5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know Vitamin C Could Do For Your Skin
Vitamin C can have serious anti-ageing effects. “It acts like a shield and protects against free radicals from the sun or environment,” says aesthetic doctor Dr Maryam Zamani. When free radicals enter the skin, they cause tiny breaks in the amino acid chain. The more breaks you have, the less supported the skin, and that’s when you begin to see the ageing effects of wrinkles and sagging.
Vitamin C plugs those gaps with collagen. In fact, research has shown that vitamin C is essential for collagen production. “Clinical trials have also proven its ability to break down and prevent pigment forming in the skin – as in age spots and scars,” says Zamani. The result: brighter, more evenly toned skin. Sign us up immediately.
Nivea Q10 Plus C Anti-Wrinkle + Energy Skin Sleep Cream (R170)
Supercharge your skin while you sleep. This night cream contains two powerful antioxidants – vitamin C and coenzyme Q10, both of which support cell regeneration. Plus a dose of collagen helps the skin stay smooth. Available at Clicks.
Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate (R950)
Skin feeling and looking parched? Immediately notice softness and elasticity with this serum that contains a concentration of pure vitamin C. It helps decrease the appearance of targeted fine lines and wrinkles, so your skin is going to thank you. Be sure to test this on a patch of skin first – it packs a punch. Available at Kiehl’s.
Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector (R375)
An antidote to tiredness! This formula contains active ingredients, such as pure vitamin C and E, maritime pine polyphenols and fragmented hyaluronic acid, that will keep skin looking healthy, young and rested. The product claims to show results after just 10 days of use. But you won’t know till you try, right? Available at Woolworths.
pHformula Vita C Concentrated Corrective Serum (R852)
Give your skin some much-needed pampering with this concentrated serum. Recommended for all skin types, it promises to help dehydrated, fine lined and wrinkled skin by leaving it feeling bright and healthy. Available at Dermastore.