You may be used to popping Vitamin C as a supplement to fight an oncoming cold, but it's also being hyped as a wonder ingredient in skincare.
Vitamin C is renowned for protecting skin from UVA and UVB damage and for improving the appearance of sun-damaged skin by reducing hyper-pigmentation. It's also a magic wrinkle fighting ingredient as it boosts the body's production of collagen and firms skin.
Finally, this one stop shop wonder ingredient reduces inflammation and brightens skin. Or as dermatologist Dr Gach puts it, 'Vitamin C peels the superficial layers of the epidermis giving a fresher and brighter look to the skin as well as strengthens the collagen fibres.'
Still not convinced? Everyone from Adriana Lima and Halle Berry to Suki Waterhouse swear by using it.
Check out the best vitamin C serums here...
A potent antioxidant, use this Vitamin C serum before you apply your daily SPF (which we assume you are doing...) to protect your skin against all the nasty stuff your daily commute likes to throw at you.
Be the boss of your own complexion with this dark spot destroying vitamin C serum. Get your hands on the matching l and to complete the skin brightening trio.
Give tired and dull skin a good old wake up with this serum packed full of vitamin C and lactic acid formulated to speed up cell turnover so you're left with your brightest complexion ever.
Ok, so this one isn't technically a serum buuuuut it works exactly the same way. You've heard about beauty products with use by dates? That's because active ingredients (the stuff that's doing the hard work) break down, which means finding ways to preserve them for longer. By suspending the Vitamin C in silicone instead of a water-based serum, the efficacy (how long it actually works for) is maintained for way longer. Win.
The C-Tetra is a great starter Vitamin C serum, repairing visible sun damage and stimulating collagen production at an affordable price. Its key ingredient is Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (try saying that after a wine), the strongest and most stable derivative of Vitamin C. This is combined with Vitamin E, which boosts the anti-oxidising properties. The lower concentration of Vitamin C makes this serum ideal for people in their 20s and 30s, or those with sensitive skin.
Professional-C Serum penetrates deeply into the epidermis and dermis, creating anti-oxidising protection. It helps to defend against UV rays, which are a leading cause of skin ageing. The serum also helps the body to synthesise collagen, fighting wrinkles and lack of elasticity. Four different concentrations of the serum are available, so make sure you choose the one that's right for you. The 5% protects the delicate eye area, 10% is for sensitive and dry skin, 15% is the catch all for every skin type, and the 20% gives you the highest concentration on L-Ascorbic Acid.
Intensive correcting filler Redermic C10 acts on wrinkles, loss of firmness and luminosity to take years (or several beverages) off you. It combines 10% pure Vitamin C with Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid to plump the skin and leave it looking radiant. It is also unscented, non-comedogenic and nickel controlled, making it perfect for sensitive skin.