What is it, why do we need it, what can it do?
The skincare ingredient you need in your routine!
Vitamin C may be your go-to vitamin when you feel a cold coming on, but it is also an iconic ingredient in the skincare world too. Uneven skin tone, rough texture, fine lines, acne scars, general dullness — you can name just about any common complexion concern and there’s a good chance that Vitamin C is a recommended ingredient.
Firstly, what is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a vital nutrient for health which can’t be stored in our bodies, so we need it in our diets every day. It is naturally found in a variety of fruit and vegetables and whilst citrus fruits, such as oranges and limes, are the most well-known source, many other fruits and veggies are bursting with it… plums, papaya, strawberries, blackcurrants, peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts and chili peppers.
However, only a small fraction of the Vitamin C that we consume will be active in the skin, therefore the topical application is necessary for optimum complexion perfection.
Why do we need Vitamin C in our skincare?
Vitamin C, in skincare, is a water-soluble vitamin and powerful antioxidant with the ability to penetrate the skin for effective results.
Over time, intrinsic (natural) and extrinsic (environmental) factors cause structural changes within the skin. This is what leads to fine lines, uneven skin tone, UV-induced age spots, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Therefore, a daily dose of this vibrant Vitamin is crucial for healthy-looking skin.
There are many forms of Vitamin C in skincare, but the most commonly used are Ascorbyl-6-Palmitate and Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP). Both forms are stable when formulated into skincare products and make for the safest option for your skin.
How else does Vitamin C benefit the skin?
Vitamin C has a wealth of benefits that make it worthy of a permanent place in your skincare routine. In brief, it will brighten your complexion, even skin tone and help to reduce signs of ageing.
Potent Antioxidant: As far as your skin is concerned, Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps to neutralise free radicals. This includes damages caused by pollution and sun exposure, which can lead to pigmentation, signs of ageing and dullness.
So, in the same way that consuming antioxidant-rich foods aids your body in fighting off free radicals, topical antioxidants do the same for your skin. In other words, antioxidants help keep our body and our skin cells healthy.
Radiant Complexion: It is known as a superior brightening agent ideal for those looking to target an uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation or dark spots. It contains a property that inhibits your skin’s melanin production, which is what causes skin discoloration. With continued topical use, Vitamin C can help lighten their appearance and prevent dark spots from forming in the first place.
Boost Collagen Production: Along with these antioxidant and brightening properties, it is an ideal anti-ageing ingredient. Thanks to its ability to stimulate the production of collagen which enhances skin’s plumpness and elasticity, for a firm, smooth, youthful-looking complexion.