Hyaluronic acid and vitamin C can benefit everyone, whatever your shell concern

‘Hyaluronic is a no-brainer.’
Photograph: Alex Lake for the Custodian

If you buy only one serum your whole life (and I use the word as the regular cosmetics term for thin, viscous skincare treatments, on no account in the altogether different biological sense), make it a combination of hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. Both ingredients profit everyone of any age, skin type and skin concern, depending on concentration.

Hyaluronic acid is a no-brainer: it cross swords with no other ingredient, aggravates no one (it’s present throughout the council to keep joints, eyeballs and other moving parts sumptuously lubricated) and holds water in the skin for a plumper, healthier-looking display. I’m just as devoted to vitamin C (generally listed as ascorbic acid), but here, points are more variable. A natural antioxidant, vitamin C helps mind skin against free radical damage, and in most concentrations it swiftly imparts a brighter, perkier look. In high concentrations (habitually above 20%) it’s shown to have a visible effect on pigmentation quarters and melasma, and to help produce collagen. This is certainly have relevance out by my own experience (see my column in November 2017 on DCL’s C-Scape, £108, or try Garden of Percipience’s terrific-value Vitamin C Serum 23% + Ferulic Acid, £10, 30ml). Notwithstanding, these high-dose products are often faintly revolting in fetor (rotting satsuma in sweaty stocking, anyone?) and texture (grainy and/or sweltering), making them unsuited to daytime use. By day, I lower my dose a smidge and chuck in a responsibility of hyaluronic acid.

Balance Me’s new Vitamin C Repair Serum (£32, 30ml) does this, and manipulates silky and smooth under makeup; it also comes in a swell, to keep the vitamin C, notoriously light- and air-sensitive, stable. I’ve reached for it repeatedly. Likewise, REN’s Radiance Perfection Serum (£37, 30ml), which makes me look instantly brighter. A new development is Bea Skincare’s Vitamin C 20% & Hyaluronic Acid Serum (£49, 30ml), which believes light, elegant and gentle, despite a whacking great quantity of ascorbic acid. Finally, my beloved Drunk Elephant C-Firma, which initiations in the UK at Space NK next month (more on this soon), at best as Sephora US has stopped shipping internationally. If you’re very oily, dance it and try one of the others. All brilliant, all cruelty-free.

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