Vitamin C is the popular skincare acid ingredient of the moment. But even after it leaves the spotlight, it’s worth remembering that it is a very effective ingredient proven to work. The thing is there are so many different types of vitamin C and not all are created equal. The main drawback of some vitamin C formulations is their stability. For example, some start to oxidise and lose potency on contact with air. You also need to be aware of the bioavailability of vitamin C in a formulation. This tells you how the skin metabolises it.
How can you tell if a vitamin C formulation is oxidising? Usually it starts to turn a darker colour or the smell changes. At best it has lost its effectiveness but at worst it’s not good for your skin. The key is to choose a really stable form of vitamin C that’s going to be effective in brightening the skin and boosting radiance. Here is the Alex Edit of my top 5 vitamin C treatments. Always remember that even though I’m sharing with you my favourites, you need to find the best formula and concentration for your skin.
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This is a very potent formulation but done in such a way that it is well tolerated by skin. What I love most is it has a waterless base with a powerhouse blend of antioxidant ingredients. Yes, the vitamin C will brighten and the collagen will help build the skin but the extra antioxidants aids in protection against free radicals. Available to pre-order. Coming soon.
I’ve been obsessed with the Biossance range since it launched. This is a lovely antioxidant blend with brightening vitamin C and hydrating rose all brought together with squalane oil. Although this is an oil based treatment, squalane is a non-oily oil that even oily skin can tolerate so don’t be put off. This really does revive dull skin and delivers that healthy glow!
Developed to be used during the day, this face serum is a potent blend of 15% pure vitamin C, 1% vitamin E and 0.5% Ferulic acid. It’s an effective combination to improve skin texture and firmness, brighten and protect against free radicals and other environmental aggressors. A brilliant choice that absorbs into the skin quickly and layers well with sunscreen.
This formulation is similar to Skinceuticals in that it offers a potent blend of 15% vitamin C complex, vitamin E and an antioxidant blend. What is unique is the delivery system designed to ensure the active formulation is always working at its optimum level. The vitamin C complex is kept separate to the serum – just mix together when you’re ready to use. I’ve included this in my edit because it’s super effective but it is slightly trickier to get hold of. You will need create an account with AlumierMD through one of their certified skincare professionals in order to purchase. You can find one close to you via their website.
A brilliant choice if you need something that will work on the skin gently and not irritate it. It has a blend of vitamin C alongside ferments which really work well for my skin. I’ve seen amazing results in helping to fade my pigmentation with this. You can read my in-depth review on the Brightening Treatment here.