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How to Use Vitamin C Cleanser for Brighter Skin

What is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is an ingredient that you are likely already familiar with, but do you know about its benefits for your skin? 

This antioxidant is often associated with immunity, and many people take it each day as a supplement to help maintain strong immune systems. However, in addition to being taken in supplement form, vitamin C can also be used topically to brighten and even your complexion. 

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, a member of a set of molecules that are crucial for the health of your skin and your body as a whole. Other antioxidants that are highly beneficial for your skin include vitamin E, vitamin A (retinol), and biotin. 

Vitamin C is commonly used as a main ingredient in cleansers, moisturizers and other skincare products, but it can also be used in a high concentration in the form of a serum.

What is Cleanser?

Cleanser is one of the most important components in a great skincare routine. It’s the first product you’ll put on your face at the beginning of your morning or evening skincare regimen, setting the stage for the rest of the products you’ll be using. 

Washing your face with a high-quality cleanser is the perfect way to get started with taking care of your skin, and it’s the ideal ritual to bookend your day with. Using cleanser twice daily means you are setting up your skin to be cleaner, clearer, and happier overall.

The primary purpose of starting your skincare routine with a cleanser is to get rid of any dirt, excess oil, or makeup that is resting on your skin. 

These unwanted particles can cause numerous problems for your skin, clogging your pores, causing breakouts, irritating your skin, and more. Leftover grime on your skin from a long day or a night in bed can also make the rest of the products in your skincare routine less effective. 

Cleansing your skin every morning and every night gets your face ready to receive the beneficial ingredients in the rest of the skincare products you are using. 

You’ll be rinsing cleanser off after each use, and what you’ll be left with is fresher, cleaner skin that is primed and ready for the application of exfoliator, toner, serums, moisturizer, and any other products you might be using to take care of your skin.

Why Use Vitamin C Cleanser?

Vitamin C is an ideal ingredient to have in your cleanser. As an antioxidant, vitamin C is a vital nutrient for your skin that can leave it brightened, evened out and refreshed with each use. Vitamin C is also a gentle ingredient, meaning it will not irritate even sensitive skin. 

The last thing you want is for your cleanser – the first step in your skincare routine – to leave your skin irritated. 

Opting for a gentle cleanser that includes vitamin C means you won’t have to worry about harsh ingredients that can potentially leave your skin worse for wear.

Using a vitamin C cleanser is also a great move if you are aiming to brighten your complexion. Vitamin C can be used to naturally give skin a more even, bright look, reducing dullness and getting you closer to that youthful glow that you’re after. 

When you aren’t loving the way your complexion looks, starting off your morning and evening skincare routine can be a big help.

Is Vitamin C Cleanser Right for My Skin?

Vitamin C is a gentle ingredient that is typically safe for all skin types. However, it’s always a good idea to do a trial run of any new skincare product in the form of a patch test. 

A patch test involves applying a little bit of a new product to a patch of skin on your arm. After 24 hours, if you don’t experience any redness, rash or irritation in the spot where you applied the new product, you can rest assured that your skin reacts well to what you are using.

Everyone’s skin is different, and figuring out what works best for you and what your skin responds well to is an integral part of the skincare journey. Fortunately, vitamin C cleanser is a product that you can count on to feel great on your skin, regardless of your skin type. 

Cleanser Can Be Even More Effective When Used With Toner!

When you use vitamin C cleanser, it’s always a great idea to pair it with a toner. 

Toner can remove any excess residue left behind by your cleanser before you move onto to the next steps in your skincare routine. Toner can also help to reduce the appearance of your pores, which can improve your complexion even more.

Using toner is quick and simple! After you’ve finished washing your face with a cleanser, simply take a small amount of toner on a cotton pad and spread it evenly across your face. 

Toner is extremely lightweight, meaning it is an ideal product to use early on in your skincare routine. Using lightweight products like toner, exfoliator and serums directly after cleansing your skin is always the way to go. That way, any heavier products like moisturizer, cream, lotion, gel, or sunscreen will be saved for last and will not inhibit your skin’s absorption of the more lightweight products in your skincare routine.

Pairing Cleanser With Exfoliator is Ideal, Too

After using cleanser and toner, one of the best additional products to include in your beauty regimen is a gentle exfoliator. 

An exfoliator can play a key role in evening your complexion. When your main goal is to brighten your skin and even out your complexion, dead skin on the surface of your face is not helping your cause. Using a gentle exfoliator can help to gently remove dead skin cells from your face, revealing softer, smoother and brighter skin underneath.

The best time to use an exfoliator in your skincare routine is right after you have finished applying cleanser and toner to your skin. Exfoliator is another lightweight product, and in many cases it will be rinsed off after you apply it to your face. 

Whenever you use an exfoliator, make sure to opt for one that is gentle. Some exfoliators are made with harsh chemicals that are designed to dissolve dead skin cells on your face, but these exfoliators can end up leaving your skin raw and irritated. Other exfoliators are made with harsh, rough particles that also have the potential to irritate your skin. 

Instead of using one of these harsh exfoliators, opt for something that naturally exfoliates your skin without the use of chemicals or rough particles. We highly recommend using our own glycolic acid exfoliator. Glycolic acid is a natural, gentle exfoliant that works to remove dead skin cells from your face and brighten and even out your complexion.

Can I Use Vitamin C Cleanser Multiple Times Per Day?

Vitamin C cleanser works best when you use it twice daily, once in the morning and once at night. 

Over-cleansing your skin will not necessarily improve your complexion – at a certain point, you start to end up in a “too much of a good thing” situation if you use too much cleanser. 

Stick with using your cleanser twice a day instead of going beyond that amount. 

To increase the effectiveness of your vitamin C cleanser, pair it with other high-quality ingredients and products that can naturally brighten and even your complexion.

Last But Not Least, Protect Your Skin With Sunscreen

Another big benefit of using vitamin C cleanser is its ability to reduce signs of sun damage. 

Vitamin C can brighten your complexion after extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays has left your skin looking spotty and uneven. 

However, when you start using vitamin C cleanser to brighten your skin, it’s always wise to apply a generous portion of mineral-based sunscreen each day to protect your skin from further sun damage.

Using high-quality sunscreen is always the best way to end your skincare routine, especially at the beginning of the day. Mineral-based sunscreen is the way to go, as this type of SPF protects your skin from UV rays without the use of harsh and potentially harmful chemicals. 

When Should I Expect Results From Using Vitamin C Cleanser? 

All great skincare products take time to work, and a high-quality cleanser is no exception. 

When it comes to using vitamin C cleanser to brighten your skin, patience and consistency will get you the most success. Sometimes, that means waiting several weeks, or even a few months, before you notice significant results showing up.

When you use vitamin C cleanser twice daily in tandem with other beneficial products, you’re setting yourself up for success. It can sometimes be hard to wait on the results that you are counting on, but when it comes to your daily skincare regimen, sticking with it and being patient is always worth it.

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