Probably my favourite section of my routine, Vitmain C is a powerful anti oxidant you can apply AM and PM to help protect against free radicals, sun damage, hyperpigmentation. It also gives the best glow for your face too.
So if anyone comes and asks me ”what should I add in to my routine”, giving they’ve got a solid cleanse, moisturise and SPF in their life, the next little beauty I’d encourage them to incorporate is Vitamin C.
This is such a good ingredient for all ages and skin types, as they come in all different types of formulas. Oils, creams, serums, you name it, you’ll (probably) find it.
Price points can vary, this can depend on the percentage of Vitamin C you get in the bottle. For example, a cleanser with added Vit C won’t likely have a great deal giving it’s not working your skin as much as a Vitamin C should be to make an impact, however a high concentrate serum (between 10%-20%), will work it’s magic.
As Vitamin C is an acid, Ascorbic to be exact, it might cause some irritation to some and doesn’t really need to be involved in a skincare routine until your early 20s onwards.
I use my Vit C AM and PM. But you might find your skin can only tolerate either or, or every other day. Let your skin tell you. But a low percentage should be absolutely fine.
A big skincare myth is that you should just use Vitamin C in the morning, but the skin will benefit with PM use too.
Jesus, the longest I’ve rambled on in the My Collection series, I’m sure you’d love to see what I reach for. Lets go:
Superdrug – Super Booster
I got this to try it out thinking I wouldn’t be too amazed, but this has actually turned into one of my most reached for Vitamin C when doing my routine.
This is a very light, watery consistency, which dries very quickly, (contains alcohol so this might be the cause), so I like to use this when I am in a bit of a rush and have to apply make up soon after skincare. Has a typical citrus, Vit C like smell.
This is completely clear liquid. The reason this is a good thing is that Vitamin C products go orange when they oxidise, so being clear when purchased gives you a great indicator when they oxidise. It’s not technically bad for your skin, but the product will be less effective. You’ll see an example of an oxidised Vit C below.
I think this is a perfect Vit C for anyone on a budget, retailing at £9.99 and at a comfortable 10% strength.
This is perfect for travel too, as the bottle is plastic, as opposed to glass pipette bottles that are very popular by skincare brands. Website shows the bottle is widely recycled, however the pipette is not yet recycled.
Company website: https://www.superdrug.com/
Full INCI list: Aqua, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-9, Parfum, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ferulic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract, Alcohol Denat.
Oskia x Caroline Hirons – Super C
The most prestigious out of the lot. Oskia Vitamin C capsules have certainly made their mark in the skincare industry, and rightly so.
These came in the Spring Kits by Caroline Hirons. They’re the travel size and come in a gorgeous little drawstring bag. I am more than likely be purchasing the full sized product, so will keep the personalised CH box for when I’m going away and I need to pack a few capsules.
Being in capsule form, it gives you the same amount of product every time, (I’ve read people use half and save half but they’re too bloody fiddly for that in my opinion, they’re more than enough for your face and neck, I have a tiny head).
The capsules themselves are vegan and fully biodegradable, I think CH says she puts hers in her compost, so no worries on your footprint with these.
You just twist the top off, lightly squeeze into palms, swipe, and apply.
This is a high concentrate Vit C, with their main active ingredient being Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, a stabilised derivative of Ascorbic and Isopalmitic Acid which is oil soluble.
Vitamin E is also included in this too, it’s used to preserve the Vitamin C, remember I mentioned oxidisation? It’s to slow down that process, so your product lasts for longer.
So the first use of this, I wasn’t 100% sure. It has a oilier texture than expected, and I thought there was more product than I would have personally used previously.
But after a couple more uses, I really see a visible difference post application, the glow literally beams from your skin, I crave an instant gratification with products and this delivers.
Skin tone also evens out greatly, and gives an almost tanned looking finish, bliss.
Keep in mind this does have a slippery texture, in a good way, but if you enjoy being mattified in the AM this might be best to use in the PM. I love the shine it gives, it does feel slightly tacky on the skin.
I love this when I have a day of no make up, and I can really give my skin some sticky skin stuff and not have to worry about anything slipping off. This won’t be the case for everyone, I feel like this would really benefit a dry skin type.
Using them only on certain occasions makes them last longer too, they’re pricey, £62 full size, but the ingredients used justify this completely.
In a nutshell, it’s blindingly obvious why this is award winning, you just have to look at the INCI alone to see. It’s an indulgent product, so if you want to treat yourself , go for it!
Let me know your fave Oskia products, I would love to try more from the brand!
Bottle: 30 capsules
Company website: https://www.oskiaskincare.com/
Full INCI list: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol (natural fatty acid emollient), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Ascorbyl (Vitamin C) Tetraisopalmitate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Tocotrienols (Vitamin E), Phytosterols, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Squalane, Squalene, Elaeis Guineensis Oil, Parfum (Nature Identical Fragrance), Limonene*, Linalool*
*natural components of essential oil
Boots Ingredients – Vitamin C
My least favourite out of the bunch.
That’s not to say it’s awful, because it’s not. I just have more qualms on it than the others. I like this one because it’s really fast drying, but again, that’s the alcohol content.
I’ve searched high and low for the % this is at, but I can’t find it anywhere, and it seems other bloggers have the same issue. I don’t expect it to be much.
The decanter is a pain in the arse quite frankly, it squirts out quite a bit of product for an ingredient they recommend to only use ‘a few drops’ of. It comes out quite fast too, hitting your hand and almost causing splash back, possible waste of product.
The smell isn’t great, Vitamin C typically has a citrus kind of smell, quite distinctive. But this has more of a hand sanitiser, chemical smell to it, not something I want out of my skincare sorry.
I use this when I need to quickly do some skincare, fast drying stuff that I don’t need to spend much time on.
I believe Boots Ingredients has it’s sights on being like The Ordinary , from this product, I can’t see that, but I can’t make such a statement after 1 purchase. It isn’t pricey at all, £6, so that’s something.
Full INCI list: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Peg-12 Dimethicone, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ppg-26-Buteth- 26, Sodium Citrate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Chlorphenesin, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Bisabolol, Disodium Edta, Maltodextrin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate
Pixi – Vitamin C Serum (oxidised)
This was my first ever Vitamin C purchase! So I have this to thank for my new found love for the ingredient.
I got this because it was one of the cheaper options of Vit C on the market, £26. And a good starting point.
This has some hydrating ingredients involved here, such as Glycerin and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, so feels really nice on application. Along with a good concentrate of actives for that instant glow.
This is the product I mentioned that has sadly oxidised, this happened pretty fast in terms of shelf life, and after a bit of research I figured I’m not the only one. They mustn’t have added in the stabilisers as much as they possibly could have to keep this from happening.
Pipette applicators have a lot to blame for oxidisation of products, the constant in and out on the bottle will speed up the work of free radicals around the liquid, which is a shame, this Vitamin C has major potential, but I’m afraid I’d be wasting product more than I would using it.
Notice how deep orange it is? Yeah, not meant to look like that. If anything, a slight yellow/orange tint to the liquid will show, brands do like to use a ‘orange = Vit C’ for aesthetics too, but to make it easier to look out for compromised product, clear is best.
A significantly stronger smell will occur too, some say it resembles hot dog water, but I don’t actually mind the smell still, but it is quite overpowering.
If you’re currently reading this sh*tting yourself because you’ve been slathering bright orange Vit C in the mornings, don’t worry! Your face won’t fall off, but the stuff you’re applying won’t be half as effective as when you first bought it, part ways and get yourself some fresh anti oxidants will you!
Company website: https://pixibeauty.co.uk/
Full INCI list: Aqua/Water/Eau, Ascorbic Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Propanediol, Glycerin, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin) Orange Fruit Extract, Ferulic Acid, Tocopherol, Caffeine, Microcitrus Australis Fruit Extract, Microcitrus Australasica Fruit Extract, Beta-Carotene, Lecithin, Citrus Glauca Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Junos Peel Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Retinol, Xanthan Gum, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Punica Granatum Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Polysorbate 20, Phospholipids, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin
As a roundup, I think I much prefer capsuled, or pumped (giving it works, unlike Boots) applicators for my Vit C. I’m yet to delve into the cream based Vit C products, but I’d like to!
What’s your favourite Vitamin C products? Comment down below, or let me know via Instagram!
I really hope you’re enjoying this ‘My Collection’ series I’m doing, as much as I’m loving writing them. It’s the best thing going through my stash and being able to go a little in depth with them all. Thanks for reading.
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