Vitamin C; Worth the Hype?

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We’re willing to bet you’ve heard about this popular antioxidant- vitamin C. The ingredient is probably already incorporated into your skincare routine; but do you know vitamin C’s full benefits? Of course, brightening is the star benefit- but there’s actually so much more to it. In this short blog, we list all the need-to-know details about vitamin C.

What is vitamin C?

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects against free radical damage, promotes an even skin tone, and aids in collagen production. Please note that not vitamin C is not for all skin types, such as those with very sensitive skin. We recommend checking in with your board-certified dermatologist before fully incorporating it into your skincare regime. 

Full list of vitamin C benefits:

  • Stimulates collagen 
  • Helps protect from environmental damage (such as UV rays, pollution, blue light) 
  • Helps prevent collagen damage
  • Fade discoloration, dark spots, sun spots, melasma
  • Reduces inflammation and puffiness

What to avoid with vitamin C

Avoid it combining vitamin C with benzoyl peroxide, which can actually dull the antioxidant - taking away its benefits. Avoid additional acids as it can too harsh on the skin, especially those with extremely sensitive skin. Avoid retinol as well. 

What do we recommend?

Our holy-grail in our skincare routine is the illumiC with Ferulic Acid. This vitamin c serum rejuvenates the skin and provides the fullest protection against environmental factors. IllumCi has 15% L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) - An essential nutrient involved in the repair of tissue and ferulic Acid - May reduce the development of fine lines, spots, and wrinkles.

Watch Dr. Shirazi’s Youtube video, “Vitamin C - What is it & What is it Good For?”, to see the benefits of vitamin C in a simple experiment involving an apple! 


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Dr. Azadeh Shirazi, MD is a Board-Certified Dermatologist.

Specializing in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Shirazi received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University Of Kentucky College of Medicine. After doing a Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, she completed her residency training in Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in addition to completing her training in dermatology and cosmetic surgery at the University of California San Diego.

She has received multiple research scholarships from iconic institutions including Harvard University and the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and has several peer-reviewed publications to her name.