The big Vitamin C skincare guide

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Dietary supplements are great for overall health and the appearance of your hair, nails and skin. But what about the products you put on your face? Shouldn't they contain boosting vitamins and nutrients, too?

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Vitamin C-based skincare has exploded lately. While it's been popular within the beauty industry for a while now, these recent months have seen a new influx of amazing serums, oils and moisturisers which help to boost the skin from the outside-in!

Linda Blahr, Head of National Training at SkinCeuticals, explains how the vitamin C skincare trend has risen: "L-Ascorbic acid (better known as Vitamin C) is essential for humans as we cannot synthesise it by ourselves. People used to implement Vitamin C in their daily diet by eating vegetables & fruits with a high concentration of Vitamin C."

She continues: "However, the skin is the last organ being addressed within the digestion process, so there was a gap of a ‘topical Vitamin C’ formulations that work efficiently within the skin’s metabolism."

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So while supplements work well for the body's organs, skincare supplies the skin with an instant hit of vitamin D. But why is this so crucial? "[Vitamin C] supports and strengthens skin cells to fight against environmental aggressors such as UV, IR and pollution that are the main culprit of oxidative stress in skin," says Linda. She also points out that without vitamin C, there is no collagen production. It therefore acts as a great collagen booster, making skin look firmer and fresher.

Take a look at our run-down of the best Vitamin C skincare below...

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