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What Is Vitamin C Serum and Should You Be Using It?

Not just a weapon against cold and flu symptoms, Vitamin C has been found to possess game-changing properties for improving the appearance of skin.

“Vitamin C helps to visibly reduce the signs of premature skin ageing, while also buffing out blemishes and providing firmer-looking, glowing skin,” says Sydney facialist and skin therapist, Melissa Young.

“Vitamin C is also great at building the barrier function of the skin by increasing ceramide production.”

Here, Young tells us everything we’d ever need to know about Vitamin C serums and reveals her favourite products.

What skin concerns can vitamin C treat

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant which provides a number of benefits to the skin, two main concerns would be skins showing signs of ageing and loss of firmness.

Are all vitamin C serums created equal

No, not all Vitamin C beauty products are created equally and understanding ingredients can be overwhelming.

When looking into which skincare brand to go with, I would recommend checking these two crucial things:

1. Ensure the packaging is airtight as you do not want your Vitamin C to oxidize.
2. Make sure the product is formulated with pure L-Ascorbic Acid.

When is the best time to apply vitamin C serum

I always tell my clients to think of C in conjunction with coffee.

The best time to apply vitamin C to the skin is first thing in the morning as the L-ascorbic acid works to neutralise the free radical damage we face daily.

The best vitamin C serums on the market

1. Ultraceuticals C range, $105 – $138

Young says she lives by the Ultraceuticals Vitamin C products. In her daily routine, she incorporates the Ultra C10+ Firming Serum, Ultra C23+ Firming Concentrate, and the Ultra C Firming Eye cream, a product Young says is “a must-have in your morning daily skincare routine”.

ultraceuticals c
Ultraceuticals

2. Tatcha Violet C Brightening Serum, $135, from Mecca

Ideal for those with pigmentation and acne scarring, Tatcha’s Violet C Brightening Serum is made with Japanese Angelica Root, used in traditional Asian medicine and known its restorative properties. With 20% vitamin C and 10% AHA, you’re getting bang for your buck with this one.

tatcha serum
Mecca

3. Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum, $122, from Mecca

Don’t be fooled by the cute packaging, this is a product that packs a serious punch. With  vitamin C, potent antioxidants and fruit enzymes, the formula works to calm and neutralise the effects of pollution and free radicals to reveal firmer and brighter skin.

drunk-elephant
Mecca