No matter what skin type you may have, Vitamin C is one of the most impactful ingredients you can incorporate into your daily skincare routine. Whether you’re looking for an all-over boost of radiance, a strong defense against sun damage, or a powerful brightener for dark spots, vitamin C can help you effectively achieve all these skin goals, and more.
The wide-ranging benefits are a major reason why this ingredient is so beloved throughout the skincare community. However, it’s multitasking abilities can make vitamin C a bit confusing to understand: What’s the best way to start using it in your skincare routine? Which form of vitamin C is best for the specific skin concern you want to target? Do vitamin C serums and vitamin C face oils do the same thing?
In this guide, we share everything you need to know to become an expert in this superstar ingredient. We’ve even included a breakdown of our two vitamin C-centered formulas, explaining how they differ and how you can incorporate both into your daily routine.
What does vitamin C do for your skin?
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can fight free radicals, visibly brighten, reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and boost the skin’s firmness by jumpstarting collagen production.
You can spot vitamin C on an ingredient label in a few different forms. It may be listed as any of these: magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, L-ascorbic acid, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, ascorbyl palmitate, ascorbyl glucosamine, and ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate. (More on the forms we use in our formulas below.)
How Biossance’s Vitamin C Skincare Products Differ?
Two of our top-performing formulas–the Squalane + Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum and Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil–feature this prized antioxidant as a hero ingredient. However, the two work in dramatically different ways to achieve dramatically different results for your skin. Are they interchangeable? Definitely not. Can you use both in your routine? Absolutely. Here are a few key ways these two formulas differ–and one important thing they have in common.
How to Use Vitamin C Serums and Oils?
Here’s some good news: Because our two vitamin C products work so differently, you don’t have to choose between one or the other. In fact, we actually recommend using them together during your AM and PM skincare routine.
Our Squalane + Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum can be applied in the morning and/or evening to freshly cleansed skin. If you’re using our new Squalane + BHA Pore Minimizing Toner, apply this serum after the toner has absorbed and before using any other serums. Next, layer on your favorite moisturizer. Then, lock in all those benefits and give skin a final hydration and glow boost with our Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil.
In the AM, remember to always top off your skincare routine with a mineral sunscreen. Vitamin C is excellent at protecting the skin from environmental stressors, but the best defense will always be a daily dose of SPF.
As passionate as we are about squalane, we know there’s still a lot of confusion surrounding the multitasking superstar: Is there a difference between squalane and squalene? (Spoiler: Yes! A few major ones.) Why is our vegan squalane derived from sugarcane instead of olives like most other formulas? What makes us love this ingredient so much that we’ve included it in all of our products?
You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.
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