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Notes on Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of my favourite ingredients, it’s an expert multitasker and supercharged antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that address a myriad of concerns from hyperpigmentation to dull skin, premature ageing and a generally lacklustre complexion.

Why is vitamin C a regime essential?
This true powerhouse ingredient protects the skin against environmental factors such as UV light and pollution by fighting free radicals, it also increases the body’s natural supply of collagen to plump, tone and adds a healthful glow, while also treating pigmentation by slowing the production of melanin, evening out the skin tone. Unlike hyaluronic acid and Collagen, vitamin C isn’t produced by the body on its own accord. So, sourcing it externally through a diet rich in foods like berries, citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables is immensely beneficial, as is incorporating high-performance serums and creams that deliver it directly into the skin.

How can I incorporate vitamin C into my regime?
Vitamin C is most commonly found in serums, although some moisturisers also contain it, I prefer serums as they allow for a deeper penetration. Vitamin C alone can become unstable so choosing well-formulated products containing complementary ingredients like vitamin E, ferulic acid and hyaluronic acid, is key to enhancing its full potential. You can incorporate vitamin C into both your morning or evening regimes, but personally prefer its use in the mornings to make the most of its ability to shield from age-accelerating pollution, free radicals and environmental aggressors while adding radiance.

I always suggest a gradual approach when adding any new active into your routine and it’s no different in this case. Vitamin C is suitable for most skin types however if you are on the sensitive side, start by applying on alternate days and work up to daily use. If your complexion is on the normal to oily side, look for serums containing l-ascorbic acid; vitamin C in its most powerful, potent form. Dry or sensitive skin types will be best off with magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, a water-soluble derivative of vitamin C, which is gentler and more stable.