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Vitamin C skincare occupies a forever talked-about, somewhat legendary space in the beauty industry. Whether you want to tap into the properties of this miracle antioxidant for skin protection, to battle ageing signs or even out skin tone, it’s generally quite a solid first point of call.
But, did you know that Vitamin C actually comes in quite a large, complicated array of forms? Whether you pick it up in a powder, serum or cream can actually have an important bearing on its efficacy and the results it can provide for the skin.
Keep reading to discover all about our top-rated Vitamin C products, each of which has been tried and tested for amazing, skin-brightening results.
If you’re not already well versed in the world of Vitamin C skincare, here’s a quick rundown. This ingredient comes in many forms, including magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, L-ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbyl phosphate, which are amongst the most common.
Vitamin C is a miracle worker for practically any skin type, but in particular has been found to protect against free radical damage, smooth and tighten the skin, brighten up dull areas and even out hyperpigmentation spots.
Ingredient concentration can differ from product to product, and can range from a cursory addition to an 100%, ‘pure’ formula. Vitamin C is a reactive ingredient, so generally must be mixed with a cream or serum to ensure it’s stabilised and doesn’t have adverse effects on the complexion.
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Perhaps the most potent and effective way of delivering key ingredient benefits to the skin is through a concentrated powder form that must be mixed with a serum or cream prior to application. The Skinstitut Vitamin C 100% is L-Ascorbic Acid at the highest purity and concentration available.
When blended with your go-to serum or moisturiser, this product has undeniably amazing results. Its benefits include collagen stimulation, protection against environmental aggressors (e.g. pollutants and UV rays) and an overall brightening effect on the complexion. This product is an ideal choice for the girl or guy who likes skincare with a scientific edge and doesn’t mind putting in a little more effort for tangible results.
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Pure Vitamin C is unstable in water, meaning that it either has to be mixed with other ingredients or utilised in a different form to ensure no reactions occur. Where the Skinstitut powder takes the first route, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate Solution 10% from cult brand The Ordinary opts for the second.
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) is a less potent form of Vitamin C, however is a high water soluble concentration, meaning you’re still reaping maximum benefits. This product is easy to use and apply to the skin as it’s delivered in a lightweight cream formula, meaning it can be simply applied before moisturisers at the end of your skincare routine. This is a great option for those who want to unlock the advantages of Vitamin C in an easy-to-use formula.
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Yet another form of this miracle ingredient, the EmerginC Vitamin C Serum uses a 12% concentration of Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate. Blended with MAP and other derivatives of Vitamin C, the result is a gel-serum that draws upon natural ingredients with skin perfecting properties.
The 12% potency makes this serum ideal for those who haven’t used the ingredient before, as it’s gentle yet effective enough to spur on results without irritation. The gel feel means it can be applied prior to moisturiser after any water-based serums you may have in your routine. It’s also a must-have for those who love pure, organic formulas, as it contains zero nasties and common irritants.
From cheap, cheerful and disturbingly underrated DECIEM brand Hylamide comes their C25 Stabilised Vitamin C Booster. Another serum product, this formula draws upon Ethyl-Ascorbate Complex, which is an incredibly stable derivative of Ascorbic Acid.
The 25% concentration of Ethyl-Ascorbate provides great efficacy, especially when paired with Hylamide’s patented Pre-Solubilised Resorcinol Complex, which works to brighten and protect the skin. This product is perfect for anyone wanting to spend a little less on their serum without compromising results. It’s ideally applied before moisturisers and makeup, and can be used twice daily as needed.
If you’re not much of a serum gal, or prefer to fill this coveted spot in your regimen with another key ingredient, why not opt for a day cream? The Medik8 C-Tetra Vitamin C Day Cream is an excellent choice, especially for those who have skin in need of a little extra nourishment. Derived from the brand’s world-famous C-Tetra Serum, this lightweight yet moisturising cream protects skin from free radical damage whilst smoothing and restoring collagen.
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (try saying that three times fast) is the stable, effective derivative of Vitamin C used in this formula. Paired with Vitamin E for even more protective antioxidant action, and Hyaluronic Acid to bind water molecules to the skin, this option will be a dry-skinned girl or guy’s new BFF.
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I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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