Sometimes less is more: Spotlight on Vitamin C

When it comes to skincare, sometimes less is more.
As we’ve covered in the first 2 segments of this series, overusing or combining certain products can have the opposite effect of the one you are hoping for – irritation, dryness or cancelling out the benefits of the product completely! On your journey to improved skin health, it’s important to pay attention to the products and ingredients you are adding to your regimen.

Vitamin C is an amazing antioxidant that benefits skin when consumed as well as when it’s applied to the skin. It’s found in many anti-aging beauty products because it has been shown to increase collagen production, reduce the appearance of skin discolorations, strengthen skin’s barrier response, enhance skin’s repair process and reduce inflammation. But it doesn’t always play nicely with others.

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Vitamin C and Retinol
Use together with extreme caution. Super-strength concentrations of both vitamin C and retinol are very powerful. Used together, they can cause the skin to become dry.

Vitamin C and Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl peroxide is an acne-clearing staple. If you are using it, don’t use Vitamin C at the same time. The topical treatment will oxidize the vitamin C, rendering the effects of both useless. Only use one on days you won’t be using the other.

Vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids
Using an AHA at the same time as Vitamin C will destabilize the vitamin C making the antioxidant ineffective. Even using them on the same day is not advisable since overloading your skin with too many AHAs and Vitamin C can increase your chances of redness, peeling and irritation.

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Vitamin C and Copper Peptides
Copper peptides help to encourage elastin and collagen formation. But when used with vitamin C, the effects of each are cancelled out, rendering the benefits useless.

There’s an art and a science to getting healthy skin.
If you are not seeing the results you want or your skin feels overly irritated, you need to look at your regimen holistically. Ensuring that you are not overdoing it with any products is as important as determining if you are using the correct products for your skin type.
And before you decide to try the latest new trend, remember – less is more! You may need to remove a product from your regimen before you add.

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