How To Layer Vitamin C Serum In Your Morning Skincare Routine
Learned about the countless benefits of vitamin C and now want to include it in your daily beauty routine? We have an easy and effective answer for this – vitamin C serum. When it comes to morning skincare, your routine should be simple and focus on getting clear, healthy and glowing skin that is protected from the sun. And applying vitamin C serum in the morning helps you achieve that and more as it revives your skin’s glow and leaves you with an even complexion. However, simply applying the serum isn’t enough, you must follow the correct order to ensure it works to the full potential. On this note, let’s look at how and when you should use vitamin C serum in the morning routine, and many other interesting details.
How to layer vitamin C serum in the morning routine
Go through the AM skincare steps and find out the right order to use vitamin C serum in the morning:
Step 1: Cleanse your face first
For your vitamin C products or any other skincare essentials to properly absorb and work its magic, you need to ensure that your skin that is totally free of any residual skincare products, or excess sebum or dirt accumulated on the surface. You can use a vitamin C face wash to give your skin an instant boost of freshness and radiance.
Step 2: Use a toner
Post cleansing your skin, follow it up with a toner before using vitamin C serum in the morning routine. Toners are made with gentle, hydrating ingredients that nourish your skin while preparing it for the skincare ingredients that follow. Some toners also act as chemical exfoliants that gently peel away dead skin cells to improve your skin’s texture. Simply soak a cotton pad with the toner and gently swipe it across your freshly cleansed face and neck. Alternately, you can also pour a few drops of the toner into your palms and gently tap it into your skin.
Step 3: Apply vitamin C serum
As the next step, kickstart your day by applying vitamin C serum in the morning. This is probably the most important step where your skin gets an intense boost of concentrated active ingredients that penetrate deep into the skin to work their magic. Vitamin C face serums are perfect for when you want healthy and radiant skin that glows from within. In case you need more convincing, some amazing benefits of vitamin C serum include brightening the face instantly; and reducing dark spots in color, density, and size in just a few days. Pour a few drops of vitamin C serum on your palm or directly on your face, and gently massage into your skin. Wait for a couple of minutes for the serum to absorb before moving on to other vitamin C skincare products.
Pro tip: Face serums should be applied before thicker creams to absorb into the skin better, as moisturizers often create a barrier on the skin that these lightweight serums cannot penetrate.
Step 4: Use a Moisturizer
If you have oily skin and you think you can skip this step and jump to the next one, think again. Regardless of your skin type, a moisturizing cream has to be a part of your daily, especially morning skincare routine. To make the most of vitamin C and give your skin a healthy and radiant glow, you can opt for a vitamin C-infused serum gel moisturizer. Like other vitamin C skincare products, a vitamin C-rich gel moisturizer will hydrate your skin while leaving it visibly radiant.
Step 5: Never skip a sunscreen
Sunscreen is the non-negotiable step in your morning skincare routine, unless you want to expose your skin to dark spots, sunburn, and premature aging. When paired with vitamin C skincare products, the benefits of sunscreens are multiplied (read here to know how to choose the right sunscreen for you). Slather a generous amount of sunscreen on your face, neck, and other exposed parts of your body. And yes, you have to use it even on gloomy, cloudy days to protect your skin from the harsh UV rays.
At this stage, you might be wondering - “Why use vitamin C in the morning and not in the evening?” Can we not use vitamin C in the night-time routine? Yes, of course, you can use vitamin C serum along with other skincare products in the evening.
Pro tip: For best results, use vitamin C serum in the morning because the antioxidant properties of vitamin C help the face serum guard your skin against pollution and sun damage.
Now that you know when to add vitamin C serum in the morning routine, go ahead and assemble your staple skincare products and finish your AM skincare ritual with ease. Apply these products in the right order and achieve healthy and glowing skin with this simple five-step morning routine. And, for more guidance on skin care routines or techniques, keep browsing the Garnier skinacre tips page and the vast range of Garnier skincare products to get healthy and radiant skin in no time.