It may be more associated with fighting off a winter cold or getting a daily dose of orange juice, but in the last few years Vitamin C has become a big player and of increasing importance within skincare too. Hailed as a ‘wonder ingredient’ thanks to its ability to tackle all number of skincare concerns, its quickly penetrated the market like nothing else and is now available in practically every format you can imagine. So what are the skincare benefits of Vitamin C?
A powerful antioxidant, it helps to protect skin against free radical damage caused by the environment – which can breakdown collagen, reduce hydration and aid the formation of wrinkles. It also helps to smooth and brighten the skin, great if your complexion is looking a little lacklustre or you’re suffering with pigmentation issues, thanks to its naturally acidic nature; the skin is triggered to heal itself by accelerating the production of collagen and elastin, which in turn delivers a more radiant and uniform skin surface.
Vitamin C also has a rather fascinating property that inhibits skin’s melanin production, which is what causes skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation, meaning not only can it help to reduce the appearance of problematic areas – but actually stop them forming in the first place! It really is a bit of a wonder ingredient that can make all the difference, which is why it’s a staple within my regime and something I turn to practically every day.
Due to its antioxidant nature, the best time to use Vitamin C is within your morning regime (helped by the fact products often feature other energising ingredients and a zingy scent!) It’s also advised to leave sufficient time between applying salicylic acid and retinol (recommended for use at night) so as not to overload the skin, making it a perfect a.m-accompaniment.
If you’re new to Vit-C it’s important to look out for single dose, contamination free and appropriately sealed products, as it breaks down quickly when it comes into contact with air or sunlight; that’s why so many are cased within dark glass bottles, have pipettes or are in small doses only designed to last up to a week.
I’ve tried so many different products containing Vitamin C over the years, but if you’re on the hunt for a potent skin saviour then these are my current favourites that allow me to inject some potent goodness into my regime in lots of different ways – because Vitamin C really is a must-have for anyone wanting to boost the results of their daily routine.
Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules* (£42.00 for 30 pods) are a really easy way to try out Vitamin C, especially as they come in handy single use pods that are perfect for both doseage control and travel! According to them this provides up to 178 x more effectiveness than traditional Vitamin C (although I’m not sure how that’s measured!) to deliver a powerful serum that brightens the skin and restores radiance. I’m a big fan of the velvety soft serum and the gentle nature of the formula, and my skin has definitely improved in texture since using these.
Sesderma C-Vit Eye Contour Patches* (£18.00 for a pack of 5) offer a great instant fix if your under-eye area is looking or feeling a little tired. Saturated with potent ingredients, these only need to be worn for ten minutes before you can see the difference: skin is brighter, more uniform, plumper and more radiant, while bags are significantly reduced. Great for those hungover festive mornings!
Image Skincare Vital C Serum* (£39.19) smells amazing, but also works beautifully on the skin to deliver all the benefits you can expect from Vitamin C; the lightweight oil/serum texture means it easily sinks into the skin, allowing for further layering of your moisturiser and SPF on top. A more traditional formula, this also contains Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, Grape Seed Extract, Algae Extract and Green Tea for added hydration, antioxidant properties and radiance.
PIXI Vitamin-C Juice Cleanser* (£18.00) is a great way to start testing out what Vitamin C can do for you, as is their Vitamin-C Tonic (£10.00). A non-wash formula, it’s applied to skin using a cotton pad to remove the last traces of dirt and makeup whilst helping to boost the radiance and glow of skin; if you already love their Pixi Glow Tonic then this is cut from a similar cloth, helping the surface of skin to look and feel its best.
Eucerin Hyluron Filler Vitamin C Booster* (£20.00 or three for £45.00) is great if you just want to add a short-term fix into your regime while keeping it fresh. Each of these small vials is designed to last for two weeks, ensuring the Vitamin C within is kept at its most potent, and contains a creamy serum that’s easy to apply direct to skin or mix with your favourite daily moisturiser. Within a week they claim you’ll see a difference, but as I’m a regular Vitamin C user it’s hard to notice within such a short time frame; but this is a great affordable option if you’re starting out on your Vit-C journey.
ARK Skincare Skin Perfector Radiance Serum* (£45.00) has become such a key part of my skincare regime over the last six months, hence why I’m now savouring the dregs of the bottle! This super lightweight and non-greasy formula contains stabilised Vitamin C to brighten dull skin, with the addition of Amino Acids to even skin tone, Red Algae to reduce pigmentation and Velvet Flower Seed to aid in skin cell regeneration; ever since I’ve used this I’ve noticed my skin looking more radiant, uniform and generally healthy – and it’s become one product I recommend to everyone I meet.
Vitamin C is definitely one ingredient we can all benefit from, no matter our skin concern or age, and with so many different products and formats to choose from there’s always something suited to our individual needs.
Will you be giving Vitamin C a go?
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