Vitamin C 101 + Skin & Lab and Vella

When you think of vitamin C, a picture of citrus fruits always comes to mind. That or a drink of effervescent tablets that your mom tells you to gulp down to prevent illnesses. Vitamin C isn’t just fantastic for keeping your body in tip-top shape, it’s also a powerhouse that does wonders for the skin. We’re talking about getting radiant, bright, youthful skin by just incorporating this brilliant nutrient into your beauty routine. Here’s the breakdown on vitamin C for the skin!

What’s the big deal anyway?
Vitamin C is one of the essential vitamins needed to keep our body and skin healthy, and when it comes to skincare, is most commonly found in products that brighten the skin for an even complexion. It’s a potent antioxidant that has a range of benefits including soothing inflammation, encouraging collagen production in the skin and evening out irregular pigmentation, leaving the skin looking plump, glowy and supple. Sounds like quite the beauty superhero right? The most widely used version of vitamin C in skincare is L-ascorbic acid, and are usually recommended to be used in the morning thanks to their ability to fight free radicals.

Take note:
While vitamin C products are great for shielding the skin against harmful external factors, you'll want to make sure you use a broad spectrum sun block to prevent any sun damage. It's also best to store products with vitamin C in dark places, away from sunlight to keep them lasting longer.

Keen to give vitamin C a go in your beauty routine? We've gotten Skin & Lab's Dr. Vita Clinic range to show you how it can be done!

Gently Vita Exfoliator
When it comes to exfoliating the skin, using one with gritty pieces can cause micro-abrasions on the skin, leaving it feeling rough in the long run. Opt for a peeling gel like this one instead that infused with 5 kinds of vitamins including our star ingredient today. This product helps to obliterate dead skin cells and reside from the pores while ensuring the skin stays hydrated and smooth, leaving behind a complexion that's supple, fresh and radiant.

Vita Energy Toner & Mist
We love us a good multitasking product, especially if it's one you can use anytime of the day. This handy toner comes in a spray bottle that makes it easy to spritz onto the skin, prepping it for the next step of your skincare routine. The formula itself is a hydrating and brightening one, and you can spray it on any time of the day as a face mist as well. Its handy size makes it super travel-friendly.

White Vita C Essence
Like a big refreshing glass of orange juice for the skin, this concentrate contains stabilized vitamin C that penetrates deep into the layers of the skin, effectively brightening and evening out the skin's tone. It also aids in lightening dark spots, and helps moisturize the skin as well.

C Plus Brightening Cream
Seal all that brightening goodness with this lightweight but luxurious cream. It creates a protective barrier that helps keep the skin hydrated too, while inhibiting melanin production to keep the skin radiant. This product is also packed with antioxidants that revitalize the skin for a complexion that's healthy.

Vella Ultra Hydro Sun Essence
Okay, you caught us there. This one isn't actually from the same range but it's something we love and we thought it'd be great to include in this list too. Wearing a sunscreen like this one with SPF50/ PA+++ is perfect for everyday, especially if you're planning on using some vitamin C before your head out the door. It's got a super lightweight, watery texture that allows it to be absorbed easily into the skin without leaving any white-cast or stickiness behind. If you don't believe us, you can read more about it to find out why we love this unique sunscreen here!

Whether you're fresh onto the beauty scene, or you're a well-seasoned beauty junkie, it's a great idea to incorporate vitamin C topically into your skincare regime. It's great for all skin types, though those of us with sensitive skins may want to pick milder brightening products with vitamin C to best suit their complexion. You can find Skin & Lab and Vella's items on Althea's site, as well as other cool vitamin C infused items. Do you already put vitamin C on your skin? What are some of your favorite products? Let us know in the comments down below!

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