Meet the ingredient: Vitamin C
What is vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant produced naturally in fruits and vegetables, but also produced synthetically in skincare products. Vitamin C is used in skincare products in its active and inactive forms, in its pure form (L-ascorbic acid), or as Vitamin C derivatives (sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, retinyl ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate).
What does Vitamin C do for your skin?
Let’s begin with the problem: our skin is continuously exposed to free radicals which break down our skin’s collagen, making it more vulnerable to developing blemishes, wrinkles, dark spots, and fine lines. Free radicals can be produced by your own body, but they are also introduced from outside pollutants such as smog, dust, smoke (including cigarette smoke!), chemicals (such as household cleaners and pesticides). In short, yes, they are everywhere and they are unavoidable.
Antioxidants help protect your skin and overall health from the damaging effects of free radicals. Vitamins A, C, and E are some of the most well-known antioxidants.
Using skincare products with Vitamin C is a great way to slow down the effects of free radicals on your skin. Skincare products containing Vitamin C will help restore collagen production and slow the signs of age and fine lines.
As an added bonus, Vitamin C also helps even out and brighten your skin tone. It is known to lighten dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and discoloration.
The Best Products with Vitamin C
There are lots of great Korean skincare products that contain Vitamin C. Below is our lineup of gentle sheet masks that contain Vitamin C:
SHOP: Green Tangerine Vita C Dark Spot Serum Sheet Mask
Formulated with green tangerine extract (they contain 10x more vitamin C than their mature counterparts), this anti-aging antioxidant mask transforms your skin into a brighter and clearer complexion. Great for for all skin types.
SHOP: Yuja Niacin 30 Days Blemish Care Serum Mask
Most dermatologists agree that Vitamin C works best when it is combined with other antioxidants, and this Yuja Niacin 30 Days Blemish Care Serum sheet mask is packed with them!
SHOP: Avo-Cuddle-Me Nourishing Avocado Mask
Did you know avocados are a great source of Vitamin C? Avocados are an excellent source of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds like vitamin C, vitamin E, and the carotenoid lutein.
SHOP: Agave Cooling Hydrogel Face Mask
Formulated with an ultra soothing formulation that include Yuzu and blueberry fruit extracts packed with Vitamin C, this hydrogel sheet mask cools your reddened, sensitive skin on contact!
SHOP: Gold Hydrogel Eye Patch
Formulated with hyaluronic acid, gold extract (really!), and -yes, you guessed it- vitamin C, this moisturizing eye patch delivers hydration and targeted to the delicate skin around the eyes and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines while boosting radiance. The pack contains 60 individual patches (30 applications for both eyes).