The Vitamin Your Skin Needs

Get your daily dose


By Amy Lawrenson

Recently I met with renowned Manhattan-based dermatologist Dr Adam Geyer at a Kiehl’s launch. Despite being independent, he champions the Kiehl’s brand and products.

With New Yorkers so up on skin health, I thought it worthwhile finding out what we can do on this side of the pond? What are the ingredients or products we should include in our skin regime?

Regardless of age Geyer said SPF of at least factor 30 every day, regardless of the weather, is imperative to a good skin regime (nothing new there) but he also said from our 20s onwards we should be applying vitamin C to our skin daily as well.


Vitamin C, is a potent antioxidant, and works to protect the skin from free radical attacks (from the environment and pollution that we know can age our skin) as well as repairing any existing damage whether you can see it (read: pigmentation) or not.

Since meeting with Geyer I’ve noticed an abundance of products boasting the power of Vitamin C come past the beauty desk.


Here are my top three picks…

Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil, £10.99 (from Boots, July)

Oils tend to scare people, especially those with an oily skin type, but found naturally in our skin you need to keep oil levels just so. If you are constantly ridding the skin of oil it will overcompensate leading to clogged pores and spots.

This cleanser smells gloriously fresh and citrusy. The oil turns milky on contact with water and works to unclog pores of dirt and grime, stripping away the day without drying your skin.

Decleor Aroma White C+ Protective Brightening Day Emulsion SPF 15, £45

The vitamin C in this day lotion works to break down clusters of pigmentation and leaves skin looking brighter. It hydrates the skin and leaves your complexion with a matte finish, ideally prepped for make-up application.

Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream with Vitamin C SPF 50, £23.50

Ensure your make-up works harder for you with this BB cream that contains Vitamin C and has an SPF 50. But don’t fear, it doesn’t have the tell-tale chalky texture that many high factors do. The coverage is light so you may wish to conceal blemishes and redness strategically.

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