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Anti-aging, damage-repairing, pollution-protecting, why Vitamin C is your ultimate skincare saviour

 

Why you should add Vitamin C to your Autumn skincare update.

Vitamin C is a natural component of healthy skin, stimulating collagen production, neutralising free radicals and supporting cellular activity to regenerate and repair. But while younger skin may have the antioxidant in abundance, as we age – accelerated by UV exposure and pollution – our skin tends to become dull, uneven and less firm. Here we look at some of the questions we are frequently asked by customers considering purchasing these products.

 

What are the benefits of Vitamin C skincare?

Incorporating Vitamin C topically into your skincare routine can even out skin tone and fade dark spots, diminish scarring, and protect from harmful pollutants. If you’re looking a little tired or lacklustre it will restore radiance and glow and is instrumental in skin firming. Think of it as a superfood for the skin.

 

How do I add these products into my current routine?

While serums are the most common form of delivery of ascorbic acid, Vitamin C can also be incorporated into your routine via creams, tonics, masks and powders. Look for formulations that contain Ferulic Acid and Vitamin E, as these will stabilise the product and make it more effective.

How often you use your Vitamin C-charged product – and when – is up to you. Though it’s often best applied in the morning, thanks to its anti-pollution powers, it can be utilised day and night once you’ve built up tolerance. But remember, it should always be used in conjunction with an SPF for maximum efficacy.

 

How do I choose the right concentration?

While Vitamin C is undoubtedly a hero ingredient, it is also a tricky one. It can be very acidic and has potential to irritate the skin if used incorrectly. Introduce it slowly; think little and often. Experts recommend you begin with a low concentration of around 5% for daily use.

From 10%, Vitamin C becomes more active, so apply it less regularly – two or three times a week is sufficient – increasing to between 15% to 20% as tolerated (the higher the percentage, the greater the effect). The key here is consistency – use regularly over a sustained period of at least eight weeks for optimum results, rather than expecting instant gratification.

 

How do I store Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is water-soluble and highly sensitive to light and air – when exposed it oxidises and degrades rapidly, eventually becoming ineffective. Beauty brands have developed evermore innovative packaging to ensure Vitamin C products deliver benefits over a prolonged period of use, whether in the form of individual capsules, single-use ‘shots’, airless pumps or tinted bottles.

Even so, storage is key. Don’t leave it out in daylight on your dressing table or bathroom shelf. Instead, keep it in a cool, dry place and away from direct light.

 

Our powerhouse picks...

REN Supersize Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic 500ml

REN Supersize Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic

500ml

£35

Super-effective AHA + BHA skin-resurfacing tonic is a REN Clean Skincare bestseller. Formulated for daily use, Ready Steady Glow brightens complexions, refines skin texture and minimises the look of pores. REN have included effective (yet gentle) AHA, Lactic Acid, to encourage cell turnover by dissolving the bonds that hold dull, dead skin on the surface. Teamed with a BHA, Salicin, to exfoliate both the skin surface and inside the pore. Reducing oiliness and minimising the appearance of pores. All while brightening, hydrating with Azelaic Acid Precursors. It's a triple-threat on lacklustre skin, giving glow and energy back to polluted, city-living or tired skin.

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REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask 50ml

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

50ml

£36


A potent exfoliating mask formulated to remove dead skin cells to renew the complexion. It combats congestion and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Glycolic acid from pineapple gently exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin cells. Lactic acid from passion fruit smoothes and refines skin texture and papain from papaya helps to further remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate overall skin texture and radiance. As with all AHA products, this mask can make your skin more sun-sensitive. We recommend using a SPF with at least a SPF30 protection.

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Darphin Tangerine Aromatic Care Oil 15ml

Darphin Tangerine Aromatic Care Oil

15ml

£42


A restorative elixir infused with fragrant oils to revitalise the appearance of skin experiencing the first signs of ageing. The nourishing formula delivers an unrivalled olfactory experience whilst treating your skin. Its blend of carrot and orange essentials oils help restore and revive tired looking skin that's developing fine lines and other early signs of ageing. Over time, skin will feel more youthful, radiant and supple.

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Caudalie VineActiv Glow-Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum 30ml

Caudalie VineActiv Glow-Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum

30ml

£36


This concentrated serum, packed with anti-oxidant polyphenols, helps to protect the skin from everyday aggressors (pollution, stress, etc.) on a daily basis, visibly smoothing initial signs of wrinkles and restoring a new healthy glow to the skin. Its light and watery texture blends into the skin, leaving no sticky residue, making it ideal for layering.

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Caudalie VineActiv Overnight Detox Oil 30ml

Caudalie VineActiv Overnight

Detox Oil

30ml

£30


This product will renew and protect over-tired skin while you sleep. This dry oil is ideal for skin exposed to stress, pollution, UV's & other free radicals. The skin is detoxified and smoothed, the complexion refreshed. Infused with anti-oxidant grape-seed, regenerating rose hip, purifying neroli, soothing lavender and detoxifying carrot oils, this 100% plant-based formula promotes cellular renewal & toxin elimination.

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Caudalie VineActiv Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream 15ml

Caudalie VineActiv Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream

15ml

£27.50


This gentle, soothing cream visibly alleviates dark circles and smoothes the eye and lip contours, for a refreshed, energised look. Its texture penetrates easily to awaken the look and smooth lip contour. Fragrance free and ophthalmologist tested it is gentle yet delivers powerful results.

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Decléor Green Mandarin Sun Kissed Cream 50ml
Decléor Green Mandarin Aromessence Glow Serum 15ml
Decléor Green Mandarin Glow Night Balm 15ml

Decléor Green Mandarin Sun Kissed Cream

50ml

£60


A day cream to moisturise and help prevent fine lines and wrinkles while giving an immediate even sun-kissed glow to all skin types. A blend of citrus essential oils, natural hyaluronic acid and beta-carotene work in partnership to re-energise tired-looking skin. This cream can also help prevent the early signs of ageing and provide a natural healthy glow instantly with a zero make-up feel.

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Decléor Green Mandarin Aromessence Glow Serum

15ml

£55


Super energizing essential oils of lemon. sweet orange and grapefruits. For an instant glow. Re-energise the skin and reduce the appearance of ageing.

This daily serum is derived from a 100% natural origins, with citrus essential oils professionally blended to revive the skin's glow and help to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Just a few drops a day is enough to give a daily boost of energy & an instant glow.

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Decléor Green Mandarin Glow Night Balm

15ml

£50


A 100% natural origin night balm with bees and carnauba waxes. Contains a blend of citrus essential oils, providing energy-boosting care to the skin throughout the night. It is an anti-fatigue boost, brighter skin overnight.

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Clinique Fresh Pressed Pure Vitamin C 5% Renewing Powder Cleanser

Clinique Fresh Pressed Pure Vitamin C 5% Renewing Powder Cleanser

£25


An ultrafine powder that activates with water for an exhilarating cleansing experience that delivers visible benefits. Instantly skin is awakened, purified, with a refined texture and brighter look. This non-drying, non-stripping formula is gentle enough for use each morning, and preps skin for treatment with Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%.

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Clinique Fresh Pressed Pure Vitamin C 7-Day Multi-Potent Activator 10%

Clinique Fresh Pressed Pure Vitamin C 7-Day Multi-Potent Activator 10%

£58


This simple, two-step system contains pure Vitamin C, one of the most powerful anti-ageing vitamins. From the first application, experience brighter, more radiant skin. With continued use, see transformative de-aging results: skin that's noticeably firmer, more even-toned, smoother, with visibly diminished lines and wrinkles and a radiant, youthful glow.

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Prices and availability checked Wednesday 14 October 2020

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