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What is Vitamin C and Why is it Important for Skin Health

Vitamin C is not a new superstar ingredient to us. Whenever we feel the onset of a cold, we turn to it to boost our immune system and get better, quicker. But did you know that it may be your ticket to younger, brighter looking skin as well?

What is vitamin C and why is it important for skin health?

Vitamin C is the most abundant antioxidant found naturally in our skin. It does many things to help boost skin health: stimulate collagen production, brighten sun spots and scarring, protect against free radical damage, and minimise the effects of sun damage. It is vital to healthy, youthful skin, but our bodies are actually unable to produce it on our own. We’ve traditionally relied on receiving vitamin C from the food we eat, such as citrus fruits, leafy greens, strawberries, and broccoli. But studies are showing that we can feed our skin vitamin C through our skincare products. So although ageing, stress, environmental toxins, and UV exposure can deplete the skin’s vitamin C, there is one Skinbase Beauty favourite that can give your skin the boost it needs.

Types of vitamin C in skincare

Vitamin C may sound simple but it’s actually one the least stable vitamins; it’s easily destroyed when it comes in contact with light or air. This makes formulation and packaging tricky, but there are many different forms out there that try to harness all of vitamin C’s benefits. Ascorbic acid is one of the most common; it absorbs quickly and has the highest potency, but it’s also the most unstable in solution. Other ingredients such as vitamin E and ferulic acid are typically added to ascorbic acid to help maintain it in solution and boost its effectiveness. A newer, more stable derivative of vitamin C is ascorbic acid polypeptide, which easily converts to vitamin C when applied to the skin.

Vitamin C may sound simple but it’s actually one the least stable vitamins; it’s easily destroyed when it comes in contact with light or air. 

There are also botanical extracts that are rich in vitamin C, such as kakadu plum and rosehip. These nourish the skin with other nutrients and antioxidants as well. But take note: Rosehip oil contains very little or no vitamin C (though we still love it for its healing properties and many other benefits). Why the confusion? The actual rosehip fruit is high in vitamin C, but since the vitamin is water soluble and super reactive to light, heat, and air, it doesn’t make it through the extraction process and into the final product. This Super Duo Set provides the best of both worlds–skin brightening vitamin C serum and nourishing rosehip oil.  

Since vitamin C is reactive to light even when it’s absorbed into our skin, we suggest always following your vitamin C serum or moisturiser with an SPF during the day to prevent it from oxidising. This will maintain the integrity of the vitamin C so you see the full benefits and also protect your skin from future sun damage.

Our vitamin C top pick

Rohr Remedy Kakadu Plum face Serum. Available at Skinbase Beauty

Rohr Remedy Kakadu Plum Face Serum

A lightweight, oil-free serum that instantly brightens and hydrates skin. Formulated with high levels of Vitamin C to support and strengthen the skin's natural barrier function. Explore further.  

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