Vitamin C is an ingredient you’ll find in an increasing number of products; touted for benefits ranging from brightening skin to reducing inflammation and protecting your skin from free-radicals, whatever the pseudo-scientific or dubious claims being made for its use, I’ve found various products containing it to be great for my skin. A vitamin C product is now part of my daily skincare regime. Here I’ll be looking at three of my favourites.
This rich, luxurious cream comes with a strong hit of tangerine fragrance, throwing some of us back to the simpler Body Shop products of our childhood. The cream targets ‘dull, tired, grumpy’ skin, transforming it with a new, healthy glow (sadly it didn’t have this effect on my mood). The best thing about this cream is that it includes SPF30 protection, meaning it can protect your skin from some of the damaging effects of the sun. You would need to apply extra protection for longer exposure, but it’s nice to be able to start the day knowing you’ve already got a bit of defense. It’s possibly the suncream element which gives the lotion and unwelcome slightly oily texture, but for someone like me with quite dry and light sensitive skin, this is an issue which can be overcome.
Having discovered this product through Birchbox, it has become a firm favourite of mine. The serum is really light, but very moisturising. It smells fantastic, using it feels a bit like dipping your face in a bowl of spring water full of orange blossom. It’s quite a different scent to any other orange of Vitamin C products I’ve used; it’s much more subtle. Coupled with the fellow buzz-ingredient of hyaluronic acid, this is a one-stop shop for getting a refreshed and healthy feeling. It sometimes feels a little too light for me, but if your skin isn’t too thirsty, this should provide all the moisture you need. It’s fairly expensive, and I get through it quite quickly, but you can sometimes find slightly lower prices on Lumene’s own website than on other sites like Birchbox, so it’s worth giving this Finnish cult product a try.
This really is the best of the best. I’ve been using this serum for weeks now, and I can honestly say I’ve never had a better face moisturiser. Fresh out of a Dragon’s Den spot and rebrand (they were formerly known as ‘Optiat’), Upcircle is offering fantastic skincare products based around repurposed coffee grounds. This serum brings the benefits of Vitamin C from rosehip and sea buckthorn oils, as well as making the most of the moisturising properties of coffee oil. Upcircle products are certified Cruelty Free, Vegan, don’t contain palm oil, and come in 100% recyclable packaging, so they’re a company taking their ecological responsibilities seriously.
It comes in a little glass bottle with a dropper, which makes it feel more expensive that it really is. I must admit that I was initially put-off by its oily, slightly sticky consistency, but as soon as I put it on my face I was sold. It glides over your face leaving a slight sheen that only lasts a minute or two before it soaks in and leaves your skin feeling deeply nourished. My skin has never felt so healthy; there’s no tightness, it always feels like I’ve used just the right amount of moisturiser, and there’s not the slightest sign of redness. It just feels soft and happy. The mix of plant scents and coffee makes it smell gorgeous too. It’s a pretty cheap product, at around £15, and you do actually only need a few drops, so it’ll last a long time. If you’re looking to give a Vitamin C product a try, you’d be missing a trick if you didn’t choose this one.