Skincare lore has long claimed that Vitamin C should only be used at night, that using it during the day will make even the most tolerant skin more susceptible to burning. Wrongo! Your GK Myth Busters are at it again, and we've brought our science-backed research to prove it (naturally).

It's no secret that a good mineral sunscreen is essential for protecting your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays (and for making your preventative skincare efforts worthwhile!). But did you know that when sunscreen is paired with Vitamin C, it becomes even more effective? Let's explore the benefits of incorporating a Vitamin C serum and mineral sunscreen into your natural skincare routine for the ultimate dream team glow-up.
A natural Vitamin C serum for glowy healthy skin, from The Green Kiss

Enhanced Sun Protection

We all know the importance of wearing sunscreen daily to shield our skin from harmful UV rays (one of our bestselling products this year is a mineral sunscreen, and we're just tickled pink about it). Mineral sunscreens, typically formulated with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, create a physical barrier on the skin's surface, reflecting and scattering UV rays away from the skin. When you pair your mineral sunscreen with a Vitamin C serum, you fortify your sun protection efforts. Vitamin C has been shown to neutralize free radicals caused by sun exposure and enhance the effectiveness of sunscreen, helping to prevent sun damage, sunburn, and premature aging.

Diminished Hyperpigmentation and Brightened Complexion

One of the remarkable benefits of Vitamin C is its ability to fade hyperpigmentation and even out skin tone. By inhibiting melanin production, Vitamin C helps to lighten dark spots, acne scars, and sunspots. Combined with a mineral sunscreen, which prevents further sun damage that exacerbates hyperpigmentation, this power couple helps you achieve a brighter, more luminous complexion over time.

Boosted Collagen Production and Firmer Skin

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that plays a crucial role in collagen synthesis. Collagen is a structural protein responsible for maintaining the skin's elasticity and firmness. As we age, collagen production naturally declines, leading to sagging and fine lines. Incorporating a natural Vitamin C serum into your skincare routine stimulates collagen production and promotes firmer, more youthful-looking skin. When paired with a mineral sunscreen, which protects the collagen fibres from UV-induced degradation, you can maintain and enhance your skin's elasticity and prevent premature aging.

Defence Against Environmental Stressors

The skin is regularly exposed to environmental stressors like pollution, smoke, and free radicals, which contribute to premature aging and dullness. Vitamin C, with its antioxidant properties, neutralizes these harmful free radicals and shields the skin from oxidative stress. When combined with a mineral sunscreen, which acts as a physical barrier against environmental pollutants, this dynamic duo offers a powerful defence against daily aggressors, promoting a healthier, more resilient complexion.
Woman wearing all natural non-toxic reef-safe sunscreen from The Green Kiss

Improved Product Absorption

Ohhh, we just love this little tidbit. Using a Vitamin C serum before applying sunscreen creates an optimal environment for absorption. Vitamin C serums are typically lightweight and fast-absorbing, which helps to prep the skin and enhance the effectiveness of subsequent products. (Hop over to our skincare layering guide if you need a refresher). The combination of a Vitamin C serum and mineral sunscreen ensures that the active ingredients in your natural skincare routine are absorbed efficiently, maximizing their potential benefits. I.e., a well-prepared canvas allows skincare products to penetrate more effectively, maximizing their benefits. 

How To Wear Vitamin C Under Your Sunscreen

Using both products in your natural daily skincare routine is simple: apply a few drops of your Vitamin C serum to clean skin in the morning, followed by a natural facial moisturizer, then your broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen. If you're a one-step-skincare-routine kind of guy, look for a mineral sunscreen with a high-potency Vitamin C. Bingo, bango. A friendly reminder: mineral sunscreen migrates throughout the day due to oil production and sweat. Please reapply every 2 hours

Our Takeaway

Achieving healthy, glowing skin requires a comprehensive natural skincare routine that combines effective products. Two essential products that work wonders when paired are a naturally sourced Vitamin C serum and a broad-spectrum UVA & UVB mineral sunscreen. By combining their unique benefits, you can enhance sun protection, fade hyperpigmentation, boost collagen production, defend against environmental stressors, and improve overall product absorption. The combination of these skincare superheroes offer remarkable results. #relationshipgoals! 

If you have questions about adding a natural Vitamin C serum and a mineral SPF, please contact your knowledgeable Green Kiss Educator for a personalized skincare routine that's right for your skin type. 

All copy found on The Green Kiss website is written for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.