How Does Vitamin C Benefit your Skin?

How Does Vitamin C Benefit your Skin?

Vitamin C and skincare have gone hand in hand for many years. You will see lots of products bursting with Vitamin Cand many brands now offer whole ranges dedicated to this amazing ingredient. Discover what the fuss is all about with my advice.

Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is mainly known for its anti-ageing and complexion-correcting powers. This is because of the powerful antioxidant protection it can offer; Vitamin C plays a large role in protecting your skin from free radicals that can cause premature aging.

Free radicals are unstable particles with unpaired electrons. They are highly reactive, looking for other cells or particles that they can ‘steal’ electrons from. They can be found all around us, formed from sun damage, pollution and even oxygen in the air.

What does this mean for your skin? Well, the free radicals can interact with the structure of your skin, causing damage to cells and collagen. This weakens the skin and can trigger inflammation, dehydration and premature ageing. 

The antioxidant powers of Vitamin C allows it to attach itself to free radicals, providing an electron and preventing them from interacting with and damaging the skin cells. This is why Vitamin C is seem so often in anti-ageing and brightening skincare.

Vitamin C can also help:

  • Reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and discolouration caused by sun damage.
  • Reduce irritation and sensitivity.
  • Reduce inflammation while boosting your immune system to improve healing.
  • Stimulate collagen production to aid anti-aging.
  • Reduce acne marks and scars.

How to use Vitamin C in your Skincare Routine

As with all skincare ingredients, Vitamin C alone will not take away all your concerns. However, it is a great ingredient to use in your daily skincare routine.

For the best results, look for serums and moisturisers, although due to its colour correcting and scar reducing properties, Vitamin C is also great when used as a spot treatment.

The Best Vitamin C Serums and Creams


  1. Paula's Choice C25 Super Booster 15ml
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    Paula's Choice C25 Super Booster 15ml

    Highly concentrated (25%), this spot treatment works hard to reduce brown spots, scars, and discolouration leaving your skin looking brighter and healthier.

    The treatment should be used at night as the final step your routine. Simply dab a small amount on the areas of concern.

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  2. Murad Environmental Shield Essential C Day Moisture Spf 30 (50ml)
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    Murad Environmental Shield Essential C Day Moisture Spf 30 (50ml)

    This day time moisturiser is a great alternative to using SPF and a moisturiser as it combines the ultimate power of Vitamin C with sun protection to keep your skin shielded from environmental damage throughout the day.

    The moisturiser protects you from harsh UVA/UVB rays while the anti-oxidant properties help maintain your skin to keep it looking fresh, healthy and radiant. Use the moisturiser after cleansing and toning and gently massage all over your face and neck.

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  3. DECLÉOR Aroma White C+ Extreme Brightening Essence (3 X 10ml)
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    DECLÉOR Aroma White C+ Extreme Brightening Essence (3 X 10ml)

    Perfect before a big day, this 30 day brightening treatment is ideal for those who suffer from dull or pigmented skin.

    The set delivers a beautiful blend of Vitamin C with White Focus Plant Complex and Chamomile Essential Oils helps to not only improve your complexion but also aid anti-aging and protection of your skin.

    When used twice a day before your moisturiser, the elixir helps you to achieve brighter more radiant skin.

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  4. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster (30ml)
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    Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster (30ml)

    This serum is a great addition to all skin care routines. The collagen booster is based on a powerful Vitamin C complex which is targeted towards skin protection and fighting off free radicals.

    The serum also has nourishing properties which makes it ideal for all skin types. Use twice a day before moisturising to see optimal results.

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Resident Pharmacist

With a Masters in Pharmacy, I am here to explain the science behind the beauty. I offer expert advice on ingredients, the latest Skincare trends, lifestyle choices and any skin concerns you may have. I enjoy travelling and taking part in running events like Tough Mudder and the Colour Run. Currently loving: La Roche Posay Eau Thermal