Marlene Rego
Marlene Rego

How Vitamin C Changed My Skin

The magic of vitamin C in skincare is pretty well established but when every new ingredient is marketed as the next big thing, it’s hard not to become a total beauty skeptic. Which is why I didn’t fully appreciate its benefits until my newfound obsession with Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil. Though it doesn’t specify exactly what percentage of vitamin C is in the oil, it’s a potent and stabilized form that promises to increase skin’s absorption of ascorbic acid. After a week of mixing a few drops with moisturizer in the AM and wearing it alone at night, I noticed less redness overall and a brighter complexion. I was also surprised by the dry oil texture; it immediately perked my skin up without making it feel overly slick. Vitamin C is known for its anti-aging properties like helping to reverse sun damage (yes, please), which prompted some sleuthing for all things vitamin C.


As it turns out, it’s already the star ingredient in a ton of products I already own. I rediscovered Kat Burki’s Vitamin C Nourishing Cleansing Balm after raiding my own beauty shelves. When applied directly onto dry skin it spread better than I expected thanks to an almost buttery texture (no surprise that the packaging lists shea butter as one of the ingredients). It has a citrusy scent and is super hydrating so if you’re looking for a cleanser that will leave skin squeaky clean to the touch, this isn’t it. This balm’s all about cleansing and delivering moisture by way of vitamin C, coconut, avocado and olive oils.

I also decided to try La Roche-Posay’s Redermic C10 Anti-wrinkle Firming Concentrate, which contains 10% pure vitamin C along with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E. I applied it to my frown lines (aka the “11” forming between my eyes) to plump them up. I’m impressed that it seemed to do the trick short-term, though it’s too early to tell what the long-term results will be. I will definitely be using this trifecta in tandem since a daily dose of vitamin C can’t hurt my chances for better, even toned skin.