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Why Vitamin C is a Skincare Staple


Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, is renowned for its role in promoting healthy, resilient, GLOWING skin. It has multiple benefits to your skin and is a staple of a good skincare routine.


Key Benefits of Vitamin C


1.     Antioxidant Protection

Vitamin C is known for its ability to combat free radicals (unstable molecules in the environment that can damage cells causing premature ageing). This protection is vital in maintaining the health and vitality of the skin.


2.     Boosts Collagen Production

Collagen is the protein responsible for keeping our skin firm and youthful. From the age of 20, our body’s production of collagen starts to rapidly decline (how lovely). Vitamin C plays a crucial role in collagen synthesis, helping to build up our stores. As a result, skin is more supple and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is reduced.


3.     Brightens and Evens Skin Tone

Many people struggle with uneven skin tones, hyperpigmentation, or dull looking skin. Vitamin C can combat this by inhibiting the enzyme responsible for melanin production, as melanin is responsible for causing pigment in our skin. This can lead to a more even skin tone and a reduction in dark spots. It also creates a brightening effect which we often notice on people as that desired ‘dewy glow’.


4.     Enhances Sun Protection

While not a substitute for sunscreen, Vitamin C provides additional protection against harmful UV rays. When used in conjunction with SPF, it adds an extra layer of defence, which is vital for preventing long-term sun damage.


Incorporating Vitamin C into Your Routine

Vitamin C is available in various forms, such as serums, creams, and face washes.


If using a Vitamin C serum, this should be applied in the morning, followed by sunscreen to harness its protective benefits against environmental aggressors. Serums are the most concentrated form but unfortunately not all are created equal. Look for formulations with L-ascorbic acid, as the most bioavailable form of Vitamin C. The concentration of Vitamin C can range from 10% to 20% — higher concentrations are more potent but may cause irritation in sensitive skin types. My personal favourite is Obagi Vitamin C 15%.


For night routines, a Vitamin C- enriched moisturiser can work to repair and rejuvenate the skin as you sleep. Drunk Elephant and Murad both offer lovely versions of these.



Incorporating Vitamin C into your skincare routine is a step towards healthier, more radiant skin. Its benefits in protecting, repairing, and enhancing the skin are unmatched. As with any skincare product, it's crucial to choose the right formulation for your skin type and concerns. Embrace the power of Vitamin C and watch your skin transform with continued use!


If you’d like to learn more about what works for your skin type and have your own personalised skincare routine created for you by Dr Emma, book in for an online skincare consultation via this link:



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