There is one product that everyone with glowing skin seems to have in their beauty arsenal: topical vitamin C. Nevertheless, you should do some research before joining the bandwagon.

What are the benefits of vitamin C for skincare?

Surprisingly, vitamin C is highly concentrated in normal healthy skin than in other body tissues. However, its levels are lower in aged or photodamaged skin.

According to studies, using the vitamin topically boosts the production of collagen in the skin, increases skin hydration, and can slow down the visible and hidden signs of skin aging.

What are the best products to use?

Although applying a vitamin C cream, liquid, or powder can be the best skincare routine for maintaining beauty and youthfulness, your skin may not handle it well.

For some people with supersensitive skin, it can cause irritation. Most people can use it and greatly benefit without any side effects, especially those with skin pigmentation issues.

Ensure the product you purchase has L-ascorbic acid, which is vitamin C’s only active form. Many of the vitamin C products on the market are not very effective due to the unstable nature of the vitamin, particularly on exposure to the sun.

Make sure the product you purchase is in a dark bottle, preferably opaque. A brown product could be a sign of vitamin C having already oxidized hence lost its skin-healing properties.

You can avoid oxidation problems by buying products that are in powder form such as the Vitamin C Booster made by True Botanicals, which is meant to be applied after being mixed with your preferred oil or face serum.

If you need products that are both effective and wallet-friendly, some options worth considering are Yes To’s Grapefruit Vitamin C Booster and Art Natural’s Vitamin C Serum.