Let vitamin C work its magic on your skin
Vitamin C is an essential ingredient for health and wellbeing. It also works wonders on your skin, but you don’t just have to overdose on oranges to give your skin a boost.
Beauty companies have been loading up their anti-ageing products with the ingredient which helps to brighten and smooth skin and research has shown that as little as 0.6 percent of vitamin C helps protect the skin from free radicals, improve the skin’s elasticity and delay the ageing process by keeping wrinkles, dryness and fine lines at bay.
“Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. When applied topically it helps to protect skin cells against environmental damage,” Dr. Murad tells Cover Media. “When used in intense quantities Vitamin C helps to build collagen, brighten skin and neutralize toxins.”
To protect your skin from UV damage and the environment, vitamin C is more commonly recommended for a morning regime, however you can use it at night as there is some research to say that free radical damage continues to affect your skin as you sleep.
Any type of vitamin C in your moisturising serum and lotion will offer some skin benefit. Go for formulas in air-tight packaging, pumps or single-use, individually wrapped products as antioxidants can breakdown if exposed to light and air too frequently.
Serums can be used before a moisturiser or last thing at night. Make sure to pick one for your skin type. BRYT Essential Serum is great for sensitive skin and is rich in natural oils and skin-balancing active ingredients which penetrate deep down to cell level.
As well as vitamin C skinChemist London’s Wrinkle Killer Anti-Ageing Japanese Orange Serum contains active ingredients Syn-Ake, Neroli Oil and Protease to boost skin health, regenerate the skin, and improve elasticity. Regular use will reduce uneven skin tone and blemishes.
There’s plenty of choice for a daily moisturiser containing vitamin C. Formula 10.0.6’s SPF moisturiser Picture Perfect Day is a lightweight moisturiser with super-fruit Guava to refines pores, and Vitamin C moisturise and smooth. skinChemists London’s Wrinkle Killer Anti-Ageing Japanese Orange Sensitive Day Moisturiser and its night version is designed with the finest active ingredients to nourish, firm and regulate the skin. While BRYT Day and Night Skin Cream gets its vitamin C from the purple-green Kakadu Plum, a superfruit traditionally eaten by the Aboriginals of northern Australia as a medicinal food which has an antioxidant power five times greater than blueberries, and the highest vitamin C content of any fruit in the world.
Masks like BeautyPro’s Brightening Collagen Mask with vitamin C are an easy route to getting some vitamin C into your beauty routine. The collagen mask will help to revitalise and brighten the skin, and hydrate it with nutrients to reveal a luminous complexion. It’s also infused with plant extracts to target age spots and imperfections. Starskin’s Brightening Bio-cellulose Second Skin After Party Face Mask will revive dull, lackluster skin, while PureLogicol Triple Helix Collagen Boosting Mask contains antioxidant botanicals and high concentrations of vitamin C to fully rejuvenate jaded skin.
Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel features a high level of vitamin C along with glycolic acid. The glycolic acid works on dead skin cells, increasing the skin’s ability to absorb the vitamin C. Apply the peel and leave on skin for 10 minutes, remove with warm cloth to reveal glowing, radiant skin.