When to apply vitamin C for maximum goodness
Hankering after that lit-from-within luminescence that’s all the rage in the K-Beauty world and beyond? Then chow down on all things citrusy – and slap ‘em on your skin while you’re at it too.
Besides being a brilliant skin brightener in its own right, the topical vitamin C in your serums also makes for a useful adjunct to your daily dose of sunscreen. “I recommend layering vitamin C products under your sunscreen during the day,” says celebrity makeup artist Larry Yeo. “The antioxidative properties of the vitamin help to maximise sun protection and prevent brown blotches at the same time.”
Want to get in on the antioxidative action? Here’s a terrific trio of tried-and-tested brightening serums, for your perusal and purchasing consideration, please:
Dermalogica PowerBright TRx C-12 Pure Bright Serum, $200
This reassuringly sciencey salve comes packed with all manner of purifying peptides plus a marine algae broth, all of which are said to work in tandem to bolster your skin’s resistance to freckle formation.
Texture’s top-notch, too, with the feathery fluid sinking straight into my skin in seconds. There’s also a nice little element of instant gratification going on here, with the subtly shimmery liquid lending a gorgeous glimmer; I see this doing double duty as a luminising makeup base.
La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Serum, $720
This swanky serum may not be for penny-pinching sorts, but what price beauty, really?
Superbly silky and incredibly sensuous to the touch, the ingredients of this posh potion reads like a recipe for some haute cuisine course. There’s vitamin C, of course, plus a potent potpourri of pore-tightening botanicals like ginseng and white truffle, all topped off with an opulent Omega 3-rich caviar complex that’s said to firm and fortify your skin against fine lines and wrinkles. Personal endorsement: A month on this deluxe treatment seemed to dislodge a particularly pesky brown blemish on my cheek.
And for this very La Prairie-esque price point, you can expect all of the trappings and trimmings of the swishy Swiss brand: Nifty dropper dispenser sheathed in a snowy white receptacle set off by a ribbed silver ribbon. No complaints on the fragrance front, either: The crisp citrusy notes (nope, no fishy funk from this caviar concoction!) are energising and just evanescent enough not to overwhelm.
Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Vitamin C+ Serum, $115
Amped up with a next-gen vitamin C derivative that promises to sweep away stubborn sun-induced spots. Superbly soothing thanks to a redness-reducing algae-oil infusion, a month’s use gave me a visibly lifted visage with a delightfully dewy glow.
If I’m sorting serums into baskets of gotta-haves and want-to-haves, I’ll plonk this product firmly in the first category. So yes, will repurchase in a heartbeat!
Photography: Vernon Wong; Art direction: Eugene Quek and Sabrina Tiong; Styling: Hong Xinying; Makeup: Beno Lim of M.A.C Cosmetics using M.A.C Cosmetics; Hair: Patcharin/Athens Salon; Model: Zhao Meijuan/Nu Models; Top: Cool-find K-Style
Want more brightening balms? Check out this exfoliating cleansing oil that polishes my skin like no other on the market.