As 2018 draws to a close we look back on what has been an amazing year in the world of beauty. We couldn’t let the year close without mentioning one ingredient in particular; Vitamin C.
Adored not only by the staff at Dr Gabriela Clinic but pretty much every skincare expert, makeup artist and celebrity out there. Its multi-functional ability answers every skincare woe. Research conducted by Pinterest shows that Vitamin C ‘saves on pinning’ were up 3379 per cent, proving it to be the favoured ingredient of 2018.
“Vitamin C is widely known for its antioxidant benefits for your body but also your skin, brilliantly boosting collagen while helping to treat UV exposure photo-damage,” says Dr Gabriela Mercik, our resident expert. Adding to that, the cult ingredient will also boost skin’s luminosity and smooth skin tone.
Vitamin C is usually the go-to ingredient if you’re feeling under the weather to fend off colds and flu. However it also works wonders on your skin. We teamed up with Dr Gabriela Mercik to discuss the benefits of this ingredient on your skin.
Vitamin C is a key anti-ageing skincare ingredient that helps to gently brighten and smooth your skin. It also helps to protect your skin against free radical damage caused by the environment, which can breakdown your collagen and encourage wrinkles and sagging.
There are several different types of vitamin C that are used in skincare products, including L-ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphatem ascorbyl palmitate and retinyl ascorbate. The former is deemed ‘the king’ of vitamin C. L-ascorbic acid boosts collagen production and smooths and firms skin. However, any type of vitamin C in your moisturising serum and lotion will offer some skin benefit!
It’s worth noting that when antioxidants are exposed to light and air too frequently they can breakdown, so it’s best to opt for formulas in air-tight packaging.
To protect your skin from UV damage and environmental aggressors, vitamin C is recommended for your morning regime. If you’re using glycolic, salicylic acid and retinol, you will need to leave some time in between before applying your vitamin C product to avoid any stinging or redness.
Research has shown that as little as 0.6 percent of vitamin C can help protect your skin from free radicals and ageing.
This crafty little vitamin deserves its place in your skincare wardrobe!