Any guesses on the most searched skincare ingredient of 2020? With well over a million Google hits – an increase of 204% from the year before – skin brightening vitamin C takes the top spot (source: Cult Beauty). Highly sought after due to its anti-ageing and radiance boosting properties, vitamin C is thought to even out skin tone, improve hydration, stimulate collagen and help skin fight environmental aggressors such as UVA and UVB rays. According to Cosmetics Business as many as one in twenty products worldwide includes Vitamin C. And with the likes of Boots Vitamin C Brightening Moisturising Cream ranking as one of the drugstore’s bestselling skincare products this year, this multi-tasking ingredient is likely to feature a while longer in our skincare routines. I’ve been really impressed with the radiance-inducing results of this vitamin, so when I found out that natural and cruelty-free Natura Siberica had launched a full vegan-certified skincare range of 13 vitamin C-enriched products, I jumped at the chance to trial four of their products.
This is the product I was most excited to try out due to its powder format. One of my favourite cleansers is surprisingly one I’ve yet to review on Fresh Beauty Fix: Dermalogica’s iconic Daily Microfoliant is a rice-based ultra-fine powder that you mix with water to create a white skin-polishing paste. It is one of the gentlest exfoliants I’ve used and the result is incredibly smoothed and cleansed skin. So I went into this trial with high expectations, and luckily the C-Berrica Face Powder didn’t disappoint, delivering just as great a result as Dermalogica’s offering. The white powder with pinky orange specks foams when in contact with water, and has that distinctive scent of what I’d described as fake orange sweets in my review of Natura Siberica’s Oblepikha Travel Kit. Both collections contain organic Altai Oblepikha, a Siberian berry also known as Sea Buckthorn known for its collagen-boosting properties and its high source of vitamin C. I still haven’t figured out whether the unusual scent comes from this ingredient, but I’m willing to put up with it for the sake of the deeply cleansed yet hydrated skin I’m left with. 35g RRP £8.49
I was particularly intrigued by these face pads, not least because of the confident claim in the product’s name to deliver ‘Ultra Glow’ to your skin. Each formula-loaded pad features one side to cleanse skin whilst improving skin texture thanks to AHA acids which work on dead skin cells to reveal a brighter complexion. I then flip over to the smoother side to smooth and soothe. As a single use product this is not the most eco-friendly option, but as a multi-purpose product it covers cleansing, exfoliating and toning. My skin is left drenched like it would be post-sheet mask, so I do feel like it needs a minute or so to settle before I apply the serum. Or I skip the serum entirely and move straight to the moisturiser. 20 pads RRP £7.49
This face serum reminds me of Natura Siberica’s Brightening Face Serum: the gel like viscous texture, the foaminess when massaged into skin, the skin benefits. An unusual texture that for some reason reminds me a little of Dr Organic’s Snail Gel. A good hydration boost for plumped skin. 30ml RRP £5.49
Another ‘Glow’ highlight in the product name, this moisturiser is positioned as the ideal companion to combat the stresses of city life. Well that could mean anything, but what this light cream will do is quickly sink into skin to refresh a tired looking complexion. As well as vitamin C this cream also boasts the 9th most searched for ingredient: multi-tasking niacinamide know as an anti-inflammatory pore-reducing collagen-booster amongst other things. The perfect end to a lean skincare routine and at a reasonable price. 50ml RRP £7.49
What vitamin C skincare would you recommend? Please leave a comment below to let me know.
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