SKINCARE: BEAUTY BUZZ

VITAMIN C

The wonder ingredient for better, brighter skin
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Vitamin C is skincare's secret superstar, beloved by dermatologists for its Jill-of-all-trades ability to tackle a number of skin concerns. Read on to discover how to reap the benefits.

WHAT IS IT?

This potent antioxidant helps neutralize free radicals, the highly reactive molecules that are produced by exposure to things like pollution and UV damage. Left unchecked, free radicals can wreak havoc on skin, leading to pigmentation, dullness, loss of collagen, fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C helps skin fight off free radicals, which in turn helps skin repair damage and prevent it occurring in the first place.

WHAT CAN IT DO FOR MY SKIN?

Applied regularly, vitamin C can help you achieve a brighter, firmer, healthier complexion with a more uniform tone. Thanks to its melanin production-inhibiting properties, vitamin C can diminish dark spots and acne marks, and boost elastin and collagen production, both of which are necessary for firm and plump skin.

HOW DO I USE IT?

A serum, applied in the morning after cleansing and before sunscreen, is your best bet. Vitamin C is highly unstable and degrades when exposed to air and light, so stick to a serum that comes in opaque packaging or single dose sachets to maintain its potency and efficacy, and look for a product that contains ascorbic or L-ascorbic acid, the most stable form of vitamin C available in skincare. If you have sensitive skin, start with a lower concentration of vitamin C applied every other day, working up to daily use as you build up tolerance.

OUR TOP VITAMIN C PICKS:

Priori DNA fx221 Recovery Serum combines vitamin C with vitamin E, to help diminish pigmentation and enhance collagen.

Kora Organics Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum combines a superfruit blend of Kakadu plum, orange and lemon peel plus 12% Ascorbyl Glucoside to brighten, protect and smooth your skin.

Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder can be mixed with your morning moisturiser, serum or sunscreen.

Napoleon Perdis Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Goji Berry Serum, pairs the vitamin-C rich berries with antioxidant rich olive leaf and pomegranate.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, utilizes a water and silicone free suspension to deliver a brightening boost to dull skin. Best used at night.