Which ingredient should be included in the skincare routine after the age of 25 years? Yes, it is vitamin C!

Vitamin C serum is definitely worth including in your skincare regime after the age of 25 years. I have been using dermatologist-recommended brands of Vitamin C for the past 15 years, and my skin looks younger and radiant at the age of 40.

Research shows that if you use Vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid for 3 months, it can help in reduces fine wrinkles, rough skin, pigmentation, laxity, sallowness and improves the overall texture and feel of your skin. I have listed studies that prove the benefits of Vitamin C on the skin along with the correct method of using it, at the end of this article, do check them out.

 

Best Vitamin C Serum With L-Ascorbic Acid

Most studies show that L-Ascorbic acid is the most potent form of Vitamin C. However, L-Ascorbic degrades very fast in contact with air or UV light visible as yellow discolouration of serum. Therefore, to ensure the effectiveness of Ascorbic acid, it should be packed in air-tight pump packing or capsules at the ph of 3.5. The combination of 15% L-ascorbic, 1% Vitamin E and 0.5% ferulic acid is 8 times potent than L ascorbic acid alone.  We have listed recommended brands of L-Ascorbic acid serum below:

 

VCX serum

AVAILABLE AT: Amazon.in

Pros:

    • Has the most potent form of L-Ascorbic acid in a concentration of 15% along with Vitamin E and Ferulic acid. This combination is 8 times more potent than L ascorbic acid alone.
    • Has Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant and skin-repairing action.
    • Has Ferulic acid is a potent antioxidant that enhances the action of the product along with the anti-ageing action.
    • Has Arganyl™ PW LS 9830 consists of Argan leaf polyphenols and has anti-MMP and anti-collagenase activity that improves skin firmness. Arganyl™ protects against UV-induced ROS for photo-ageing prevention.
    • Tinted opaque packing that protects vitamin C from sunlight
    • Brand recommended by dermatologists across India

Cons:

  • Comes in a dropper bottle that would expose the product to air affecting the overall efficiency of the product. This is the only reason that this product did not top our list despite having good ingredients.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Oily skin not prone to breakouts

 

 

Revibra C10 Pure Vitamin C Cream

AVAILABLE AT: Amazon.in

 

Pros:

    • Has the most potent form of L-Ascorbic acid in a concentration of 10%
    • It is pure Vitamin C without additives that can actually affect the potency of L ascorbic acid. This is the reason 10% concentration of this product should be enough.
    • The best part about this product is the packing that ensures the complete preservation of L ascorbic acid. It comes in a Veg capsule that has to be broken immediately before applying it at night.
    • Recommended by Dermatologist

Cons:

  • No other anti-ageing ingredient is added.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Oily to combination skin not prone to sensitivity breakouts

 

 

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension

Available at: Amazon.in

 

Pros:

    • Has water-free suspension of 23% L-Ascorbic Acid powder.
    • Has Hyaluronic Acid that hydrates your skin.
    • Has an air-tight packing, therefore, vitamin C is not exposed to air.
    • It is best suited for the stubborn skin of males.
    • Should be used at night only. Avoid using during the day.

Cons:

  • It is a water-free formula, which might not get absorbed into the skin.
  • It might sting when applied on the skin because 23% L-Ascorbic is very potent. In this case, it should be mixed with a cream.
  • Should not be used if your skin is sensitive, breaking out or stings on using harsh products like bleach.
  • It is an anhydrous formula without water. It might feel dry after use. However, ideally, moisturiser should be applied after 15 minutes only.
  • It is an imported product, has a lag period of delivery, especially in covid times.

RECOMMENDED FOR: For stubborn skin of males

 

 

Best Vitamin C Serum With Ethyl Ascorbic Acid

Ethyl Ascobic acid is a stable form of L-Ascorbic acid, that can be formulated more easily and does not oxidises easily. It is 85% as potent as L ascorbic acid. For recommended brands, scroll further:

Minimalist 10% Vitamin C Serum

AVAILABLE AT: Amazon.in

Pros:

    • Has 10% Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, a stable form of Vitamin C, with 85% as potent as L-Ascorbic acid
    • Formulated at pH 3.9 – 4.9 formulated with high-grade COS-VCE (Ethyl Ascorbic Acid) by CosMol Korea, a leading global supplier.
    • This serum is fragrance-free, silicones-free, sulfates-free.

Cons:

  • No other active ingredients
  • Comes in a dropper bottle that exposes the product to air.
  • Should be tried with caution on sensitive skin.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Oily to combination skin prone to sensitivity breakout, but should be used only if the skin is calm.

 

 

The Derma Co 10% Vitamin C Serum

AVAILABLE AT: Amazon.in

Pros:

    • Has 10 % 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid.
    • Has Ferulic acid is a potent antioxidant that enhances the action of the product along with the anti-ageing action.
    • Has 5% Niacinamide, an active form of Vitamin B3 that reduces acne marks & scars.
    • Hyaluronic Acid provides long-lasting hydration to improve the look of skin texture, keeping the skin supple & hydrated.
    • Can be tried by sensitive skin prone to acne breakouts, if their skin is calm.

Cons

  • Comes in a dropper bottle that exposes the product to air

RECOMMENDED FOR: Oily to combination sensitive skin prone to acne

 

The Derma Co 20% Vitamin C Face Serum

AVAILABLE AT: Amazon.in

Pros:

    • Has 20 % 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid.
    • Has Ferulic acid is a potent antioxidant that enhances the action of the product along with the anti-ageing action.
    • Hyaluronic Acid provides long-lasting hydration to improve the look of skin texture, keeping the skin supple & hydrated.

Cons

  • Comes in a dropper bottle that exposes the product to air
  • Should be tried with caution on sensitive skin.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Oily to combination skin prone to acne

 

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% Brightening Serum

AVAILABLE AT: Amazon.in

Pros:

    • Has 12 % Ascorbyl glucoside, a stable form of Vitamin C
    • Has trusted seal of “The Ordinary” company.

Cons:

  • No other active ingredients
  • Comes in a dropper bottle that exposes the product to air.
  • Should be tried with caution on sensitive skin. Can be used only if the skin is not red, burning, itching or breaking out.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Oily to combination skin prone to sensitivity breakout, but should be used only if the skin is calm.

 

Sesderma Vitamin C serum/fluid

AVAILABLE AT: Amazon.in

Pros:

    • Has liposomal technology that ensures penetration of ingredients into deeper dermal layer of skin where maximum anti-ageing action is needed.
    • This is 5 in 1 product:
    • VITAMIN C SERUM: Has a potent form of Ethyl ascorbic acid in a concentration of 10% encapsulated in liposomes that ensure deep penetration of vitamin C in your skin.
    • PROVIDES SKIN FIRMNESS: Has hyaluronic acid in a liposomal form that ensures penetration of Vitamin C deep into the dermal layer of the skin providing anti-ageing benefits. The hyaluronic acid molecule is too big to penetrate the skin, therefore regular hyaluronic acid can only provide hydration. The liposomal preparation of Hyaluronic caid might have plumping effects on your skin on regular use.
    • SKIN LIGHTENING AGENTS: Has Morus alba extract that has skin lightening benefits.
    • ANTI-OXIDANT ACTION: Has powerful anti-oxidant like Quercetin, Reservetrol, Gingko biloba that can repair your skin on a daily basis.
    • ANTI-AGING ACTION: It has 2 powerful anti-ageing ingredients- palmitoyl Tripeptide 5 and retinyl palmitate. This combination acts synergistically to promote collagen and elastin regeneration.
    • Tinted opaque packing that protects vitamin C from sunlight
    • Recommended by dermatologists across the globe.

Cons:

  • It comes in a dropper bottle that exposes the product to air, however, ingredients are encapsulated in liposomes that might protect them from oxidation on exposure to air.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Oily to combination skin prone to ageing, sagging, pigmentation. Should not be used in red or irritated skin.

 

 

Vitamin C is part of our diet, is it really important to apply it on our skin?

Yes, you can apply Vitamin C serum on your skin, even if you eat Vitamin C rich food because in one study it was found that the availability of Vitamin C in the skin is often inadequate despite the adequate oral intake of Vitamin C rich food. Therefore, topical Vitamin C serum should be used for skin rejuvenation.

Secondly, unlike plants that can make their own vitamin C, humans are totally dependent on the diet for Vitamin C. Therefore, if your diet is deficient in Vitamin C, then your skin would lack natural anti-oxidant like Vitamin C that helps in skin repair.

 

Are there studies to prove the benefit of Vitamin C on the skin?

Yes, numerous studies prove that Vitamin C serum reduces fine wrinkles, rough skin, pigmentation, laxity, sallowness and improves overall texture and feel of your skin in an average of 3 months duration. I have cited few of the studies for your reference below:

  • In a study done on ten patients, where Vitamin C (in form of 10% ascorbic acid and 7% tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) in gel base was applied to one-half of the face and only bland gel base was applied on the other half of the face for 12 weeks. At the end of 12 weeks, there are was both visible and microscopic improvement in wrinkles, dark spots and hydration on the treated side of face (1).
  • In another 3 month study using Cellex-C serum, there was a significant improvement in fine wrinkling, tactile roughness, coarse rhytids, skin laxity/tone, sallowness/yellowing, and overall features(2).
  • In still another study 23.8% L-ascorbic acid showed a significant reduction in dyspigmentation, surface roughness, and fine lines on the treated side(3).
  • In yet another study, tetra-isopalmitoyl ascorbic acid (VC-IP) 3 cream or pro-vitamin C showed significant improvement in pigmentation in 3 weeks(4)
  • This study showed that ascorbic acid is better than sodium ascorbyl-2-phosphate in reducing pigmentation and wrinkling of skin(5).
  • There are many more studies that validate the role of Vitamin C alone in reducing skin ageing primarily fine wrinkles, rough skin, laxity and dark spots. (6) (7), (8), (9)

 

 

How long should I apply Vitamin C on my skin to see changes?

Vitamin C(ascorbic acid) starts producing results after 4 weeks of application(6). It should be continued for 3 months to see significant changes in skin ageing primarily fine wrinkles, rough skin, laxity and dark spots. Interestingly, oral intake of Vitamin C also delays wrinkles.(10)

 

 

What is the best time to apply Vitamin C serum to the skin?

Vitamin C should be applied at night because UV light or sun exposure reduces the level of Vitamin C in the skin.
We hope that this article will help you make an informed decision on buying a costly skincare product like Vitamin C serum

 

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