From bakuchiol to CBD oil, 2020 has officially been the year of trending skincare ingredients, and I’ve tried them all. From overcoming my fear of retinol to embracing a more pared-back approach to skincare in the form of olive oil (Emma Stone loves it, FYI), I love experimenting to work out which ingredients are truly worth putting on my skin.
There’s one key ingredient, however, that I’ve wholly neglected to sing the praises of this year. Despite using it every single day in my own routine, this ingredient has been somewhat overlooked in favour of the flashy new launches that have been leading the way in 2020. Yet ask anyone with amazing skin which scientific ingredient it is that they swear by, and I guarantee it will be this one.
The ingredient in question? Vitamin C. Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C might not be anything new, but it’s certainly a bit of a wonder ingredient if you aren’t already using it. Found naturally in wide range of fruit and vegetables, it’s essential to help maintain a healthy complexion by protecting your skin cells and promoting healing.
As someone with acne-prone skin, I started using a vitamin C serum daily when a facialist advised me that vitamin C is a great ingredient to use if you’re looking to fade pigmentation or dark spots caused by old spots. But I was interested to find out what other benefits this ingredient has to offer. After all, since using it regularly, I’ve noticed that my scarring has diminished and my complexion looks all-round brighter and healthier.
To find out, I asked two skin experts for the professional angle on all things vitamin C—including what it does, how to use it and what the best vitamin C products on the market are. Keep scrolling to find out.
This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.Original article published here.