Know you need to include vitamin C in your skincare routine but you’re not sure why? We find out what all the fuss is about this radiance-enhancing vitamin.
Vitamin C has garnered a lot of attention in the beauty world over the last few years â€“ and for good reason. â€śVitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis and also acts as a powerful antioxidant that helps to neutralise free radical damage on the skin,â€ť explains Dr Des Fernandes, founder of Environ.
And for those who after skin that really glows, vitamin C should be an essential in your routine. â€śIt can also brighten your complexion and help even out skin tone and discolouration,â€ť says Dr Ellen Selkon of Clinic 42. Ensuring you invest in the right type of vitamin C-based skincare is important. â€śNot all vitamin C is created equal,â€ť adds Selkon. â€śIt’s not as simple as selecting any old product with vitamin C on the label and smothering your face in it,â€ť she adds. Both Selkon and Fernandes agree that to get the most out of vitamin C, you need to be using skin care formulated with L-ascorbic acid. â€śThis is the form of vitamin C that the cells recognise,â€ť says Selkon.
The problem with L-ascorbic acid, however, is that it is highly unstable. Purchase vitamin C-based skincare thatâ€™s been sitting on the shelf tool long or hasnâ€™t been packaged sufficiently to keep the product stable and you wonâ€™t get the skin benefits youâ€™re after. To see results it needs to be in stable formulation when applied to the skin explains Fernandes.â€śItâ€™s readily oxidised in the company of water and heat, you need to take into consideration the stability â€“ the ingredient must not be prone to oxidation or breakdown all products should be supplied in packaging with an airless pump which will protect the vitamin C from UV light as well as water,â€ť advises Selkon. Once you have found the right vitamin C skincare for your complexion, and there are a plethora of effective formulations out there, Fernandes says results are generally visible in three to four weeks. â€śIt most definitely has important skin benefits,â€ť he says. â€śVitamin C has proved to be very effective in reducing the appearance of sun damage such as hyper-pigmentation and raging.â€ť