Main content

Can I Use Vitamin C Around My Eyes?

09 May 2024

Vitamin C is well-known for its transformative benefits in skincare. However, you may be curious about whether it is safe to use this fan-favorite ingredient around the delicate eye area. Beauty experts and dermatologists favor using vitamin C in this area too. To shed light on its effects on dark circles and puffy eyes, we consulted Jodi LoGerfo, a Doctor of Nursing practice (DNP) and dermatology nurse practitioner.

What are the benefits of vitamin C?

For those unfamiliar, vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. These unstable molecules with unpaired electrons contribute to the aging process, leading to dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. When applied topically, vitamin C can have depuffing and anti-aging effects, according to LoGerfo. It can rejuvenate fine wrinkles and brighten the skin tone, making it equally effective for the eye area as it is for the rest of the face.

Is it safe to use vitamin C around the eyes?

The good news is that, in general, it is safe to use vitamin C around the eyes. However, it is important to consider each product individually, as well as the fact that the skin around the eyes is the thinnest on the body. LoGerfo advises applying any vitamin C product around the eyes using the ring finger, as it provides the gentlest pressure during application.

Does vitamin C improve the appearance of dark circles?

Indeed, vitamin C skincare products can contribute to the brightening of dark under-eye circles by improving overall skin tone. LoGerfo explains that vitamin C is excellent for brightening the skin and reducing hyperpigmentation, which is one of the potential causes of dark circles.

If you're looking to incorporate vitamin C into your eye care routine, try Youth To The People’s Peptides + C Energy Eye Concentrate. This product combines peptides, caffeine from yerba mate and guayusa, and superfood extracts to brighten and depuff tired-looking eyes. You can find it here.

If you have more questions about what products to use around your eyes, you can book a free 15-minute Skin Session with one of our skincare education experts.

Embrace the benefits of vitamin C and give your eyes the care they deserve!


Orientation message
For the best experience, please turn your device