Vitamin C is a vitamin that most people are familiar with—we consume them in our fruits and vegetables, and regularly take these supplements to stay healthy. Today, vitamin C-based skincare products also hold an all-important position in any self-respecting beauty junkie's vanity—but it hasn't been that long ago since this active ingredient was effectively formulated into off-the-counter products because of how unstable it is. To shed some light on this highly effective but volatile ingredient, we ask Dr SK Tan of IDS Clinic and Dr Melvin Tan of Epion Clinic to break down the jargon for us.
What is Vitamin C?
An essential vitamin, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that fights off free radicals and also maintains the function of our immunity system to keep our skin and body healthy. While vitamin C supplements are readily available, it is also best to complement it with a vitamin C-rich diet of fruits and vegetables, like citrus fruits, broccoli, cauliflower, and capsicums.