We all know the importance of vitamins and minerals in our diet to keep our bodies healthy, but vitamins have a role to play in our skincare regimes too.

Vitamin C has several properties that make it desirable in skincare formulations: it is an anti-oxidant that protects skin from environmental pollution and sun damage, it helps brighten the skin, and it diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

There are several forms of Vitamin C used in skincare products and they all behave differently. Some are more stable and gentler on the skin – perfect for first time users – and others are more active and acidic; better suited to those used to using vitamin C products.

At Pure Aesthetics we would recommend that any new homecare programme is started with the lowest percentage of active ingredient to allow the skin time to adapt to the new regime. Vitamin C has an exfoliating effect on the skin (you may get flaking with initial use, so it is important that other exfoliant products are discontinued before this compound. A daily SPF product must also be used in conjunction with Vitamin C containing regimens.

We offer several skincare ranges that have Vitamin C within them, including Medik8 C Tetra (£35) which is a popular choice among our clientele.

Obagi’s Professional-C Suncare SPF 30 contains 10% L-Ascorbic acid; it is priced at £69 and gives wonderful anti-ageing results for our clients that use it.

It is the Obagi Professional-C Peptide Complex (£89) that is causing a real stir here at Pure Aesthetics currently though. This product contains a Vitamin C derivative called SNAP-8(Acetyl octapeptide), which is clinically proven to address fine lines and reduce wrinkle depth by 35%. At the same time it imparts a youthful glow to the complexion and improves tone and firmness.

If you have any questions regarding the treatments we offer with Vitamin C, or are interested in any of the products mentioned, please call the clinic and a member of the team will be happy to help