Skincare

How vitamin C can benefit your skin

The benefits of taking vitamin C for our health is well known, but did you know that it’s a powerful anti-ageing ingredient in skincare as well?

By Tracy Davis

What does Vitamin C do for our skin?

Hands down, my favourite skincare ingredient is vitamin C, and the first thing you will notice when you start incorporating it by way of a serum into your routine is how much brighter and more even-toned your complexion looks.

On top of that, as an antioxidant, it works hard to shield your skin from the damaging environment (a major source of premature ageing).

And over time, it will help to keep your skin looking firm and toned by stimulating collagen, as well as improving your hydration levels.

How do I use vitamin C on my skin?

Because of its antioxidant properties, a vitamin C serum is ideally applied onto cleansed skin in the morning.

With some of the stronger salon formulations you may need to begin using it every second day until your skin becomes accustomed to using it on a daily basis.

Take time to massage it well into your face, neck and décolletage, then put your moisturiser and sunscreen over the top to seal all of the goodness in.

What to look for in a vitamin C skincare product

When vitamin C is included in skincare, it can be in a natural form from botanical ingredients such as citrus, kiwifruit and berries or a synthetic form – the most common of which include ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate.

Any form of vitamin C can be prone to breaking down and becoming less potent when exposed to air and light, so look out for packaging that will help prevent this from happening such as opaque tubes, pumps and dark bottles.

Keep your skincare in a cool place, out of the sun with the cap firmly on.

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