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Oh, vitamin C. If we had a pound for every time someone told us it was good for us, we reckon we’d have enough money to buy every lipstick in MAC. But before you start necking Tropicana – there are other ways to get your vitamin C…
So, what is it?
“Just when wrinkly Wendy thought she’d never be able to do anything with her crumpled face, she started using Ageless Angie’s vitamin C serum. And the clock keeps on turning back…”
Vitamin C is one of those multi-taskers that helps to increase collagen production (see ya, wrinkles) get rid of dark spots, reduce inflammation (including the spot whoppers on your chin) and even helps to strengthen your skin against UV rays. It’s disguised under a few different things in ingredients lists. So to avoid playing Where’s Wally on your jars, here are the names to look out for on the bottle:
Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
Just don’t ask us how to say them…
Who needs it?
Vitamin C is great if you need to tackle lots of skin concerns at once. So if you have acne scarring but you’re also worried about ageing, or if you have dark spots and are worried about sun damage, then VC is your guy.
Where do we find it?
To scoff: Just about every fruit or veg is a good source, but bell peppers, kale and broccoli all have loads of vitamin C – even more than oranges. These help to repair your skin from the inside out. Pair them with a good skin care routine and you have an unstoppable team.
To smother: Moisturisers, serums, cleansers, toners and masks. Avoid jars or transparent packaging though – light and air exposure make vitamin C less effective.
When should it go on our face?
All day, every day. It really is that good.
Never! But if you find vitamin C irritates your skin, try a lower concentration first and build yourself up to the higher stuff.