenge. You know that expensive serum you indulged (okay, okay, invested) in last spring? Sorry for the bad news, but it’s been sitting in your cupboard so long that the benefits of the vitamin C you fell in love with on the label aren’t really working for you anymore.   

Problem solved. With empyri, you have the freedom to add vitamin C, in the form of L-ascorbic acid, to our hydrating toner about every 2 weeks. This is the amount of time before oxidation reduces vitamin C’s efficacy. Our ascorbic acid is packaged in an airtight sleeve until you open it and empty the contents into the dark glass bottle of our hydrating toner. By keeping out the air and light, you keep in all of the goodness that vitamin C has to offer.

Is vitamin C safe to use on my skin?

Vitamin C is safe for use with all skin types. Since it is acidic, it can be irritating to sensitive skin. If you’re a first-time user, start with 5 pumps of toner + vitamin C and then work up to 10 over a week. Use after empryi’s cleansing oil and before the moisturizing serum, to absorb most effectively into the skin. You may feel a slight tingling sensation – this is just the vitamin C working its magic! You can work up to daily use once you know you’re not too sensitive.

Reduce the effects of sun damage? Check. Lighten brown spots? Check. Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? Check, check, check! What more could you ask for in one ingredient? Make vitamin C an essential part of your skincare routine – and don’t forget to think of us when you do.

Because you are loved.

References

  1. https://www.circcell.com/vitamin-c-best-bet-post-summer-hyperpigmentation/
  2. https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-C
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11407971
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11896774
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10522500
  6. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325801.php#takeaway