Vitamin C

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    Vitamin C is a popular dermatologist-approved ingredient in skincare that helps slow early aging & improve the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and acne. As an antioxidant, it fights harmful free radicals that damage the skin, making it a great addition to your skincare routine. Discover more in our article on The Best Vitamin C for your Skin or in our FAQs.

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    Learn more about Vitamin C in Skincare

    Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a powerful antioxidant that fights photoaging and hyperpigmentation. While many plants and animals produce it naturally, humans must obtain it from foods like citrus fruits, leafy greens, and strawberries. In skincare products, Vitamin C can either be derived from natural sources, such as plants, or synthesized in a laboratory, resulting in synthetic Vitamin C.

    • Fights photoaging, UV damage, and photocarcinogenesis
    • Boosts collagen, reducing wrinkles and maintaining skin firmness
    • Speeds up wound healing
    • Guards against sun damage and hyperpigmentation
    • Evens out skin tone and enhances brightness
    • Shields against pollution and free radicals

    However, effectiveness varies due to stability and penetration challenges especially in synthetic Vitamin C.

    Synthetic vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is chemically identical to the vitamin C found in natural sources like fruits and vegetables. However, synthetic vitamin C is produced in a laboratory setting, whereas natural vitamin C is derived from plant-based sources such as citrus fruits, berries, and leafy greens. While both forms offer similar benefits when consumed orally, natural vitamin C may contain additional nutrients and phytochemicals that can enhance its absorption and effectiveness. In skincare products, natural vitamin C may also be more stable and less likely to cause irritation compared to synthetic versions.

    Yes, Vitamin C serum can be used daily for best results. However, it's essential to start with a lower concentration and gradually increase frequency to assess how your skin responds. Some individuals may experience mild irritation initially, so it's recommended to start with every other day and then transition to daily use as tolerated. Always follow the instructions provided with your specific Vitamin C serum for the best outcomes.

    When it comes to Vitamin C skincare, serums and creams offer distinct benefits:

     Vitamin C Serum:

    • Targets fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation
    • Lightweight texture for quick absorption
    • High concentration for potent antioxidant protection
    • Direct and immediate action with active Vitamin C 

    Vitamin C Cream:

    • Provides hydration alongside Vitamin C benefits
    • Suitable for dry or sensitive skin
    • Includes moisturising ingredients like hyaluronic acid or shea butter
    • Forms a protective barrier against environmental aggressors 

    Choose a serum for targeted treatment and potent antioxidant defense, or opt for a cream for hydration and comfort, depending on your skin's needs and preferences.

    Both retinal (or retinol) and vitamin C serums are anti-aging agents with overlapping benefits, particularly in addressing signs of aging. However, they function differently, each offering unique advantages. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, while retinol is renowned for its skin renewal properties.

    Retinal serums are ideal for diminishing acne scars and improving skin texture, while vitamin C serums excel at enhancing skin tone, boosting collagen production, and promoting overall skin health.

    For optimal results, it's recommended to incorporate both into your skincare routine: use vitamin C serum in the morning we recommend Morning Dew Vitamin C Serum and a retinal serum at night Yellow Moon Beam Retinal Serum verses a retinol as retinal is 11x more effective. A natural alternative to retinol is bakuchiol these products which is a natural retinol alternative like Bio-fusion Face Serum. This combination maximises the beneficial effects of both ingredients.

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