You probably remember your mother telling you to increase your Vitamin C intake in winter – how this seemingly magical ingredient would chase the seasonal illness away. Vitamin C is now a popular ingredient in skincare products, and the powerful antioxidant proves to be as effective when applied topically as it is via the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
What Are The Benefits Of Vitamin C For Skin?
Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin that has huge antioxidant benefits for the skin.
It can neutralise free radical damage
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can neutralise free radicals. It aids in your skin’s natural regeneration process, which helps your body to repair damaged skin cells.
So, in the same way that consuming antioxidant-rich foods will help your body to fight off free radicals, topical antioxidants do the same for your skin by helping to offset daily aggressors like UV damage and exposure to air pollution.
It inhibits the appearance of dark spots
Vitamin C contains a property that inhibits your skin’s melanin production, which is what causes skin discolouration, dark spots and hyperpigmentation. With continued topical use, vitamin C can help to prevent dark spots from forming.
It prevents premature ageing
As vitamin C is highly acidic, using it topically will trigger the skin to heal itself by accelerating the production of elastin (a protein that helps to keep the skin plump and firm) which, in turn, can help to prevent premature ageing.
How Should Vitamin C Skincare Be Used?
In skincare, the most popular products that contain vitamin C are serums, but it’s also commonly found in eye creams. While some active ingredients can only be used at night, Vitamin C should be used during the day due to its ability to brighten the complexion and protect against free radical damage (which your skin generally needs more during the day due to pollution and UV rays).
The Best Natural Vitamin C Skincare Products
The hero ingredient in our vegan Skin-Brightening regime is the Australian superfruit Kakadu plum, which contains Nature’s richest source of Vitamin C – 100x that of oranges.
Vitamin C Cleanser
Gospel Vitamin C Skin-Glow Gel Cleanser brightens, cleanses, and replenishes the skin, addressing dullness and lifting impurities while balancing sebum levels. As well as Kakadu plum, Gospel and the entire Skin-Brightening range contain Vinanza® Grape & Kiwi, a brightening antioxidant compound from sauvignon blanc grape seeds and the skin of kiwi fruit.
Vitamin C Serum
Serums are one of the best ways to deliver a concentrated dose of Vitamin C to your skin. Glow Ritual Vitamin C Serum showcases a potent blend of antioxidant-rich ingredients, including Vitamin C and Vinanza® Grape & Kiwi, to brighten the skin tone while protecting against everyday pollutants by working to neutralise free radical damage.
Vitamin C Eye Cream
Vitamin C and Vinanza® Grape & Kiwi are key ingredients in Kiwi Seed Gold Eye Cream. Add to that kiwi fruit oil and you’re left with a powerhouse of antioxidants that moisturise and soften fine lines around the eyes. Pure 23K gold flakes impart a warm, healthy glow while helping to calm stressed skin.
Vitamin C Moisturiser
Diem Vitamin C Pigment-Correcting Water Cream uses a powerful peptide to target pigmentation, correcting uneven skin tone and fading dark spots. The Vitamin C-enriched formula also boosts radiance, smooths fine lines, and hydrates the skin.
Want to experience the benefits of Vitamin C for yourself? Explore our Skin-Brightening range here.