THE BRIGHT STUFF
A daily dose of vitamin C is the secret to glowing skin
Vitamin A may get all the antiageing glory, but vitamin C is actually skincare’s overachiever. It helps tighten skin, neutralises free-radical damage, fades dark spots, reduces inflammation and boosts collagen. End result? A clearer, more luminous complexion.
“Vitamin C is one of the most potent antioxidants,” explains Danette Elliott, Australian head of training for L’occitane. There are numerous types of vitamin C on the market (ascorbic acid, also known as L-ascorbic, is the most effective), as well as various concentrations.
A word of warning, though: like other antioxidants, vitamin C is unstable and degrades when exposed to oxygen, water (found in most skincare) or sunlight. To ensure it remains active, look for single-use products or those packaged in opaque, airtight containers, and store out of direct sunlight. Also, keep an eye on any colour changes in the product, a sign it’s no longer effective.
And, finally, as Elliott notes, “If you’ve made the effort to even out your skin tone, always follow up your morning vitamin C routine with some SPF… otherwise the sun will bring back those spots quick smart.”