Collagen gives substance and structure to the skin but naturally as we age we start to create less of it. This in turn leads to fine lines starting to form in our skin and sagging to occur.
Vitamin C also is a fantastic lightener, evening out your skin tone and fading dark spots from hormones or sun damage. Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid inhibits the production of melanin (that causes the skint to colour) and is also a fantastic antioxidant protecting against UV rays. Note, it shouldn’t be used in the place of an SPF but just alongside it!
Tips to picking the perfect Vitamin C products
Vitamin C can be a very fickle ingredient. Once it makes contact with oxygen or sunlight the active ingredient basically dies and is no longer effective at boosting your collagen levels or fading those dark spots.
To keep your vitamin c active and protected opt for products that keep the active ingredient safe. Think opaque bottles, technology that only activates the product before you’re about to use it like powders or protective casings or pump applicators that are going to keep the oxygen out.
Top Vitamin C Picks:
The Skinstitut Vitamin C 100% contains 100% pure Vitamin C crystals (most Vitamin C products only contain around 15% Vitamin C so this is a great one for fast results!) to reduce the appearance of sun damage. The powder is used by mixing one tiny pinch (think a grain of rice) of powder with another liquid product like a serum or moisturiser and enables the Vitamin C to remain stable only activating once mixed, ensuring you get the perfect hit of Vit C!
Monoderma’s Vitamin C10 comes in handy capsule dose packaging preserving the active ingredients ensuring it won’t oxidise or become inactive in sunlight. Each disc comes with 28 capsules of vitamin C giving you just under a month of collagen boosting and pigmentation booting benefits.
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The Skin Inc Vitamin C serum combines Vitamin C with Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E. They’re amazing seaweed ball design ensures the ingredients remain active even with the gorgeous clear and coloured bottles. With each ingredient filled ball bursting on contact with the skin.
An oil-free, lightweight moisturiser perfect for transforming the skin. It gently exfoliates as well as fades dark spots. A fantastic pick for those wanting a quick pick me up blending Vitamin C and Licorice to lighten and even skin tone and Fruit Acids to retexturise and smooth. The addition of Vitamin E leaves your skin healed, nourished and gorgeously radiant.
With a tinted blue bottle and high amounts of active Vitamin C the Obagi Professional-C Serum is a great daily hit of Vitamin C to your skin.