Sure, you stock up on vitamin C when you have a cold (LivOn Labs Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C ($42) anyone?), but have you given it a proper shot on your skin? The potent antioxidant is as much for your belly as it is for your face. From serums to day creams, masks, and fizzing cleansers, vitamin C is the powerhouse that may help reduce wrinkles, decrease sun damage (here’s the actual research), and boost your skin’s immunity much the same way you boost your immune system when you take it orally.
“Topical vitamin C, when active, is a great antioxidant,” says holistic esthetician Jordana Mattioli. Which means, it can, when applied directly to the skin, help fight everything from broken capillaries and dark spots to fine lines and rough texture. Bottom line: Use products spiked with the ingredient in your regular skin-care rotation and eat as much of the potent antioxidant as you can because since vitamin C is water-soluble, it’s important to get your daily dose of it through eating food sources, too, since it won’t hang around in your system for long. Think oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, and red and green peppers (that’s in addition to topical treatments) to experience its benefits.
Because vitamin C stays most active when it hasn’t been activated by liquids, the best vitamin C treatments are often powders that you mix with a serum to activate. Try mixing True Botanics Vitamin C Booster ($90) into your regular serum or moisturizer—your mind will be blown by how clear and smooth it makes your skin.
Sun damage and prevention.
Applying a moisturizer or serum with vitamin C before your daily sunscreen application will help ward off those harsh rays—we’re currently loving Marie Veronique’s Vitamin C+E+Ferulic Serum ($90), which is also a good altearnative to retinol for pregnant women. And remember, with whatever product you use, the closer it is to the top of the ingredients list, the higher the concentration. Dark spots are caused by an…