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Everything you Need to Know About Vitamin C Skincare

Know you need to include vitamin C skincare in your beauty 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 – and for good reason. “Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis and also acts as a powerful antioxidant that helps to neutralise free radical damage on the skin,” 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. “It can also brighten your complexion and help even out skin tone and discolouration,” says Dr Ellen Selkon of Clinic 42. Ensuring you invest in the right type of vitamin C-based skincare is important. “Not all vitamin C is created equal,” adds Selkon. “It’s not as simple as selecting any old product with vitamin C on the label and smothering your face in it,” 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. “This is the form of vitamin C that the cells recognise,” says Selkon.

The problem with L-ascorbic acid, however, is that it is highly unstable. Purchase vitamin C-based skincare that’s been sitting on the shelf tool long or hasn’t been packaged sufficiently to keep the product stable and you won’t get the skin benefits you’re after. To see results it needs to be in stable formulation when applied to the skin explains Fernandes.“It’s readily oxidised in the company of water and heat, you need to take into consideration the stability – 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,” 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. “It most definitely has important skin benefits,” he says. “Vitamin C has proved to be very effective in reducing the appearance of sun damage such as hyper-pigmentation and raging.”

Read up on all the other skin-changing ingredients you need in your beauty routine right here. 

 

 

 

It’s Fashion Revolution Week – Here’s What You Need to Know

What is Fashion Revolution week?

Seven years ago on the 24th of April, the garment-manufacturing building Rana Plaza in Bangladesh collapsed killing 1134 people and injuring another 2,500. Since the deadliest garment factory accident in history, consumers around the globe have demanded a greater level of transparency about the steps the fashion industry is taking to protect the rights of garment makers around the globe.

Each year around the anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, Fashion Revolution week shines a light on the steps needed to bring revolutionary change within the fashion industry. Fashion Revolution campaigns for a clean, safe, fair, transparent and accountable fashion industry – a fashion industry that is able to lift people out of poverty, provide them with dignified livelihoods and conserve our planet. In other words, a fashion industry that values people and the planet over profit.

What will Fashion Revolution week 2020 focus on?

Fashion Revolution week 2020 comes amidst the COVID-19 crisis which has already led to many major brands and retailers shutting up shop and cancelling supplier orders and payments.

The trickle-down effect has been enormous, and more often than not, it is the workers within the supply chain that already live in poverty that are taking the brunt of the blow.

While the global pandemic is taking its own devastating toll, human rights abuses, modern slavery and environmental degradation email rife within the industry.

“In the midst of this global pandemic, the need for citizens to hold brands and retailers to account is more pressing than ever before. Over the past weeks, we have seen the devastating impact of brands’ buying practices on some of the most vulnerable workers overseas. Now, more than ever, we need to keep asking #whomademyclothes and hold these brands, many of whom have made immense profits in recent years, to account for their actions,” says Carry Somers, Co-Founder and Global Operations Director of Fashion Revolution.

This year Fashion Revolution week will focus on four key areas:

Consumption

According to Fashion Revolution, current estimates suggest that 150 billion new garments are produced annually. The rise of fast fashion has meant that now produce more clothing than what we need and many consumers are guilty of throwing garments away having worn them just once.

Fashion Revolution is calling on fashion lovers around the globe to change the way we think about fashion  – to adopt new ways of engaging with and consuming fashion and engage with the brands that we love to encourage them brands to rethink linear business models in favour of more circular, environmentally friendly models.

Composition

While many of the fabrics that we wear on a day-to-day basis are made from precious natural resources, the ways in which these textiles are produced tend to have a massive environmental impact. From clothing that sheds plastic microbeads to harmful chemical dyeing processes, the way that we create and produce textiles and fashion need to change to ensure the safety of workers, wearers and generations to come.

Conditions

According to the Hult Research & Ethical Trading Initiative, 77% of UK retailers believe there is a likelihood of modern slavery in their supply chain. Thie year, Fashion Revolution is calling for deeper transparency to help end modern slavery and uphold the human rights of everyone in the fashion supply chain.

Collective action

From poor working conditions, gender equality and the devastating impact that the current fashion industry model has on the planet, the fashion industry continues to exploit people and resources. We have a stronger voice when we unite which is why Fashion Revolution wants everyone to join together this week and advocate for change within the industry.

How can I get involved?

Image credit: Brand Who

It’s easy to get involved with Fashion Revolution week. The first thing you can do is start a dialogue with friends, family and the brands that you buy.

Post a selfie on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag the brand that you’re wearing and ask them#WhoMadeMyClothes #WhatsInMyClothes.

Let Fashion Revolution know how brands respond by tagging them @fash_rev.

Not into posting selfies? Fair enough. Why not write your favourite brands an email asking them the same questions? If the brand responds, consider asking them some specific questions about gender equality, fair pay, safe working conditions and C02 emissions.

For the fashion industry to change, policymakers need to shift their thinking too. Write a letter to your local government – you can use the Fashion Revolution postcard for policymakers template here.

Main image: Siblings Army.