before the summer fun begins let’s boost our skin protection with antioxidants.
What are antioxidants? Antioxidants like vitamin C are powerful free radical fighters. Free radicals essentially damage our healthy skin cells and are created through stress, smoking, pollution, and alcohol (basically all the bad things). Antioxidant ingredients boost our skin’s protection against harsh environmental pollutants, like UV rays.
Research shows that vitamin C is good for fading hyperpigmentation and evening out skin tone because it works to inhibit tyrosinase activity, which prevents melanin overproduction. It can also be beneficial for reducing redness, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. This superstar vitamin also boosts your skin’s ability to make collagen, which helps to soften existing fine lines and wrinkles.
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vitamin c, the lifesaver ingredient in helping protect and prepare your skin for summer
Vitamin C is the ultimate skin brightening agent and it plays a major role in collagen production. This super ingredient can help plump your skin and even out your skin tone, adding to the youthful look that everyone wishes for this time of the year!
- Prevents signs of ageing by neutralising free radicals
- Fades hyperpigmentation by blocking tyrosinase
- Minimises fine lines and wrinkles by boosting collagen production
- Soothes redness with its anti-inflammatory properties
- Maintains the health of the skin barrier by encouraging cell repair
- Acts as a powerful antioxidant
Consider these picks the secret to getting that glow:
here’s the best way to use a vitamin c serum in your skin care routine
HOW: After cleansing your skin, apply a small amount of Vitamin C and gently press into your dry skin. Then apply a moisturiser, this order is crucial because applying moisturiser before your serum could block your skin from absorbing all its goodness.
WHERE: It can be used as a spot treatment to target a specific concern such as hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles or to the whole face, neck and chest. Plus, don't forget — always follow with SPF.
WHEN: 2-3 times a week, most commonly used in the morning.
tips for preventing pigmentation worsening or developing this summer holiday
Pigmentation really is a tricky one as certain people are more prone to it than others, for no single reason, but a combo of your skin type, your hormones, genes etc.
An at-home skincare routine will be very beneficial in helping even out pigmentation. Active ingredients like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and retinol will plump your skin and even out your skin tone.
To prevent pigmentation from worsening or developing this summer holiday, we’d suggest limiting your sun exposure and wearing a SPF 30 + on your face daily. The introduction of a vitamin C product will also really assist in lightening and brightening the skin.
As with any active ingredient, it’s best to start with a lower concentration and work your way up.