Skincare ingredients are so confusing! Let’s break it down. Today…Vitamin C.
What Is It?
Vitamin C is an antioxidant. Found in ingredients lists as ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate etc.
What Does It Do?
Firms, smooths, brightens. Protects against UVA and UVB damage, improves the appearance of pigmentation and reduces inflammation.
Peels dead surface skin for smoother, brighter, glowing skin. Neutralises free radicals (molecules caused by pollution, smoke and sunlight) that can damage skin cells.
What’s It In?
Serums, creams, powders, facials mists.
Becomes ineffective when exposed to light and air, so avoid jars in favour of opaque tubes and pump dispensers.
- The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, £4.90.
- The Body Shop Vitamin C 10 Day Glow Boosting Concentrate, £17.
- Clinique Fresh Pressed 7-Day System with Pure Vitamin C, £25.
- Zelens Power C High Potency Vitamin C Treatment Drops, £125.
When To Use?
Morning and night. After cleansing and exfoliating, before moisturiser. Use as an alternative to Retinol or Niacinamide, not with.
Particularly good for city dwellers and those with dull skin. Or anyone who loves glow.
Til next time,