The best vitamin C skincare to buy now
This powerful ingredient should be in your anti-ageing arsenal right now
However, it appears that the men and women in white coats seem to be unified on one single ingredient this summer: vitamin C is the skincare superhero for 2020.
According to research by Mintel, there’s been a hike in vitamin C based products being launched and it’s been one of the most pinned products on Pinterest too. The reason? Scientists have worked out clever ways of stabilising the notoriously tricky ingredient, and re-jigging the formulas for maximum efficacy and, in turn, we’re reaping the benefits in our dermis both instantly and for long-term goals too.
The ingredients you need to look out for are: ascorbic acid (vitamin C itself), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and ascorbyl palmitate, and products containing them should be in a protective glass, pump-action and air-free container to keep them stable.
Nausheen Qureshi, biochemist, formulator and founder of Elequra skincare says: 'Topically applied vitamin C should play a main role in any skincare routine. It's an incredible antioxidant, helps to protect us against internal and external stressors, brightens the skin and smoothes and refines its texture. It's unfortunately also a very unstable ingredient so we've had to be a bit cleverer with how to make it last longer and perform more potently when designing our skincare formulations.
'Pure ascorbic acid is vitamin C in its natural form. You can now also get two other types of vitamin C: esters of vitamin C which convert into vitamin C after reactions occur on the skin to release it, and encapsulated vitamin C which is coated in a fatty layer to prevent it from prematurely oxidising (it sheds its layer when applied to the skin and releases the pure vitamin C).
'At Elequra, with our Radiance Accelerator Serum, we went a step further in our quest towards protecting the skin by having active forms of vitamin C deposit on the skin even 16 hours after first application by using a combination of a vitamin C ester and by encapsulating a vitamin C ester. All these carefully designed time-released methods of releasing vitamin C are a modern approach to ensuring your skin is continually provided all the benefits of vitamin C without worrying about the lack of potency nor its degradation.'
Super-facialist Ole Henriksen, who has clocked up over 50 years in the industry is in agreement. He calls vitamin C the ‘sunshine vitamin’ and credits it with giving his A-list clients their glow. Nobel Prize-winning scientist Linus Pauling developed his range, and his new Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum, £54, sold 17,000 when it launched at the start of June, and the number is rising every day. He says: 'As the most researched antioxidant, it’s proven to improve the skin’s youthful elasticity, help fade uneven skin tone and hydrate the skin. It’s also quite calming and soothing. There are a lot of benefits.'
There’s also a new zesty treatment range from the science-based luxury brand, Natura Bissé, which also employs different forms of vitamin C, with MacroAntioxidants® – cutting-edge ingredients patented by the National Spanish Research Council.
Newly launched to rave reviews and already sold out, is Jane Scrivner’s Circadian vitC, an all-natural, vegan high-potency product, that the brands describes as a ‘wake-up call’ for skin.
And don’t we all need a bit of that right now? We will let you know when it’s back in stock.
Read on to see how this potent topical ingredient can support your skin – and the best vitamin C serums, creams and lotions to buy now.
THE BEST VITAMIN C PRODUCTS, 2020
Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum, £53
This is like a glass of orange juice for your face and makes for a zesty start to the day when included in your skincare regime. The 15% vitamin C, 5% PHA and hyaluronic acid targets signs of ageing, dullness, fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, pores and dark spots.
Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum, £53 – buy here
Natura Bissé C+C Vitamin Body Cream, £88
A rich, creamy emulsion dedicated to hydrating, firming and revitalising from top to toe.
Natura Bissé C+C Vitamin Body Cream, £88 – buy here
Elequra Radiance Accelerator Serum, £98
A time capsule vitamin C, which releases at four and eight hours after application to lighten and brighten, along with retinol and glycogen for the ultimate in skin refinement.
Elequra Radiance Accelerator Serum, £98 – buy here
SkinCeuticals C+E Ferulic, £140
One of the biggest sellers and one of the best vitamin C serums around – this potent product claims to give a good glow for a minimum of 72 hours.
SkinCeuticals C+E Ferulic, £140 – buy here
MZ Skin Brighten & Perfect, £255
From the brilliant Dr Maryam Zamani’s range of MZ Skin products, this is clinically proven to reduce pigmentation and brown spots by 39.7%.
MZ Skin Brighten & Perfect, £255 – buy here
Dermalogica Biolumin-c Serum, £81.50
Scientific studies have revealed that this can deliver three times more vitamin C into the skin than some leading competitors, courtesy of the ultra-stable vitamins and peptide combination.
Dermalogica Biolumin-c Serum, £81.50 – buy here
Sarah Chapman Radiance Recharge System, 10 x 1ml, £145
This box includes a gentle micro-peel, a supercharged Vitamin C cocktail and Glow Complex CB3, to leave you with a fresh-faced glow in 10 days.
Sarah Chapman Radiance Recharge System, 10 x 1ml, £145 – buy here
Rodial Vit C Energising Face Mask, £43
Great for on-the-go glow – these face mask sheets restore some radiance in 15 minutes flat.
Rodial Vit C Energising Face Mask, £43 – buy here
LIXIRSKIN Vitamin C Paste, £32
Vitamin C Paste harnesses the power of its namesake in an acid form. It can be used as a quick pick-me-up everyday cleanser, or if time allows, leave it on longer as a mask.
LIXIRSKIN Vitamin C Paste, £32 – buy here
Murad Start Bright Here Skincare Kit, £35
A great starter kit with a cleanser, moisturiser and serum for a targeted three-step regime with all the benefits of vitamin C.
Murad Start Bright Here Skincare Kit, £35 – buy here
This Works Morning Expert CBD Booster and Vitamin C, £38
This contains 20% vitamin C – high-strength stuff – so you’ll certainly see some benefits immediately – like balanced, soothed and brighter skin.
This Works Morning Expert CBD Booster and Vitamin C, £38 – buy here