Vitamin skincare benefits
Vitamins in skincare are nothing new, but do you know why they are so beneficial? The chances are you've read about serums stuffed with vitamin C and know vitamin A is lauded by those who want smooth skin as they get older, but the fine details can be tricky. To help, here we break down the top three vitamins and who they will be especially useful for.
Otherwise known as Retinol, this is the one thing you need in your arsenal if wrinkles and fine lines are your main worry. Many skincare experts advise anyone over the age of 30 to start using a retinol product because it is so good at refining the skin's texture and leaving it smooth. It helps hold off the signs of ageing and can even clear blemishes and hyper pigmentation too by promoting skin renewal. Some people do react to retinol though, so it's best not to use a product containing it every night at first.
Zelens Power A High Potency Vitamin A Treatment Drops launch in February (16) and are gentle enough to be used by all skin types. The treatment is an oil which can be mixed into serum or moisturiser or applied alone under other products, with only a couple of drops needed for a whole face.
Another good one for anyone worried about ageing, this also helps boost radiance. Vitamin C promotes firmness and elasticity, brightens the skin and is a powerful antioxidant. That means it helps right the effect of free radicals, which are in things like pollution and can leave the skin looking dull and saggy. Vitamin C supports the production of collagen, which is what helps the skin look youthful and plump too.
Try Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder A.M. Topical Vitamin C Powder, which can be used alone or mixed in with another product - including SPF. Nude Skincare Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash is a powder which you add water to and then massage into skin, giving an exfoliation treatment and leaving you with brightened skin. It has several sources of vitamin C and is all natural, with omegas 3, 6 and 9 providing nourishment and moisture. There's also a new version specifically for people with sensitive skin.
This is a protecting vitamin, so it helps fortify the skin and ensure it's strong. It's particularly useful for anyone whose skin barrier is not functioning properly as it helps restore it, meaning any other products will then be able to work better. It protects against environmental aggressors and leaves skin looking plump, supple and healthy. This is the one to go for if your skin is generally looking a little tired and in need of a pick me up.
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Active Vitamin D Serum-Oil is an easy-to-use oil which can be smoothed onto skin under moisturiser in the morning or evening. The result should be radiant skin which is hydrated and has improved elasticity.