A daily dose of vi­ta­min C is the se­cret to glow­ing skin

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Beauty - by Sher­ine Youssef

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.”

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