When and How to Use Vitamin C in Your Skin Care Routine

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Vitamin C, also known as L-Ascorbic Acid, is an essential nutrient for the body and plays a pivotal role in maintaining healthy skin. When used topically in the form of a serum, vitamin C ensures a range of benefits that effectively tackle diverse skin care issues. 

●    Antioxidant Power: Vitamin C's potent antioxidant properties combat free radicals, preventing skin damage and premature aging.

●    Collagen Boost: This essential nutrient stimulates collagen production, enhancing skin elasticity and firmness for a youthful appearance.

●    Skin Tone Enhancement: By inhibiting melanin production, vitamin C promotes a brighter, more even skin tone, reducing dark spots and pigmentation.

●    UV Protection: Vitamin C aids in minimizing UV-induced skin damage, providing an added layer of protection when used with your sunscreen.

●    Tissue Regeneration: It accelerates tissue regeneration, aiding in the healing of wounds and diminishing the appearance of scars.

●    Hydration and Texture: Many vitamin C serums include hydrating elements, contributing to smoother skin texture and reduced fine lines.

However, harnessing its full potential is only possible with the proper usage of a vitamin C serum in your skin care routine. 

How to Use Vitamin C Serum

Proper usage of vitamin C serum involves three essential steps:

1.    Choosing the highest quality vitamin C serum
2.    Proper application techniques
3.    Proper timing  

First Step - Choosing the Highest Quality Vitamin C Serum

Choosing a high-quality vitamin C serum can be a bit overwhelming due to the variety of products available on the market. To ensure you select the best one follow these steps:

Check Serum Formulation

The formulation of the serum plays a pivotal role in determining its effectiveness on your skin. This aspect has the strongest influence on the results you ultimately observe.


Among the numerous possibilities at hand, L-Ascorbic Acid emerges as the unparalleled choice for achieving significant outcomes.


L-Ascorbic Acid, often referred to as pure vitamin C, is the most readily absorbed form of this essential nutrient. It is the only form of vitamin C that is immediately bioavailable. Its molecular structure, characterized by its small size, empowers it with the ability to seamlessly permeate the barriers of your skin. Unlike certain alternative vitamin C forms, L-Ascorbic Acid guarantees immediate recognition by your skin. This means that the moment it's applied, your skin eagerly absorbs and harnesses its potent properties, eliminating the need for any conversion process.

Check for Proper Concentration

The ideal concentration of L-ascorbic acid in a vitamin C serum should fall within the range of 8-20%. Higher concentrations beyond this range have the potential to cause skin irritation, while lower concentrations below 8% may not be as effective.

Investigate the Delivery Method

Read the product description or label to see if it mentions using a delivery system. Vivier’s patented Intra Dermal System (IDS) is designed to allow the product to penetrate deeper into the skin where the active ingredients are needed most, for more significant results.

Look for Encapsulation or Stabilization Technology

A high-quality vitamin C serum should remain clear or pale yellow. Look for products that mention encapsulation or stabilization technologies to ensure that vitamin C remains potent and effective over time. This prevents oxidation, which can render the product less effective.

Check for Additional Ingredients

Some vitamin C serums include complementary ingredients like Vitamin E or Arbutin. These ingredients can improve the overall effectiveness of the product.

Consider Your Skin Type

Different vitamin C serums may be better suited for specific skin types. If you have sensitive skin, look for products with lower concentrations or those formulated specifically for sensitive skin such as Vivier’s Serum 10.

Check for Suitable Packaging

Vitamin C serums should be packaged in dark, airtight containers to protect them from light and air, which can accelerate oxidation. Transparent or clear bottles are often a sign that the product may not be adequately protected.


Once you've selected the most efficient vitamin C serum, the next step is to apply the serum with the best application techniques in mind. Here's the step-by-step routine you should follow:

Proper Vitamin C Serum Application Technique

●    Patch Testing: Prioritize Your Skin's Sensitivity - Before fully integrating any new skin care product, including vitamin C serum, conduct a patch test. This step helps identify any potential allergic reactions and ensures your skin's compatibility with the serum.

● Start with a Fresh Canvas: Cleansing - Begin by cleansing your face thoroughly. A gentle cleanser will effectively remove dirt, makeup, and impurities, providing a clean slate for the vitamin C serum to work its magic.

●    Application on Dry Skin - Apply vitamin C serum to dry skin to ensure maximum absorption. Moisture on the skin's surface can dilute the serum's potency, potentially impacting its effectiveness.

●    A Little Goes a Long Way - Keep in mind that a small amount of vitamin C serum can cover your entire face. Dispense a few drops onto your fingertips to prevent wastage and evenly distribute the serum by patting it into the skin.

● Seal the Deal with Moisturizer - Once the serum has been absorbed (typically within a minute), follow up with your preferred moisturizer. This step not only locks in the serum's benefits but also provides an additional layer of hydration.

● Sunscreen Is Non-Negotiable - While vitamin C offers some degree of sun protection, it should not replace sunscreen. Layer a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to safeguard your skin from harmful UV rays.

●    Gradual Integration for New Users - If you're new to vitamin C serum, ease it into your routine. Begin by applying it every other day, allowing your skin to acclimate to this potent ingredient. Over time, you can gradually increase the frequency.

●    Storage: Keep It Cool and Dark - Vitamin C is sensitive to light and air, which can compromise its efficacy. To prolong its shelf life and effectiveness, store your serum in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight.

When to Use Vitamin C Serum

The best time to incorporate vitamin C serum into your skin care routine is in the morning. As indicated above, the ideal sequence involves applying the serum after cleansing and toning when your skin is freshly cleansed of any impurities and prepped to absorb the beneficial ingredients of the serum. By introducing the vitamin C serum at this point, you're essentially providing your skin with a potent dose of antioxidants and skin-nourishing properties right from the beginning of the day. Finish your routine by applying your moisturizer and SPF.


Moisturizer helps lock in the serum's benefits and provides hydration, while SPF shields your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation. This sequential approach ensures that your skin receives the full spectrum of care it needs to remain protected, nourished, and radiant throughout the day.


We also recommend a PM application of Vitamin C serum because, beyond the antioxidant protection, Vivier serums contain specific targeting ingredients to address your skin concerns. These benefits such as anti-aging, skin brightening, and repairing are most beneficial in the PM when your skin goes through its regeneration process. 

Skin Care Rooted in Quality and Science

At Vivier, we hold a deep appreciation for the significance of effective skin care that's firmly grounded in both quality and results. Our exclusive product range prominently features L-Ascorbic Acid serums, exemplifying our dedication to delivering exceptional solutions.


However, our commitment extends beyond exclusivity. We understand that crafting the right formulation is just one aspect of the equation. That's why we place a strong emphasis on the art of selecting products that cater to individualized skin care needs. We recognize that every skin type is unique, and this recognition informs our approach. That’s why in our offering, we have products tailored for all skin types, ensuring that everyone can find a serum that addresses their specific needs.


We acknowledge the delicacy of sensitive and dry skin, and our formulations for this skin type are thoughtfully enriched with soothing and hydrating agents. This strategic blend mitigates the risks of irritation and redness, restoring essential moisture and reinforcing the skin's natural protective barrier.


Conversely, we have not overlooked the challenges of oily and combination complexions. Our serums designed for this skin type incorporate specialized elements that effectively balance oil production. This results in a clearer, more harmonized appearance that empowers confidence.


We've created formulations that are finely attuned to a variety of skin types, embracing a holistic approach. This ensures that anyone can embark on a transformative skin care journey, armed with a serum perfectly aligned with their skin's distinct requirements. The result is a harmonious fusion of enhanced skin health and a radiant, confident glow. 

Equipped with an in-depth understanding of vitamin C serum and its incredible benefits, you hold the key to unlocking radiant, youthful skin. Transform your complexion, reverse the signs of aging, and embrace a visage that exudes vitality. The journey to glowing skin starts with a single step. Are you ready to embark on this transformative path? 

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