Vitamin C (AKA ascorbic acid) is nature’s miracle skin brightener, firmer and smoother. It’s a fantastic anti-oxidant that fights the effects of free-radicals that cause ageing and photo-damage, like hyperpigmentation. It’s also a key component in the production of collagen, the protein that holds skin together and gives it a firm smooth feel. It’s not a new discovery but for me, as I notice the affects of UV light and the ageing process on my skin, it’s become a key ingredient in the products I use.
Guinot uses vitamin C and melanoxyl (which slows down melanin production) in their Newhite range. It’s a line specifically aimed at people with uneven skin tone and/or hyperpigmentation. I’ve been trying out their Perfect Brightening Cleansing Oil, Vitamin C Brightening Serum and Brightening UV Shield SPF50. I got on very well with all the products and noticed that my skin was brighter quite quickly but I was especially fond of the UV Shield. It’s a white cream with tiny grey specks that once warmed in my hands adapts to my skin tone. It gives quite good coverage so I’ve been wearing it with just a slick of mascara on days when I’m at home or just popping to the shops. I really love a good multi-use product.
I used to wear SPF every day as it was in a lot of the products I used, until I changed a few and failed to notice that I was no longer covered. I’ve now gone back to using SPF religiously, again. It’s really important to use a high SPF when you’re trying to tackle uneven skin tone or hyperpigmentation. Melanocyte cells in the skin produce melanin in the skin when triggered by UV light. When your skin is exposed to it, even the dark spots that have previously faded will go darker again, unless you are constantly protecting your skin.
The Perfect Brightening Cleansing Oil is a thin oil, that goes on and spreads easily. We’re always told that opposites attract but that’s not always the case. The oil in this cleansing oil mixes with the oils in your skin, and then, once mixed with water, forms an emulsion which is easily removed. It’s a gentle way of cleansing the skin and removing make-up without stripping it.
Guinot’s Vitamin C Brightening Serum is a lightweight serum that is quickly absorbed. It comes in a small pump with a separate vial of pure vitamin C powder. When you are ready to start using the serum, you break the seal on the vial and pour the powder into the serum, shake it vigorously and then start to use. The vitamin C comes separately so that it stays as active as possible. Ideally you want to use the serum over a period of 14 days, this is when it is most active and will have the greatest effect.
Remember to use the Brightening UV Shield SPF50 after everything else, as your skin will be more sensitive to UV damage.