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“My skin’s looking so dull and really seems to have aged almost overnight! Anything I can use to make myself look a bit brighter?”
Get more vitamin C in your skincare!
I remember looking the mirror when I was 42, all was ‘kinda OK’, then two months later…BAM! aomething shifted! Obviously it’s our hormones, but beyond that I felt as if it was an ‘overnight’ thing. So from experience, hand on heart I can honestly say that the very best de-ager to add to any skin care regime is Vitamin C. In a cleanser or serum, not only does it help brighten and clarify skin by minimising and preventing dark spots and blemishes; it’s also a powerful antioxidant. This means it helps rectify the impact from our daily exposure to sun, pollution/smoke (very topical right now) and poor diet, while also helping to boost our own natural collagen and hydration levels.
WHAT SHOULD I USE?
The key is finding the best formulation and in the best packaging (airtight and opaque are a must). Ideally, look for pure ascorbic acid on the ingredients list, also known as L- ascorbic acid, on the label. Personally, I prefer using a Vitamin C booster product at night where it can do the most repair while I sleep; plus they tingle and aren’t always the smoothest texture to wear in the day under makeup. And being fair, I’m more prone to redness: so yeah I say use it at night when your skin’s more rested.
A NEW FAVOURITE of mine is Clinique Fresh Pressed™ Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%, a little bottle (set of 4) that freshly mixes vitamin C into the pump, shake it, then apply. Studies have shown over 20% reduction in pigmentation in just a few weeks.
Once your skin has acclimatised to using this you could try a higher percentage for a more brightening effect. My favourites at 15% include Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster, or Perricone MD Vit C Ester 15. Personally, I’d never go higher than this for home use.
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Photography Iain Philpott