Can I Use Vitamin C Around My Eyes?

If you have been living under the proverbial rock for the last few years you might have missed out on all of the buzz about the benefits that vitamin C has in the realm of skin care. It is touted as a skin boosting superpower for its incredible abilities like hydrating and brightening the skin, reducing the visible effects of sun damage, evening out skin tone, and reducing the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. 

Yes, today’s vitamin C can do way more than just help us stay healthy and fight off colds. And, that’s great for our skin because using a natural ingredient such as vitamin C is the best choice for a healthy complexion.

Vitamin C is probably in some of the products you are already using. You may see it listed as Ascorbic acid, Ascorbate, L-ascorbic acid, or Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate. They are all forms of vitamin C, but some are stronger than others and may possibly irritate, or sting, when used on sensitive skin. 

The skin under your eyes is particularly thin and sensitive, and even though vitamin C has the power to brighten your dark circles, if you have sensitive skin you may want to be cautious the first time you use a product containing vitamin C. A safe bet is to apply products that use the tamer form of vitamin C, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate.

Some technical details about vitamin C are that it is an incredibly powerful antioxidant which protects, fights off, and deflects harmful free radicals in the environment from penetrating our skin and aims to keep our bodys healthy, from the inside-out, starting at the cellular level. 

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When it comes to our skin in particular, vitamin C can protect your skin from harmful environmental stressors like UV radiation from the sun and hazardous toxins and air pollutants. Vitamin C is also very acidic, which gives it some of its skin-promoting characteristics. 

When applied to the skin topically in a cream or serum form, it actually has the ability to help skin look full, plump, tight and convey a youthful presence or glow. 

There are different forms of vitamin C in skin care products, and some are stronger and more harsh than others. 

Below is a description of the benefits you will get by using vitamin C in the form of Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, which is gentler on skin, in a cleanser, serum or moisturizer. This gentler form of vitamin C is considered safe to use on all areas of the face including under the eyes. 

Vitamin C Cleanser

Using a cleanser with vitamin C is a great option for people of almost any skin type. A cleanser formulated with the addition of vitamin C will not only handle its normal responsibilities as a cleanser such as removing oils, dead skin debris, and taking off makeup, it will also work to brighten the complexion and protect skin from environmental stressors. 

The vitamin C cleanser from goPure beauty has these additional benefits:  

  • Helps fade the appearance of dark spots
  • Corrects uneven skin texture
  • Smoothes dull skin
  • Leave skin looking shiny without drying

Vitamin C Serum 

Our vitamin C serum can deliver even more potent results as the most concentrated form of vitamin C you can safely use. We use sodium ascorbyl phosphate, which is a water soluble form of vitamin C and in general is suitable for all skin types. 

  • Helps fight the appearance of dark spots and sun damage
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Gives you a youthful, dewy glow
  • Ferulic acid reduces the appearance of age spots and wrinkles
  • Fast absorption time 
  • High concentrated active ingredients

Vitamin C Moisturizer 

Our vitamin C moisturizer also uses sodium ascorbyl phosphate. The benefits of using this moisturizer daily are:

  • Helps fight the signs of premature aging from stressors and toxins in the environment
  • Deeply calms, soothes, and hydrates the skin
  • Helps skin to look visibly brighter, leaves skin with a glow
  • Evens out discoloration on skin
  • Reduces redness caused by dry skin
  • Can be used on all skin types

What Pairs Well with Vitamin C 

Ferulic Acid - boosts the visible results from the vitamin C and makes sure the product stays stable. Ferulic acid is an antioxidant that’s main job is to enhance anti-aging properties that lessen the appearance of fine lines, dark spots, age spots, and wrinkles over time. 

Vitamin E, or Tocopheryl Acetate, is another antioxidant commonly paired with vitamin C in skin care products to give the skin a more youthful appearance and reduce some of the common signs of aging, like wrinkles and fine lines, and can aid in the reduction of appearance of scars and burns.

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Green tea is another antioxidant-rich ingredient often paired with vitamin C to nourish and hydrate the skin while providing rejuvenating and revitalizing effects to tired skin.

Aloe vera has been used for centuries to treat common skin conditions, and today it is a common additive to many serums. It acts to soothe skin, especially when the skin has been damaged by the sun. Aloe vera absorbs easily into the skin and is a great moisturizing agent for all skin types. It can even help people with dry itchy skin.


A good vitamin C product should always have supporting aids like those above to help enhance its brightening and rejuvenating effects. A vitamin C serum to many is considered to be a restorative medicinal youth in a bottle because of its concentration, but creams and cleansers are also a good way to incorporate vitamin C into your skincare routine. All three products help keep the skin firm and plump and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. 

You now have more information on everything vitamin C-related. Remember there are different forms and strengths of vitamin C available, so make sure to consider what’s right for your individual skin type before you make your purchase!


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