One of my favourite ingredients to on ‘in between’ days when I’m not blasting my face with retinol and AHAs is vitamin C. It’s one of the most proven collagen-encouragers on the block, has awesome antioxidant properties and can help minimise the look of pigmentation. Not all vitamin C is created equally, however. The most potent form (my favourite, naturally) is ascorbic acid, often referred to as L-ascorbic acid when it’s been stabilised.
So, if you like hard guns like me and you’re shopping for vitamin C, always check to see that it’s ‘ascorbic acid’ you’re getting and not his less potent brothers, things like ascorbyl palmitate, and ensure its sitting nice and high in the ingredients list. Or better yet, listed as a percentage. If you’ve got super sensitive skin, 5% is okay. But I like the recommended ‘max’ which is 15% to 20%. *Rubs hands together with glee!*
At present, one of my favourite vitamin C serums is Skinceuticals CE Ferulic which is 15%. It’s also got vitamin E in it which is brilliant as vitamin E boosts the efficacy of the C. I also like that it’s in a watery, liquid form so I can wear it under any moisturiser. The negative, however, is that at just over R2K, it’s super duper expensive. Sometimes I can afford it and other times I can’t. Thus, I’m always looking for wallet-friendly winners and this is where the fabulousness that is Lamelle Correctives Recharge CE Complex (R760, Dermastore) comes in.
A serum packaged in an airtight pump, it contains a whopping 20% of vitamin C – and the potent kind, pure unadulterated ascorbic acid plus 3% vitamin E. You guys, this product’s existence fills my heart with sooo much joy, it’s ridic.
If you’re looking for an excellent value super potent vitamin C serum, this guy is a new bestie. The fact that it’s silicone-based isn’t wondrous because my oily-combo skin doesn’t love that but I wear it at night so it’s not a big deal if it sends me to shine town. If you’ve got a drier skin type you probably won’t give a toss and find it acts as a great base for make-up.