Do you apply vitamin C to your skin?

To get your complexion looking brighter, and feeling firming there is one ingredient that stacks up better than most, and that is vitamin C. Editor Trudi Brewer shares the virtues of this powerhouse, potent antioxidant.

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Vitamin C is a skincare superhero and here’s why:  It is a powerful tyrosinase inhibitor of the melanin pigment pathway, which in layman’s terms means when used topically it will help to fade brown spots without altering normal skin pigmentation. It can gently reduce the look of acne scarring, boost collagen production, and reduce inflammation in the skin. Recent research also shows to can even help protect the skin from pre-cancerous changes caused by UV rays by neutralizing the free radicals that bombard our skin each day. Need we say more? Editor Trudi Brewer shares the virtues of this game-changing, anti-ageing ingredient and the products that are infused with it.

Here’s how to add a daily dose of vitamin C to your daily skincare routine


Sunday Riley C.E.O Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil, $138.

The combination of vitamin C and turmeric oil works wonders on tackling skin issues such as acne scars, fine lines, and sun spots. This cold-pressed, nutrient-rich oil is formulated with a gentle THD ascorbate (a form of free radical-fighting lipid soluble vitamin C) that stays stable in oxygen and water. Once blended with energizing golden turmeric oil it boosts skin’s radiance. And if all that has not made you want to try this oil, the addition of evening primrose and vitamin A-rich red raspberry seed oil, neroli, and vitamin-rich jojoba will seal the deal.


Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster With Pure Vitamin C 10%, $130.

Like a daily supplement for the body, this powerful, brightening skin treatment can be mixed (add a few drops) with your daily moisturiser to boost skin luminosity. Along with potent vitamin C (that stays stable thanks to the airless pump packaging) the botanical cocktail of lightening ingredients, such as mulberry and grapefruit extracts, skin-clarifying salicylic acid, algae extract and caffeine offers brilliant brightening results for dull skin. And for him, the new Clinique For Men Super Energizer Fresh Daily Anti-Fatigue Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%, $40 is also available.


THIS WORKS Morning Expert Vitamin C Power Mask, $86.

The ideal facial scrub to give skin a wake-up call. Switch out your cleanser once a week for this blend of 10% water activated vitamin C and jojoba granules. This gentle, exfoliating balm helps to boost clarity while refreshing the look of a dull complexion - and over time it can help to reduce the look of brown spots.


Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, $110.

Known as clean-clinical skincare, natural skincare lovers this is an eye cream perfect for you. The hero ingredient in this skincare line range is Marula Oil, (the base to all the Drunk Elephant products), which is ultra hydrating, and then once blended with vitamin C, coenzyme Q10, vitamin E, cucumber extract and protein-rich peptides, this lightweight cream will brighten and smooth the delicate skin around the eye area leaving the skin around the eye area rejuvenated.


Trilogy Vitamin C Booster, $45.

Pure vitamin C, vitamin E, and ferulic acid, make this a high-potency shot designed to give skin luminosity over 14 nights. Along with the active vitamin C, this booster also contains hyaluronic acid, skin brightening daisy extract, aloe vera juice, rosehip, and mandarin oil. For natural skincare lovers, this is a glow-giver in a bottle, ideal boosting luminosity before a special occasion.

Environ Focus Care Radiance+ Intense C-Boost Mela-Even Cream, $90.

Found in skin clinics and spas this high-tech cream works on the clarity of the skin by targeting the melanocytes in the skin. These cells are the melanin-producing cells that give our skin its colour, and when these go into overdrive in response to hormonal changes, sun exposure, and some medication, brown patches appear on the surface of the skin and are hard to shift. A daily dose of this oil-soluble, vitamin C-enriched cream will help to gently fade the brown patches and give skin clarity and luminosity.


Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair + Vitamin C, $42.

The combination of vitamin C and Neutrogena’s clever brightening formulation of ‘Accelerated Retinol SA’ (which is a blend of a stabilised, highly refined form of retinol, glucose, and hyaluronic acid) this is a simple way of adding a daily dose of vitamin C to your skincare routine. Apply in the morning (it also contains an SPF15) and this lightweight moisturiser will nourish, protect and brighter your skin.

Editor Trudi Brewer shares the virtues of vitamin C for your skin on TV3's The Cafe with Melanie Homer.