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Vitamins offer a real boost to your skincare regime


SKIN SENSE Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant essential for everyday health, and it’s great for your skin.

Maggie Gibbons

Every year the Beauty Brands introduce something new for us to spend our cash on. I suppose they have to keep their marketing caps on to stay ahead of the competition in this vastly expanding market.
While the last few years have been about cleansing, moisturising and SPF, 2019 is all about vitamins in your skincare products. Vitamins A and C are two you will see popping up regularly in your favourite brands, and they are vital for helping to keep skin positively healthy and glowing.
When it comes to natural sources of vitamin C, everyone knows about the benefits of oranges, but green chilli peppers, sweet yellow peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, thyme, parsley and kale are also good sources. Vitamin A is found in carrots, spinach, broccoli, sweet red peppers, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe melons and dried apricots.
I’ve tried a few beauty products containing A and C, and I’ve liked them – but do ask your local chemist for information on products with vitamins. They will be delighted to help you, and I always find them extremely knowledgeable.

Bring your A game
Vitamin A contains retinol and retinoic acid, both of which are important for firm and healthy skin. Research has shown that retinol stimulates collagen production. Vitamin A also improves problem skin conditions and really helps in normalising oily skin. It also helps to promote healthy upper and lower layers.
Vitamin A in the form of retinol is often recommended by dermatologists to combat signs of ageing. However, it’s difficult to get an over-the-counter product with a high enough percentage to make any difference. I’ve seen it in Spain and France with up to 1 percent – but it comes with a warning: It can be very harsh on the skin. In fact, you really need to begin with .25 percent and gradually work upwards.
In 1990, Elizabeth Arden forever changed the skincare industry with the introduction of their Ceramide Capsules, which came in a single-dose format. The company now introduces the next revolution in skincare, Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum (€50). This claims to be 76 percent more potent than unencapsulated retinol, and it’s a targeted treatment to visibly diminish lines and wrinkles while improving skin texture. Each capsule is single use and sealed tight for optimal freshness and potency. Suitable for all skin types, simply smooth over the face and neck each night before your moisturiser.

C the light
Vitamin C is wonderful for anti-ageing, as it’s actually proven to improve visible signs of sun damage and scarring. The claims that are made for it are substantially backed up by lots of credible research. However, like vitamin A, it’s difficult to get the right one, as it breaks down with exposure to air, so make sure to keep your vitamin C products airtight and in a cool place. Again, you may need to build up your usage, as it might be slightly irritating when you begin using it.
Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum, also by Elizabeth Arden, is rated more potent than traditional vitamin C. The dry oil serum helps to visibly brighten the skin, even tone and protect against premature ageing signs, promising visibly brighter skin after just one use. A bottle of 30 single-dose capsules costs €48.
Novexpert Booster with Vitamin C (€56) claims to have the highest concentration of stabilised vitamin C in the world. This high-performing serum increases luminosity and stimulates natural collagen for a visibly firmer, more radiant appearance. Novexpert products are natural and vegan certified. I’d recommend checking out this range.
The Ordinary is another great brand. Their products provide great results, and prove that  skincare doesn’t have to cost the earth. Their vitamin C works wonders on problem skin. Use at night preferably. First-time users of vitamin C should try The Ordinary Ascorbyl Solution (€12.75) to brighten skin and help with signs of ageing.
Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Vitamin C Booster (€20) for all skin types is another one worth checking out. It has been clinically and dermatologically proven to strengthen skin and plump up wrinkles in just seven days. This anti-aging serum, with 10 percent pure and freshly-activated Vitamin C, is a fast-absorbing booster that strengthens and smoothes skin.

Maggie Gibbons is an Image/Style Consultant based in Louisburgh. She can be contacted at