Vitamin C for Face and neck: What's the best way to use it?

Applying vitamin C to your face and neck can reduce the signs of skin aging, improve tone and texture, and protect against UV radiation.

However, the type of vitamin C (10% L-ascorbic acid concentration) and the way it's applied to your face and neck can make a huge difference in your results.

Learn how to use vitamin C for your face and neck to prevent and reverse the signs of skin aging.

PLUS: Check out my before & after pictures below!

How to apply vitamin C serum or creams

After washing and drying your face, don't just apply the vitamin C face cream or serum, massage it in a circular motion all over the face and neck to improve absorption and circulation and firm the skin and facial muscles.

When should I apply vitamin C on my face?

The massage explained below is called the Circle Up Rub: Courtesy of Carolyn Facial Fitness.

It's designed to smooth the skin and firm the muscles of the face. It also helps eliminate fine lines on the jowls, cheeks. This facial movement (used in most of CFF Exercises) also helped firm up my cheekbones and nasolabial folds.

Trust me it works! And it feels wonderful. I do this massage twice a day morning and night about 5 times a week.

Try this massage:

  • Make a wide "O" shape with your mouth. 
  • Then place your fingertips on either side of the chin - just under the mouth. 
  • Then make small circles counter-clockwise and slowly move up your face, over your cheeks and end at the temple. Make 5 passes.

You can do the same for the neck too.

  • Point your chin up at towards the ceiling, so the skin on your neck is taut.
  • Place some vitamin C on your right hand and massage the left side of your neck making small circles. 
  • Make 5 passes up and down your neck. 

Repeat this same process on the other side using your left hand.

Exfoliate face & neck before applying Vitamin C 

Other tips for apply vitamin C to the face and neck.

Try to exfoliate about 2-3 times a week. This allows the vitamin C to penetrate better and can help lighten age spots faster.

If you don't have a favorite exfoliating product, you can make a quick one using simple table sugar and a few drops of water. Mix the two until you have a paste like consistency and lightly massage all over your face and neck.

How long does it take for vitamin C cream to work?

How long until I see results when using vitamin C face creams?

This time frame will vary from person to person and will also depend on how much skin damage you currently have and the potency and freshness of your vitamin C cream or serum.

In my case, I started to see results in after a few applications. My skin felt smoother and more hydrated. I use a 10% L-ascorbic acid that is mixed up fresh before each use, so it's pretty potent.

One of the nicest benefits to using this type of topical vitamin C is that it evens out the skin tone and improves texture. What I really noticed the most is that my whole face took on an even color and I need less makeup.

UPDATE: I apply this pure vitamin C serum to my neck every day. I didn't realize how well it worked to reduce brown spots (and firm the skin) until I found this old picture of my neck taken when I was about 53 yrs old. Notice those two brown spots are gone! Not to mention that deep line in the middle of my neck, which I attribute to weekly facial exercises.

My neck looks younger now than it did when I was in my early 50s!

Is vitamin C face cream good for neck wrinkles?BEFORE PICTURE: Age 53 - AFTER PICTURE: Age 59

Which vitamin C is best for anti-aging?

Which anti-aging creams contain the best vitamin C for your skin?

There are some pretty high-tech anti-aging vitamin C face creams on the market. Some with ingredients I can't even pronounce!

So how do you find a good one?

Well, I am a fan of CFF vitamin C crystal serum - as mentioned above.

But, if you're not a fan of vitamin C serums, look for face creams that contain the following ingredients:

  • magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
  • ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate
  • ascorbyl palmitate
  • ascorbyl glucosamine
  • tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate

And, more important,  it's a good idea to  look for vitamin C face creams that contain ferulic acid. This antioxidant is not just good for your skin, but it helps keep your vitamin C fresh and potent for a longer time.

Other options

If you are looking for a daytime, every day face cream, makeup primer, pr moisturizer with potent antioxidant protection, consider this Advanced Vitamin Therapy cream.

It's got everything my skin needs and wants, like:

  • vitamin's C, D, and E,
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • healing skin oils
  • peptides

These ingredients help to reduce inflammation, firm and plump skin, protect your skin from other environmental aggressors. It's also a great pick-me-up cream to hydrate and brighten your complexion.

Vitamin C for younger face and neck: Final tips

So to get the best results when using vitamin C for face and neck rejuvenation do the following:

These tips can make a huge difference in the youthfulness of your skin's appearance. 

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