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Six Supercharged Vitamin C Products That Will Transform Your Skin

7 Supercharged Vitamin C Products That Will Transform Your Skin 7 Supercharged Vitamin C Products That Will Transform Your Skin
Illustration by Marine de Quénetain
October 2017

We cannot emphasise this enough, everyone: if there’s a skin-gredient that will absolutely change your skin, it is Vitamin C. Nature’s best brightener, it’ll light up dull skin like you’ve been plugged into a power socket. Science’s secret weapon, it can fade UV-damage and pigmentation like your skin has never even seen the sun. And, because it destroys free radicals before they can do damage to healthy cells, Vitamin C revives collagen, lifting outlines to gift you that fresh, supple bounce back. So significant were the findings around Vitamin C and its benefits, scientist Albert Szent-Györgyi won a Nobel Prize for it in 1937. And beauty labs have been employing its benefits ever since. These six products are packed with Vitamin C and are just what your skin needs as winter sets in.

1

RISE AND RADIANTE

Give your skin next-level glow, each morning. Why so early? Well, souped up with certain peptides and other antioxidants like Ferulic Acid, this power C not only heals sun damage to reverse wrinkles and pigmentation, but survives exposure to daylight in order to (under a good forcefield of sunscreen, of course) hold up a serious line of defence against UV. Our genius award goes to ethical brand Drunk Elephant—its day serum has what’s called a “reservoir effect”, meaning it stays active on the face for 72 hours once applied, even with cleansing. We call it the 24/7+ protection.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum

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SOFTLY SERIOUSLY DOES IT

Sensitive types, if straight-up Vitamin C makes you come over all prickly and red, then rosehip is your soul mate. This super fruit is a naturally balanced double hit of antioxidants—Vitamin C comes cushioned by Linoleic Acid, a fatty acid that has a soothing, reparative action. Mario Badescu’s just released facial oil is our favourite—his pure Rosehip is charged with extra hydrators that instantly soften the skin and help Vitamin C soak all the way in. It’s nature’s super serum, but scienced.

Mario Badescu Rose Hips Nourishing Oil

3

SPIKE YOUR SPRITZ

If you’re a mist-er (who’s not?), trade up to a Vitamin C and moisture fusion. Toploading your antioxidants during the day to a fatigued face, injects instant dewiness to a fatigued face and also backs up protection against environmental aggressors. We live in a misty cloud of Dr Dennis Gross Collagen Perfect Skin Set & Refresh Mist because it does all of that and an anti-ageing treatment over the top of makeup while keeping foundation in check.

Dr Dennis Gross Collagen Perfect Skin Set & Refresh Mist

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DOSE EM RIGHT—AT NIGHT

The trick is, as with most antioxidants, when Vitamin C is revved up for maximal potency, it’s vulnerable: light, air, and other ingredients can destabilise it fast. So if you’re talking intense serum, how you apply it and when counts. All hail all-star Los Angeles facialist Kate Somerville for the collagen-targeting serum that ingeniously locks powerful Vitamin C and a strengthening combination of Omegas, Sea Buckthorn oil and Vitamin E inside separate chambers. This silky bedtime elixir is all about bringing back youthful firmness with megawatt glow. And, yes, it works (almost) overnight.

Kate Somerville Mega-C Dual Radiance Serum

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TARGET IT LIKE A TASER

All true: a citrus and veg-stacked diet, and making sure your Vitamin C supplement also contains Flavonoids to increase absorption, will deliver glowing skin. But while oral antioxidants float around fixing your general system, target specific skin zones with topical potions. Getting the right type dose of C is crucial. Want brighter, tighter eyes? Ester-C is the gold standard for re-firming delicate, sagging skin and dissolving shadows—Dr Perricone’s power lifter points just the right concentration at the problem.

Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Eye Serum

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CRANK YOUR CLEANERS

This is a cleanser with a capital C, especially effective if you’re of the oilier persuasion because it’s jammed with medicinal Manuka Honey. While enzymes from Papaya blitz dead skin cells and exfoliate, a hit of our hero vitamin does its bit to fade pigmentation and turn up your luminosity with every lather. We love the all-natural fruity scent, too. Zing!

Elemental Herbology Vital Cleanse

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