Vitamin C serums have taken the skincare world by storm, and for good reason.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to help fight free radicals and even reverse sun damage.
Vitamin C is also great for brightening dull skin, evening out complexion, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
While there are many different ways to incorporate vitamin C into your beauty routine (serums, creams, masks), this article will focus on how to use it as a serum.
When Should You Use Vitamin C in Your Skincare Routine?
So, when is a good time to incorporate vitamin C into your skincare routine?
1. When you have acne
Vitamin C helps lighten and heal blemishes, which is perfect for those with troublesome breakouts.
2. When you have dull skin
The antioxidants found in vitamin C will brighten up your complexion by fighting free radicals and helping with collagen production (which makes skin look younger).
3. If you want to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Vitamin C can also help strengthen collagen fibers in the dermis layer of skin—the part that keeps it looking plump—and helps fade discoloration caused by sun damage over time (think hyperpigmentation).
What Should Be Applied Before Vitamin C Serum?
At this point, you should be well aware of the importance of vitamin C serum and its benefits.
But have you ever wondered what should be applied before vitamin C serum?
Let’s take a look at some of the best products that can be used as pre-serums before applying a vitamin C serum.
1. Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Hyaluronic acid is an essential skin ingredient that holds up to 1000 times its weight in water. It also helps with collagen production and improves skin elasticity.
This makes it perfect to use as a pre-serum before applying your vitamin C serum.
Retinol is one of the best anti-aging ingredients available today and has been proven to work extremely well for all skin types, including sensitive ones!
Retinol helps with collagen production, reduces wrinkles and sun damage, clears acne, and evens out pigmentation issues!
It also helps repair damaged skin cells faster than any other ingredient out there!
However, retinol does have one drawback – it can cause irritation if not properly formulated into your skincare routine or used incorrectly so be sure to check out my post on how to use retinol correctly here!
How often should you use Vitamin C serum?
You should use vitamin C serum every day, in the morning and at night.
Vitamin C is gentle enough to use daily without causing irritation, but it’s still important to avoid using it too much.
If your skin is sensitive or easily irritated, try using vitamin C serums only once or twice a week—or even less frequently if your skin reacts poorly to them.
When choosing a product that contains vitamin C, keep in mind that there are many different types of vitamin C products on the market.
Some have more potent concentrations than others; some have more beneficial ingredients besides just vitamin C; some are meant for specific areas of the face (for example under-eye creams).
While most people can get away with using any type of product on their entire face and neck area, those who want extra benefits may want a formula designed specifically for certain areas (like around the eyes).
Is Vitamin C Better Before or After Toner?
If your skin is sensitive, most dermatologists recommend putting Vitamin C on first and letting it absorb for a few minutes before moving on to other products like serums or moisturizers.
This gives the vitamin C time to neutralize any extra acids from other products that might irritate your skin and cause redness, sensitivity, or irritation.
For those with normal-to-oily skin types who don’t mind waiting a bit longer than usual between products (up to 20 minutes), there’s no harm in applying Vitamin C right after cleansing and then following up with other skincare steps like serums, oils, or creams—though keep in mind this approach may require more time spent prepping beforehand.
- If you’re using both a cleanser AND toner on the same day, start by cleansing then wait 10 minutes before applying vitamin C serum.
- If you’re just using one of these two step together (i.e., not using them both at once), wait 15 minutes.
- If adding another product such as an ampoule/sheet mask afterwards then give yourself 30 minutes minimum between each step unless otherwise instructed by an esthetician.
What Can Vitamin C Be Layered With?
Vitamin C can be layered with other skincare products, but not all of them.
While vitamin C is a naturally occurring antioxidant and anti-ager, it isn’t always the best option for every skin type or concern.
In fact, some people find that layers of other antioxidants or anti-agers work better than vitamin C on their skin.
If you fall into this category, we recommend using vitamin E instead of vitamin C in your routine because they both act as antioxidants and have similar benefits for your skin.
However, if you have an oily complexion then opt for niacinamide over retinol!
Vitamin C can actually make your oil production worse (which makes sense when you think about how much oil our skin produces each day), so if that’s already an issue then adding more oil to your face won’t help matters very much at all – especially when we know there are many other great ingredients out there that aren’t as irritating!
Should You Apply Vitamin C Serum to Wet or Dry Skin?
You should apply Vitamin C serum to damp skin.
The reason for this is that vitamin C is best absorbed by skin when it’s hydrated and since wetting your face with water will help the product better penetrate into skin, it makes sense to apply your vitamin C serum as soon as you wash your face in the morning or at night.
However, if you have a tendency to break out from using a lot of products on top of one another—or if you need something light on an especially hot day—you might choose not to use Vitamin C in conjunction with other products (such as sunscreen).
In that case, make sure that whatever moisturizer or serum you use contains antioxidants but no exfoliating ingredients such as retinol or acids because they can irritate sensitive skin and make acne worse!
When it comes to vitamin C, there are a lot of options out there.
It can be used in all kinds of ways, and we hope that this article has helped you decide how to incorporate it into your skincare routine!