How vitamin C has become the new beauty must-have ingredient
There’s a reason why vitamin C is currently beauty’s number one ingredient. Not only does it shield skin from harmful free radicals – we’re talking sun damage, pollution, the lot – it also plumps up your skin, blurs fine lines, and brightens like there’s no tomorrow.
We’ve always known that vitamin C was important in our diets – we take vitamin C pills like there’s no tomorrow if we get to thinking there’s a cold in the air, and citrus fruits are always a key food to include as one of our five a day, but who knew it was capable of so much skin care magic?
According to renowned skincare expert and founder of Paula’s Choice, Paula Begoun, the list of vitamin C benefits is endless! It reduces the appearance of brown spots, boosts collagen production (hello firmer skin!), reduces inflammation and irritation, fades post-breakout red marks, increases the effectiveness of your sunscreens and ups your skin’s own defences against the sun, making it one hell of an anti-ager!
And the good news is the beauty insiders have taken notice, and there’s a whole load of products that now count vitamin C as their main ingredient – so stock up on all the creams, serums, toners and body oils out there that are set to give you a dose of the stuff.
Elemis White Brightening Dark Spot Correcter, £35
This dinky pen with a brush applicator has been made so you can target specific areas of dark spots and pigmentation, to leave you with a more even complexion that screams youthfulness.
L’Oreal Age Perfect Refreshing Toner, £4.49
Add this exfoliating toner into your cleansing routine to smooth and reinvigorate your skin.
Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Brighten Gentle Daily Micro Polish Wash, £9.99
Swap your cleanser for this daily face wash, it’s sure to give your skin back its glow.
Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum, £30
This weightless serum packs a serious anti-ageing punch! It fights multiple signs of ageing as well as reducing enlarged pores, blurring out wrinkles, the lot.
Formula Perfect Radiance Vitamin C Illuminating Day Cream SPF15, £10.50
This daily moisturiser couples the powers of vitamin c with hyaluronic acid to give you a serious radiance boost, and provides UV protection to boot.
The Body Shop Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer, £15
If your skin needs a real kick up the bum in seconds, this is the buy for you. Smooth it on to get glowing, softer skin instantly – it’s like waving a magic wand.
Fushi Organic Carrot Oil, £10
This all-over oil’s coldpressed from whole carrots, so it’s packed with goodness. It’s amazing for sun damaged skin due to its high vitamin c content and levels of beta carotene.