Can Vitamin C before sunscreen boost your protection?
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Can Vitamin C before sunscreen boost your protection?

Could a Vitamin C serum make your sunscreen more effective? Wondering how to apply Vitamin C and sunscreen together? Find more answers in our guide to using Vitamin C and SPF.

By Hannah Mepham

4 Minute read

Is it true? Can Vitamin C boost your sun protection? We asked our experts what makes Vitamin C and sunscreen the perfect summer skin care pairing. Read on to find out how to use Vitamin C serum and sunscreen together!

Can Vitamin C and sunscreen be used together?

Vitamin C is a brilliant product to apply before your daily SPF. Although it doesn’t directly provide UV defence like a sun filter, it has properties that can protect skin from sun damage. It is also non-sensitising, meaning it won’t cause your skin to feel sensitive in the sun.


 Here are a few reasons why you should apply Vitamin C serum before sunscreen:

  • Age spot prevention: Vitamin C helps to inhibit pigmentation problems caused by sun exposure. Better yet, it also boosts collagen production to increase the suppleness of the skin.
  • SPF optimisation: Applying an antioxidant Vitamin C serum before sunscreen has been shown to amplify your SPF. 
  • Free radical defence: Vitamin C serum is an antioxidant powerhouse that can also help neutralise free radical activity that may be triggered by sun exposure.

Other ways to boost your sun defence

And Vitamin C is not the only way to boost your sun defence! We also love the UV booster, Edelweiss.

Used in some of our natural and organic sunscreens, this alpine flower grows at high altitudes, where UV light levels are particularly high.

Over time these flowers evolved to produce a vegetable fibre shield. This unique defence mechanism protects the Edelweiss from environmental and UV harm and makes it the perfect plant-based addition to our UV-protective organic sun creams.

Shop sunscreen & Vitamin C: perfect sun protection partners

Protect and glow this summer with our perfect sun protection pairing, Age Defy+ Collagen Boost Vitamin C Serum & Age Defy+ Daily SPF30 Moisturiser.


Also available in try-me size minis:

How to apply Vitamin C and sunscreen together

Now that you know the benefits of applying Vitamin C serum and sunscreen, learn how to layer this perfect pairing. 



Serum should be applied before sunscreen, not mixed with it. Apply your serum to the face, neck, and décolletage using light tapping motions.


SPF is sensitive stuff, and its power can be depleted if mixed with serum or other skin care products. Wait 7-10 minutes for your Vitamin C serum to be absorbed fully before applying your sunscreen.


Apply your SPF moisturiser or sunscreen to your face and neck. If you are using a 100% mineral sunscreen, you are good to go, but if not, wait 30 minutes before going outside for the UV defence actives to take effect.

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Each Age Defy+ product is packed with natural plant extracts and nourishing ingredients to help reduce fine lines and signs of ageing, leaving you with radiant, firmer-looking skin.

View the complete Age Defy+ collection now.

We hope you have found this guide to Vitamin C and sunscreen helpful. For more help finding the perfect SPF for you, why not take our quick and easy SPF quiz?

Alternatively, our UK customer care team is happy to help and can be contacted on 01403 740350 

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