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As the most-searched-for skincare trend in 2017, Vitamin C is having a moment in the spotlight. If you’re wondering what all the hype is about and whether you should include this humble vitamin in your skincare routine, the answer is a resounding yes. This powerhouse antioxidant packs a punch with benefits from neutralising UV damage and increasing the natural production of collagen to repairing damaged skin and reducing the visible signs of ageing.

And while we can’t promise any single ingredient as the magic elixir for everlasting youth, a little Vitamin C goes a long way to loving the dewy-glowing-skin-you’re-in at every age.  

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin that occurs naturally in the inner and outer layers of the skin. It plays two essential roles in skin health, assisting in protection of skin by providing antioxidant activity to neutralise damage caused by ultra-violet (UV) rays. And by regulating the skin’s structural protein, collagen, to increase production and repair damaged skin. Studies have also shown Vitamin C to decrease the production of melanin, having a visible lightening effect on blemishes and age spots and smoothing out the complexion. If you needed another reason to love this beauty hero, Vitamin C also helps rehydrate dry skin, with its ability to increase the skin’s capacity for water retention.

Ageing is a fact of life. It happens naturally and occurs intrinsically with the passage of time. How quickly our skin ages is largely affected by lifestyle and environmental factors, including exposure to sun and pollutants (like those chemicals found in mainstream cosmetics). As the largest organ and a barrier to the outside world, our skin is where we tend to notice the first visible signs of aging. The main offender is photo-damage: over exposure to UV affects cell structure, lowers vitamin C and collagen, leading to a decrease in elasticity over time and the appearance of fine lines and pigmentation.

While Vitamin C helps neutralise the damage caused by UV light, it will not block or absorb UV rays like a sunscreen. For optimum skin protection, there’s a place for both natural sunscreen and vitamin-C in a daily skincare routine.

We’re now beginning to understand the effects of our screen-dependent lifestyles on sleep patterns, eyesight, concentration and relationships. But can we now add skin health to the list? Recent studies have suggested that the blue light (High Energy Visible Light) coming from the screens of our devices is damaging our skin much the same way as UV from the sun. It's a sobering thought but there is still further research to be done. Until then, increasing Vitamin C may help protect skin against all environmental factors, including those we may not understand for another decade.

60% of what we put on our skin goes in! Vitamin C is absorbed both topically and internally, however only small amounts make it to the skin's outer layers through internal supplementation. Deliver a boost of superpowered antioxidant where it counts with these Vitamin C skincare essentials:

Wildcrafted Organics Wild Plum Illuminating C Complex

Nature’s Botox! A concentrated elixir of active Vitamin C, Australian botanicals, and Hyaluronic Acid. Wildcrafted Organics Wild Plum Illuminating C Complex is formulated to repair and protect the skin from photo-ageing/sun damage. Instantly brightens and hydrates while reducing the depth of fine lines & wrinkles with Hyaluronic Acid and botox-like peptide Leuphasyl.

Mukti Organics Age Defiance Vital C Elixir

The Elixir of youth to fight against and prevent photo-aging, Mukti Organics Age Defiance Vital C Elixir pure botanical, plant based formula contains knotgrass extract that specifically targets infrared (IR) and thermal (heat) induced skin aging to protect the elastic fibres of the dermis from sun damage after repeated sun exposure. Hero ingredient: Kakadu Plum.

Skin Juice JUICE C Skin Brightening Supplement

A juice shot for you skin! *Feed skin a small dose of antioxidant packed Skin Juice JUICE C Skin Brightening Supplement every couple of days will help to preserve the skin from environmental wear and tear, boost collagen and slow the signs of ageing. *Internal supplement.

Ere Perez Quandong Green Booster Serum

A green smoothie for your face! Boost skin luminosity with an antioxidant-rich blend of superfood ingredients to support a healthy, glowing complexion. Ere Perez Quandong Green Booster Serum is formulated with desert fruit quandong (twice the vitamin C of oranges) to reduce signs of lines and improve skin elasticity and dryness.

Edible Beauty Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum

The ultimate youth and beauty booster serum, Edible Beauty Exotic Goddess Ageless Serum does just that! It contains supercharged Vitamin C in the form of Kakadu and Davidson Plum. The hero ingredient, Edelweiss, one of the most powerful botanical antioxidants, enhancing the skin's natural DNA protective actions. It may also have UV light absorbing properties making it an effective natural sun blocker (not a sunscreen replacement).

Biologi BK Rejuvenation Eye Serum

Biologi is reinventing the way we do skincare. This single ingredient serum contains 100% Kakadu Plum, high in Vitamin C. Brightening and restorative for fine lines, dark circles, pigmentation and redness, Biologi Bk Rejuvenation Serum can also be used as an all-over face treatment once a week.



words | Sophie Parslow

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