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Beauty Juice Up: Why Vitamin C Is Good For Your Skin

Juice Up: Why Vitamin C Is Good For Your Skin

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Photo: Jeremy Yap/Unsplash
By Syameen Salehaldin
By Syameen Salehaldin
January 22, 2020
The lowdown on one of skincare's hottest ingredients

We met Dr Sutina Nordin, founder and principal aesthetic physician of Enhanze Medical Aesthetic Centre, recently to find out more about vitamin C and its beauty benefits. There are many ingredients essential for maintaining a healthy, clear, smooth skin, and Vitamin C is definitely one of them. 

Dr. Sutina Nordin. Photo: Enhanze Medical Aesthetic Centre
Dr Sutina Nordin Photo: Enhanze Medical Aesthetic Centre

What is vitamin C?

Photo: Jamie Street on Unsplash
Photo: Jamie Street/Unsplash

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can be derived from various foods such as citrus fruits, kiwi, strawberries as well as kale and cauliflower. It cannot be produced by the body, which is why it's important that we look for its nourishment elsewhere. 

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What are its benefits?

Photo: Sunday Riley
Photo: Sunday Riley

"Vitamin C is considered the most potent antioxidant for the skin," declares Dr Sutina. "It protects the skin against environmental stressors especially the UV rays, and prevents free radical damage that can cause collagen and elastin breakdown. Vitamin C also has lightening properties that work with glutathione, and the combination gives a potent lightening effect for the skin."  

The amount of vitamin C required varies according to your needs. "If you have hyper-pigmentation, the concentration should be 15-20%. For normal skin, you only need less than 10%," says Dr Sutina

It's recommended to use vitamin C-fortified skincare daily for a more rejuvenated, fresher and youthful-looking skin.

"When it comes to vitamin C-infused skincare products, I tend to look for pure and stable vitamin C and in serum form. My favourite vitamin C serums are from Skin Ceuticals and the ZO Skin Health range by Obagi," said Dr Sutina.

See also: How To Incorporate The Beauty Roller And Gua Sha Stone Into Your Skincare Regime

Our favourite vitamin C-infused products

Sunday Riley C.E.O Glow Vitamin C and Turmeric Face Oil. Photo: Sunday Riley
Skin Ceuticals C E Ferulic with 15% L-Ascorbic Acid. Photo: Skin Ceuticals
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum. Photo: Drunk Elephant
Fresh Vitamin Nectar Glow Face Mask
Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
Fresh Vitamin Nectar Glow Water. Photo: Fresh
Dior Capture Youth Glow Booster Age-Delay Illuminating Serum. Photo: Dior

See also: The Ultimate Guide To The Best Face Serums


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