What is it?
One of the most common and well-proven antioxidants, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is not just beneficial when ingested but can also do wonders for brightening and firming the skin. Like all antioxidants, it protects against free radicals, which come from daily pollution and sun exposure and cause damage to the skin. It helps to rejuvenate and repair the skin while also protecting it from future harm.
Will it work for all skin types?
It is probably the best known antioxidant for applying topically to the skin and can be tolerated by most skin types, whether you are blemish-prone, have dull or dry skin, or if you are simply seeking an ingredient to help brighten and firm skin. As a skincare ingredient, Vitamin C has been well researched and its benefits proven, but no matter what your skin type it’s always best to slowly test drive new products first before making them a regular in your routine, especially if you have ultra-sensitive skin.
What are its benefits?
Vitamin C will help to clarify, brighten and gently exfoliate the skin, as well as promoting collagen formation, giving almost immediate visible, plumped up results.
It has powerful anti-aging benefits and can reduce the look of fine lines, brighten dark spots and make your skin look firmer.
It is great for blemished skin due to its powerful free-radical effects while helping to calm inflammation, kill bacteria and reduce redness.
It has been shown to offer some protection against sun damage, when applied in the morning, and can be combined with a mineral sunscreen to offer a sun protection boost for your skin (we wouldn’t recommend relying on Vitamin C alone for sun protection!).
Should I be using it?
If you are looking for a skincare ingredient that will brighten your skin while offering protection against skin damage than you should think about adding Vitamin C to your routine. It’s an ingredient that is well-studied, safe and offers proven short-term and long-term benefits. The results are usually visible after only a few applications so it’s great for those looking for a quick boost for their skin.
It has powerful anti-aging benefits and will also refine the texture and overall appearance of the skin. It can be found in makeup, haircare, bath and body products as well as skincare, so there are a lot of ways in which it can be added topically to your beauty routine. Check out some of our favourite Vitamin C containing products below for some inspiration!
Vitamin C Cleanser
This new vegan and organic cleansing balm, from luxury Irish skincare brand Nunaїa, is packed with superfood ingredients and powerful antioxidants to actively nourish the skin while removing impurities and make up. Their soil to skin ethos guarantees 100% natural, ethical, organic and cruelty-free ingredients, and this silky balm has a 87% organic ingredients with Eco-cert Cosmos organic certification. For bright, healthy skin. Suitable for all skin types.
Vitamin C Serum
This brightly coloured serum is like a nutrient-packed green smoothie for the face. Formulated with desert fruit Quandong, which has twice the Vitamin C of oranges) it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and calm stressed skin. It contains a combination of superfood ingredients to deliver essential enzymes and Vitamins to your skin. Suitable for all skin types.
Vitamin C Moisturiser
A rich and nourishing organic facial moisturiser containing Rosehip, which has high levels of Vitamins C and A, along with essential fatty acids. It is high in antioxidants to keep skin healthy, protected and radiant. With Manuka Honey it also helps to keep blemishes at bay, leaving skin bright and calming redness and inflammation. Suitable for all skin types, especially blemish prone.
Vitamin C Mask
This dreamy mask is easy to apply with a pleasant scent and texture. It leaves skin remarkably smooth, soft and brighter after just one application. Hands down one of our favourite facial masks of all time. The tube lasts a long time too! Suitable for all skin types.
Vitamin C Make Up
A whisper-light, vegan Tinted Moisturiser packed with skin loving ingredients including Rosehip, which is high in Vitamin C and other antioxidants. It gives skin a kiss of sheer color for a healthy glow and an even, more radiant complexion. Natural SPF20 is blended with nourishing botanicals of aloe, avocado oil and green tea extract into a semi-matte formula that blurs imperfection and leaves a soft, diffused glow. Also contains Shea Butter, Avocado, Aloe, Vitamin E and Sodium Hyaluronate. Suitable for all skin types.
Vitamin C Supplement
A balancing blend of organic and wildcrafted Suma, Maca, and Chlorella from Sun Potion. This combination of herbs is meant to promote energy levels while strengthening the immune system and promoting overall wellbeing. With a high level of Vitamins (including Vitamin C) and antioxidants, this blend is designed to boost energy levels, support the immune system, increase the delivery of essential minerals, vitamins, proteins and amino acids to our system. Can enhance stamina, balance hormones and boost libido. Add it to your morning green smoothie, milk potion or make a tea from it.