Nurture team June 27, 2017

The anti-ageing hero for your skin. Whilst vitamin C has always been a top skincare ingredient, it has really taken the spotlight– and for good reason.

If you thought vitamin C was only about getting your daily fix of orange juice, think again. Whilst eating vitamin C-rich food such as strawberries, kale and oranges can be beneficial for skin health, applying it topically can also help keep it healthy and youthful. Vitamin C has a wide range of benefits for skin health: providing protection from ageing environmental influences, helping to reduce wrinkles and age spots and stimulating collagen to help plump the skin. We’ve put together this handy guide to help you discover more about vitamin C.

The powerful antioxidant can take many different forms:

Ascorbic acid

Also known as L-ascorbic acid, this is vitamin C in its purest form. Amongst its many other benefits, in this form vitamin C is most effective for stimulating collagen production, cell regeneration and providing environmental protection against UV rays and pollution. Find it in the Intensive Age-Defying Day Cream SPF30, Intensive Night Treatment Cream and Platinum Rewind Rejuvenating Skin Supplement.

Ascorbyl palmitate

This form of vitamin C is lipid soluble which enables it to penetrate the skin and act fast. As with other forms of vitamin C, it is effective at diminishing the impact of the environment on skin and helps build collagen to maintain skin’s youthful glow. It combines with retinol in the Intensive Night Treatment Cream .

Terminalia ferdinandiana fruit extract

Extracted from the Kakadu plum, a fruit grown in Australia, it contains 55 times more vitamin C than a Florida orange. This vitamin C derivative, also known as Superox-C™, is the world’s richest source of vitamin C and defends skin from environmental damage whilst stimulating the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid to help smooth skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Find it in the Daily UV Defence SPF50

Sea buckthorn oil

Another source of vitamin C is sea buckthorn oil which is derived from a shrub grown in areas of Asia and Europe. Not only is it a rich source of vitamin C but also vitamins E and A plus omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9. When combined, vitamins C and E work synergistically to improve skin’s defence against environmental damages.

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn’t possible supplements can help. This article isn’t intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.

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