Vitamin C supplements have long been hailed as a miracle worker in helping the body regenerate, grow and develop from within. But what about Vitamin C in skincare that is applied topically?
Whether consumed or applied topically, Vitamin C is a powerhouse antioxidant that tackles free radicals — the skin villains that attack collagen and elastin by speeding up the ageing process; reduces marks and hyperpigmentation and exfoliates dead skin so it looks smoother. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and is literally for everyone; so, whether you are 19 or 29, you can benefit by adding a Vitamin C serum to your skincare routine.
Here at NOVU, we recently launched a new treatment, Ultra C, that utilises Vitamin C throughout for maximum antioxidant benefits to your skin. Read on below for frequently asked questions and answers about everyone’s favourite antioxidant.
NOVU's New Treatment: Ultra-C
Vitamin C: Frequently Asked Questions
- When should you apply Vitamin C?
Vitamin C serum helps protect your skin from free radicals, most dermatologists have recommended applying it in the morning to prevent damage during the day. After cleansing and balancing, apply 4 to 5 drops of NOVU’s Vitamin C Serum on face and neck.
- What is the difference between ascorbic acid and other Vitamin C derivatives?
Vitamin C has a 72 hours reservoir effect and ascorbic acid is the only form of vitamin C derivative that contributes to this reservoir effect, and only at concentrations of 15% to 20%.
- What is Vitamin C reservoir effect?
Vitamin C has a 72 hours reservoir effect, meaning that it remains effective on the skin for up to 72 hours, even if you rub or wash your skin. Skin reaches its peak reservoir of vitamin C after three consecutive days of applying a 15% concentration of ascorbic acid—that is what’s known as the reservoir effect.
In short, Vitamin C reservoir effect means our skin now has a supply of antioxidants to rejuvenate skin. Skin is always protected against free radical damage with successive release of Vitamin C in the deeper levels of the skin.
- Some studies suggest using Vitamin C at night or even twice a day. How is this so?
You can always use Vitamin C day and night. However, since the benefits of Vitamin C is to reduce free radicals damage by neutralizing them, it is most effective when used during the day as UV rays are the main culprit to photoaging.
Since Vitamin C using ascorbic acid has a reservoir effect of up to 72 hours, it is not necessary to apply it both day and night; this means that it would be a waste to apply the Vitamin C serum at night.
- Is Vitamin C suitable for all skin types?
Not all Vitamin C are created equal. The best and most stabilized form of Vitamin C is formulated with ascorbic acid concentrations from 10% to 20% with a low PH of less than 3.5. For best absorption of the skin, it largely depends on the PH level and other ingredients which aid in stabilizing Vitamin C such as tocopherol.
At NOVU, our Vitamin C serum is formulated at 15% ascorbic acid with a low PH level of less than 3 and paired with hyaluronic acid for the maximum benefits of neutralizing free radicals while leaving the skin supple and hydrated; suitable for all skin types.
One thing to note: 15% and above concentrations of ascorbic acid might be stinging to sensitive skin. If you have very oily and sensitive skin, and just starting to use this form of Vitamin C, we suggest using the Vitamin C serum on alternate days for 2 weeks and once thereafter every morning to ensure that your skin is getting used to the concentrations and benefits of ascorbic acid.
- Can I use NOVU’s Vitamin C Serum with other serums I have at home?
Yes, you can use other serums you have at home. For best anti-ageing and UV protection results, we recommend using NOVU’s Vitamin C serum first after our toners, followed by Radiance Essence, Smoothening Hydrator and lastly, sunscreen. (In sequence: Cleansing Milk > Toner > Vitamin C Serum > Radiance Essence > Smoothening Hydrator > Sunscreen.)
The Latest Vitamin C Serum
The latest Vitamin C serum in NOVU is created in its Clinical range. There is NO OIL content inside the Vitamin C Serum and the viscosity is from the Hyaluronic acid content. Despite the absence of all oils; the oiliness you feel for a few seconds after application is due to the formulation being a water-free solution (as Vitamin C is water soluble). You might also feel a slight warm sensation due to the high concentrations of ascorbic acid (15%). This sensation is normal and goes away quickly as you apply it onto your skin.