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Vitamin C – your skincare’s rockstar ingredient

Dubbed the rockstar ingredient in skincare, vitamin C not only brightens the skin, it is also a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from damaging free radicals, reduces dark spots and redness, and prevents premature ageing. This active ingredient is the popular kid in skincare, but do we know why?

Almost all dermatologists rave about the magical powers vitamin C harnesses for the skin and recommend you become an early adopter of vitamin C. 

The low-down on vitamin C

Natasha Davel from Fundamentals Skincare, a leading affordable and quality skincare company in South Africa, explains that: “Topical vitamin C is a multipurpose workhorse that can protect, repair and enhance your skin. Research suggests that when vitamin C penetrates the skin, it protects and improves it in various ways. It excels in neutralising damaging molecules called free radicals that accelerate signs of ageing.”

Proven benefits: 

  • Reduces wrinkles
  • Protects collagen and increases production
  • Aids wound healing
  • Helps protect against sun damage
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation by inhibiting an enzyme called tyrosinase that causes skin discolouration
  • Evens skin tone
  • Brightens complexion
  • Acts like armour against pollution and other free radicals
  • May also help protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays when used in combination with a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Using a powerful and stable vitamin C serum consistently over time (for 12 weeks and longer) can help smooth out the appearance of your skin and promote a healthier appearance.

How to choose yours

When choosing to incorporate this ingredient into your skincare routine, look for products that not only have vitamin C but also throw in some vitamin E and ferulic acid. These ingredients can team up to boost stability and penetration.

If you have sensitive skin or rosacea, you may want to opt for the gentler vitamin C options like tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate.

How to use your vitamin C serum

  • It’s important not to layer vitamin C products with peptides, as layering these two ingredients one after the other can cause chelation.
  • Wash your face. Always start with clean skin so your vitamin C serum doesn’t mix with impurities.
  • Use a toner or essence to balance skin’s pH – avoid toners with other acids and exfoliants.
  • Apply vitamin C to the face, neck and chest.
  • Moisturise to form a protective seal around skin – avoid layering retinol directly after vitamin C, as this can overstimulate the skin.
  • Apply sunscreen. Vitamin C serums may increase skin’s sensitivity to sunlight.

Fundamentals Skincare has just released its new Vitamin C series that includes:

  • 5% Ascorbic Acid – which is the strongest and most abundant antioxidant in our skin. Proven to saturate ascorbic acid levels in the skin after three days, so consistent use is key. Ascorbic acid increases collagen synthesis. Formulated with ferulic acid to stabilise the formulation.
  • 10% Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate – This vitamin C is gentle on the skin while brightening and evening skin tone, reducing fine lines and protecting against sun damage.
  • 10% Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate – a gentle yet effective vitamin C that doesn’t irritate the skin, but delivers powerful antioxidant protection, formulated in a deeply hydrating oil base.

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