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Tired-looking skin? This new vitamin C serum transformed my complexion in two weeks

Acting Beauty Director, Annabel Jones, took her end-of-summer complexion from dull to bright and glowing in less than two weeks with the help of anti-ageing, brightening ingredient, vitamin C.
Acting Beauty Director, Annabel Jones, took her sleep deprived complexion from dull to bright and glowing in less than two weeks with the help of anti-ageing, brightening ingredient, vitamin C.

What does a woman over forty need when her complexion is turning more lacklustre by the hour? Hands down: vitamin C.

Conveniently it’s the hero ingredient in many of the new skin serums launching this autumn, yet it doesn’t come without complications. Which, without boring the pants off you, means that it’s highly unstable (it goes off when exposed to light) and incompatible with many of its fellow skincare ingredients.

Let’s just say it’s got issues; you can’t just bung it in a cream and be done with it. This brings me to Elizabeth Arden’s Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum, £42 for 30 capsules, the product I’ve been trying for the last fortnight.

‘Vitamin C works along the melanin synthesis pathway to help prevent hyper-pigmenation and to lighten existing sun spots, but it can be irritating on skin if it’s not combined with complimentary ingredients that are both moisturising and anti-inflammatory,’ explains Dr. Dendy Engleman, a renowned New York dermatologist.

No wonder then that Elizabeth Arden took four years to develop a product that delivered vitamin C in a way that keeps its potency high and irritation low. 178 per cent more potent than traditional vitamin C, Arden encapsulated theirs in one-dose capsules (so it stays fresh) along with ceramides (moisturising lipids that occur naturally in our skin), vitamin E (vitamin C’s best friend) along with avocado, olive and sunflower oil for extra hydration.

Having tried and failed to tolerate vitamin C in the past, how is my skin handling it this time around? I’m proud to say it’s looking sparkling and feeling squidgy and soft, with none of the red, blotchy after effects.

I momentarily panicked about littering landfill with the remains of my mono-dose capsules. But after confessing my concerns to the Arden lot, they assured me they are bio-degradable and dissolve in water. Phew. Take your pick from the best of the rest vitamin C products.

5 tried and verified smart vitamin C products

Vitamin Nectar Vitamin C Glow Powder, £32, Fresh

Vitamin Nectar Vitamin C Glow Powder, £32, Fresh
C15 Super  Booster, £46, Paula’s Choice 
C + Collagen BioCellulose Brightening Treatment Mask, £17, Dr Dennis Gross 
C-Firma Day  Serum, £67, Drunk Elephant
Superactive Capsules, £8.70 members/£50, Beauty Pie