Vitamin C for a bright, radiant complexion - ORESTA clean beauty simplified

Vitamin C for a bright, radiant complexion

Vitamin C is a powerhouse for your body and your skin. It is a potent antioxidant that:

  • helps to protect your skin against UV damage
  • reduces pigmentation, sun damage
  • reduces inflammation
  • repairs and strengthens skin
  • smooths fine lines
  • boosts collagen production

Since we aren't able to produce or store Vitamin C, we must ingest it or apply it topically.

As all Vitamin C products are NOT created equal, choosing the right type of Vitamin C, knowing how and when to use it and how to store it correctly is key to its efficacy. 

When choosing a Vitamin C Serum:

- L-ascorbic acid is the most potent and effective variety of Vitamin C in skin care.

- A concentration of 10-20% of Vitamin C is ideal (below 10% won't be potent enough and above 20% will cause irritation)

- Ferulic acid elevates Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties and keeps it stable

- Apply your Vitamin C serum directly onto clean skin in the morning allowing it time to absorb into the skin before heading outdoors as Vitamin C is less effective when exposed to light.  Follow with your moisturizer/balm.
- If you are using any retinoids, apply Vitamin C in the morning followed by a moisturizer and SPF. Apply retinoids at night.
- Vitamin C is sensitive to light and air becoming oxidized, less stable and effective when exposed to either. Ensure it's stored in an opaque container or an airtight or airless pump.
-  A Vitamin C serum should be colourless or a light beige colour. When oxidized, it becomes brown and is less effective.


Here are OUR FAVOURITES Vitamin C products for a healthy radiant glow:

Eminence's Citrus + Kale Potent C + E Serum is a lightweight serum that contains two varieties of Vitamin C: L-ascorbic acid (lemon and grapefruit) and sodium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C salt). It also contains Vitamin E and ferulic acid.
Eminence's Rosehip Triple C + E Firming Oil along with Citrus + Kale Vitamin C + E Masque  (superfoods in a jar) elevate the results by hydrating the skin and encouraging it to absorb more Vitamin C over time, thereby enhancing the efficacy of the Citrus + Kale Serum.
We love incorporating the Vitamin C Triple Powerhouse - a trio of Eminence Vitamin C Serums into our skin care regimen.


Vitamin C can also be found in whole plants. Laurel's Brighten Mask is our favourite nutrient rich Vitamin C mask. It contains camu camu, fruits and gotu kola to repair cellular damage, brighten skin and support natural collagen production. Use it atleast 3x/week for optimum results. However, this mask can be used nightly, as you cannot over masque.

Laurel's Honey Berry Enzyme Mask is a multi-tasker. It's a gentle brightening enzymatic exfoliator, a hydrator that visibly plumps and firms the skin, and an antioxidant-rich mask for a healthy glow.

H Is For Love Propolis Regenerative Face Mask  is a multitasking exfoliator and mask that contains a variety of skin brightening ingredients including camu camu - one of nature's highest sources of vitamin C. 

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