Ingredient Breakdown: Vitamin C

By now, most skincare fanatics know that miracle, fix-it-all ingredients don't really exist. In fact, science shows that a beauty routine that incorporates several high-powered ingredients is the best way to combat signs of aging, skin damage, and all those other fun things we deal with on a daily basis. But, how do you know which ingredients are worth the hype? We're making it easy! Welcome to our new series: Ingredient Breakdown. In this series, we'll give you the must-know info on both trending and mainstay ingredients. Today we're spotlighting Vitamin C.

While there's no one ingredient to rule them all, there are single ingredients that have so much skin-perfecting power they are essential to every routine. One of those rare power players is Vitamin C.

The Ingredient: Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant 

Also known as: L-asorbic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, retinyl ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate

Quick take: brightens, evens skin tone, boosts collagen, fights inflammation, protects against pollution and sun damage

Claims to fame: On a daily basis your skin is exposed to an army of negative forces entirely beyond your control—we're talking pollution, the sun's rays, and even oxygen. These factors can cause everything from dark spots to breakouts. Vitamin C acts as a superhero of sorts, protecting your delicate facial skin with powerful antioxidants. L-asorbic acid is the most potent form of Vitamin C. It's been shown to help the products you put on after it work even better. Want to bump up sun protection? Get more out of your moisturizer? Add a layer of Vitamin C underneath! Vitamin C also plays well with other beneficial antioxidants including green tea and it can be combined with retinol to fight aging.

Where to find it:

1. Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Hyaluronic Essence, $24.99 at Walgreens

This powerful serum from Lumene fights wrinkles with Vitamin C and hydrates skin with Hyaluronic Acid. 

2. Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Soothing Lip Balm, $4.96 at Walgreens

The skin on your lips is some of the thinnest and most delicate on your entire body. Nourish and protect it with this lip balm which combines the protecting power of Vitamin C with the soothing benefits of Vitamin E.

3. Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer, $72 at Sephora

Get your glow on with this powerful moisturizer. It contains a super-concentrated amount of Vitamin C to even out skin tone and stop aging in its tracks.

4. Supergoop! SPF 50 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C $19, at Sephora

Influensters already love SuperGoop products for their sun-fighting qualities and this formula, packed with Vitamin C, has the added benefits of making skin softer and brighter. Plus, the Vitamin C makes this product even more effective at blocking the sun's rays.

5. KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil, $54 at Sephora

If you love oils get ready to fall head-over-heals for Korres' luxe facial oil. Wild Rose Oil naturally contains intense amounts of Vitamin C so you can expect your skin to look brighter and feel softer.

Which Vitamin C products do you love? Have you ever tried Vitamin C in your skincare routine?


About the Author
Bethany C.
Bethany C.
Hi I'm Bethany, I'm the Director of Content at Influenster and an incurable beauty junkie.