Should I Use Vitamin C On My Skin In The Morning?

Should I Use Vitamin C On My Skin In The Morning?

We all know that vitamins are power-packed with vitality and many of them such as vitamin C has a wealth of benefits, for both your well-being and to keep your skin beautifully healthy.

But many of my loyal customers are sometimes a little unsure of when the best time is to harness the superpower of this skin-enhancing vitamin and should you use vitamin C in the morning?  

In my helpful guide, we find out the definitive answer! We will also discover what your skin is like during the first flush of the morning, whether or not your skin benefits from vitamin C, and lots more!  

Let’s start first with the brief and then we can delve a little deeper.

During mornings, cells rejuvenate and so it’s a perfect time to add vitamin C serums to your skincare regime. It will assist in protecting your skin from environmental factors, the sun and helps to brighten dark spots, along with stimulating collagen production.

Now we’ve got the short answer, so we can understand a little better as to whether you should use vitamin C in the morning. I'll start by sharing my findings as to what happens to your skin during those early hours.

What happens to my skin in the morning?

Skin appears plumper

You might have noticed that your skin looks plumper and brighter when you wake up in the morning compared to at night.

You might think you are just imagining it, but the reality is, it is actually smoother, less wrinkly with spots and other skin irritants appearing less angry.

Some scientific studies have found that your skin is actually thicker in the morning than at night, and wrinkles are also less pronounced.

Let’s find out one of the reasons why you can get the most out of using vitamin C boosting serums as you wake.

“You might have noticed

that your skin looks plumper and brighter when you wake up in the morning”


The biggest impact is gravity. The deeper layers of your skin, the dermis, consists of cells surrounded by a liquid called dermal fluid.

As dermal fluid isn’t contained within cells, it can move slowly between the cells in your skin, under the influence of gravity.

Gravity moves dermal fluid

During the day as you spend more time vertical and on your feet, the dermal fluid moves towards your legs.

Then during the evening when you are asleep, the dermal fluid settles back.

This action by the fluid swells up your facial skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Ok so now we’ve got a handle on your skin and how it performs as you greet the day, you might be wondering how your skin benefits from a shot of all kinds of vitamin C products for your skin early hours.

Let’s discover more below.

Why does my skin benefit from vitamin C in the morning?

Vitamin C is one of the most studied vitamins in terms of skin care.

It has multiple skin benefits including:

  • Protecting the skin from environmental aggressors
  • Blocking abnormal pigment production
  • Brightens dark spots
  • Stimulates collagen repair

Cells repair

We all know that a good night's sleep is crucial to beautiful glowing skin, right?

After a calming restful night's sleep, your skin cells regenerate. So the morning is a perfect time to add vitamin c serums to boost your skin's ability to repair and restore itself to its natural radiance. Although an added boost before a good nights sleep is also recommended.

Because vitamin C serum helps protect your skin from free radicals, many leading dermatologists have recommended applying it in the morning to prevent damage during the day.

“The morning is a perfect time to add vitamin c serums to boost your skin's ability to repair and restore itself to its natural radiance.”

During the daytime, the skin suffers stress

During the day, your skin becomes highly stressed.

It can be exposed to a whole host of situations and experiences which can leave skin dry, unhealthy and can damage skin cells and its natural collagen.

Some examples are:

  • Makeup
  • Dirt oil
  • Oil production
  • Pollutants
  • UV rays
  • Bacteria from face touching, such as from holding your cell phone to your face

Having a morning beauty routine that includes cleansing, applying serums, and moisturising properly, you can minimise skin determination and help protect it from your busy working day and its environment.

Beauty products which you use in your morning skincare routine containing vitamin C can:

  • Protect skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure
  • Reduce melanin production in the skin, which helps to lighten hyperpigmentation and brown spots
  • Even out skin tone
  • Work to enhance natural skin radiance 

It’s also a perfect time to reach for your best anti-ageing/ repairing vitamin c serum to help prevent natural ageing processes and bring a beautiful healthy glow to your skin.  

“During the day,

your skin becomes highly stressed when exposed to dirt, oil production, makeup, UV rays, pollutants, and bacteria”

Helps to build collagen

By using the best vitamin C serums in your morning beauty regime, you can help to start the process that builds collagen.

In serious ultra clever scientific terms, Vitamin C acts as a cofactor for the proline and lysine hydroxylases that stabilise the collagen molecule tertiary structure, which promotes collagen, according to scientific studies.

Phew! … but in its simplest terms, it means that using vitamin C-packed serums and other products in the morning can kick start the collagen-building process in our bodies.

“using the best vitamin C serums in your morning beauty regime, you can help to start the process that builds collagen.”

Is there anything more I should know?

So as you are adding your high-quality vitamin c serums to your ‘get-up-and-go’ morning skincare routines, there are a few things to remember.

Vitamin C is light-sensitive

But vitamin C becomes less effective when exposed to light, so it’s important to give it time to absorb into your skin before starting your day outside.

There’s no specific waiting time, as long as it’s absorbed into your skin, you’re good to go.

Minimise exposure to air

In topical skin-care products, vitamin C is sensitive to air. “When exposed to these factors, it becomes oxidized to dehydroascorbic acid, which is less stable and also less effective.

So make sure you seal your vitamin c serum or other vitamin C skincare products properly after using them in the morning to ensure they remain at their optimum quality. Remember also to store them away in a cool dark place to avoid that sunlight!

And finally…

Thanks for reading this article which hopefully explains why mornings are a perfect time to add some vitamin c into your skincare schedule!  

Don’t forget to check out my amazing Glow Up Serum, to maximise your natural glow and get your morning skincare routine off to the best start!

A beautifully soft silk-like serum that includes luxury ingredients such as Dessert Lime and Australian Kakadu Plum, which boasts the world’s highest vitamin C levels!

Suitable for all skin types, it’s also drenched with Australian Lavender and Organic Lemon Essential Oil which gives the most delicate and beautiful fragrance along with the utmost in brightening power.