What does Vitamin C do for your skin?
Vitamin C is a nutrient & antioxidant that our skin REQUIRES to be able to form / create collagen. Normally found in citrus based fruits, we can eat it & apply it topically to give our skin a restorative boost.
Types of Vitamin C: Natural vs. Synthetic
Natural Vitamin C
Is extracted from plants & contains not just Vitamin C, but a naturally occurring profile of other phytonutrients from the plant source. These complementary nutrients like bioflavonoids and beta-carotene assist absorption into the skin.
Synthetic Vitamin C
Are made in a lab, usually from ingredients such as corn syrup & acetone. They don’t contain naturally occurring complementary phytonutrients but are often paired with other synthetic ingredients to promote absorption into the skin.
Synthetics you will often see used in products.
Both types of vitamin C are basically identical at the molecular level and there are many synthetic formulas out there that provide good benefits for the skin, so we don’t want to say that synthetic vitamin C is bad as it isn’t necessarily. Different products will work better on different skin & in the right formulas, it can be very good for skin.
We firmly believe however that there are some key differences that support our preference for only using natural Vitamin C including:
What Vitamin C do we use?
Our Moisture Boost Serum is your go-to focused source of Vitamin C in our products (it is in quite a few other products, but not in concentrations as high).
To achieve that Vitamin C induced glow we’re all looking for, we’ve incorporated in the new formulation 2x Australian botanical powerhouses:
Kakadu Plum (also known as gubinge, billygoat plum, or murunga).
Kakadu Plum is the world’s richest source of natural Vitamin C & has been used by the Aboriginal People in skincare & remedies for 1000’s of years. It’s benefits include:
Desert Lime (also known as bush lime, native cumquat & wild lime).
How to Start using Vitamin C
Even natural Vitamin C is an active ingredient, so the best advice we can give you is to start slow. Whilst our Moisture Boost Serum is super sensitive skin friendly (& contains Colloidal Oats for extra soothing), work it into your routine a couple of days/week to see how your skin tolerates it and build up to daily from there.
If you’re using a synthetic C, start 1-2 days/week and go from there. If you’re using a synthetic C, don’t use glycolic, salicylic or lactic acids on the same night as they may mess with the Vitamin Cs pH balance and render it useless.
How we Layer our Moisture Boost Serum with other products?
The Moisture Boost Serum is super versatile & can be used by all skin types.
For oilier type skins, you could use this on its own as a morning moisturise (it sits beautifully under makeup FYI) & for normal to dry types, you can easily & safely layer this with other products. Our order would be:
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