Mind & Body

The beauty game changer: A vitamin C powder

Dr Sebagh Pure Vitamin C Powder Cream; The Nue Co. Topical C

Vitamin C is one of the most powerful additions to any skincare regime, and these new powders are supercharged. By DANIELLE FOX

Beauty

Think of vitamin C as your skin’s antioxidant under-armor; it gives you protection against sun exposure, pollution and stress, plus damaging free radicals (rogue molecules that age skin on a daily basis). Simultaneously, it boosts healthy collagen production, reduces inflammation and irritation, and has the ability to increase the effectiveness of your skin’s defense against UV exposure. In other words, it’s a beauty win-win.

But like all antioxidants, vitamin C is vulnerable to destabilizing when exposed to the atmosphere or light – in fact, it loses a significant amount of its potency within just one hour of being in contact with air. Which is why powdered vitamin C is beauty’s new superpower: it has all the same incredible effects of a liquid, but isn’t susceptible to the same instability.

You can use a vitamin C powder in three ways: rub it directly into the skin to fade pigmentation and acne scars; mix it in with your day cream for a gradual brightening treatment; or sprinkle it into your foundation or tinted moisturizer for a subtle glow.