6 new vitamin C skin saviours – Evening Standard

Vitamin C has long been the gold standard when it comes to a healthy, fresh-looking complexion, bolstering firmness and brightening skin that looks dull or pigmented after the ravages of summer.

But as an ingredient, it degrades quickly when exposed to light, heat or oxygen, making it notoriously tricky to stabilise at effective levels – until now.

Clever 2.0 versions of vitamin C-based skincare offer smart ways to help get a more radiant and even-toned complexion, as well as strengthening it in preparation for winter winds and dehydrating central heating.

“Vitamin C is a must when it comes to skin health and anti-ageing,” enthuses international skin therapist, Abigail James. “Well-known, researched and widely used for its potent results, I call it a mega-antioxidant. It’s good for collagen production, boosting plumpness, staving off UV damage, is a great brightener and helps diminish pigmentation.

“I apply a Vitamin C serum under my daily sunscreen, so you have the antioxidant effect followed by SPF protection.”

Here’s our round-up of the best zesty complexion pick-me-ups…

The peel-off mask


Iceland Arctic Hydration Rubberizing Mask, £30 for 3, Skyn

For an intensive hit of softness and brightness, this mask adheres to the contours of the face to lock in ingredients. Mix pure vitamin C powder into the gel (it comes complete with a tray and spatula for mess and fuss-free application), smooth on and leave to set for around 20 minutes before peeling off in one swoop. The results are more supple, glowing skin as well as, longer-term, a firmer finish too.

The one-week treatment


Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%, £58 for four, Clinique

This seven-day course offers pure potency, as you release powder vitamin C into a soothing lotion to mix together. Add two drops to your regular moisturiser to see a real difference after a week whenever skin is looking lacklustre, or use continually to boost firmness and smooth out texture too. The vitamin C does the radiance work, while added molasses helps break up pigmentation spots, salicylic acid brings fresh skin cells to the surface and an anti-irritant complex soothes redness.

The best-selling lotion


Dermatologist Solutions Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, £49.50, Kiehl’s

With one bottle being bought somewhere around the world every minute, Kiehl’s cult vitamin C offering isn’t short of fans. Created with the help of leading New York dermatologists, rather than deliver the 10.5 per cent of active ingredient in one hit, this smart formula continually releases it, providing skin with a drip-feed of constant benefits. These range from tackling lines and wrinkles and promoting better skin texture, to more refined pores and improved radiance.

The de-stressing drops


LiftActiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector, £28, Vichy

This is formulated so that five drops smoothed over skin for 10 days will give an intensive boost that’s sensitive or stressed out by pollution or the change of seasons. The water-like consistency penetrates quickly and deeply, targeting firmness and hydration at lower levels where it can be ultra-effective as well as creating a shield against external aggressors. Besides the 15 per cent concentration of vitamin C, it also boasts protective and nourishing vitamin E, plumping hyaluronic acid and Vichy’s vitamin and mineral-packed thermal water to strengthen skin’s own natural defences.

The energising serum


Radiance Perfecting Serum, £35, REN

For a daily luminosity boost that also smoothes the surface of the skin and helps plump out fine lines and wrinkles, apply this sheer serum underneath your day and night creams. As well as using vitamin C and liquorice extract to help cancel out pigmentation and age spots, the serum is a powerhouse of radiance-boosting magnesium and fruit sugar, an exfoliating enzyme from papaya and the super-hydrator hyaluronic acid.

The dual action cream


Vitamin C24, £24.99, Indeed Labs

Combining a high dosage of stabilised vitamin C alongside an impressive amount of hyaluronic acid microspheres, this easily absorbed cream offers a double whammy of protection and anti-ageing capabilities. Not only will the vitamin C work to strengthen collagen for firmer skin and ward off attacks from pigmentation-inducing free radicals as it tackles discolouration, but the clever microspheres – which are dehydrated when applied – attract and plump up with water from the skin and the atmosphere, pushing out wrinkles and adding volume to the face. 

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