We all know Vitamin C is good for us and should be getting a daily dose. But apart from staving off colds and scurvy, what can Vitamin C do for the skin? A lot, as it turns out.
I’m still a relative newcomer to Vitamin C in skincare and have only been using it on a regular basis for about a year now so am probably not the best person to educate you. That’s why I’ve asked skin expert Jennifer Rock, aka The Skin Nerd, to tell us why Vitamin C should form an essential part of your skincare routine.
As Vitamin C is one of the factors in creating collagen molecules in the skin, it makes it one of the most reliable anti-ageing ingredients available. And while supplements are great, the best way to get it is to eat it.
Jennifer reveals: “You do not make Vitamin C yourself and must depend on getting it through food. Interestingly we can obtain more Vitamin C from broccoli than an orange.
“‘Feed the skin from within’ is an expression I repeat daily, as ultimately from a skin point of view, Vitamin C helps ease redness, scarring, stretch marks, inflammation, discolouration, lines and wrinkles.”
Mops up free radicals
As an antioxidant, Vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals created in skin after oxidative stress (ie: sun damage). So while it won’t protect like an SPF, it will repair any damage done.
Jennifer says: “The phrase ‘antioxidant’ is perhaps bandied around a lot in relation to Vitamin C in skincare and never truly understood or indeed explained.
“Put simply, an antioxidant has the ability to guard and prevent the oxidisation of your skin. Think of a peeled apple left on a counter and exposed to the air – it will soon turn brown. This is the apple becoming oxidised due to light and environmental damage.
“However, if the apple is protected by some lemon juice, the Vitamin C in the juice acts as an defending antioxidant, protecting the apple from damage. It’s a must when it comes to skincare – my personal favourite is the Vitamin A Serum from Image Skincare as it’s lightweight, non-greasy and absorbs well.”
If you’re looking to reduce red and brown spots, Vitamin C should be your first port of call due to its ability to help heal skin.
Jennifer adds: “Vitamin C is a key component in skincare as it works in synergy with other vitamins to enhance the other, for example Vitamin A.”
And now for TBI’s Vitamin C recommendations…
The Clinique Fresh Pressed launch is one of the most exciting new launches in 2017. The booster boasts 10% pure Vitamin C that is isolated in a separate pump and is not activated until you are ready to use it. Vitamin C naturally degrades over time so each pump contains one week’s worth of product.
The booster can be used as a serum or mixed with your existing moisturiser for added benefit. Clinique recommends cleansing beforehand with a sachet of the Vitamin C powder cleansers (simply mix in the palm of your hand with water). It’s a genuinely fantastic product although pricey. One week’s booster plus seven cleansers will set you back €34, while a month’s supply of just the boosters is €70. Available nationwide from 10 March, 2017.
The Vital C is one of my all-time favourite serums. Citrus scented, the serum is lightweight, quickly absorbed and delivers on its promise of glowing skin. Packed with oil-soluble Vitamin C, and Vitamins A and E, it’s the easiest way to incorporate a little sunshine into your routine. Available from salons and Therapie, priced from €65.
The Skin Brightener is Neostrata’s latest launch in the Enlighten range. The Skin Brightener is a daily moisturiser with SPF 25. If you’re using high-strength Vitamin C products, a daily SPF is essential.
Formulated with Grape Seed extract and Vitamin E, this will help brighten and reduce age spots while protecting from further sun damage. Available in pharmacies nationwide, priced €34.95.
*PR sample. For more on Jennifer and her work, visit TheSkinNerd.ie