The lowdown on vitamin C

It’s been a buzz word in the beauty world for a few years now, but we have found ourselves wondering, “what does vitamin C do?” Let’s take a look at why this zesty ingredient has taken the world by storm and the must-have, vitamin-rich formulas that boast vitamin C as one of their ingredients.

Taken as a supplement, vitamin C, an essential vitamin, contributes to protecting cells from oxidative stress, reduces tiredness and fatigue, helps maintain the normal function of the immune and nervous systems, as well as playing a role in the production of collagen for the normal formation of blood vessels, cartilage, skin, bones, teeth and gums.

Also known as ascorbic acid, this wonder vitamin often crops up in formulas that target your skin’s brightness. Yep, we’re talking about the glow! These products work to hydrate your skin while leaving your complexion with a brightened, radiant appearance. They’re particularly great for dull, lack-lustre skin. Dull skin can affect any skin type, so vitamin C-infused formulas that target brightness are designed help to lift your complexion, while also addressing your other skin concerns. No wonder it’s so popular! You’ll find vitamin C in everything from cleansers and face masks to serum capsules and peels, so it’s fairly easy to introduce into your existing routine.

Not sure where to start? We’ve picked some of our top vitamin C-infused formulas to make things easier!


Starting your morning with a vitamin C-enriched cleanser will help you on your way to a radiant day. Perricone’s Vitamin C Ester Brightening Cleanser works to deeply cleanse your skin, without stripping its natural oils. It helps your skin to look balanced and refreshed, while maintaining a lit-from-within glow.

If your skin tends to be slightly oily, but you still want brightness, Elemis has you covered. The Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil i

is packed with skin-loving ingredients like limonene and pomegranate extract, and is designed to help your complexion look radiant, not shiny.


When it comes to serums infused with vitamin C, there’s something to suit every routine. We love Gale Hayman’s ready-to-go Beauty Infusion Facial Treatment Capsules. Each capsule offers the perfect dose – just twist off the top and apply.

If you want to maximise the power of a good snooze, overnight formulas are a fantastic choice. Jane Scrivner‘s Circadian Encapsulated Optimised Vitamin C Paste and Night Therapy Antioxidant Serum with Elasta-Derm C from Nassif MD both work while you slumber for that “beauty sleep in a bottle” feel.

More of a morning skincare fan? Perricone’s Vitamin C Ester Brightening Serum works to brighten your complexion and boasts a revitalising, fresh citrus scent. Alpha-H has you sorted too, with a library of Vitamin Serums. Featuring four formulas with each one dedicated to vitamin A, B, C or E, you can build a bespoke blend to suit your skin type.


A must-have step in any anti-dullness routine is an effective exfoliator to help rid the complexion of any dead skin cells or build-up that may be standing in the way of you and your glow.

Algenist’s Blue Algae Vitamin C Correcting Peel offers a more gentle alternative to a face scrub. Its liquid formula works to peel away dullness, revealing a brightened, more balanced-looking complexion that feels super soft.

Looking for a speedy vitamin hit? Philosophy’s Turbo Booster C Powder can be mixed with your favourite water-based products for a quick exfoliating solution. It contains a high level of vitamin C and is a great way to help your skin look more luminous when in a rush.


A vitamin C-rich moisturiser? It’s got to be Perricone. Infused with vitamin C and alpha lipoic acid, Photo-Brightening Moisturiser also boasts SPF 30, making it a great day-to-day formula. It sinks quickly into the skin, so there’s no faff in the mornings, and gives your skin a big boost of hydration before you go about your day.

The extra boost

Still feel like you need more brightness in your life? Try introducing a mask into your routine. The Skinsense Hydranet Energising Mask works to soothe stressed skin at the same time as adding much-needed hydration, while Gatineau’s classic Radiance Enhancing Gommage has a luxurious creamy formula that keeps luminosity at its focus. If skincare isn’t your thing, you can still benefit from vitamin C. Your Zooki’s Liposomal Vitamin C supplements can be taken as is or added to water for a deliciously easy way to up your vitamin intake.

There we have it! Getting your daily vitamin dose can be as easy as A, B, C. For even more vitamin C-rich formulas, discover our full range here.