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Why Vitamin C Really Needs To Be In Your Skincare Routine

Brightening, anti-aging and healing – it does so much more than just keep colds at bay. And that zesty citrus scent? Mmmmm.

Vitamin C is like that superhero you can always rely on. It’s there when you’re feeling a little under the weather and need a little immunity boost in your system. In the beautysphere, the wonder ingredient is also known as ascorbic acid – an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which we talked about previously here – and can do much more for your skin than you think. So much more than just fixing under-the-weather skin.

For one, it’s an antioxidant. It protects your skin from free radicals by sun exposure and boosts collagen production, too. If you’ve got an outburst of pimples and the scar it leaves in turn leaves a scar on your confidence, you’d rest easy once you know that this vitamin would speed up the healing process. Vitamin C also brings moisture to the surface of the skin, is anti-inflammatory and reduces the amount of melanin production in the skin. Brighter, clearer, younger, calmer and more radiant skin – can you see why we’re spamming it?

Now, time for a quick chemistry class. Several types of Vitamin Cs exist under the names of L-ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphatem ascorbyl palmitate and retinyl ascorbate, with the former being the most popular and beneficial. There’s one minor concern, however, that when antioxidants are exposed to light and air too frequently, they may breakdown. So, look out for pump bottles, air-tight packaging, pumps or single-use satchets, as these can reduce the risk of oxidisation.

According to this article by Dr. Dennis Gross, – who makes terrific Vitamin C-centric products, by the way – Vitamin C can provide you with even more protection against photodamage when used in conjunction with Vitamin E. Simply put, if you’re looking for a good sunscreen, it’s wise to start by scanning the ingredient list for these two vitamins.

It’s especially useful to note that consuming Vitamin C can give you the same benefits as to applying it topically, perhaps even better. Oranges, broccoli, strawberries and guava are a few of the many sources available. If you’re the type who is completely adverse to any sort of fruit or vegetable, this is where creams and skincare come in to target specific areas on where you apply them. Or if you need an extra, sure boost.

One last tip – if you’re using any sort of acids or retinol in your other skincare products, it’s best to leave some time in-between to avoid any stinging or redness. If you’re not sure where to start looking for the miracle vitamin, we’ve gathered a list of the most effective ones on the market below.

Dr Dennis Gross C + Collagen Brighten + Firm Eye Cream 

Sunday Riley Vitamin C Set

Youth Corridor Ultimate Antioxidant C Boost Serum

Erno Laszlo White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel

MZ Skin Brighten & Perfect 10% Vitamin C Corrective Serum

Dr Sebagh Pure Vitamin C Powder Cream

Anne Semonin Brightening Serum

Kat Burki Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream

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