Can we use Vitamin C for under-eye dark circles & wrinkles? This popular ingredient is known for its powerful antioxidant, hydrating, and melanin-inhibiting properties.
So naturally, skincare experts have found ways to make it usable under the eyes for those pesky little wrinkles and dark circles.
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Is It Safe To Use Vitamin C Under the Eyes
As long as you do not get Vitamin C in your eyes, and you are not using a preparation that is too strong for your skin, Vitamin C can be used safely under your eyes.
Remember that the skin under your eyes will be thinner and more sensitive than other areas of your face, so a little Vitamin C will go a long way. I used a concentration that is less than 10% along with super hydrating and moisturizing ingredients which is what I recommend you to do too.
Stick to products that are gentle and not too highly concentrated.
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Can Vitamin C Remove Under Eye Dark Circles
Yes, Vitamin C can help to fade under-eye dark circles when used correctly and consistently. Personally, Vitamin C helped to significantly reduce my dark circles and it worked faster than I expected.
Vitamin C works by inhibiting an enzyme in the skin called tyrosinase. This enzyme is very important in the production of melanin in the skin (the dark pigment). So, when this enzyme is inhibited, melanin production decreases.
Over time, as the skin resurfaces itself, new skin cells with less and less melanin will be produced. This will make the area lighter and brighter after a while.
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How Long Will Vitamin C Take To Fade Dark Circles?
Generally, Vitamin C should produce visible changes in the appearance of dark circles within 1-2 weeks of consistent use. For me, I saw results after 1 week.
But, how fast it works for dark under-eye circles will also depend on a few factors such as:
- The causes of the dark circles and whether they can be managed
- How darkened the skin itself is already
- Your daily routine
- The concentration of vitamin C being used
- How consistent you are when using it
- Your skin type and its reaction to the treatment
Please keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different and some people may see visible results faster than others.
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Can You Use Vitamin C For Under Eye Wrinkles
Yes, Vitamin C can lessen the appearance of under-eye wrinkles when used correctly and consistently.
Vitamin C is a great hydrator and anti-aging ingredient for the skin. Its anti-aging benefits come from its antioxidant properties. These properties help to get rid of free radicals in the skin which cause wrinkles and premature ageing.
While hydrating the skin, it also protects it from everyday stressors like sun damage, pollution, etc.
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How Long Will Vitamin C Take To Improve Under Eye Wrinkles?
Generally, you should see some significant difference in the appearance of under-eye wrinkles in as little as 1-2 weeks of consistent Vitamin C use.
Vitamin C will hydrate the skin and encourage the production of healthier collagen and elastin fibers. These will tighten the skin and smoothen fine lines and wrinkles over time.
The added hydration and protection will also give the skin a healthy, clear appearance that minimizes the appearance of lines and other early signs of aging.
However, keep in mind again that everyone’s skin is different. Some people may see results sooner or later than others.
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How To Use Vitamin C For Under Eye Dark Circles & Wrinkles
Whether you are using Vitamin C for dark circles or wrinkles, the best way to use it is in an under-eye cream or serum daily.
Eye creams or serums are usually specially formulated for the tender and sensitive skin of your under eyes. By using an “under-eye” product specifically, you ensure that you are not using ingredients or products that will be too harsh or strong for that area of skin.
Vitamin C eye creams or products can usually be applied either during the day or at night, depending on your skin’s sensitivity and your routine. If you are using it during the day, it should be applied before your sunscreen. Always use sunscreen (whether you are using vitamin C or not!).
Under-eye products with vitamin C can easily be added to your everyday routine. If you are using an eye mask, you can add those to your cleansing and treating steps. If you are using an eye cream or serum, those can easily be added in just after your moisturizer. All these products can be quickly applied before you seal everything with your SPF.
Eye cream or serums can also be safely left on the skin all day or overnight.
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Best Recommended Vitamin C Products For Under Eyes
1- RoC Multi Correxion Vitamin C Eye Balm Stick
This correction stick for the under-eyes by RoC is a great find if you are on a budget. It contains a stable form of vitamin C called tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (which is oil-soluble). This means that it will be very hydrating. It also contains peptides also help to firm the eye area.
The stick is very easy to use. Simply swipe it across the skin under your eyes and use your fingers to gently blend it in if necessary.
2- La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C Eyes Firming Moisturizing Filler
La Roche’s Vitamin C eye cream is on the pricier side of skincare but if you can afford it, it’s worth it! I absolutely was blown away at how effective it worked for my dark circles.
It acts as a daily moisturizer for the eye area that helps visibly plump the skin and helps reduce the appearance of crow’s feet wrinkles.
With pure vitamin C and fragmented hyaluronic acid, it improves the skin’s firm feel and will also brighten the under-eyes.
Risks Of Using Vitamin C For Under Eyes
Even though Vitamin C is considered to be safe to use on the skin, the main risks associated with using this ingredient under your eyes are irritation, increased skin sensitivity, and allergic reactions.
Remember that the skin under your eyes is very thin and more sensitive than elsewhere. Therefore, depending on how concentrated your vitamin C product is, it can potentially cause some irritation.
Some experts also claim that Vitamin C will make your skin more sensitive. However, even though they have confirmed that Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is supposed to protect the skin, the scientific community is still in debate about whether it can make it more sensitive. What we can do is make sure that we use our SPF religiously whether we are using Vitamin C or not!
And finally, as with all topical products, especially if you have never used them before, allergic reactions are always a possibility. As usual, I recommend that you do a patch test on your skin for a few days before applying your vitamin C product directly to your under-eyes.