Why You Need Vitamin C in Your Morning Skincare Routine

Why You Need Vitamin C in Your Morning Skincare Routine.

Over the past year, I took a deep dive into improving my morning skincare routine. I wanted to figure out, as a 40-something-year-old woman, what was I missing? What would make a difference without a considerable commitment of time and money ?

The answer: Vitamin C.

Specifically, adding Vitamin C in Your Morning Skincare Routine.

I discovered so much helpful information, I thought I would share it with you, too. 

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What Vitamin C Does for Your Skin.

Vitamin C serum is a potent topical product that helps produce collagen, which we begin to lose as we age. Collagen is what gives our skin bounce. It helps with elasticity and hydration, giving the appearance of smooth, revitalized, youthful skin.

Because Vitamin C is highly acidic, when applied, the skin is triggered to ‘heal’ itself by accelerating collagen and elastin production. That acidity also acts as a mild exfoliator, so if you have dark spots or hyperpigmentation, Vitamin C will help fade those areas as well.

Why Should You use Vitamin C in Your Morning Skincare Routine?

Here’s where skincare truly becomes science. Adding the proper products in the correct order can make a significant and lasting difference in your skin. Vitamin C should be used in your morning skincare routine for a few reasons. 

First and foremost, it will help protect against free radicals. When used in conjunction with a broad spectrum SPF (which we should all be using every day) we are giving our skin double protection.

Second, avoid using Vitamin C in the evening, especially if you use other, more abrasive treatments like a retinol cream. The combination tends to be too much for most skin types. 

The best way to apply is in the morning, after you cleanse and before you moisturize. 

Here’s my morning routine: 

I use this oil based cleanser from Tatcha, it’s light and doesn’t stripe my skin of moisture. Then I use Vichy LiftActiv Peptide-C Ampoule Serum Anti Aging Concentrate. I LOVE these little guys. 

Vichy LiftActiv Peptide-C Ampoule Serum Anti Aging Concentrate

Vitamin C in Your Morning Skincare Routine

Vichy LiftActiv Peptide-C Ampoule Serum Anti Aging Concentrate, $29.50 

I tried many Vitamin C treatments in 2020, at all prices (including Goop Glow Vitamin C Serum at $125. You all know I love so many Goop products but this one was underwhelming at best). After a ton of research and reading countless reviews by actual skin experts, I gave french drugstore brand, Vichy, a try and it’s fantastic and only $30.

It contains 10% Vitamin C, which is considered a mild dosage. I found it the right amount for my sensitive skin that is still getting used to the treatment.

How to Use


The instructions on the box are helpful. However, Vichy’s suggests using half of the product in the morning and the rest in the evening. I only use this in the morning. 

Once applied, give it 60 seconds to soak in. Then I follow up with a hydrating serum (currently trying out and enjoying the Mineral 89 Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum also by Vichy). I gently press a little drop of my beloved Vintners Daughter into my skin, followed by a creamy moisturizer, and finally, I cover my face and neck with this Drunk Elephant SPF 30.

Two or three mornings a week, I’ll also use an exfoliator before adding the vitamin c. This helps remove the dead surface skin from the cell turn over and allows the serum to absorb more effectively. Be sure not to over exfoliate; keep it light and gentle.

This might seem involved, but it takes only 5 minutes. 

The Results

I saw a noticeable difference in the surface of my skin within three days. By two weeks, it was smoother, brighter, and tighter – but not in an uncomfortable way. I have one stubborn age spot on the right side of my face, and it’s just beginning to fade. I’ll keep this post updated as I notice more changes.

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Why You Need Vitamin C in Your Morning Skincare Routine

4 thoughts on “Why You Need Vitamin C in Your Morning Skincare Routine”

    • I have been devoted to Goop Exfoliating Facial for years, but I just discovered yesterday that it is being discontinued, that’s why I didn’t include a link. Now I’m on the hunt for something to replace it. I’ll update once I find one I like as much 🙂


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