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Your Skin’s New Best Friend: Trilogy’s Vitamin C Trio

Luminous, healthy skin goes hand in hand with summer. Thanks to Trilogy’s versatile trio of vitamin-C based skincare, a glowing, youthful complexion could be yours in just a couple of weeks.

A life well lived can begin to show on your skin. As the end of the year looms and the festive season rolls around, once-radiant skin can become lacklustre and in need of a pick-me-up. While we’re undoubtedly spoilt for choice these days as far as skincare offerings are concerned, it goes without saying that not all skincare ingredients are created equal. Fortunately, for those in search of eternally luminous and healthy skin, there is a reason why vitamin C has become one of the most talked-about and sought-after skincare ingredients out there.

“Recommended by dermatologists, skincare experts, make-up artists and celebrities, the multifunctional complexion brightener is one of the most-searched-for skincare ingredients on the internet,” says Kerry De Villiers, Product Research and Compliance Manager for Trilogy. But vitamin C is much more than just the beauty buzzword of the moment. As De Villiers explains, the cult active ingredient not only boosts skin luminosity, it also stimulates collagen production, which helps to firm and smooth skin while its powerful antioxidant properties protect skin from further damage. “It’s a superstar ingredient and its popularity is at an all-time high for one reason – it works!” De Villiers says.

‘C’ the Difference
While certain skincare ingredients aren’t suitable for all skin types and might benefit some age groups more than others, vitamin C’s incredible versatility is another reason why it has become such a hero ingredient in the skincare world. Although it’s touted as a powerhouse for skin rejuvenation by anti-ageing experts right around the globe, De Villiers goes on to explain that women of all ages will reap the benefits of the potent active. “Vitamin C doesn’t discriminate on age. Women of all ages will benefit from using vitamin C in their skincare routines regardless of skin type and concerns,” she explains.

But it’s not just all ages it’s suitable for, it’s skin types too. While De Villiers explains that a high percentage of active vitamin C can irritate the skin of those with sensitive or reactive skin, Trilogy Vitamin C Booster Treatment is formulated with six per cent active vitamin C. “It’s suitable for even those with sensitive skin types.” Although most skincare ingredients and products tend to target one skin concern, vitamin C is unique in the way it’s able to combat various skin issues.

“Topically used vitamin C is an essential ingredient to promote great, healthy-looking skin. It acts as a powerful antioxidant and is a critical factor for collagen synthesis – the skin’s support protein that keeps it looking younger, firmer and healthier,” De Villiers explains. But it doesn’t just create youthful complexions – with daily use vitamin C provides skin with various visible benefits; in fact, there’s not a lot it can’t do. “Improving uneven skin tone, age spots and pigmentation, boosting the luminosity of the skin, while working synergistically to help protect the skin from environmental damage, and supporting the skin’s natural vitality” are just some of the benefits according to De Villiers.

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For those in need of a complexion pick-me-up, Trilogy Vitamin C Booster Treatment is the ideal addition to your skincare routine. “We’ve known about the benefits of vitamin C for many years but have been challenged with finding an effective way to capture its potency and effectiveness in a natural skincare formulation,” explains De Villiers. The Vitamin C Booster Treatment – which recently won Best New Product Formulation 2019 from the NZ Society of Chemists – utilises a one-of-a-kind dispensing mechanism that is able to maintain the freshness and potency of vitamin C so it delivers maximum benefits to skin. Once activated, the vitamin C powder is blended with a hydrating hyaluronic acid-based serum. “For optimum performance, we recommend using 3-4 drops to a clean face, neck and décolletage morning and night for two weeks,” advises De Villiers.

“After that, the vitamin C will not be active any more, but for the next two weeks the skin will still be rewarded with all the great benefits from the ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid serum enriched with daisy extract, rosehip and mandarin oil.” To enhance your results from the Booster Treatment, the Trilogy Vitamin C family also includes a lightweight, antioxidant-packed moisturiser and recently released Vitamin C Energising Mist Toner – perfect for revitalising tired, dull skin over the hectic summer months.

Trilogy Vitamin C Booster Treatment ($44.99), Trilogy Vitamin C Energising Mist Toner ($30.99), and Trilogy Vitamin C Moisturising Lotion ($52.99) are available from Life Pharmacy, Unichem, Farmers, natural beauty retailers and online at trilogyproducts.co.nz

Find out what we discovered when we put Trilogy’s Vitamin C trio to the test.

How to Create the Perfect Skincare Routine

We chat with the beauty experts and decipher how to create the perfect skincare routine to suit your skin goals.

Investing in products that will meet your unique skin requirements and goals is a start but deciding on which products you’re going to include in your routine is only half of the equation. Understanding how products interact with each, how they will address your skin concerns and how to apply them to get the best results possible is just as important. After all, there’s no point in spending money on skincare products if you’re not going to take the necessary steps to ensure the products are as effective as possible.

“Getting the most out of your skincare routine is more than just choosing the correct product, layering them in the right order matters too,” explains Dermalogica expert, Abby Hetherington. She explains that as a general rule, it pays to start with products that are lighter in texture – such as essences and serums – and then work your way up and finish your routine with products have the heaviest texture – for example, moisturisers or a leave-on mask.

Step By Step

But before you even reach for your first product with the lightest texture, whether it’s morning or evening you should be ensuring you cleanse your skin thoroughly first. Cleansing your skin in the evening after it’s been exposed to the day’s elements, pollution and make-up, is one of skincare legend, Paula Begoun’s unskippable beauty steps. “When you go to bed with makeup on, you risk waking up with irritated, blotchy skin plus bloodshot, puffy eyes,” she explains.

While we get much-needed sleep, our skin is busy working to rejuvenate itself. If you don’t cleanse your skin you risk interfering with this crucial process says Begoun. “The act of sleeping can push make-up deeper into pores, possibly leading to clogged pores and issues like blackheads and white bumps.” While double cleansing isn’t always essential, it can help to make sure your skin is thoroughly cleansed and ready for the next steps in your routine.

“Even a little make-up and sunscreen left behind at night is a problem,” she adds. Once you have cleansed your skin a hydrating toner can help refresh the skin and set a base for your targetted treatment serums explains Hetherington. “Toners add a layer of protection and helpt to bind moisture to the skin, meaning your serums and moisturisers will absorb easily,” she adds.

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Clockwise from left: Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum ($162 for 60 capsules); Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Contour Serum ($145); Lancome Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum (30ml $137); Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate ($145); Chanel Le Lift Sérum ($272).

Layer Up

Leave-on exfoliators that have been formulated with chemical exfoliators such as Alpha-hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids are a smart addition to anyone hoping to achieve radiant, healthy skin through their routine. “Exfoliating is super important for two reasons,” explains MECCA Brands Skincare Retail Manager Lucy Shaw. “The first is that your skin needs exfoliation and the second is because it makes everything else work so much better. Your skin cells are constantly turning over, therefore, your skin needs to naturally exfoliate, shedding around one million cells per day.”

If you’re going to incorporate a leave-on exfoliator into your routine, Shaw says it is essential to always use your exfoliator after cleansing. Acids can make the skin more prone to sun damage, therefore it can be best to apply them in the evening rather than the morning. “Also, any water on the skin will dilute the acids, so I recommend you apply to dry skin.” Because acid-based products vary in strength, how they should be used often varies too. “I advise always reding the product application instructions as some can be left on the skin and some need to be rinsed off after a certain time,” explains Shaw. She says her own favourite tip for using a chemical exfoliator is to use it prior to a sheet mask. “I personally love to use a chemical exfoliant before I do a sheet mask as It helps to remove any skin getting in the way of my active ingredients and feels like a mini facial at home.”

Once you’ve cleansed and sloughed away dead, dry skin cells with an exfoliator, it’s time for your chosen serum – or serums. “A serum offers a targeted boost to your skincare regime and contains the most potent active ingredients to treat your main skin concerns,” explains Hetherington. Because it’s not uncommon to have more than one skin concern, many of us might decide to use more than one serum to target said concerns. Fine lines, wrinkles, acne, loss of firmness, texture, tone, dryness and even sensitivity are just some of the various skin issues many of us have that can be tackled with various serums. And while many serums these days are multi-tasking, there are still concerns that will need their own serum. Hetherington says the lightest-to-heaviest approach applies to serums too. “If you’re doubling up on serums, opt for your lightest weight first and heavier, oil-based serums on top.”

Finishing Touches

While it’s a common beauty myth that separate eye cream is an unnecessary addition to any skincare routine, the truth of the matter is that the delicate skin surrounding the eye is very different to the skin on the rest of the face. In fact, it’s up to ten times thinner, is put under stress frequently as we blink more than 10,000 times a day and is prone to dryness as there are fewer sebaceous glands in the area. Therefore, a skincare product that is formulated specifically for the eye area can help keep the area youthful for longer. Because the orbital zone – the skin surrounding the eyes – is that much thinner, it pays to gently tap a small amount of your chose formulation over the orbital bone. Avoid rubbing motions when applying skincare here as it can damage the delicate skin surrounding the eye.

While serums can address a host of concerns, most don’t specifically restore hydration to the skin which is why a moisturiser should be the next step in your routine. A great moisturiser should help your skin lock in hydration while addressing one of your primary skin concerns, for example, the signs of ageing. The weight of your moisturiser should largely depend on your skin type, says Hetherington, and your own personal preference. She suggests a lightweight option for those prone to oily skin and an emollient-rich nourishing moisturiser to enhance skin resilience and support barrier recovery for those with drier skin type. While it’s perfectly fine to use the same moisturiser both morning and evening, our skin goes into overdrive when we sleep and night moisturizers are formulated with active ingredients that boost the skin’s own nighttime recovery process.

If it’s a new day that is ahead of you rather than bed, Hetherington says that SPF should be applied as your last step every day. “Don’t be fooled by cloud cover, the sun’s harmful UV rays are always present and ready to cause skin damage,” she says. “A high SPF moisturiser will offer vital protection during the day.” Besides, there’s no point letting the sun undo all the hard work of the prior steps in your skincare routine.

Thinking about adding a face mask to your routine? Here are our three favourites that we are currently using.