There is no shortage of ingredients that can do amazing things for your skin. Plants, vitamins, minerals, and acids can tackle almost every type of complexion problem. And while each is a star in its own right, there’s one that shines the brightest for many skincare experts: vitamin C. Here’s everything you should know about it, plus what to look for in a vitamin C serum to get the most skin-rejuvenating benefits.

What is topical vitamin C? 

Topical Vitamin C is a proven and powerful antioxidant that can help to guard against skin damage from high-energy molecules, called free radicals, which form naturally due to sun exposure, pollution, other external environmental triggers and our body’s natural metabolism. You might hear vitamin C referred to by another name, L-ascorbic acid. It is considered the queen of the vitamin C’s, but it also happens to be one of the hardest to keep stable.

What does a vitamin C serum do for your skin?

A better question is what doesn’t it do? In addition to helping fight those free radicals, vitamin C is absolutely essential for collagen formation. Collagen is the key player when it comes to your skin’s physical support and elasticity, as it keeps your complexion firm, plump, and smooth. But, that’s not all. It also has potent brightening properties — it interrupts pigment production, helping to prevent the formation of dark spots and minimize existing hyperpigmentation. Additionally, because of its strong antioxidant properties, says Idriss, it not only reverses the signs of ageing (dark spots, fine lines, uneven texture), but also prevents them at the same time.

Can I not just get it from our nutrition?  

While it’s true that you can get vitamin C in your diet, it won’t provide enough benefits for any noticeable improvement in your skin. Your body can only absorb so much vitamin C through your gut, so eating a bunch of oranges isn’t suddenly going to make your skin look firm and clear.  Topical vitamin C, on the other hand, is absorbed directly into the topmost layers of the skin, allowing it to go to work immediately on dark spots, fine lines, and those pesky free radicals.

Is the nutritional value of Vitamin C the same as topical application? 

In short, no. Please do not compare internal vitamin supplements with the topical concentration. Two different things. As outlined above, many plants contain high levels of Vitamin C such as Kakadu Plum, Camu Camu, Papaya, Mango etc However, these are relating to internal nutritional value. This daily value internally does not directly translate to percentages of Vitamin C that have been shown to deliver clinical results topically.

Is the Vitamin C from plant oil as effective as synthentised Vitamin C ?

In short, again, no. Kakadu Plum is one of the plants that is praised for its highest content of Vitamin C when it comes to the plant-world. It is celebrated in the beauty industry w