With the colder months finally over and summer on our doorstep, it’s time to give your skin an overhaul.

Dull, dry, patchy skin, meet your new best friend: Vitamin C.

You’re most likely already acquainted from swigs of a morning orange juice, but if you haven’t tried the topical version of this water-soluble vitamin, it’s worth introducing to your daily skincare regime while keeping in mind a few tricks of the trade.

WHAT DOES VITAMIN C DO?

Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is a popular ingredient used in anti-ageing and hydration products.

“It helps to accelerate skin turnover and offers deep moisturisation to assist in minimising the appearance of fine lines,” says Sydney-based beautician Jocelyn Petroni.

It works to even out your skin tone, fade pigmentation and boost collagen for that firm-yet-plump look. Could this be the answer to achieving Meghan Markle‘s natural beauty look?

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF VITAMIN C IS GOOD FOR THE SKIN?

Keep in mind that vitamin C comes in different concentration levels.

“There is a maximum capacity of vitamin C a person’s skin can absorb, and beyond this it can become irritating or sit on the surface of the skin,” says Petroni.

To avoid this, choose a concentration between 10-25%, which is enough to see results sooner while the active ingredients work to keep the skin firm and protect it against free radicals.

CAN YOU MIX VITAMIN C WITH OTHER ACTIVE INGREDIENTS?

Vitamin C works great with other active ingredients such as vitamin A and E (also an anti-oxidant) and ferulic acid to boost the anti-oxidising benefits.

“It also works wonders with sunscreen,” adds Petroni. “Vitamin C can break down UV light and lessen its effects, so it can increase your sunscreen’s protection.”

THE PRODUCTS TO BUY

Below is our edit of seven vitamin C-infused treatments worth every last drop.

PETER THOMAS ROTH POTENT-C POWER SERUM, $133, AT SEPHORA.
ULTRACEUTICALS ULTRA C23+ FIRMING CONCENTRATE, $138, AT ULTRACEUTICALS.
TATCHA VIOLET-C RADIANCE MASK, $99 AT SEPHORA.
SKINCEUTICALS C E FERULIC, $187 AT ADORE BEAUTY.
DRUNK ELEPHANT C-FIRMA DAY SERUM, $116 AT SEPHORA.
KIEHL’S POWERFUL LINE REDUCING CONCENTRATE, $98 (50ML) AT ADORE BEAUTY.
PRIORI LCA FX140 BARRIER RESTORE COMPLEXE, $89 AT ADORE BEAUTY.

Words by Christopher Xi for www.elle.com.au