5 ways to add vitamin C to your skin care routine

Brighten your face with these additions

Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / January 20 2017

You likely reach for a helping of fresh oranges or strawberries for your fix of immune-boosting vitamin C (particularly when you’re feeling under the weather), but a topical application of vitamin C can do wonders for your skin, too. Usually referred to as L-ascorbic acid in skin care, this ingredient is great for those with pigmentation or UV-damaged skin. Sound like something your skin needs? Here are five ways to up your (skin care) vitamin C intake.


With a serum

A great way to boost vitamin C levels in your skin care is with a concentrated serum that can be applied before your day or night moisturiser. Dr Dennis Gross C + Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum may look teeny tiny in size, but it’s packed with CoQ10, niacinamide and vitamin C to refine, smooth and brighten the skin’s surface. And a little goes a long way.


With a mask

Love a DIY pamper sesh at home? Instead of reaching for your usual hydrating face mask, pick one loaded with vitamin C instead, such as Skin Republic Brightening Vitamin C Face Mask Sheet. Inside, the sheets are infused with vitamin C and E and plant extracts to help reduce pigmentation in a matter of minutes.


With a powder

If you’re looking to supercharge your existing skin care routine, then a vitamin C powder could work perfectly for you. All you need to do is add a scoopful of Philosophy Turbo Booster Powder C to your favourite water-based serum or moisturiser daily to see the product work to its full potential.


With an oil

Whether you have dry, combination or oily skin, a hydrating face oil can easily boost moisture - and they’re quickly absorbed by thirsty skin. Combined with the nourishing properties of rosehip oil and macadamia, A'Kin Brightening Rosehip Oil with Vitamin C can address early signs of ageing, and diminish age spots and pigmentation when used regularly. Layer it over your favourite serum, or pop a drop into your foundation for a luminous finish.


With a moisturiser

A moisturiser containing vitamin C is a no-brainer solution for getting brighter skin. In addition to the antioxidant, Medik8 C-Tetra Cream also contains vitamin E to moisturise, hyaluronic acid to boost hydration levels, and glycerin to keep moisture locked in.

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Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.