Nature's Brightening Hero: Vitamin C
We throw superfoods rich in Vitamin C in our smoothies to keep us healthy, take multivitamins loaded with it to increase cellular health and even dissolve tablets in water to prevent our bodies being attacked by airborne substances. But do we really need it on our face?
The short answer is YES! But, only if you want skin that is hydrated, healthy, glowing, bright and beautiful. Of course, we’ll wait while you run to the bathroom, wash your face, and apply that vitamin c serum this minute.
That’s right, the same nutrient boosting substances that prevent us from getting sick, help with tissue repair, cellular health and wound healing is an ingredient hero that we here at Team Wren and Wild absolutely can’t live without.
But don’t take our word for it. Let’s see what our favorite green beauty queens have to say about the all powerful, all important Vitamin C.
We are probably most familiar with vitamin C as an antioxidant, and when it comes to our face, this means it helps fight harmful free radical damage (the damage caused by toxins coming in contact with the skin) like ultra violet rays and air pollution. Put simply, by one of our favorite green reginas, Tata Harper, “Antioxidants help fight the effects of free radicals that can diminish your glow and make you look older than you are.” And Tata has products galore that allow nature to work its magic on our dull skin.
Tata has long believed in the power of an essence to soup up your face serums and her
Concentrated Brightening Essence says it all. Packed with nutrient rich vitamins to get you glowing and radiant and your skin prepped for her C-packed, supernatural Brightening Serum that will boost the effects of a gloriously bright and even skin tone.
Indie Lee also hits the vitamin C mark with some pro-aging support. Another vitamin C superpower is to enhance and illuminate your skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots by blocking production of pigment (which makes C a go to ingredient) to help lessen the appearance of hyper-pigmentation and to improve the appearance of mature skin. Try Indie’s Brightening Cleanser followed by her Daily Vitamin Infusion.
According to Healthline; “Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that depletes over time. Lower levels of collagen can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. In fact, collagen synthesis can’t happen without vitamin C.” Now, we’re talking! Vitamin C supports collagen synthesis, whoo!
Of course our in house Dr. knew this. Dr. Barbara Sturm says, “While it’s best known for its brightening effects, C has many skin boosting benefits; it is involved in collagen formation and intercepts free radicals that can damage the cells of your skin, rendering them harmless by means of an antioxidant effect. Vitamin C also inhibits the activation of pro-inflammatory Cytokines, and therefore is often used in treatment of skin dysfunctions such as acne vulgaris and rosacea. It has also been shown to promote wound healing and prevent post-inflammatory pigmentation.” She delivers a hero of a product with The Good C Serum.
The Queen’s over at Vintner’s Daughter call Vitamin C: “nature’s best firming brightener”, and say, “regular application of Vitamin C therefore results in firmer, younger and healthier-looking skin.”
Vintner’s Active Treatment Essence contains a stabilized form of vitamin C, and their aqueous formula ensures instant absorption. And, with a formula gentle enough for daily, morning and evening use, Active Treatment Essence ensures your complexion can take full advantage of vitamin C’s many benefits for noticeable brighter, radiant skin.
Our friends at Youth to the People have tapped into C’s ability to retain moisture & leave us rejuvenated and hydrated with their Superberry Hydrate and Glow Dream Mask. Formulated to address both dryness and uneven skin tone. We agree, it’s the ultimate hydrating radiance boost! Try adding a dab of Superberry Hydrate and Glow Dream Oil for an ultimate dream glow experience.
Remember what Dr. Sturm said about C having Anti inflammatory properties? Last but not least on our list of benefits, nature’s all amazing C can help with acne. Try the Organic Purifying Facial Cleanser from Dr. Alkaitis and follow with Facil’s Brighten Serum.
I honestly don’t know how Vitamin C has the time, I’m kinda exhausted thinking about its multitasking abilities; from fighting free radicals to retaining moisture, but the studies are out, and it’s a big win for us at team Wren and Wild.
With that said, we do understand If you have sensitive skin or are prone to Irritation you probably get some serious FOMO with highly active hero ingredients. Thankfully, our brands are amazing, and more often than not, cater to those with skin that needs a little more TLC.
Le Prunier doesn’t need to add anything to care for the sensitive types. Their 100% plum seed oil naturally protects, heals and hydrates. Plums are rich in antioxidants and this Plum Beauty Oil will brighten, balance, and restore skin while locking in moisture for a soft, youthful glow. Berlin Skin also has an incredible brightening serum full of potent vitamins, antioxidants and oils to lighten, balance, and hydrate the skin.
We can’t wait to hear which Vitamin C works the best for you! To prevent your product from breaking down (which it will do when it's exposed to light or air), store your bottle in a cool, dark spot to help maintain its stability (and therefore efficacy). As a general rule, serums should be layered underneath your moisturizer (keep your C close to your skin). And, consistency is key for maximum effect. So, add it to your skin care routine today and enjoy the benefits.
Shine bright, beauty!
- Cynthia Latimer