Vitamin C is a well-known skincare ingredient, but what is vitamin C? Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals. Free radicals that affect our skin are standard air pollution, think smog, smoke, and anything harmful that touches our skin. When our skin comes in contact with these free radicals, it’s entire DNA is altered, which is why vitamin C is so essential in any skincare routine.
Along with protecting from pollution, when applied topically, vitamin C brightens skin, repairs damage, stimulates collagen production and can help protect against sun damage.
Slowly build up your skin’s tolerance of vitamin C over time. At first, vitamin C should be applied after cleansing and before moisturizing in the morning. After a couple of weeks, if your skin is adjusting well, vitamin C can be introduced in your evening routine.
If you’re having trouble dipping your toe in the vitamin C pool, don’t worry! Below are ten vitamin C products to add to your shelf this summer.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is the creme de la creme of vitamin C products. The vitamin C and E components help fight those free radicals while ferulic acid firms and brightens the complexion.
PCA Skin C&E Strength Max
PCA is a personal favorite. Applying a dime-size amount of this serum instantly brightens skins, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, and neutralizes free radicals.
OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye Crème
This vitamin C under eye cream is a makeup artist’s secret. This cream reduces under-eye fine lines/wrinkles and brightens dark circles. OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye Crème also acts as a concealer primer!
Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum
Mario Badescu is a fan favorite, and its vitamin C serum is no exception. A few drops of this serum retexturizes skin and reduces signs of visible aging.
This Works Morning Expert Vitamin C Power Mask
This Works Morning Expert Vitamin C Power Mask works as a cleanser and exfoliate. Massage into dry skin, dampen fingers and continue to massage, leave on for 5-10 minutes, and rinse thoroughly.
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Tumeric Face Oil
Massage a dollop of this face oil into your face/neck and instantly see results. This product moisturizes, brightens, and naturally plumps skin!
Glow Recipe Pineapple-C Brightening Serum
Glow Recipe’s Pineapple-C Brightening Serum is a highly concentrated product that helps smooth and even skin tone. Pineapple is a natural source of vitamin C, and this product is vegan!
KORRES Wild Rose Foaming Cream Cleanser
Wild rose oil is a natural source of vitamin C, and this cleanser removes impurities, makeup, minimizes skin discolorations, and protects from environmental pollutants. Use morning and night!
Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Collagen Protecting & Brightening Moisturizer
Bliss created the perfect vitamin C infused moisturizer. Their vitamin C moisturizer gives a desired dewy look while promoting elasticity and defending future free radical damage.
Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Vitamin C Power Serum
Peter Thomas Roth’s vitamin C serum packs a punch. It has 20 percent vitamin C and also has vitamin E and ferulic acid. These components help with anti-aging, brightness, texture, and fine lines, and wrinkles.
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