Skincare Alphabet: V Is For Vitamin C – Vogue.co.uk
What is it?
Vitamin C is a vitamin frequently used in skincare, and one of the most powerful antioxidants for the skin. It is used in many forms in skincare, the most well-known and well-researched of which is ascorbic acid. Other forms include magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and ascorbyl palmitate.
What is it used for?
Vitamin C is included in skincare products for its antioxidant properties, meaning that it can help to protect skin from environmental aggressors. For that reason it is best when used regularly, as part of your morning skincare regime. Vitamin C is also used for its anti-ageing and brightening benefits, and is often combined with other vitamins and antioxidants for an additional boost. It is available in various concentrations in different products, from levels of less than one per cent in moisturisers and serums to over 20 per cent for targeted treatment.
What are the pros and cons of using it?
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, with research suggesting that concentrations as low as 0.6 per cent can still help significantly in protecting your skin against free radicals. It can help to smooth and revitalise the complexion as well as combatting the environmental aggressors capable of breaking down the structure of the skin, making it a great anti-ageing ingredient. One thing to note is that vitamin C, like all antioxidants, is vulnerable to damage when regularly exposed to light and air, so avoid jars and choose formulations packaged in opaque, airtight containers such as pumps.
Which products can I find it in?
Vitamin C is at its best in intensive treatment products or in leave-on products such as toners, serums and moisturisers, used in the morning so that they can protect your skin against the environmental aggressors that you’ll face throughout the day. Try Ole Henriksen Power Bright, Emma Hardie Amazing Face Vitamin C Intense Daily Serum or Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Ageing Vitamin C+ Serum.