Ask any skincare aficionado for their must-have ingredients, and Vitamin C will be on their list. But what’s all the fuss about?
Why You Should Use It
This powerhouse ingredient is loved by users and recommended by dermatologists to protect and brighten your complexion. This is because it is a powerful antioxidant that can help with a multitude of skin concerns, from fine lines to dark spots to free-radical damage. Talk about an all-rounder!
When You Should Use It
Vitamin C should be used daily to get the most radiant results. Gentle formulas can be applied twice a day. But, if you are only incorporating it into one of your routines, make it your morning one. This is because Vitamin C helps to protect your skin from environmental damage throughout the day. This means less dullness and hyperpigmentation and more clarity and glow.
Want to add Vitamin C to your skincare regimen – stat? Here are eight next-level serums by local brands we recommend.
1. SKOON. WOW-WOW Wonder Hydrating Serum
This homegrown blend of hyaluronic acid, buchu and Vitamin C boosts the skin’s hydration levels while simultaneously evening out your skin tone.
Available at skoonskin.com
2. Lamelle Correctives Vita C Lipid Booster
A brand loved and recommended by skincare professionals, Lamelle’s high-potency Vitamin C serum also contains soothing oils to keep sensitive skin calm.
Available at skinmiles.com
3. sk.in Gloss Radiant Shot
Local beauty influencers *love* this formula, created by one of SA’s top aesthetic medical practitioners, it counteracts environmental damage and pigmentation.
Available at skiningredients.com
4. Lelive All Glow'd Up Brightening Serum
This serum contains loads of ingredients, from Vitamin C to turmeric, to unleash a gorgeous glow. And the lush packaging will look great on your bathroom shelf, too!
Available at leliveafrica.com
5. Standard Beauty Vitamin C Serum
The South African beauty community gives this serum a resounding thumbs up. This one is used at night so that you wake up to skin that is soft, hydrated and radiant.
Available at standard-beauty.co.za
6. Kalahari Ferulic CEB+ Serum
This concentrated serum contains vitamins C, B and E to give your skin a super-concentrated dose of glow-boosting and texture-smoothing ingredients.
Available at kalaharilifestyle.com
7. Skin Functional Anti-Oxidant Complexion Firmer
Another local favourite, this potent formula contains 10% ascorbic acid and 3% ferulic acid which work together to target the harmful effects of the sun’s rays.
Available at skinfunctional.com
8. Africology Vitamin Skin Boost Serum
This spa-quality serum gives a new glow to dull, tired skin while also preventing and reversing hyperpigmentation and boosting the production of collagen.
Available at africologyspa.com