What Does Vitamin C Do for Your Skin?

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is famous in cosmetology as a beauty vitamin for the skin. Finding this vitamin in cream, mask, vials for the face, or even powder format is easy, which does not simplify the search for the ideal care with L-ascorbic acid. We tell you how vitamin C works in cosmetics, how to use it, and what care format to stay.



What is vitamin C for? It strengthens the immune system, participates in many organic processes, and even prevents senile dementia. Cozy autumn evenings with a cup of fragrant black tea with lemon can probably provide the body with the optimal amount of ascorbic acid. Still, the skin always receives vitamins on a residual principle. The external use of ascorbic acid or its derivatives corrects this injustice.

Why are vitamin C cosmetics so important to the skin of the face?

  1. They align and lighten the tone of the face.
  2. Reduce pigmentation of all types and traces of post-cate.
  3. Soothe inflammatory processes (including acne) and stimulate skin healing.
  4. Give the skin the necessary hydration and reduce transepidermal loss of moisture (characteristic of creams and some serums).
  5. Improve the tone and relief of the skin of the face.
  6. Bring back a healthy glow of dull skin.
  7. Prevent thickening of the layer.
  8. Stop the action of free radicals – special oxygen molecules that can destroy collagen and skin cells.
  9. Reduce the harmful effects of ultraviolet light on skin cells.
  10. Slow down the process of “solar” aging.

For these reasons, reviews of vitamin C care products for facial skin are predominantly positive. In addition, ascorbic acid is beneficial to the skin of the face by participating in collagen production and vascular strengthening. However, according to dermatologists, noticeable capillaries can not be obliterated only cosmetic care and will need salon procedures (e.g., laser therapy).




The benefits of vitamin C for the skin are obvious, and it depends on several factors. First of all – the form of the vitamin. Ascorbic acid for the skin of the face, neck, and cleavage in modern cosmetology is used in various forms, and here are the most popular:

  • L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C in pure form with high efficiency).
  • Ascorbyl-6-palmitate (has all the properties of vitamin C but acts weaker and softer).
  • Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (weaker than L-ascorbic acid, suitable for sensitive skin).
  • Sodium ascorbyl phosphate (close to the action of magnesium ascorbyl phosphate).
  • Ascorbyl glucoside (a stable form of vitamin C converted into ascorbic acid when in contact with the skin).

Equally important is the stability of the formula. Now manufacturers easily solve the problem of instability of the strongest forms of vitamin C in cosmetics. In particular, they create capsule forms of care, enclose serums for the skin of the face in airtight vials, create enhanced combinations of vitamin C with other antioxidants (vitamin E and ferulic acid), and monitor the pH of their products and concentrations of the vitamin. In particular, for L-ascorbic acid, the concentration of 1% to 20% is optimal, and the acid-alkaline balance should be shifted to the acidic side (pH level with a value of 4 or below).

Ekaterina Trubara, a Vichy expert, explained which format of funds is preferable in one case or another.


Impervious to air, allowing vitamin C to remain stable and not oxidized. Ampul care formulas usually contain pure ascorbic acid, which does not always fit susceptible, irritated skin.

Vichy medical expert Ekaterina Trubara: “Liquid vitamin C in vials for the skin of the face should be used as additional care: it acts faster than a vitamin in creams. This format is shown with pronounced pigmentation, dull skin, old and recent post-life. Ampoules will also be good helpers for mature women, especially if the vitamin is supplemented with peptides.”

What we value in the line-up:

  • Vitamin C in concentration 10% – aligns the tone of the face, fights free radicals, and slows the aging of the skin;
  • bio-peptides are anti-aging amino acid compounds that stimulate collagen production;
  • low-molecular hyaluronic acid – moisturizes, holds water molecules in the deep layers of the skin;
  • high-molecular hyaluronic acid – supports the barrier function of the skin, prevents increased moisture loss and dry skin;
  • pH product is 2.8.

What result expect: the skin is again smooth and elastic, after a month of using serum, deep wrinkles reduced.

Elena Passonen: “One thing I would say if I were asked the question: should I buy this novelty? Definitely answer, Daaaaa!!!! Because it is very pleasing to the elasticity of the skin of the face. Thank you, Vichy, for once again pleased with a nice novelty!”

What we value in the line-up:

  • Vitamin C of natural origin – fights dullness and pigmentation, returns the skin radiance, participates in the synthesis of collagen;
  • The acid complex, which includes lemon and glycolic with a total concentration of 10%, exfoliates, minimizes the signs of early aging;
  • low- and high-molecular hyaluronic acid of natural origin is one of the best moisturizers, acting both in the layers of the skin and on its surface.

What result we expect: the skin of the face is light and radiant, after two months, the tone becomes more even (by 54%), pigment spots are reduced.

irinakr73: “The tone of the face is aligned. The skin has become denser. Small wrinkles have been smoothed out, and I have not noticed the appearance of new ones yet. The complexion began to look healthier.”


The main care, which is to maintain the beauty of the skin day after day. The content of ascorbic acid in products of this format is lower than in serums, which means that creams will be comfortable even for very reactive skin. But the result is slower, so if the pigment spots or signs of photoaging are expressed significantly, beauticians offer to combine the cream with serum.

Vichy medical expert Ekaterina Trubara: “The cream is basic care that does not set records, but acts gradually. I recommend this format both as a mandatory stage of daily care for any skin and as the main source of vitamin C for hypersensitive skin.”

What we value in the line-up:

  • Vitamin C – fights skin dullness and pigmentation;
  • Biopeptides I and II of natural origin – activate the production of collagen, responsible for skin elasticity and clarity of the oval of the face;
  • eperulin – soothes irritated skin and stops inflammation.

What result we expect: in the first two months, wrinkles are reduced by 26%, and nasal folds – by 11%. In addition, the skin is toned, the contours of the face are clearer, the pigment spots are reduced.

Ekaterina: “During the month of use, I saw radical changes. Wrinkles are finely smoothed, the skin has tightened, has acquired expressive outlines. At first, I used it only in the morn. Now now I put it on for the night. The effect is now doubled.”

What we value in the line-up:

  • ascorbyl glucoside – reduces pigmentation of inflammatory nature (post-emptiness);
  • Salicylic acid in the concentration of 2% – has an antibacterial effect, cleans pores;
  • probiotic Bifidus – restores the skin barrier;
  • hyaluronic acid – moisturizes and smooths the skin;
  • Vichy volcanic thermal water protects against aggressive environmental factors.

What result we expect: the skin becomes cleaner, imperfections disappear, pores are less noticeable. Studies have shown a 37% decrease in comedones and black dots, 42% in inflammation, and 62% in the first eight weeks of care.

Tatka911: “After that, the skin becomes very fresh and tender. Also, over time, you may notice that various imperfections on the skin have become less visible. Extended pores have diminished, and the greasy luster has gone. And most importantly, the skin looks hydrated, not dried.”


Concentrates are similar to serums: vitamin C here is more than in creams. The effect will not belong in coming and will be pronounced.

Vichy medical expert Ekaterina Trubara: “The anti-aging action of concentrates allows them to be used at the first signs of aging – as a protection against free radicals – and as an additional anti-age for mature skin.”

What we pay attention to Liftactiv youth antioxidant concentrate.

What we value in the line-up:

  • ascorbic acid in the concentration of 15% – fights oxidative damage to skin cells and destruction of collagen compounds;
  • Vitamin E – has an antioxidant and moisturizing effect;
  • Neogesperidine is an antioxidant that enhances the protective properties of the skin;
  • the seaside pineal is an antioxidant that slows down oxidative stress at the cellular level;
  • low-molecular hyaluronic acid – deeply moisturizes the skin and increases its elasticity.

What result we expect: after 10 days, wrinkles are reduced, the face looks rested, the skin is in tone.

Redwood: “I plan to use this concentrate in the future. Because my skin clearly lacks such a remedy. With him, it starts to look different, fresher and younger.”


The course of vitamin C injections in the framework of mesotherapy for the skin of the face is comparable to the effect of concentrated care, but the visible result comes even faster. Nevertheless, the effect is still the same: radiant skin with a smooth tone, fewer age spots and inflammations, protection from free radicals. Thin needles, minimally damaging tissues, carry out injections into the skin of the face with vitamin C or vitamin cocktail.

Vichy medical expert Ekaterina Trubara: “Invasive procedures show tired, distressed, and dull skin with age-related changes or signs of premature aging. Mesotherapy has contraception. These are pregnancy, lactation, viral infections, individual intolerance to any component of the injection composition, pockets of inflammation on the skin of the face, acne in the stage of aggravation, and some chronic diseases. Mesotherapy has a lasting effect in combination with home care containing vitamin C.”




Let’s say you’ve already found a vitamin C product in a pharmacy or cosmetics store that is suitable for your facial skin type. What’s next? How to use vitamin C care if it is a completely new substance for you and your face? Beauticians recommend remembering a few rules.

  1. If care contains L-ascorbic acid, protection with SPF filters is required during the day.
  2. If the color of the cream or serum was originally light and then changed to yellow, orange, or brown, it’s time to throw away the remedy – vitamin C in its composition has oxidized and lost useful properties.
  3. Serum with ascorbic acid apply after toning, wait for full absorption, and then apply the cream.
  4. It is preferable to use a single-scale vitamin C care complex for skin whitening, antioxidant protection, combating dullness and acne.
  5. With caution, combine other active substances in one beauty routine with vitamin C. So, retinol, niacinamide, and salicylic acid can coexist with ascorbic acid in one formula. Still, if it is a separate remedy (besides different brands), their contact can lead to skin irritation.
  6. Care with vitamin C and acidic pH is undesirable to use simultaneously as exfoliating products, as vitamin C in an acidic environment also gives exfoliation. Therefore, scrub and acid peel with ascorbic acid is better to spread at different times or different days of the week.
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