Vitamin C; for most of us the first thing that comes to mind is a cold orange slice on a warm summer’s day. We know it’s linked to immune function (hands up if you take a chewable Vitamin C tablet when you feel a cold coming on) and that it’s one of the essential vitamins in a balanced diet for a happy and healthy body.
If you’re skincare addict (like we all are at Phillips Pharmacy), you’ll know that Vitamin C doesn’t just benefit your health on the inside, but also your skin. Vitamin C is a high rotation ingredient in any skincare guru’s routine. If you’re not already using Vitamin C but want to learn more about what it can do for your skin, keep reading!
HOW DOES VITAMIN C WORK?
Vitamin C is an antioxidant which essentially helps your body’s cells fight oxidative stress caused by free radicals. On a molecular level, free radicals can be defined as unstable atoms that damage cells, which translates to ageing skin. For example, ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun cause the production of free radicals, leading to – you guessed it – premature signs of ageing. Using Vitamin C in your skincare may be able to help fight these signs of ageing including fine lines and pigmentation.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF VITAMIN C?
Vitamin C in its pure form is quite unstable and irritable if directly applied to skin, which is why you’ll often find chemically altered variants that have been formulated to be more stable for skincare. Although these variants are less potent, they are gentler and can be used for those of us who have sensitive skin. Some Vitamin C derivatives to look out for on ingredient lists that play nicely with sensitive skin are Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate or Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether.
CAN I USE VITAMIN C WITH MY OTHER SKINCARE PRODUCTS?
Another thing to consider when delving into the world of Vitamin C skincare is what other skincare ingredients you’re already using. While Vitamin C has so many wonderful benefits, sometimes it can clash with other active ingredients and become ineffective or cause irritation.
As a general rule of thumb, it is often recommended that you avoid using Vitamin C and retinol at the same time. It is always recommended to use an SPF with Vitamin C. As always, it’s best to consult a professional in the field (like a dermatologist) before getting too creative with combining active skincare ingredients.
WHAT CAN VITAMIN C ACTUALLY DO FOR MY SKIN?
As interesting as the science behind it all is, we can be thankful that our favourite skincare brands have taken the guesswork out of how to effectively use Vitamin C in our daily skincare routines. Vitamin C may be able to boost the radiance of your skin, support collagen health, and may help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When used with a broad-spectrum SPF, Vitamin C may also be able to boost your sunscreen’s effectiveness – fantastic news for the quest against ageing skin!
Now we’ve got you convinced that you need Vitamin C in your life (and on your skin), here are some of our favourite Vitamin C skincare products available from Phillips Pharmacy.
Garnier Green Labs Brightening Serum Cream
This is a face serum, a face cream, and a sunscreen, all in 1 lightweight formula. This formula, with Pineapple and Vitamin C, works to improve dull, uneven skin for skin that is brighter and more even. Skin looks instantly glowing and healthier in 3 days. Dark spots look faded over time. This non-comedogenic moisturizer is suitable for all skin types and skin tones. The lightweight, fast-absorbing formula will provide 24-hour hydration while not leaving a white residue on skin. This moisturizer is allergy tested & dermatologist tested for safety and suitable for sensitive skin. Vegan formula does not contain mineral oils, parabens, or dyes.
Garnier Micellar Water Vitamin C
This all-in-1 brightening Micellar Cleansing Water is a facial cleanser and makeup remover that is surprisingly powerful, yet gentle on skin. The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water with Vitamin C works for all skin types. It effectively cleanses, removes makeup, and brightens skin. Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing. This facial cleanser removes makeup, leaving skin perfectly clean without over drying. This Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water with Vitamin C is gentle on skin and can be used to remove face makeup and eye makeup. The gentle cleanser is vegan and formulated without alcohol, oils and fragrance.
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