Your skin’s su­per hero

If one of your beauty goals is more lu­mi­nous skin, this hard­work­ing in­gre­di­ent needs to be in your sights

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - September Contents -

Try Vi­ta­min C for glow­ing re­sults

It’s a pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant Vi­ta­min C is of­ten rec­om­mended orally for im­mu­nity sup­port, but it’s also recog­nised for its skin beau­ti­fy­ing ben­e­fits. Why? It’s great for im­prov­ing skin tex­ture and evening out your com­plex­ion.

It’s a collagen-saver The vi­ta­min boosts collagen syn­the­sis and plumps up the skin. It also pre­vents the break­down of ex­ist­ing collagen and has a skin-tight­en­ing ef­fect for all ages.

It’s a skin bright­ener Vi­ta­min C helps to in­hibit melanin pro­duc­tion and re­duce ex­ist­ing melanin lev­els. It acts as a mild chem­i­cal ex­fo­liant, dis­solv­ing dead skin cells and fad­ing pig­men­ta­tion. It also helps to heal acne scars and blem­ishes. What else does it do? It helps pre­vent and re­pair UV dam­age by neu­tral­is­ing free rad­i­cals, which are pro­duced when the skin is ex­posed to ex­ter­nal stres­sors.

How do you use it? As vi­ta­min C re­duces sun dam­age, ap­ply it be­fore sun­screen to max­imise SPF ben­e­fits. When you first start us­ing it light tin­gling or red­ness is nor­mal. If ir­ri­ta­tion per­sists, re­duce ap­pli­ca­tion or cease use.

Keep in mind As an in­gre­di­ent, vi­ta­min C is highly unstable and breaks down af­ter ex­po­sure to light and air. Use a prod­uct in a dark or opaque air­tight bot­tle with a drop­per or a pow­der form that is ac­ti­vated when the in­gre­di­ents are mixed to­gether.

Keep it fresh Store vi­ta­min C prod­ucts away from heat and light, and close the lid tightly af­ter each use. Dou­ble dose Eat­ing vi­ta­min C-rich foods has an anti-age­ing ef­fect on your skin, too. 1. Time­wise Vi­ta­min C Ac­ti­vat­ing Squares, $45 for a pack of 12 dis­solv­able squares, Mary Kay. 2. Serum Anti-taches, $192, Guinot. 3. Vi­ta­min C Mois­tur­is­ing Lotion, $39.95, Tril­ogy. 4. Cer­ti­fied Or­ganic Rose­hip Oil with Vi­ta­min C, $29.95, A’kin. 5. Vi­ta­min C Serum, $69.95, Al­pha-h. 6. C25 Su­per Booster, $72, Paula’s Choice. 1 2 3 4 5 6

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