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If there’s one ingredient with superhero status, it’s Vitamin C. This powerhouse can save your
skin in a myriad of ways. ZAP! Dark spots are faded. POW! See ya later, dull skin. BOOF! Take
that environmental stressors like heat, humidity and pollution. Certainly, the beneficial wonder
has come a long way since your morning glass of OJ. It’s a potent antioxidant that helps to
fight premature signs of ageing (think: dehydration, uneven skin tone, fine lines, and
wrinkles). It also visibly brightens your complexion and is known to help trigger collagen
production. The upshot: If Vitamin C is not already part of your skincare routine, it needs to
be. Here are some of the leading contenders.
Created by us, inspired by you; this daily protective treatment was specifically designed to
target your most-asked about skin concerns including pigmentation, dark spots and dullness. This
antioxidant-rich, high-potency and never-sticky serum sinks into the skin to provide supreme
brightening, anti-ageing and skin-protecting benefits, thanks to a powerhouse blend of
ingredients: 15% L-ascorbic acid (the highest possible concentration of stabilised vitamin C),
ferulic acid (vitamin C’s perfect partner to fight fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots),
licorice root extract (to visibly reduce dark spots and pigmentation) and vitamin E (a naturally
occurring ingredient of healthy skin).
Sunday Riley has a slew of cult favourite formulas, one of which is this commanding serum from
its C.E.O range. This lightweight treatment contains 15% Vitamin C, a hefty hit of the good
stuff, which works quickly to tackle the signs of ageing, from reducing the appearance of
pigmentation and dark spots to firming and brightening for happy, healthy skin. This one also
has glycolic acid, which keeps the PH balance in check for maximum effectiveness (and not to
mention it refines the skin’s texture). It’s a smart way to restore a youthful glow, and add a
little pep to your step. Next move: the corner office.
This innovative essence from organic skincare brand Juice Beauty is designed to be applied before
your favourite serum or moisturiser, so that they’re absorbed more effectively. It’s
ultra-hydrating and infused with anti-ageing malic acid (found in green apples), tamarind seed
to soothe skin, and alpha lipoic acid to improve texture and clarity. It’s also formulated with
ascorbic acid—another term for Vitamin C—to perk up skin and protect from environmental
undesirables that cause premature ageing. This one puts the juice in juicy complexion.
When it comes to getting your daily dose of C, order your tropical green smoothie by all means
but remember to add a topical version too. This sensorial serum from the Hungarian skincare
brand uses a highly stable form of the ingredient to turn back the clock. The milky lightweight
elixir, applied with a delicate dropper, also contains a cutting-edge complex of watercress
extract, niacinamide and zinc, which works to inhibit the production of melanin,
reduce pigmentation and boost brightness even more. Plus, there’s a hit of antioxidant-rich
kiwiberry, a naturally potent source of Vitamin C to protect skin cells from photo-ageing. It’s
suitable for all skin types too.
Clean and environmentally conscious brand REN is all about brighter skin days. It already has a
mask and a daily tonic, both of which have garnered glowing reviews for their
power to transform dull complexions into luminous ones. This member of the the REN family
promises plumped, toned skin as it gently hydrates and brightens. This is a stellar option for
those with sensitive skin, since it uses a gentle form of stable Vitamin C in combination with
magnesium to replenish and nourish, plus tara pod extract to reduce redness. Its lightweight
consistency makes it the perfect daily moisturiser, and it wears well under makeup too.
We are often told you can’t combine retinol and Vitamin C, but it’s myth according to LA
facialist Kate Somerville. When used in tandem the two powerhouses are doubly effective—Vitamin
C helps retinol remain stable and retinol can clear the path for enhanced vitamin C absorption.
Somerville cleverly married them up in this weightless serum that refreshes tired, dull skin
while you sleep. By morning you’ll be looking at a tighter, brighter and more luminous-looking
complexion. The retinol targets fine lines and assists in improved firmness and elasticity,
while Vitamin C stimulates collagen production and evens out the complexion. It’s a double
The perfect partner to the Sunday Riley C.E.O Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, this moisturiser
revitalises the skin and protects from the visible effects of pollution exposure with an
ingredient called exo-polysaccharides. Consider it a shield against nasties like smog or dust
that can lead to premature ageing. A hefty measure of Vitamin E keeps skin nicely hydrated.
Sunday Riley uses a form of Vitamin C called tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, a derivative of the
traditional type (often referred to as ascorbic acid), which is less irritating than other forms
and completely stable. That means that sunlight and air do not reduce its effectiveness.
Drunk Elephant's vitamin C serum is a runaway customer favourite. It’s spiked with the brand’s
signature marula oil, a highly absorbable oil laced with antioxidants, and it helps nourish and
rejuvenate skin for a noticeably youthful glow. But that’s not all. The serum is enriched with a
host of other supportive players, including pumpkin ferment and pomegranate extracts to dissolve
dead skin cells for a smoother texture. It also targets cellular UV damage and promotes collagen
production, so you can say hello to brighter and firmer skin.
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