I am not really one for skincare fads. I change my skincare according to the seasons and my skin’s needs, but generally I like to keep things pretty simple. I like my products to be hard working and crammed full of ingredients proven to work. More than this, I like to SEE them work. There is nothing like visable skin improvement to prove a product’s worth. I have sensitive skin, and ageing is always a point of concern for me, so anything that can strengthen and brighten my skin is a winner. I have been using a few products recently which have all delighted me with incredible results, and they all have one thing in common; vitamin C.
Vitamin C, otherwise known as ascorbic acid, is naturally present in our skin, being found in both the epidermis and the dermis. Vitamin C is vital for the production of collagen. It is also essential for formation of scar tissue and skin healing. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen, causing skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. Research shows that ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a derivative of vitamin C, not only neutralizes free radicals, but also reverses DNA damage. Vitamin C strengthens skin, reduces inflamation, fades hyperpigmentation and creates a thicker collagen layer. If you want strong, plump skin that gleams with health, you are going to need vitamin C. Vitamin C comes in many different forms, and is added to millions of products in different concentrations, but here are my favorites.
Nubo Vitamin C Brightening Cleanser
I am not a huge fan of foaming cleansers, but this one came to me on the recommendation of beauty journalist and industry expert Galina. I admit that this inconspicuous looking foam cleanser did not set my heart racing at first sight. Foaming cleansers are a product category I consider to be joyless in general, and foaming pump cleansers would have to be the most boring sub catagory of that group . Thank goodness for Galina and her good advice is all I can say, because if it were not for her recommendation, I would never have considered this incredible cleanser. From the first use this product astounded me. My skin was left soft, with an instant improvement in radiance. The foam is thin, and looks like it would yield little results next to a good balm cleanser, but appearances can be deceiving and this cleanser brings serious results. If you are used to a scented cleanser, then you may not like the smell of this cleanser. It’s not a pretty smell, but that is the smell of vitamin C. Anyway, the small is irrelevant. It is a cleanser, not a perfume, and it does exactly what it says on the bottle. Use it with a Foreo for a full on anti ageing cleanse experience.
List of ingredients: Aqua/Water, Olive Oil castile, Vegetable glycerin, Rosa Rubiginosa ( Rose Hip ) seed oil, Citrus Fortunella ( Kumquat ) oil, Eriobotrya Japonica seed extract, Chondrus Crispus ( Seaweed ) extract.
120ml of this SLS free cleanser costs £35 from Nubo.
Elemental Herbology Facial Glow Radiance Peel
An old favorite of mine, and the best home peel product I know for sensitive skin. Made with vitamins A,C and E, as well as green tea and pomegranate, this peel is pure anti oxidant joy. Beautifully refined skin that is baby soft and seriously glowy. A 50ml jar of facial glow radiance peel costs £40.
Cosmedix Pure C Mixing Crystals
The main problem with vitamin C is stability. Contact with light, air and moisture can degrade it’s effectiveness. I use this shaker of 100% pure L-ascorbic acid to boost my serums or SPF creams just before I apply, minimizing deterioration time. I am currently using a face oil as my base layer, but I like to add a few shakes of this to my SPF cream as it gives my skin instant radiance. Six shakes will give any face mask a vitamin infusion kick. This 8g shaker of pure C mixing crystals costs £46.11, but one shake is such a tiny amount that I would expect this to be one of those annual purchase products. I have tried many different vitamin C powders, and none have given me the results of this one. Low grade vitamin C can even cause redness and dryness, so be cautious.
So there you go, vitamin C is amazing. Now go get your glow on!