A daily dose of Vitamin C is a surefire way to plump, glowing skin. Ready to drink up?
Vitamin A gets all the glory, but it’s time for Vitamin C to step up and take its rightful place as an equally essential skin vitamin. Add this potent antioxidant powerhouse to your regimen, then kick back and watch as it evens out your skin tone, boosts hydration levels, supports collagen production, reduces inflammation and neutralises free radicals. But wait, there’s more: Vitamin C pulls double-duty by working on damage that’s already happened and helping prevent further problems before they even start. Your future is looking bright, kid.
There are several different types of Vitamin C used in skincare, like sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, and retinyl ascorbate, but ascorbic acid, also referred to as L-ascorbic acid on an ingredient list, has the most scientific research behind it. Studies have shown it can boost collagen to help firm and tone the skin, smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, and disrupt pigment production to give the complexion a healthy sheen. No matter which type of Vitamin C you use, look for a product that comes in single-use or airtight and opaque packaging. The reason? Vitamin C is unstable, meaning that it can degrade if it’s exposed to light or air.
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Like Gigi and Zayn, sometimes two is better than one. Don’t get us wrong, vitamin C does an excellent job solo (as do Gigi and Zayn), but it works even better when layered with other ingredients like vitamin E or ferulic acid. And it really shines when layered underneath your morning SPF: as an antioxidant, vitamin C helps neutralize the free radical damage that occurs when your skin is exposed to environmental stressors like UV light and pollution. If you’re concerned about sensitivity issues, start using Vitamin C-spiked products every other day and build up to daily use, and wait a minute before applying your other acid or retinol products.
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