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Nature's Brightening Hero: Vitamin C

Nature's Brightening Hero: Vitamin C

We add superfoods rich in Vitamin C to 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 from 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, even toned, 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 and help with tissue repair, cellular health, and wound healing are ingredient heroes 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 say about the all-powerful, essential Vitamin C. 

We are probably most familiar with vitamin C as an antioxidant. 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 ultraviolet rays and air pollution. Put simply by one of our favorite green Regina's, 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 moisturizers. Concentrated Brightening Essence says it all. It is packed with nutrient-rich vitamins to get you glowing and radiant and prep your skin for her C-packed, supernatural Brightening Serum, which 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 the production of pigment (which makes C a go-to ingredient) to help lessen the appearance of hyperpigmentation and improve the appearance of mature skin. Try Indie’s Brightening Cleanser, followed by her Daily Vitamin Infusion

Healthline states, “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! Marie Veronique suggests her C + E + Ferulic Serum as a retinol alternative for pregnant mamas. Antioxidant by day, retinol by night, our skin is winning! 

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 is often Used In Treating 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 Queens 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 its aqueous formula ensures instant absorption. 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 and leave us rejuvenated and hydrated with their Superberry Hydrate and Glow Dream Mask. Formulated to address both dryness and uneven skin tone, it’s the ultimate hydrating radiance boost! Add 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 excellent C can Help With Acne. Try the Organic Purifying Facial Cleanser from Dr. Alkaitis and follow with Facil's Brighten Serum. You can add Tammy Fender's Essential C Tonic, loved by oily, combination, or acne-prone skin.

I honestly don’t know how Vitamin C has the time. I’m exhausted thinking about its multitasking abilities, from fighting free radicals to retaining moisture. Still, the studies are out, and it’s a big win for us who want bright, beautiful skin. 

That said, we understand that 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 unique and often 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.

To prevent your product from deteriorating, store it in a cool, dark spot. This helps maintain its stability and, therefore, its effectiveness. Remember, serums should be applied before your moisturizer. This allows the Vitamin C to penetrate your skin more effectively.  Consistency is key for maximum effect. So, why not add it to your skincare routine today and enjoy the benefits? We're here to support you on your skincare journey! 

Shine bright, beauty!