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Helps brighten skin + boosts skin’s natural collagen

What is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. It helps prevent damage to your skin cells by neutralizing the production of free radicals, which cause oxidative stress and induce the signs of aging. Vitamin C can also support skin firmness by supporting skin’s natural collagen. Because your body can’t naturally synthesize Vitamin C, you need to get it from outside sources, like food, supplements, and topical treatments.

Why is Vitamin C in skincare important?

As essential as Vitamin C is to your overall wellness, it is as vital to the health of your skin. That’s because Vitamin C, as previously mentioned, is a super skin protector. Free radicals, which originate from environmental aggressors, are one of your skin’s worst enemies. They are known to break down collagen and speed up the aging process. Daily use of a powerful antioxidant, notably Vitamin C in skincare, is like an insurance policy for your skin.

Vitamin C helps brighten and boost firmness

Did you know Vitamin C is so famous, it has its own national holiday? That’s right, National Vitamin C Day celebrates all the ways this powerful vitamin benefits your health. While its celebrity status in wellness is nothing new—it’s always been one of the most reliable nutrients—its super stardom in the world of skincare has skyrocketed in recent years. “Vitamin C is in such high demand because of the multiple ways it can improve the look of your skin,” says Lizz Starr, Executive Director of Product Development at Origins. “One of its most important benefits is its ability to neutralize skin-damaging free radicals, among other wonderful skin benefits.” If you’re feeling juiced up about Vitamin C in skincare, here's everything you need to know about the highly acclaimed vitamin and how to easily incorporate it into your daily routine.

Does Vitamin C brighten the skin?

Brightening is one of the biggest Vitamin C benefits for skin. “When applied to skin cells in vitro, it’s been shown to inhibit the enzymatic production of tyrosinase, which is responsible for melanin production,” says Rocky Graziose, Origins Biotech Discovery Lab. Over time, and with regular use, Vitamin C can help reduce the look of hyperpigmentation, like dark spots, so skin looks brighter and more even toned.

When and Who should use Vitamin C in skincare?

Vitamin C can be applied morning and night. Experts note that morning application is most essential because of the antioxidant protection it provides. The fact that Vitamin C is infused into a variety of skincare products—moisturizers, serums, under eye creams—makes it an easy addition to any skincare routine. Vitamin C in skincare is also suitable for all skin types. If you have sensitive skin, it's always good practice to test on a small patch before full-face application.

Which Origins products contain Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is infused into our line of GinZing™ essentials, along with our other star ingredients like Ginseng and Caffeine from Coffee Beans. Vitamin C is the workhorse ingredientthat visibly boosts radiance and defends against oxidative stress. Did you know? Vitamin C is often made synthetically. At Origins, we source Vitamin C naturally, which can come from unexpected places, like corn and potatoes!

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GinZing™ Into the Glow Brightening Serum

A multi-action serum that visibly brightens dull skin in one shot. Infused with Vitamin C plus a 5% Retexturizing Complex, the formula noticeably smooths skin and reduces the look of pores over time.

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GinZing™ Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff

Vitamin C and Niacinamide help visibly reduce dark circles—instantly and over time—while it depuffs, brightens and hydrates. In consumer testing, 93% of people said eyes looked brighter, more radiant and refreshed at 4 weeks.*

*Consumer testing on 110 women after 4 weeks of product use.
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GinZing™ Energizing Gel Cream

This daily moisturizer for oily skin is infused with Vitamin C and Niacinamide to help boost radiance and fight fatigued-looking skin. The advanced formula has a refreshing gel texture, helps improve skin’s moisture barrier and delivers an all-day glow.

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GinZing™ Glow Boosting Mask

This leave-on mask instantly brightens and delivers the perfect bare-skin or under-makeup glow. The formula features two types of Vitamin C: Veggie-Liposome Vitamin C for an instant brightening effect and Free-Form Vitamin C to help build lasting brightness.

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The final word on Vitamin C in skincare:

Legendary for supporting your wellness goals, Vitamin C has become equally famous for helping you achieve healthier-looking skin. From brightening and smoothing to protecting against wrinkle-inducing free radicals, Vitamin C in skincare is an ingredient worth celebrating.


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