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Summertime Duo: Vitamin C + SPF

Summertime Duo: Vitamin C + SPF

During the summer season, your skincare routine is adjusting to accommodate the higher temps and brighter days. Two staples in your regimen — both in summer and beyond — are Vitamin C and SPF. We know that you should follow your Vitamin C serums with SPF to optimize the benefits of both and protect your skin, so we decided to consult renowned NYC-based dermatologist, Dr. Joshua Zeichner, on things to keep in mind as you apply our CC Me Serum over your favorite SPF.

Why should people be applying Vitamin C and SPF everyday? 

JZ: Look at Vitamin C and sunscreen as the perfect pair to protect your skin from the sun. Sunscreen is your first line of defense, blocking UV rays from penetrating into the skin. Vitamin C is like an insurance policy that neutralizes free radicals caused by UV light that penetrates into the skin despite our best efforts in wearing sunscreen.

How do Vitamin C and SPF work together when they're layered on? How do the two products interact when they're applied in the same routine?

JZ: I recommend applying Vitamin C first, followed by moisturizer, then sunscreen. Besides protecting the skin from free radicals, Vitamin C interferes with production of abnormal pigmentation and serves as a cofactor for the production of new collagen.

What would prevent either Vitamin C or SPF from working properly in your daytime routine? What products shouldn't you use with these two products?

I'd recommend using your topical retinoids and acne medication at night with Vitamin C in the morning, however it's best not to use together in the same routine!

Now that you know everything you need to know about combining Vitamin C and SPF in your summer AM routine, here are some reasons to love our CC Me Serum.

It contains two forms of Vitamin C to lighten discoloration and hyperpigmentation, as well as protect your skin from environmental stressors and free radicals.

Squalane is one of its chief ingredients to soothe and hydrate your skin so that you stay glowing all day — even after spending a few hours in the sun.

CC Me combines our peptide complex and a botanical cocktail of fruit and floral extracts to promote youthful skin and combat inflammation. 

All you need is some CC Me Serum, Jet Lag Mask for moisture, and your favorite broad-spectrum SPF on top to let your summer skin shine!