Precautions for using Ascorbic Acid

Precautions for using Ascorbic Acid


Ascorbic acid, or Vitamin C, can do wonders for your skin by brightening up the dark spots, protecting your skin from UV damage, smoothing and evening out your skin tone to give that youthful look, and so on. However, how you use your Ascorbic acid serum can result in a different effect on your skin, if it is not used correctly, it may even lead to more harm than good.


Here are some of the things you should be cautious whining using your Ascorbic acid:

  1. Use Ascorbic acid in the morning:

The antioxidants will protect your skin from free radicals and UV damage throughout the day, hence putting it in the morning will make sure your make gets that ‘vitamin C protection’.

  1. Use SPF after applying:

Ascorbic acid or vitamin C will get less effective when exposed to the sun, therefore it is important to wear your SPF before heading out into the sun.

  1. Use the serum wisely:

It is very important to apply your Ascorbic acid before your moisturizer! It is also best to wait for a while before applying anything on top of the serum, this can ensure that your ascorbic acid is fully absorbed into your pores before you finish off your skincare with your moisturizer.

  1. Use the right concentration:

There are various concentrations of Ascorbic acid in different types of products, therefore it is important to choose the right concentration according to your skin type.

If you have dry to sensitive skin, it’s better to use a lower concentration of Ascorbic acid, about 5%, to avoid irritations. However, if you have oily skin or skin with hyperpigmentation, you can choose a higher concentration, around 20%, to tackle your skin problems.

  1. Pair ascorbic acid and retinol:

Retinol is another very powerful skincare ingredient, but you must be extremely cautious and careful when including these 2 ingredients into your skincare routine.

Using these Ascorbic acid and retinol at the same time will most likely cause irritations, therefore it is best to use them at different times of the day, ideally, Ascorbic acid in the morning and retinol at night, as retinol work best at night and Ascorbic acid works best at daytime.



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