Your skin’s super hero
If one of your beauty goals is more luminous skin, this hardworking ingredient needs to be in your sights
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