Vitamin C 🍊
Renowned for its potent antioxidant properties, Vitamin C has long been the gold standard in cosmetic ingredients.
Its ability to neutralise free radicals and its role in collagen synthesis has frequently been researched and documented. It is also known to improve pigmentation and boost UV protection when used under sunscreen (not instead of).
L-Ascorbic Acid (LAA) is the most used and researched vitamin C when it comes to benefits for the skin.
This water-soluble ingredient is highly unstable and it’s important to note that not all vitamin C products are created equally. The best formulations are a combination of LAA with Ferulic acid, Vitamin E, Glutathione, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate- an oil-soluble form of Vitamin C- for maximum stability and efficacy.
The benefits of Vitamin C extend beyond topical use. Our bodies cannot produce vitamin C naturally so we must ingest it. My advice would be to look for a supplement that is a direct source of food for maximum bioavailability; berries, camu camu, maqui, acerola, oranges. @edenhealthfoods WILD C is my first choice for my family and I. I know the product was out of stock for a long time but they have recently made a fresh batch so stock up while you can.
Important tips on Vitamin C in skincare:
-Use as part of your AM routine after cleansing, using a vitamin C serum before sunscreen has been shown to be more effective at neutralising free radicals then just using sunscreen alone.
-Use within 1-2 months of opening
-If the colour of your serum has darkened or changed, assume it has oxidised and discontinue use
-If you are blemish-prone, please make sure you speak to a therapist to determine if a Vitamin C serum is right for you. Rest assured, there are great alternative antioxidant serums.
My top recommendations and their breadowns are:
C E Ferulic by Skinceuticals is my go-to recommendation for ageing concerns, mature skin wanting to regain and restore luster, improve fine lines and pigmentation.
Alto Defense is a staple for anyone with sensitivity and prone to rosacea and redness, as the name suggests, this antioxidant powerhouse strengthens skin building resiliency and reduces redness and sensitivity.
Vita-C Glycolic gently resurfaces as it delivers potent vitamin C benefits to the skin.
Tri Vita C is an innovative serum with three of the most powerful forms of vitamin C – 15% L-Ascorbic Acid, 14.5% Ascorbyl Silanol, and 0.5% Ascorbyl Ester – for superior anti-ageing results. This formula is a favourite amongst anyone concerned with large pores.
Silymarin CF is the best solution for blemish-prone skin and has been specifically formulated to provide antioxidant protection while simultaneously targeting this concern.
Pro-Heal Serum Advanced + takes vitamin C serums to the next level. Providing the highest level of anti-inflammatory ingredients,this serum features IsClinical’s scientifically advanced L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C), combined with a superior form of Olive Leaf Extract and pure Vitamins E and A. This powerful formulation significantly increases antioxidant protection while helping improve the appearance of compromised, blemish-prone, and ageing skin. This is a great product that can be used by anyone and also has the added benefits of arbutin; an effective pigment inhibitor.