Vitamins A, B and C: How to use them in skincare
If you’re into skincare, you’ll know the importance of ABCs – Vitamins A B and C, that is. Or maybe you’ve heard they’re pretty crucial in a highly active, effective skincare routine, but actually have no idea why.
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During an incredible 90 minute facial at Clinic 42 recently, we asked Skin Therapist Lizzie Belsher exactly what they are, what they do and how to use them for best results. With over 20 years’ experience owning and operating her own clinics, Lizzie knows her stuff when it comes to skin health, advanced skin treatments and products. Check out her easy-to-understand answers below, plus some of beautyheaven’s fave prods to go with them.
Vitamin A is an advanced molecule, with multi- tasking talents:
- It regulates the rate of cellular turnover to improve skin texture
- Increases collagen production to help with fine lines.
- Helps address hyperpigmentation
- Regulates oil production and the over production of skin cells.
Vitamin A can leave the skin looking “fresh” as it removes cellular debris, so we always stress sunscreen use in conjunction with this product (sunscreen should always be used as part of your skin regime).
Often referred to as niacinamide helps increase natural hydration levels and prevents the transfer of melanin to the melanocyte, thus reducing hyperpigmentation. It also increases the skins natural immunity and regulates oil production.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant which helps the skin defend against environmental stressors that age the skin. It increases collagen production to reduce fine lines and lightens and brightens the skin.
VITAMINS AS PART OF YOUR SKINCARE REGIME
- Vitamins A, B and C, often referred to as active ingredients, address different concerns at different levels within the skin and work well in conjunction with each other.
- There is new evidence to suggest that some actives work better at an optimal pH.
- Vitamins A and B are thought to perform best in a slightly alkaline environment, using these vitamins together therefore would be best at night on a clean skin.
- Vitamin C may be more effective at a lower acidic pH, so it’s best applied to a clean skin in the morning.
bh loves: Vitamin A: Aspect Dr Exfol A Plus Serum, $135, Ultraceuticals Ultra A Perfecting Serum Mild, $130 Vitamin B: Alpha-H Vitamin B with Copper Tripeptide Serum $80, The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, $16 Vitamin C: Clinique Fresh Pressed 7-Day System with Pure Vitamin C, $60, Dermalogica Age Smart BioLumin-C Serum, $162
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Do you use any Vitamin A B or C in your skincare regime?