The Beauty Dept / Vitamin C: It Brightens, Tightens, Lightens...
WORDS BY MARCIA KILGORE
Vitamin C: It Brightens, Tightens, Lightens...
…and of course, like anything, takes consistency, repetition and discipline. But topical Vitamin C has multiple benefits for your skin, so whether you’re looking for radiance boosting, or pigmentation brightening, or over the longer-term, to help kick your natural collagen-production up a notch, we’ve sourced three of the best Vitamin C serums (ok, one is really a lightweight moisturizer). Two are from the best lab in Switzerland and one is from the best cosmeceutical company in Italy!
WHAT ARE THEBENEFITS OF VITAMIN C?
Some call it the ‘holy grail’ skincare vitamin, because it...
- Is a potent antioxidant. And applied regularly (consistency is key), it can neutralize free radicals, which are suspected to be ground zero for inflammation-based aging.
- Helps boost your skin’s natural regeneration process, luminosity and radiance, plus equalizes uneven skin tone and improves your skin’s texture.
- Helps fight fine lines and can help fade acne scars.
- Brightens the skin and helps repair damage from UV rays.
- Helps protect your skin from environmental aggressors - making it a morning skincare routine essential.
- Is universally recommended by dermatologists and skincare experts everywhere.
HOW TO ADD VITAMIN C INTOYOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE...
SUPERDOSE™ C VITAMIN C FREEZE DRIED AMPOULES
“What fun this is! I love being my own chemist and Beauty Pie have taken this to the next level. This is a really wonderful way to know that it’s bang-on target with its potency. Beautifully clear, nice texture, super smooth, comforting, easy-to-blend and glides over skin.”
International Makeup Artist, June 2019
Japanese Vitamin C freeze-dried, for competitive anti-agers. Anybody who is serious about skincare uses Vitamin C daily, so we thought we’d mix it up a bit. Literally. Fresh, freeze-dried and activated (by you), this potent product combines the brightening powers of Vitamin C, with deeply hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and skin-plumping Mushroom Extract.
SUPERDOSE™ VITAMIN C OXYGEN BOOSTING MOISTURIZER
“Formulated with Nikkol VC-IP – a powerful form of vitamin C – this daily moisturiser is a great bet for any complexion that needs a little rejuvenation. It boasts reoxygenating properties to improve both the firmness and elasticity of skin and boost brightness.”
Who What Wear Online, August 2020
Like a weekend in the mountains (plus a vitamin C infusion) for your face. Yes, stable vitamin C is a powerhouse skincare ingredient, but when you simultaneously turn up your Oxygen, add a microbiome-activated brightener, Pink Grapefruit and Avocado Oils, the result is so amazing it’s almost an adventure. A fab moisturizer for a ‘totally fresh face’.
SUPER RETINOL (+ VITAMIN C) NIGHT RENEWAL MOISTURIZER
“Whether you’re a retinol regular or a nervous newcomer, this potent yet skin-friendly formula is a must-try.”
Elle, November 2019
This has everything anti-aging in it: encapsulated Retinol (resurfacing), Ficucell Vita (antioxidant), Shea Butter (nourishing), Ferulic Acid and Hyaluronic Acid (plumping and hydrating) AND VITAMIN C. It's smoothing, moisturizing, fine-line and wrinkle tackling, and brightening. Best for? If you’re over 30 and want to stage a multi-pronged, Vitamin-C boosted attack on the first - or any existing - signs of aging.
SUPER HEALTHY SKIN™ DAILY VITAMIN C DEFENSE SERUM
“I can’t live without a vitamin C serum…Beauty Pie do some of the best. I use a low to moderate dose in the daytime to give antioxidant protection, then something more concentrated at night to treat pigmentation.”
Sali Hughes, Little Black Beauty Book, March 2020
This is like a dose of fresh air for your face. With Vitamin C-rich Kakadu Plum, Thymus Peptides and Raspberry Stem Cells, it fights the aging effects of free radicals and pollution, hydrates, calms and smooths your skin. Made in Switzerland. Best for Normal/Combination/Sensitive/Oily Skin - use it after cleansing and under your moisturizer.
SUPERACTIVE CAPSULES PURE DOUBLE VITAMIN C & VITAMIN E SERUM
“These combine vitamin C with fellow antioxidant vitamin E, to comfort as they brighten.”
British Vogue Online, April 2019
Go ahead. Take our best shot. Our super-targeted ‘one-shot’ face serum capsules hold fresh-doses of stable 10% pure Vitamin C (plus symbiotic Vitamin E) and you layer them under moisturizer as-and-when-needed, with a simple twist and squeeze. Vegan. Portable. In a biodegradable alginate (Seaweed) shell. Best for extreme repair and extreme action brightening.
CAN VITAMIN CIRRITATE MY SKIN?
Vitamin C shouldn’t cause any skin irritation if used correctly, but if the products you’re using have a high concentration, the acidic qualities can cause some minor sensitivity.
If you have sensitive skin, make sure you:
- Choose skincare products with a maximum 10% concentration of Vitamin C.
- Introduce it gradually. If it’s recommended to use a product twice a day, start off with one dose to give your skin time to adjust.
THE MANY NAMESOF VITAMIN C…
Vitamin C goes by many names in the beauty industry. These are the titles to look out for on ingredients labels:
L-ascorbic Acid - The chemical name for Vitamin C. It’s pure, but it can be unstable when blended with other cosmetic ingredients.
Ascorbyl Phosphate - A slightly weaker form of Vitamin C that can be dissolved in water (making it a popular choice for water-based skincare products like serums).
NIKKOL VC-IP® - A cosmetic Vitamin C that can be dissolved in oil-based products, like moisturisers.
Vitamin C Ester – A non-acidic version of Vitamin C, which can be more soothing on sensitive skin.
Superox-C – Extracted from the Vitamin C-rich Kakadu Plum and used in a range of beauty products.
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