Vitamin C is one of the most popular skincare ingredients and whether you’re new to Vitamin C or an avid user – you may be wondering how to use Vitamin C in your skincare routine and more specifically how to use a Vitamin C Cream or Vitamin C Serum
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help visibly brighten skin, even out skin tone and defend against free radical damage.
What are the different types of Vitamin C?
Classic Vitamin C in its purest form is highly unstable and as such you’re more likely to find its derivatives in your skin care products. L-Ascorbic Acid is Vitamin C’s purest form; other effective (and stable) derivatives include Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate and Retinyl Ascorbate.
What’s The Difference Between Vitamin C Cream and Vitamin C Serum?
Putting on a moisturizer or cream is an essential step in our skincare routine, but serums are typically used to target specific skin concerns.
Vitamin C Cream
Creams are thicker in texture and primarily focus on hydrating. They act as a barrier to keep moisture and nutrients from leaving our skin.
Besides delivering these benefits, our lightweight Vitamin C Cream contains a 10% Vitamin C Concentration and is the perfect cream to add to your morning skincare routine to revitalize dull, lackluster skin. This revitalizing cream - packed with Vitamin C and Niacinamide - helps brighten skin and boost collagen with its anti-aging properties.
In addition to top ingredients of Vitamin C and Niacinamide – our Vitamin Cream is also formulated with Bakuchiol, a retinol alternative that helps reduce hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. With Vitamins A, Vitamin D and Vitamin E the cream helps to deliver multiple antioxidants to the skin meanwhile Rosehip Oil helps to moisturize skin and leave its appearance glowing and youthful.
Vitamin C Serum
Serums have a thinner consistency than creams but hold a higher ingredient concentration. They are fast-absorbing and sink deeper into the layers of our skin. For those nights when your skin looks a little extra dull, uneven or textured, try our lightweight Vitamin C Serum. In addition to Vitamin C our serum also contains Sodium Hyaluronate (a version of Hyaluronic Acid with a smaller molecule to allow for better absorption and hydration) and Collagen to help smooth skin texture and reveal luminous and glowing skin.
Can you use vitamin C serum and vitamin C cream together?
Layering a Vitamin C Serum and Vitamin C Cream can be a great way to take full advantage of Vitamin C.
When using Mario Badescu Vitamin C Cream and Vitamin C Serum – we recommend layering these products by using our cream in the morning and our serum in the evening for the best results.
Our Vitamin C Serum is designed to be used as a treatment serum overnight and is best paired with a nourishing night cream.
Our Vitamin C Cream is a fantastic daytime moisturizer which moisturizes skin and visibly brightens skin tone. When used during the day (with an appropriate sunscreen) it’s been shown that Vitamin C can help to further protect the skin from photodamage caused by UV rays.
How to Layer Vitamin C Cream and Vitamin C Serum
When layering skincare, it's important that you start the layering process by first using a face serum. Face serums' lighter texture allows for the product to absorb quickly whilst a face cream is often packed with emollient and occlusive ingredients to lock in moisture and hydrate the skin.
Daytime: Layer a Serum and Vitamin C Cream
Look to use our Vitamin C Cream in the morning daily after applying your favorite Mario Badescu cleanser, toner and serum to experience the benefits of Vitamin C. When it comes to the face serum you layer with Vitamin C Cream try using Hyaluronic Dew Drops to help plump skin with hydration during the day. Make sure to follow application with a broadband UVA/UVB SPF 30, as use of Vitamin C may make the skin more sensitive to the sun.
Nighttime: Layer Vitamin C Serum with Night Cream
Use our Vitamin C Serum as a nightly counterpart to our Vitamin C Cream – our Vitamin C Serum is formulated as a treatment serum and is best used overnight when skin cells go through a regeneration and repair process. After removing makeup, cleansing and toning the skin apply 3-4 drops onto your face every other night. Layer our Vitamin C Serum with a nourishing night cream.
Since Vitamin C can be an unstable ingredient, avoid using other AHA, BHA or Retinol products to prevent skin irritation or destabilization of the Vitamin C.