Just like fashion, the beauty industry is trend led. And, at the moment, the buzzword is vitamin C. However, this trend is one that will stick around, because it has the science to back it up. The antioxidant offers powerful protection against pollution, while also tackling fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, dullness, hyperpigmentation… the list goes on and on. In addition, it benefits all skin types and ethnicities and isn’t targeted at a specific age group. That being said, you must pick the right products to be fruitful in your clear-skin quest.
Vitamin C occurs naturally in the body, but depletes with age, so topping up with skincare products is essential. L-ascorbic acid is pure vitamin C and the most effective form you will find on the market. Look for an acidic pH within the 2.0 to 3.5 range for the best results. Other forms of vitamin C, such as tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, ascorbyl palmitate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate and ethylated ascorbic acid, though not as potent, are still strong alternatives and shouldn’t be counted out.
Don’t go all in and slather your face daily and expect quick results. Vitamin C – especially at a low PH level – can cause irritation to the skin. Instead, slowly work the products into your daily routine until your skin fully tolerates them.
1. Brightmud Mask £45, glamglow.co.uk
2. C25 Super Booster £54, paulaschoice.co.uk
3. C-Tetra Eye Serum £20, medik8.com
4. Vita-C Triple Exfoliating Facial £67, murad.co.uk
5. CEO Vitamin C Brightening Serum £70, Sunday Riley (cultbeauty.co.uk)
6. Vitamin C Brightening Cleanser £55, 111skin.co.uk
7. CE Ferulic Vitamin C Antioxidant Serum £145, skinceuticals.co.uk
8. All Nighter Setting Spray Vitamin C £27, urbandecay.co.uk
9. Glow Daily Vitamin C Gel Cream £40, renskincare.com
10. Retinol Vitamin C Moisturiser £84, katesomerville.co.uk