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A Comprehensive Guide To Vitamin C Skincare

One of the most popular active ingredients in skincare, vitamin C deserves a place in pretty much every skincare routine. But there is a lot of misinformation out there surrounding the ingredient, as well as things to know that can help make it more effective – and therefore your skin healthier. Here, British Vogue takes a deep dive into the ingredient known for its glow-boosting, pigmentation-busting properties, with a little help from the experts.

What is vitamin C?

In skincare, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant which offers powerful protection against pollution, environmental damage and sun damage, explains Paula Begoun, founder of Paula’s Choice. “It is the most abundant antioxidant found naturally in the skin, but depletes as we get older due to sun damage and age.”

Vitamin C has long been hailed as a skincare hero, with its antioxidant properties and ability to brighten and even out skin tone. However, many people still have questions about its potential side effects. While it’s not guaranteed to cause pimples or peeling, some individuals may experience temporary irritation when first using a product with high concentrations of ascorbic acid. To avoid this, skincare experts recommend slowly introducing it into your routine and monitoring your skin’s response. But overall, vitamin C is a versatile ingredient that can benefit all skin types and concerns. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can protect and heal the skin, making it an essential part of any skincare routine.

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