Why everyone is talking about Vitamin C in skincare


Why is everyone talking about Vitamin C in skincare?

Anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory, brightening, collagen-boosting; the list of benefits goes on!
Why Vitamin C is *the* skincare ingredient to know.

Vitamin C is often referred to as ‘the holy grail of skincare’. But what exactly is it, what does it do, and how do you incorporate it into your skincare routine?

Obagi Professional-C Vitamin C Serum Skincare

What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a powerful and potent antioxidant with a magnitude of benefits. Also known as L-ascorbic acid – AKA the most powerful form of Vitamin C – it helps to minimise the signs of ageing, reduces inflammation, fights against free radicals and generally leaves skin looking brighter, healthier and smoother.

So how does it work?
Vitamin C isn’t naturally produced by the body, but to reap the benefits you’re going to need to do more than up your orange intake. Applying Vitamin C topically – think cleansers, toners and serums – is about 20 times more potent, and therefore most effective

Obagi Discover the Power of Vitamin C skincare

How does Vitamin C help skin?

Vitamin C products have an acidic profile, meaning they help to exfoliate away dead cells from your skin’s surface. As a result, Vitamin C:

1.   Brightens skin

By exfoliating the skin, Vitamin C helps to brighten your complexion for a fresh, healthy and youthful glow – what’s not to love?! 

2.   Retains Moisture

Vitamin C helps to boost and lock moisture in your skin when used in conjunction with your moisturiser.

3.  Reduces the appearance of pigmentation

Thanks to its skin brightening benefits, Vitamin C also helps to reduce the appearance of mild pigmentation, such as dark spots. Plus, when used in conjunction with skin-lightening ingredients such as Arbutin, Vitamin C helps to propel the results even further, promoting skin rejuvenation, evening skin tone, and promoting a healthier-looking complexion.

4. Makes you look younger

Jam-packed with antioxidants needed for your skin to renew itself, Vitamin C helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles for youthful-looking skin. The reason? Vitamin C promotes collagen production in the skin, which can naturally decrease as you age. By applying vitamin C to stimulate a collagen boost, your skin retains elasticity and is less likely to wrinkle. 

5. Protects your skin 

Because it is a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C has been proven to prevent or reduce damage to skin cells by neutralising free radicals – AKA harmful molecules in the air that damage your skin cells. Vitamin C also enhances the effects of your SPF and fights against UV damage, thanks to its photo-protective qualities.

Obagi Professional-C Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask Vitamin C Face Mask

The When, Where, and Who!

Is Vitamin C suitable for all skin types?
Vitamin C is beneficial for all skin types, including those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. As a rule of thumb, start with a lower concentration (we recommend 10% for the most sensitive skin) and gradually increase the strength in line with the results. Ask your skincare professional for tailored advice.

What’s the best way to incorporate Vitamin C into my skincare routine?
Serums are the most potent form of Vitamin C. Incorporate Vitamin C into your routine with the Obagi Professional-C Serum with 10% ,15% and 20% L-ascorbic Acid. Use Vitamin C serums after cleansing and toning the skin, and before your moisturiser and SPF.

Obagi Medical® Products are available direct to your door – find a clinic using our Clinic Finder


Contact your nearest clinic using our Clinic Finder for product advice and to start your Obagi skincare journey

Share your skin radiance with #obagiuk


Obagi UK & Ireland
Email address