Why Vitamin C Actually Works

Why Vitamin C Actually Works

Want glowing skin in a few days? Well then, join le club.

In a world of retinol, hyaluronic acid, and dermal rollers (don’t ask) the humble Vitamin C pretty much does all the work, sans the biochemistry crash course. 

A few reasons why we love Vitamin C  :
- It’s a potent antioxidant and naturally helps reduce skin inflammation
- Reduces pigmentation
- It also helps protect the skin from pre-cancerous changes from UV 

While Vitamin C does wonders for the skin, the acidic nature found in natural sources such as lemons, can sting sensitive skin and it can also cause acne scars (in some cases). Vitamin C sounds simple but to get all sciencey about it, any product or source you choose will destabilise soon as it comes in contact with the air. This is the downside, which means keep an eye on the packaging/product that you select. Packaging that comes in small containers, opaque bottles or pump type bottles would most likely give you the best run for your money. 

Now, for the fun part...

We have found two stellar products on the market right now that are packed with Vitamin C goodness  :


Clinique Fresh Pressed 7-Day System with Pure Vitamin C

The 7-day System pack includes seven individually packed powdered cleanser and one potent serum.
The powdered cleanser is gentle and the serum is bursting with pure Vitamin C, so make sure you use it till its very last drop before it begins to oxidise (after a week).
I would highly recommend this product to anyone gearing up for a big day or to-be-brides. A couple of weeks of Clinique power-packed Vitamin c goodness and you will be able to see a huge difference, especially if your skin is looking dull from excessive stress.
Available here, $60

The Body Shop vitamin c GLOW-REVEALING LIQUID Peel

We’ve gone on and on about the benefits of Vitamin C but what happens when a product gives you Vitamin C goodness and removes those nasty dead skin cells. Enter, Vitamin C Liquid Peel by The Body Shop!

Now, this is no ordinary peel (I had to learn the hard way). But don’t be alarmed. In fact, it is super quick and easy to use as long as you follow the instructions well: apply on dry skin, gentle massage off, and then wash it off (the 90s kid in me decided to leave it on for 10 minutes…yikes, don’t try that!) Anyways, at the end of a good rub, you will see tiny dead skin cells falling off (gross but so satisfying to watch). An end result fresh glowing skin underneath. Instant results!

Available here, $50

Zeenat Wilkinson is the Founder and Editorial Director of Sauce. 

Her work as a fashion producer, writer, and freelance stylist can be seen in the likes of Vogue, Grazia, Nylon and Black Magazine, internationally, and locally in Fashion Quarterly, Viva/NZ Herald and more. 100% dog person.