How vitamin C skincare will keep your complexion bright all winter – Evening Standard

Autumn can be aggressive. While the imagery suggests russet leaves and cinnamon sunsets, the reality is steely drizzle and niggling winds.

Moreover, it upsets your complexion: you’re darting between chill winds and centrally heated corridors circulating with warm, artificial air, and the result is dry skin and blotchy cheeks. 

You need a little zest to return your glow: vitamin C skincare will brighten your complexion and give your skin the strength to battle through winter. 

Just the tonic

Start your day by applying a vitamin C tonic — it’ll do the trick like a breakfast glass of OJ. Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic has infusions of mulberry and kiwi fruit: the former reduces blotchiness while the latter is a natural source of vitamin C, and therefore provides antioxidants that will help your skin to weather the aggression of autumn and winter (£5.99 for 100ml, superdrug.com). 

Tammy Fender’s Essential C tonic is a mixture of green tea, bergamot, orange peel and lemon balm that will recalibrate the pH of your skin: apply to a cotton pad in the morning and start the day with your best face forward (£43 for 170ml, skinstore.com). 

Super serums

A new generation of hi-tech serums is employing vitamin C: Sunday Riley’s CEO Rapid Flash Brightening Serum will balance out uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation and fortify your skin, meaning it both brightens and fights skin ageing (£70 for 30ml, spacenk.com). 

Obagi C serum is an elixir of antioxidants: its high dose of vitamin C means it penetrates your cells more deeply and can provide a thicker barrier against damage. It also stimulates collagen, to keep skin plump and you looking fresh-faced (£55 for 30ml, goodskindays.co.uk).

Proaura’s Vitamin C Serum will firm your skin (£25 for 30ml, proaura.co.uk), and MZ Skin’s Brighten and Perfect Vitamin C Corrective Serum also activates collagen and is rich in peptides that will prevent hyperpigmentation (£245, net-a-porter.com). 

Cream of the crop 

To really counter the aggression of dry central heating and cold winds you need to take a zealous approach to moisturising. Augment your usual lotion with Clinique’s Fresh Pressed Daily Booster: it’s highly concentrated with vitamin C. Add a couple of drops to your moisturiser to reanimate your skin (£58 for 4 x 8.5ml, clinique.co.uk). 

As well as a shot of vitamin C, This Works’ Energy Bank Sun Flash contains caffeine to stimulate skin and natural caramel to give your complexion a glow: mix it with your moisturiser to create your own tinted version. Chicory root repairs skin and vitamin E plumps it up — you’ll look dewy and spring- fresh. (£28 for 30ml, thisworks.com).

Finally, to really saturate those pores, try an Exotic Cream Moisturising Mask by Elemis: it hydrates with extracts of samphire, orange and bergamot (£40 for 75ml, elemis.com).

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