ELLE (Canada) - - Beauty -

IF THERE WERE a uni­ver­sally-agreed-upon list of holy-grail beauty in­gre­di­ents, vi­ta­min C would be at the top. The thor­oughly re­searched an­tiox­i­dant pre­vents dam­age caused by free rad­icals, which are a re­sult of things like pol­lu­tion and UV light, and has a bright­en­ing ef­fect on skin. It’s also, how­ever, no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult to for­mu­late with. (It ox­i­dizes and be­comes in­ef­fect­ive when ex­posed to light and air—you’ll know it’s hap­pened when the prod­uct turns an or­angey brown.) Look for for­mu­las you can ac­ti­vate just be­fore use, like Alu­mierMD Ev­er­Ac­tive C&E ($179 for three vials). It’s made with L-ascor­bic acid, the only bio­avail­able form of vi­ta­min C, mean­ing your skin doesn’t have to do any work to con­vert the in­gre­di­ent into a form it can use. It also con­tains Ma­trixyl, a pep­tide renowned for its abil­ity to stim­u­late col­la­gen syn­the­sis—which makes sense, since Alu­mierMD was co-founded by bio­chemist Karl Lint­ner, who de­vel­oped the pep­tide over a decade ago.

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