Vitamin C is universally touted as the powerhouse skincare ingredient that restores glow, smooths fine lines and acts as a barrier against daily stressors including environmental pollution and sun damage.
Available in a wealth of different formulae, spanning from oils and creams to serums and vitamin c face wash, we've delved deeper into why Vitamin C is so beneficial for your skin and is an important step to add to your daily routine.
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient that has been hailed for its many wonderous benefits and can be found naturally in certain foods. The key benefits include improving your immune function, boosting collagen production, preventing or delaying cardiovascular disease and limiting the damaging effects of free radicals through its antioxidant activity.
In the realm of skincare, Vitamin C is available in several active forms with the most active and well-researched being ascorbic acid (otherwise known as L-ascorbic acid). L-ascorbic acid, however, is highly unstable which means that it can oxidise when exposed to UV light and air (meaning its effectiveness will gradually diminish when exposed to these elements). Dermo-pharmacist, Dr Colette Haydon, states ‘other vitamin C derivatives such as Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate are more stable but less effective than Ascorbic Acid.’
Benefits of Vitamin C
There are many benefits of the topical use of Vitamin C. 'It boosts collagen, regulates melanin production and scavenges free-radicals, making skin brighter and more evenly toned,' explains Dr Haydon. It acts as a shield against pollution, environmental stressors, excessive sun exposure and free radicals – damaged cells that contribute to ageing on a daily basis. Vitamin C is also in the antioxidant family and so works to protect and detoxify: it protects the structure of our skin and promotes the production of collagen to keep it looking plump and firm. Basically, incorporating this potent ingredient into your skincare routine, whether in a vitamin C serum, a vitamin C moisturiser or a vitamin C face wash, you name it, will restore that sought-after glow, smooth fine lines and make you look more youthful and radiant.
Does Vitamin C work?
Yes! The powerful antioxidant ingredient is compatible with most skin types and significantly brightens and livens the skin's complexion. To get the best results ensure you do your research and buy from a brand you trust and, as Dr Haydon suggests, apply in the morning - either by way of a vitamin C serum, a vitamin C infused moisturiser, or even a vitamin C face wash - to reap the antioxidant benefits all day long. Eating foods enriched with vitamin C and consuming vitamin C supplements orally, alongside committing to a vitamin C-rich skincare regime, can accelerate the good doings of the ingredient.
Who should not use Vitamin C?
As vitamin C is an anti-inflammatory it is advised that those with more senstive skin, or those with acne-prone skin, should not use it in large dosages. Purer forms of vitamin C shouldn't be used every day - more a one-day-on-one-day-off affair.
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Face Washes with Vitamin C - Grazia
Wake-up sleepy skin with Rodial's gel-based cleanser that's packed with Vitamin C to brighten, fruit AHAs to exfoliate and blood orange water to refresh and purify pores.
The Body Shop has been leading the Vitamin C game for years with its extensive Vitamin C range. This facial cleansing polish works to buff away dead skin cells to reveal a brighter complexion, and is great for daily use.
This lightweight cleansing oil gently removes all makeup and daily pollution to reveal brighter, perkier skin. Use daily AM and PM and follow with a vitamin-c packed serum.
This product works to cleanse, polish, purify, energise and brighten the skin all in one go. Used daily, you will see great results quickly. (It is best for oily/combination skin types.)
Murad are leaders in improving problem skin, especially acne, and they also offer a great product enriched with Vitamin C. The maxim of this product is to act as an 'environmental shield', which fights free radicals and slows the ageing process.
This water-like cleanser from Pixi contains orange flower water, which is a stable form of vitamin C. Dispense a little onto a cotton pad, then sweep over your face, there's no need to rinse.
Smooth this cleanser-meets-toner over your face with your hands before rinsing with lukewarm water. It's enriched with hyaluronic acid to leave your skin clean and hydrated, not tight and itchy, and is enriched with vitamins a, c and e as well as green tea extract to up your antioxidant levels.
If you're a fan of a cleansing balm, make a grab for this buy. As the name on the label suggests the star ingredient is papaya, which is rich in vitamin C.