What are the Vitamin C skincare benefits?

Vitamin C has long been hailed as the secret ingredient of the facial skincare world.

  • Anti-Aging: Vitamin C boosts collagen production which as you know increases skin elasticity, making the skin look firmer and younger
  • Skin Brightening: Vitamin C is an antioxidant so can reduce skin darkening, it also inhibits melanin pigments and exfoliates getting rid of dead skin cells which all helps even out skin tone making it look brighter
  • Reduces inflammation: Vitamin C also fights redness so can be very effective for helping to treat various skin conditions
  • Healing: Vitamin C can help heal and repair the skin, it can also help repair skin damage after sun exposure (although prevention is better than cure so always wear sunscreen!)

I tried out the Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Gentle Daily Micro Polish Wash, which is currently on special offer at Boots for just under £7. This particular Vitamin C product is part of the Una Brennan Super Facialist range and is “boosted with antioxidant Ferulic Acid and Vitamins C and E to promote brighter looking skin.”

I used it religiously for a week, it was a great exfoliator and my skin felt really smooth and squeaky clean afterwards. The exfoliating beads are biodegradable which is very important for the environment! They are quite rough though so if you have very sensitive skin this may not be suitable for everyday use. However my skin wasn’t noticeably brighter.

When applying vitamin C topically you do need to consider the concentration of the vitamin C, as well as factors that may inhibit absorption, using after a moisturiser for example. So if you are looking for a more effective product you may want to invest in one with a higher concentration levels and a serum or oil rather than cleanser. On the other hand you also want to make sure you don’t oversee as vitamin C on its on is an exfoliator so could lead to redness/dryness of the skin and even discolouration. Everything in moderation, as they say 🙂

Has anyone else tried any vitamin C products? Did you noticed any skincare benefits?

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