VITAMIN C 101
VITAMIN C: A TRUE SKINCARE SUPERHERO
There is a reason Ole Henriksen touts vitamin C as a “gold standard” skincare ingredient. Vitamin C is a powerful and nourishing antioxidant that helps keep skin in balance by neutralizing free radicals — unstable molecules that cause cell damage from environmental stressors and pollution. Paired with SPF, this ingredient can even help protect skin from UV damage. Adding vitamin C-powered skincare into your morning routine can add a layer of daily defense to your skin, improving skin barrier function. And the benefits don’t stop there...did you think we’d forget to mention those famous brightening qualities?
THE OLE APPROACH TO VITAMIN C
We see vitamin C as the foundation of a formula. Rather than just adding vitamin C to a product, we look at how it plays with other ingredients, how to maximize the benefits, and how to create different formulas for different skin needs. Vitamin C is a great multitasker — if you have skin goals around aging, dullness, acne scars, protection or hydrating, chances are vitamin C can help you get there.
WHO SHOULD USE PRODUCTS WITH VITAMIN C?
Most people incorporate vitamin C into their skincare routines after learning about its benefits. Different types of vitamin C exist to address certain skin concerns more directly, or within a formula that’s suited for particular skin types. All skin types should be able to tolerate and benefit from vitamin C to an extent. A good rule of thumb is to tread more lightly with vitamin C concentration for sensitive skin, cystic acne, or other compromised skin types.
WHAT DOES VITAMIN C IN SKINCARE DO BESIDES BRIGHTENING?
Vitamin C goes head-to-head against free radicals to target signs of photoaging like fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots (like hyperpigmentation or scarring) and uneven texture. It has also been shown to boost skin elasticity and collagen for smoother skin, promoting a healthy-looking glow. Beyond vitamin C’s age-defying capabilities, this superstar ingredient is beneficial for all skin types and can help improve the appearance of acne scars. C you later mask acne!
FINDING THE BEST VITAMIN C SKINCARE PRODUCTS AND ROUTINE
Our Truth Serum® is iconic, and for good reason. A great introduction for people who are new to vitamin C skincare products, it utilizes a specific form of vitamin C that allows a gentler, milder delivery of ingredients to the skin. Made with our True-C Complex™, Truth Serum works like a daily multivitamin for your skin and (bonus!) is also boosted with collagen. One of Ole’s first formulas, it’s our best face serum for brightening, firming and all-day hydration. That dewy skin look is only seconds away with Truth Serum®!
BANANA BRIGHT™ VITAMIN C SERUM
For more advanced users of vitamin C products, our Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum is the ultimate vehicle for a more potent delivery of the ingredient to your skin. A stronger form of vitamin C than our Truth Serum, Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum is formulated with 15% vitamin C, 5% PHAs (polyhydroxy acids) and hyaluronic acid to instantly brighten and help revive and retexturize dull skin. The exfoliating acids loosen dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, which helps the vitamin C to sink in and give your skin an antioxidant boost for radiant, bouncy skin.
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C-RUSH BRIGHTENING DOUBLE CREME
Tackle both dullness and dryness with C-Rush™ Brightening Double Crème, our rich, vegan moisturizer that was developed specifically for extra thirsty skin that craves deep hydration. Powered by the same three high-potency sources of vitamin C and Rose of Winter extract as our original C-Rush™ Brightening Gel Crème, this ultra-plush hydrator instantly illuminates skin with a nourishing rush of brightness. With the added benefits of shea butter and grape seed oil, you’ll also an energizing burst of moisture.
BANANA BRIGHT EYE CRÈME
Elevate your newly glowing skin with an eye cream. Our Banana Bright Eye Crème is a brightening and firming vitamin C eye cream that improves the wear of concealer and instantly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This eye cream glides onto the skin to not only color correct, but also target the appearance of dark circles and illuminate the delicate skin around the eyes. The result? A fresh, bright-eyed appearance that rivals that of an 8-hour night of sleep.
BANANA BRIGHT FACE PRIMER
Blur the lines between brightening and hydrating. Our illuminating vitamin C-infused primer not only preps and mattifies the skin, but simultaneously hydrates and extends makeup wear. Inspired by Ole’s time observing makeup artists in Hollywood, Banana Bright Face Primer uses cult-favorite beauty ingredient “banana powder,” to instantly brighten. The choice is yours -- wear this vitamin C hero on its own, underneath makeup or mixed into your foundation.
READY TO CREATE A CUSTOM SKINCARE ROUTINE FEATURING VITAMIN?
STEP 1: CLEANSER
Create a clean slate with a clarifying cleanser that removes dirt and oil while prepping the skin for the skincare steps that follow. Our Truth Juice™ Daily Cleanser contains orange fruit water and PHA, effectively removing dirt, oil and longwear eye makeup to reveal refreshed, energized skin.
STEP 2: SERUM
Get that boost! Choose between our Truth Serum, the perfect introductory vitamin C product, and our Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum, the preferred option for those whose skin is used to vitamin C skincare products.
STEP 3: MOISTURIZER
Use a moisturizer daily to keep your complexion comfortable and dry skin at bay. Choose between our C-Rush Gel for a double dip of brightening and hydrating, or Strength Trainer Peptide Boost Moisturizer for more focus on the skin barrier.
STEP 4: EYE CREAM
Be bright-eyed. Add a special layer of eye cream to help instantly color correct, hydrate and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Grab your Banana Bright Eye Crème to get that extra dose of brightening and firming vitamin C.
STEP 5: SPF
Don’t forget to protect! Use SPF every day, layered on top of your skincare products (but underneath makeup). Re-apply throughout the day, every few hours or so, especially if you are directly exposed to the sun, water or sweat.
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